The fledgling UFC career of former WWE Superstar CM Punk took its next steps today with news that the Chicago native had participated in his first public MMA scrimmage with a pro fighter.
The news was brought to the world's attention by Punk's own coach, Duke Roufus of Roufusport, who posted an image of Punk in action in the Octagon - looking the picture of intensity.
The next step
Punk famously walked out on the WWE in 2014 and made official his decision to pursue a UFC career at the end of last year. Over the months that have passed since he has been working on improving his knowledge and techniques necessary to make it in the sport and today's events mark a critical step.
Punk's first scrimmage came against Craig Eckelberg, a 26-year-old fighter who remains unbeaten (4-0) since turning professional back in 2012.
Picture of intensity
The look of pure intensity and determination on CM Punk's face will be a familiar sight to WWE fans who have seen him do battle in the ring down the years.
His move to UFC however is set to bring with it a whole new set of challenges and, while Punk is a keen and knowledgable enthusiast of the sport, he remains several months away from making his bow at an official UFC event.
His coach though, in another post on Instragram, paid respects to CM Punk's will to win.
As yet there is no date for Punk's debut but, in working with Roufusport, he couldn't have opted for a much better environment in which to prepare.
The training camp houses UFC brothers Anthony and Sergio Pettis, as well as Ben Askren and Erik Kock - two other well known fighters.
CM Punk will be hoping to have a better working relationship with the head of his new chosen sport than the one he currently has with WWE CEO Vince McMahon.
After remaining silent for months after his WWE exit, Punk let loose on McMahon in a reveal-all interview in which he strongly criticized both the CEO and the organization as a whole.
Dana White though is sure to knnow what he will come up against when CM Punk does enter the Octagon for fight number one at some point in 2015.
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