Back in December 2014, a 36-year-old CM Punk announced to the world that he had signed a multi-fight deal with UFC. Thanks to his wrestling days and background in Kempo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, most people thought he would make his debut quickly.
However, due to his connection with the WWE, many thought the signing was just a publicity stunt for UFC, and that he was never actually going to have a fight. Yet Punk - whose real name is Phil Brooks - was serious about MMA fighting, and he trained alongside former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis.
It was expected that Punk would fight Mickey Gall at UFC 199, but in February this year, his doctor announced he would require surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back. As of writing, no debut match has been scheduled for the former WWE superstar, and we're almost a year and a half on from since he first signed to UFC.
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Now at the age of 37 and with reports emerging that he hasn't been progressing well during training, many are questioning if Brooks should have an MMA fight at all. This alongside his injuries has made people say maybe it's time for Punk to retire from all professional sports.
There are also those that don't believe Punk should fight in UFC because he hasn't fought anywhere else beforehand. UFC fighter Matt Brown - who recently lost to Demian Maia at UFC 198 - is one of those people.
He said, according to The Fan Garage, via Forbes: "I didn’t criticize him for having his surgery if it was something necessary to do. I criticized him for the fact that he’s not a fighter. He doesn’t deserve to fight in the UFC with no fights.
"I don’t believe he deserves to fight in the UFC based off the name he made in pro-wrestling and I think he’ll figure it out when he fights in the UFC, he’ll figure it out the hard way. Or he can listen to me and that’ll be the easy way to learn."
Punk is expected to fight at middleweight if he ever makes his MMA debut, while Brown recently fought at UFC 198 at welterweight. However, Brown has fought at middleweight before, so you never know, they could have a fight in the future. A lot of money would be made from Punk's debut fight as well.
Not only will Brooks be a draw to UFC fans because of the current situation, but he will also bring in fans that loved him while he was with the WWE as well, which is bound to be a hit in the box office. The big money is there, Punk just needs to get himself ready to fight in the octogan.
His passion will never leave him, and he will keep on going until someone tells him not to. However, his body isn't the same as it used to be due to injuries, and with very little experience inside the octagon alongside the fact he'll probably be 38 before he is ready, his UFC future is very up in the air.
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