CM Punk has become one of the most famous and recognisable wrestlers of this generation over the past 18 months for all the wrong reasons.
The former WWE World Champion made the announcement late last year that he would join UFC and that we "would see him in the Octagon in 2015." Now it seems it could actually be 2016 that he finally makes his debut.
The self proclaimed "Best in the World" attended International Fight Week in Las Vegas and gave fans an update on his status.
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"I say this all the time: I'd love to fight tomorrow. But I want to be as prepared as I possibly can be and I will be. I'm still shooting for December. It might be January, I’m not sure. But I'll be ready when I fight.”
He has recently been training and toning ahead of his imminent bout where he is still unaware of his opponent, even though many superstars have stepped forward to face the former WWE superstar.
CM Punk hasn't been making many friends since he signed for UFC and many of the fighters who are already a part of the company have not been impressed with the special treatment the former wrestler has been getting from the media, and the fact that he is coming straight into a UFC bout without training the way a lot of them did.
He talked about the training he was undertaking and how hard the technical wrestling part of it was:
“Wrestling is probably my hardest day just because that’s the grind. You’re constantly in somebody’s face.
"You’re not trying to give up any ground. It’s no secret I didn’t wrestle in high school or anything like that. Everybody I train with did, so they have a lifetime of experience. But I love that.”
There is no doubt that whenever Punk's debut is, it will be a sell-out for the live audience and a box office hit.
Many wrestling fans can't wait to see Punk given the reality check they feel he deserves, whilst many fans hope that he proves everyone wrong and shows that his wrestling background can be just as helpful when it comes to MMA.
Either way he will be supported by the WWE Universe when he does finally step into the Octagon and whether its a win or loss at the start of his career, he is sure to be a big hit in UFC.
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