Pro wrestling superstar-turned-MMA newcomer Phil 'CM Punk' Brooks revealed recently that he has settled on Roufusport MMA Academy as the gym which will serve as his training base ahead of his UFC debut - expected to take place some time later this year.
The gym is already home to some of the sport's most successful athletes, including One FC welterweight champ Ben Askren and UFC lightweight champ Anthony 'Showtime' Pettis. The man in charge is renowned coach Duke Roufus.
"I certainly wouldn't have picked that camp if it was going to sacrifice quality just because it's 90 minutes from my house," Brooks explained on the UFC on FOX pre-fight show. "I definitely don't feel like I'm doing that. Anthony Pettis is obviously a champion, Ben Askren is arguably one of the best wrestlers in MMA, Duke Roufus has a proven track record and a great bunch of guys - guys my size - so I think it's a perfect fit."
Brooks expects to get into the full swing of training at Roufusport this week. Although he admits there will be some nerves, he's not daunted by the magnitude of the task ahead of him.
"I think there'll be a little bit of butterflies but I think that's the process of stepping into a new gym," Punk said. "I'm the new kid in school, so those are the butterflies I'll be experiencing but I'm also very excited to start learning."
A specific date or opponent for Punk's pro MMA debut with the UFC has not yet been scheduled, but the former WWE athlete plans to consult with his new team before making any decisions regarding that matter moving forward.
"I've got a pretty good gut and I've learned to listen to my gut, but I think this is definitely not just in my hands. I think I will lean on those coaches, I will lean on Duke Roufus. They have the experience and the knowledge that they'll be imparting to me so I will definitely be listening to their opinions, for sure."
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