Punk made his debut in September last year at UFC 203 where he lost his first match against an unbeaten prospect in Mickey Gall, who was prior to this match 3-0 in MMA and 3-0 in UFC.
At that time, Punk was out of his element, only managing to seemingly hit one punch before being taken down, pounded and submitted within a few minutes.
That said, Punk appears to be driven to continue as he has been training at Roufusport in Milwaukee in the majority of the nearly 14 months since his loss.
Recently on the UFC Unfiltered podcast involving Jim Norton and former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra, Duke Roufus who coaches Punk had the following to say:
“(UFC President Dana White) and the matchmakers had their weekly matchmaking meeting yesterday, and we’ll get some news soon. I just think the first time you step in the octagon, there’s something special you’ve got to deal with getting in there. For Punk, this sounds really weird, but now he knows what a beating feels like – a real beating.”
Roufus continued by saying the fact that Punk’s debut was majorly one sided in favor of Gall, it will only serve to drive him. He will flourish moving forward.
There was much room for improvement after the lackluster performance Punk gave at UFC 203. It is thought that Punk now knows what it feels like to share the octagon with someone who will try to hurt him, as opposed to simulating a fight in the training room.
Roufus didn’t mention a date, location or time for a potential UFC opponent, though he did say when it does happen fans will see a far superior version of the fighter that stepped in the octagon just over a year ago.
Some say with Punk recently turning 39 years old and having a body worn down by his career in wrestling that he may have trouble continuing on.
Finally, Roufus did continue to comment on Punk, saying the following:
“I think (a loss like Punk’s at UFC 203) will help a lot of fighters to the point of haunting them, like, ‘No, I don’t want to feel this way ever again. It’s not the physical. These guys are tough. It’s the mental anguish. You don’t want to feel that depressing, embarrassing feeling of getting beat up in front of God and everyone. It’s no fun. It’s been great motivation for him.”
Punk’s wife, AJ Mendez Brooks recently appeared on a podcast to discuss her personal feelings on Punk fighting in UFC. You can find her comments here.
If you’re interested in what Punk himself thought of his first fight with UFC, we recommend you watch this touching, yet interesting video of the post-UFC 203 press conference.
What are your personal thoughts on Punk returning to UFC for another fight? Did you watch the first one he had live?
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