Phil Brooks, better known as the WWE superstar CM Punk, attempted to take over the world of mixed martial arts last year. For his big MMA debut, the pro-wrestler turned fighter faced off against Mickey Gall inside the octagon at UFC 203. Of course, things did not exactly go Punk’s way.
After suffering a brutal first round submission loss to Gall, it seemed CM Punk’s career in mixed martial arts had reached a sudden end. However, it would seem the WWE megastar is now gearing up for a comeback. AJ Mendez-Brooks, former pro-wrestler and wife to CM Punk, recently appeared on the Jim Norton and Sam Roberts show to offer a few words on Punk’s fighting future.
Duke Roufus, CM Punk’s coach, recently took to Instagram to reveal that the former pro-wrestler is back in training for another fight.
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Speaking on the possibility of Punk returning to fighting, as transcribed by Flo Combat, Mendez-Brooks said:
“Yes, he wants to fight again. I’m never going to be the person that stops someone from doing whatever their dream is so I support it.
“I just look at his face and say stay that way.”
Speaking on Punk’s brutal loss to Gall, Mendez-Brooks also revealed that Punk earned a stunning $1 million from his octagon debut.
“I don’t think it hurt that for one night of working you get paid a million dollars. He was pretty psyched about that. He came backstage with the most giant smile on his face. He’s incredibly sweaty and I just threw myself on him and I’m like ‘I’m so freaking proud of you’.
“His speech was just so moving and I try not to get emotional in front of people so we just went to our little corner and it was so f**king cool and I’m so proud of him.”