CM Punk's MMA coach Duke Roufus has everyone speculating after a post on his Instagram account that lists Punk listed among his trainees that have had fights or will potentially have fights this year.
Here is the post:
Roufus wrote, "I am such a firm believer in #team Together Everyone Achieves More! Every year I strive to get better as a coach and build a great team culture. I am so proud of all of our team, staff and students. We Are Having Fun Getting It Done! I have the pleasure of being a part the team of current @ufc Welterweight Champion #tyronwoodley @twooodley former #ufc and #wec Champion #anthonypettis @showtimepettis Top Flyweight Contender #sergiopettis @sergiopettis #bellator Featherweight Contender #emanuelsanchez @matadorsanchez former #wwe Champion #cmpunk @cmpunk my longtime team member #erikkoch @kocheadufc rising KO Artist #paulfelder @felderpaul surging Welterweight #belalmuhammad @bullyb170 Bellator Middleweight #mikerhodes @teamrocbiggie and Middleweight Submission specialist #geraldmeerschaert @the_gm3 as members of our @roufusport team collectively they are 13-3, 9-2 in the UFC in 2-1 Bellator so far this year! The best has yet to come #roufusport #MartialArts is #Life thanks for the past & future memories. #onelove"
Punk (0-1 MMA record) hasn't fought since losing in his debut to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 last September. The 38-year-old has not given up on his MMA career and it looks like he might be stepping into the Octagon again later this year.
In previous interviews, Dana White didn't seem optimistic about Punk fighting again but he never completely shut the door on him either. Punk is still a big draw so it would be hard to turn down a big pay-per-view buyrate and White oftentimes says things that he doesn't mean. Jon Jones returned this past weekend after White indicated last year that he would not fight again and the same was said about Georges St. Pierre. GSP will be fighting again in November. So, anything is possible. Punk is said to be in great shape and would probably need a couple of months to train for another fight.
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