Fight fans were disappointed to learn the C.M. Punk's Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut was halted after the former WWE star-turned mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter suffered a shoulder injury during training.
The good news, though, is that the injury isn't so severe that he'll need surgery, as Punk -- real name Phil Brooks -- revealed on "The MMA Hour" that he didn't have any major tears as initially feared. And after "dodging the bullet," Punk says he'll hope to have a better timeframe for his Octagon debut in January.
"I dodged a bullet. The doctor and the MRI said that nothing was torn. We were originally concerned that it was labrum or rotator cuff, and that's not the case. I might have torn something slightly, unfortunately MRI's aren't always conclusive is what the doctor said to me. Which is probably the worst thing you can say to me because now I'm all fucking paranoid that something is torn and it isn't getting any better. It's been really, really frustrating, but I take it day to day and I find other stuff to do with my time. I bust my ass to get back to 100 percent so I can continue training. I got pretty depressed waiting for the MRI and thankfully it said that nothing was torn, so it's just one of those things, just another hurdle is the way I look at it. No, (never discouraged UFC hopes), but when you want to do something and you want to do it badly, anything that prevents you from wanting to do that -- I'd be fine if I could train, something, but sitting around waiting for the MRI was pretty miserable. Riding a bike and jumping rope hurt. But, it's a lot better now. I bike a lot."
As far as for when he'll make his debut with the promotion, Punk and his coaching staff are dead set on having full year of training under his belt. Not counting the time off (he'll have to take off to heal), Punk says it's still a viable option and he'll have a better idea where he stands come January.
Punk went on to deliver a message to all his critics who have had nothing bad things to say about his transition to MMA.
Now would be a good time to put on those ear muffs.
"I deal with enough shit and that last thing I need is some phony journalist saying, 'he's faking it and he's never going to fight.' Fuck off, pal. Who told you it was okay to write a book? Who made you a journalist? I don't know why people are so concerned about what the fuck I'm doing. If you don't like a book somebody wrote don't read it. if you don't like a TV show, don't watch it. If you're mad that somebody's remaking, 'Big Trouble In Little China' and it's your favorite movie, guess what, don't watch the remake. If you don't want to watch me fight, don't watch me fight. We made the announcement 10 months ago and obviously I should have fought by now. I think it has a lot to do with impulsive people. They have a short attention span. It's nice that they want to see me fight. as much as they pretend that, 'Oh this is terrible for the sport, we hate him. We're not going to support it.' Yeah, you're going to watch it. And they want to watch it, that's the funny thing about it. They can say it's a PR stunt, they can say whatever. I know I'm going to get my day in the octagon and I'm going to have fun doing it. So, I just try to avoid all the silliness. Some days it does get to me and I don't ignore it. And then I remember why I ignore it because you fed the trolls. Then I get back on with my life."
"Duke is dead set on me being with him for 12 months before entertaining the ideas. He's a responsible coach. If you look at it as, say I was with Duke for a year and they say I'm good to go, and they say I'm going to fight in February, so now what, I'll fight in March or April? Like, who the fuck is upset about that? It's the same people who said they didn't want to see me fight in the first place, so shut the fuck up. Don't watch it, don't pay attention to me, don't follow me on Twitter. I don't know why they torture themselves. I'm such a heathen in their eyes, then don't associate with me. Don't write articles about me, leave me alone. Of course they will (watch him fight). Of course they will, and that's my whole point."
For now, Punk will keep on with the rehabilitation process and continue doing other things such as writing comics for Marvel and filming a movie to help pass the time.
When he's ready, this guy will likely still be waiting.