It took former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar Phil Brooks — aka “CM Punk” — nearly two years to make his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut following a Nov. 2014 announcement that he did, in fact, ink a contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Will it take another two years to watch his sophomore effort?
Coach Duke Roufus recently posted a team roster to his Instagram account, where it slotted Brooks against an opponent to be named. Based on these comments from promotion president Dana White, however, there’s no guarantee it will take place inside the Octagon.
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
Make of that what you will.
Brooks (0-1) was destroyed by fellow welterweight upstart Mickey Gall at the UFC 203 pay-per-view (PPV) last September, which cast unfavorable light upon the soon-to-be 39-year-old figher’s future in UFC.
So, now that Brooks is looking at a potential return to combat sports, when and where does the reality-show “pro” fit into the welterweight division?
Time will tell.