ESPN is reporting that the UFC debut of CM Punk has been delayed due to a shoulder injury suffered by the former WWE Superstar during a training session.
Duke Roufus, Punk’s coach, states that Punk has actually been “sidelined for several weeks” after “tweaking” his shoulder during a scramble as part of the training session in question.
Roufus has stated the following to ESPN.com:
“He got caught in a scramble, so right now he’s taking a little time off. He was doing great before that. His progress has been good. He’s got a great attitude and he’s a hard worker. He got a place in Milwaukee where he lives all week when he’s here training, so he’s in it to win it. Our biggest thing is we want him to 101 percent before [we resuming training]. We don’t have a hard date for his fight to force the issue, so making sure he’s completely healthy is possible. He’s about at 50 percent. But that being said, remember that my 100 percent is a very well-prepared person. The UFC will probably book him a fight three to four months in advance — a guy of his magnitude. We’re probably looking at a fight in the next six to 10 months. The injury throws us back one month. We had a ballpark. We were looking at mid- to late-spring. Now, we’ll just have to see how he comes back from the injury.”
Punk is currently scheduled to see a physician on October 14th to determine whether or not he can be cleared to return to the gym and resume training.
CM Punk retired without warning from the WWE earlier in 2014 to pursue a career in MMA and The UFC signed him in December of 2014.