Roufus Claims Punk Is 200% Better
As CM Punk looks to return to the Octagon at UFC 225, many are wondering how much the pro wrestler turned mixed martial artist has improved since his first round loss to Mickey Gall in 2016.
According to Punk’s coach, Duke Roufus, Punk is exceptionally better than he was in his first time fighting for the UFC.
“200 percent [better],” said Roufus. “I’m not even his coach. We were friends first before we did this. I would not do this with anyone else except for my friendship with him from before he decided to fight. He’s just one hell of a guy. He’s a celebrity but he’s different than a lot of celebrities I know. Great guy. He works his ass off. He’s very well-liked on our team and he’s improved a lot.”
While Punk made his official announcement by blasting a troll on Twitter, Roufus claims that the fight is not official yet, as the UFC has not announced anything yet.
“We’re in the process of finishing up the bout agreement and the UFC’s gonna make the announcement soon,” said Roufus. “It’s a good match on both sides. Can’t confirm what date it is. Obviously we’re hoping it’s Chicago, to join Sergio and a bunch of our other teammates on that card.”
A native of Chicago, Punk has a passionate following, and Roufus believes that they will see the work that the straight-edged fighter has put in since his loss to Gall.
“He’s worked his butt off,” concluded Roufus. “Very dedicated guy and I respect him a lot because he comes in and takes his lumps. I’m not saying getting beat up or anything erroneously, but he comes in, he’s tired and he’s exhausted There’s no celebrity about him. He grinds just like everyone else. That’s why he got to the top of the wrestling world and that’s why I respect him so much. I love anyone that has a great attitude and works hard. You help but love them, win lose or draw. This is the fight game and it all comes down to effort most of the time.”
For a taste of Punk’s popularity in Chicago, watch this entrance from his WWE days.
Original Story: MMA Fighting