Gracie: 'No limits' to CM Punk's potential in MMA


Rumors are floating around this week about former WWE's champion CM Punk's unhappiness with his organization and that he may be considering leaving the WWE after his contract expires. What does this have to do with MMA? Well Punk, or Phillip Brooks, is an avid practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and striking arts, and has expressed an interest in fighting mixed martial arts. 

Brooks' jiu-jitsu coach Rener Gracie spoke to Fox Sports about his potential to do well in the sport:

“He can go get some fights, knock some fools out and choke some dudes,” Gracie said.

Gracie called Punk “a sponge,” who took to BJJ almost immediately, similar to other professional athletes he has worked with. The trainer lauded CM Punk’s fitness level, spatial awareness and athleticism.

“If he dedicates himself full time, there is no limit,” Gracie said. “He has the intangibles.”

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It's not unprecedented of course, as Brock Lesnar came from the WWE to find success in MMA, but he of course was a freak athlete with a strong wrestling background.

So Underground, with a strong pro wrestling background and some viable jiu-jitsu skills, could CM Punk transition to professional MMA?

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wiggum site profile image  

1/31/14 12:51 PM by wiggum

No reason to think he'd be that talented.But also, his body probably is in shambles. For whatever else you can say about pro wrestling, there is no doubt that it takes a toll on the body/

Bry Bry site profile image  

1/31/14 12:25 PM by Bry Bry

i have no idea why people are excite to see Punk in mma unless Punk has some amazing attributes or skills that i am not aware of?

PeteyWheatstraw site profile image  

1/31/14 11:24 AM by PeteyWheatstraw

I really don't see him excelling at anything athletic. He's not even that good at pro-wrestling, he was just valued for his "character" and his mouth.

Tomato Can site profile image  

1/31/14 11:22 AM by Tomato Can

LOL at "no limits".There are many, highly significant limits to what he could do in MMA. This generation of Gracies are such attention whores.

devils advocate site profile image  

1/31/14 11:10 AM by devils advocate

cm punk will prove once and for all that pro wrestling is the best base for mma

Aaron Becker site profile image  

1/31/14 9:41 AM by Aaron Becker

you are a mouth breathing loser

wiggum site profile image  

1/31/14 4:46 AM by wiggum

Way to come out and admit the mistake. I made a similar mistake on a TLI thread not catching sarcasm and flipping out because of it. It's all good.

GladiatorGannon site profile image  

1/30/14 5:48 PM by GladiatorGannon

Based on what?

LittleKang site profile image  

1/30/14 5:44 PM by LittleKang

Lmfao he has never done worth note in muay thai

GladiatorGannon site profile image  

1/30/14 5:37 PM by GladiatorGannon

Except he's not a high level wrestler, he's an actor pretending to be a high level wrestler.