Gracie: ‘No limits’ to CM Punk’s potential in MMA

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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?