Punk: Roufus told me striking is my best facet of MMA
Since signing a contract with the UFC, former WWE champion CM Punk has been working with Roufus sport in Milwaukee under the tutelage of Duke Roufus and along side world class fighters Anthony Pettis and Ben Askren. Roufus had previously said that 'Punk' was progressing well and during a Q&A at International Fight Week, Punk told fans that his stand up game was what Roufus has been most impressed with:
“Everybody asks Duke, 'Well, how's he doing?' and Duke tells everybody that he thinks my best area right now is striking, believe it or not,” Punk said. “Which is mind-boggling to me. Striking is the one thing that I never did. I've hit mitts before. I've done boxing and stuff like that. But just all the little nuances, with like everything you need to do with your feet, your head, just movement, correct movement. That's been the most challenging thing aside from wrestling.”
Punk, 36, is making a widely publicized and oft-criticized transition from being one of WWE's top stars to the UFC. Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, signed with the UFC to much ballyhoo in December, but there is no timetable yet for his debut in the Octagon. And that's OK with him. He'll let Roufus and his other coaches at Roufusport decide when he's ready to go, which might not be until 2016.
“This is very much about me, this whole journey,” Punk said. “But I've got a whole team behind my back and I'm not here to let them down, I'm not here to embarrass them. I want to be able to go in there and get my hand raised and say, 'You want to train, you just want to lose some weight, you want to be a mixed martial artist? I don't care, come to Roufusport.' I want to be able to say that. There's a lot more than just me finding out something about myself on the line through all this.”