Former WWE star and new UFC signee CM Punk is planning to announce who he’ll be training after the new year. Punk says that he wants to enjoy the holidays, and then he’ll get down to business, and pick which fight camp he thinks best suits him.
One of the camps that is interested in CM Punk is American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida. ATT is the home of the Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks, and the new UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler. Speaking of Lawler, he personally invited CM Punk to come train at American Top Team via Twitter. Lawler said that everyone doubted him before he made the move to ATT, and then he proved them wrong. Lawler thinks Punk can do the same.
Another team that has shown a great deal of interest in CM Punk is American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California. AKA is the home of the UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, and the number one contender for the UFC light heavyweight championship Daniel Cormier.
Cormier, who is a longtime fan of professional wrestling, took to Twitter as Robbie Lawler did to recruit CM Punk. Cormier said that AKA helped Herschel Walker, who had no prior fighting experience, get to 2-0, and thinks AKA could do the same with Punk, who will be 12 years younger than Walker was when he makes his UFC debut.
CM Punk has said that it’s all about finding all of the best coaches under one roof, and even though he would like to stay in Chicago, he’s willing to move if he can find a camp that fits him the best.
There are rumors that some of the fight camps that are recruiting CM Punk are doing so just to beat him out of the UFC before he makes his debut. Also, many people think that because of Punk’s injury history, and history with concussions, that he won’t be able to make it through an entire fight camp.
Fellow former WWE star Dave Bautista also had a history with injuries while he was in WWE, and everyone thought that he would never be able to make it through a full fight camp. However, Bautista was able to, and was able to win his one and only MMA fight in the very first round via TKO.
CM Punk’s decision is likely to come in early January, and, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, Punk is leaning towards joining American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California.
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