For the first time in a couple of years, a new CM Punk documentary is scheduled to be released later this year.
As first reported by PWMania, the new Punk documentary will air as a lead-in to Punk’s debut with UFC late in 2015. The documentary is scheduled to air on the Fox Sports 1 network.
The documentary was first revealed to be under production this weekend when CM Punk did an appearance in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday. Punk held an autograph session at Challengers Comics, where the store was featuring a release of Punk’s Thor Annual #1 Marvel comic book. Punk is a lifelong comic book fan, and he was able to write this particular comic for Marvel.
According to PWMania, fans began lining up hours in advance for CM Punk’s appearance at Challengers Comics, with the line reaching several blocks long. The signing was limited to 400 people who were required to obtain tickets to get in the store for the session with Punk.
When fans entered the building, they observed signs posted noting that by attending the signing, they agreed for their image to be used in a yet-to-be-released documentary. Camera crews were reportedly filming and interviewing fans who waited in line, as well as filming Punk’s interactions with the fans at the signing.
CM Punk is currently training with Roufusport Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Milwaukee in preparation for his debut with UFC later this year. Punk still lives in Chicago, but he drives approximately 90 minutes to Milwaukee a few times per week to train.
As far as an exact date for his UFC debut, Punk doesn’t know quite yet. He recently sat down for an interview with WISports, and Punk was asked on a timetable for his first bout in the Octagon.
“[In] Five more months we’re going to sit down and we’re going to talk, and we’re going to see where my weight’s at, we’re going to see how I feel. It’s no longer just up to me. It’s up to my coaches.”
One of Punk’s training partners is Ben Askren, who is widely regarded as one of the best MMA fighters in the world not signed with UFC. Askren seems impressed with Punk’s training in MMA thus far.
“He’s been outstanding in the gym. He’s been in there every day. It’s not like he came in here and said, ‘I’m a superstar, I’m going to get preferential treatment.’ He just acts like one of the guys, just working out. It’s outstanding.”
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