Despite many UFC fans not wanting to see him get inside the Octagon, CM Punk’s much-awaited debut has been delayed until further notice. This is because he is scheduled to have back surgery on Wednesday.
Punk, AKA Phil Brooks, spoke with MMAFighting.com and told them that he is having the surgery to repair a herniated disc. The Chicago native blamed his lingering injury on his former profession.
“My back has always bugged me,” Punk told the website. “Figured it was just wrestling sh*t. Turns out it was.
“It got bad enough to the point where I couldn’t do anything the week before I went to train with the New Jersey Devils last month. One day I could manage, the next day I couldn’t. I’ve been in agony for almost a month. Chiropractor, acupuncture, massage, cryotherapy … nothing worked.”
Punk learned over the weekend that his first opponent would indeed be fellow UFC newcomer Mickey Gall. Punk was expected to make his debut over the summer, likely at UFC 200 in July.
This surgery will keep him out of action four to six weeks, but Punk is confident that he will still fight at least once in 2016. He also explained that his surgery is very similar to what UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez had last week.
“This is just a bump in the road,” he said. “I’m positive about this.”
Here’s to Punk making a full and speedy recovery so the fans who want to see him make his debut finally get that luxury.