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Coach hints at potential UFC return for CM Punk

CM Punk stands in his corner before a welterweight bout at UFC 203 on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Cleveland. Mickey Gall won via submission. (AP Photo/David Dermer)
(AP Photo/David Dermer)

Former WWE superstar Phil “CM Punk” Brooks may take part in his second career MMA fight in the not too distant future.

Brooks joined UFC in December 2014 and lost his only fight, which came against Mickey Gall at UFC 203 last September in the welterweight division. He lost due to submission in the first round. But his head coach at Roufusport in Milwaukee, Duke Roufus, hinted that Brooks may have garnered a second UFC fight, posting a list of the fighters he’s trained with their records and accomplishments attached.

An Instagram post from Roufus indicated a potential upcoming fight for Brooks by listing a to-be-announced fighter next to his name without a date as well.

I am such a firm believer in #team Together Everyone Achieves More! Every year I strive to get better as a coach and build a great team culture. I am so proud of all of our team, staff and students. We Are Having Fun Getting It Done! I have the pleasure of being a part the team of current @ufc Welterweight Champion #tyronwoodley @twooodley former #ufc and #wec Champion #anthonypettis @showtimepettis Top Flyweight Contender #sergiopettis @sergiopettis #bellator Featherweight Contender #emanuelsanchez @matadorsanchez former #wwe Champion #cmpunk @cmpunk my longtime team member #erikkoch @kocheadufc rising KO Artist #paulfelder @felderpaul surging Welterweight #belalmuhammad @bullyb170 Bellator Middleweight #mikerhodes @teamrocbiggie and Middleweight Submission specialist #geraldmeerschaert @the_gm3 as members of our @roufusport team collectively they are 13-3, 9-2 in the UFC in 2-1 Bellator so far this year! The best has yet to come #roufusport #MartialArts is #Life thanks for the past & future memories. #onelove

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Though it’s been nearly a year since Brooks’ last UFC fight, he initially believed his lopsided loss to Gall was a solid learning experience.

I definitely want to keep going,” he said after the fight via MMAjunkie. “I just fell off a bike. I’m not going to shelve it and leave it in the middle of the street. I’ve got to get back on to ride.”

UFC president Dana White said after the fight that he didn’t expect Brooks to get another fight after the 38-year-old’s quick defeat following two years of training for his MMA debut. A shoulder injury initially delayed the timeline for Brooks’ debut.

Brooks signed with WWE in 2005 and won the WWE Championship on two different occasions. He was also named the WWE Superstar of the Year for 2011. He went on to retire from WWE in 2014.

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