Former WWE Champion and now UFC fighter CM Punk made headlines earlier this month, revealing he’d suffered a shoulder injury that would force him out of the gym and further delay his promotional debut inside the Octagon.
He suffered the injury late August, but said on The MMA Hour that he’s feeling “exponentially better.” Punk, otherwise known by his legal name Phil Brooks, says he’s still dealing with a bit of pain, but has regained his range of motion in the shoulder.
The shoulder hasn’t regained its strength back to 100 percent, but he says things could’ve been a lot worse.
Brooks said on The MMA Hour Monday:
“I dodged a bullet. The doctor who gave me an MRI said that nothing was torn. We were originally concerned that it was a labrum or a rotator cuff and that’s not the case. I might’ve slightly torn something unfortunately, MRI’s not 100 percent conclusive, is what the doctor said to me; which is probably the worst thing you can say to me because I’m all f—–g paranoid that something is torn.
It’s been really, really frustrating but I take it day to day. I find other stuff to do with my time and I bust my ass and try to get back to 100 percent so I can continue training.”
Brooks said the injury occurred while sparring with another fighter at Roufusport Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His sparring partner was latched onto his back when Brooks attempted to transition into the full guard when he felt his shoulder pop.
“It was one of those pops where everyone in the room just kind of stops and looks,” he said.
There’s no word on when he’ll be making his UFC debut, though he says he’s not sure if the injury delayed him at all. He says he hopes to have an estimated debut date by January 2016.