CM Punk Is Having Back Surgery…Debut Is Delayed
It appears CM Punk will not be making his UFC debut any time soon after all.
The former WWE superstar was expected to debut at either UFC 199 in June or UFC 200 in July against Mickey Gall, who earned the right to face Punk this past weekend with a win over Mike Jackson at UFC Fight Night from Las Vegas.
Now Punk tells MMAFighting.com that a lingering back injury from his days in the WWE will force him into surgery, further delaying his UFC debut. The news about the surgery actually came down hours before Gall fought Jackson but Punk decided to wait to reveal the injury until now.
“My back has always bugged me. Figured it was just wrestling s–t. Turns out it was,” Punk said on Wednesday.
“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 is now scheduled to go into surgery on Wednesday to repair damage to a herniated disc in his back, which means his debut in the UFC is now undetermined.
It is no surprise CM Punk is dealing with a ton of injuries. Most professional wrestlers end up damaged at the end of their careers. Landing an elbow off the top rope may seem fake to most people but they are still landing an elbow off the top rope. They put their bodies through hell 300 days a year. It is probably the most brutal sport you can do. I can barely function the day after I mow the lawn and yet these people perform at the highest level day in and day out. I can’t wait to see if he can crossover and compete in MMA but coming from a sport where your body is constantly put through the ringer may be a difficult hill to climb.