The presence of support felt prior to a historic event goes a long way for the individual concerned. That’s the current scenario in Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brook’s life, despite receiving mixed responses from the majority of the UFC roster, his former colleague from the WWE still seems to have got his back.
The ‘Hardcore Legend’ Mick Foley recently broke the silence of the WWE roster turning mute on the topic of their company’s former top superstar CM Punk’s Octagon debut. The reason being the publicly stated reason of CM Punk’s departure from the company, talked about in a Podcast with his buddy (or former buddy) Colt Cabana.
Hence, it’s highly unlikely to see any WWE employee to be on the wrong side of the company, probably fearing suspension or worse, and in this process, keeping mum on Punk’s impending MMA debut.
But the Hardcore Legend proved to be made of sterner stuff, and publicky wished his good old friend luck on his UFC 203 debut against Mickey Gall this weekend.
“Hey, Punk, it’s your old friend Mick Foley. Just wanted to tell you that I’m rooting for you, a lot of people are rooting for you. A lot of people are rooting against you but I know you’re the type of guy that really enjoys proving people wrong.
I know nothing is certain in life or in UFC, but if there’s one thing I would be on, it’s that win, lose or draw, you will leave absolutely everything you have out there in the Octagon. I’m proud of you, as I know you’re going to do great. Best of luck, buddy.”
There has been some debate whether the CM Punk that was featured in the ‘Evolution of Punk’ is the same guy who will show up to fight, but even marked improvements wouldn’t be amiss, considering that he trains with some of the best fighters in the world.
With the likes of former UFC champion Anthony Pettis, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and the legendary Duke Rufous, we can be sure that his preparation would be complete. Not a tiny hint of doubt seems to be lingering on his abilities, at least as far as they are concerned. It is also noteworthy that CM Punk learns BJJ from Rener Gracie, of Gracie Breakdown fame.
CM Punk will face Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in Quicken Loans Arena at Cleveland, Ohio.