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MMA Trainer talks CM Punk's progress, attitude, skillset, more

Ratish Menon
1.92K   //    18 Jan 2015, 19:07 IST
MMA coach happy with Punk’s progress

In a recent episode of the Jason Ellis Show, MMA trainer Duke Roufus stopped by to discuss his new pupil CM Punk and his progress in the world of MMA among other things. CM Punk, a former high-profile professional wrestler signed with the UFC last month and has been training at the Roufusport gym for over 2 weeks now.

"I know a lot of people are dragging the guy down, but I gotta say he's taking it seriously," Roufus said. "I'm not saying he's the best now, but the guy is very committed and it's going to be exciting."

"I've been training him, but I don't wanna put that video out," Roufus replied when a host asked if there was any video of Punk hitting pads yet. "He's a physical guy, when he's done with me he will be (at a professional level). Six months to a year. It will be quality over quantity. Today was his first practice with the team actually."

Roufus is of the opinion that the debut of Punk in the UFC will get the fighters more attention and that would translate to increased paychecks.

"I'm used to being around guys who are determined, willing people and he's one of them," Roufus said. "If I thought it was a joke, I wouldn't back him. I'm into the sanctity of martial arts. He's the most humble person in the gym. The best thing is that people who weren't talking about mixed martial arts are doing so now."

"The guy is a sponge, and is getting better every day." said Roufus.

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Ratish Menon
A knowledge/information junkie, I have always been a fan of sports, especially the combat variety and in my spare time, try and keep up with the fight scene as much as I can.
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