Watch Dana White goof on the tattoos of Conor McGregor, Brock Lesnar, Alan Belcher

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Dann StuppUFC President Dana White says he isn’t really a tattoo guy, which might be surprising for an MMA promoter.

In a new video from GQ.com, White plays a game of “Guess Those Tattoos.” And in the world of MMA, there’s no shortage of ink.

It gives White ample opportunity to goof on the likes of UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, ex-heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, former interim titleholder Carlos Condit, former contender Alan Belcher (and his infamous Johnny Cash ink), vet Darren Elkins, WWE star turned MMA fighter Phil “CM Punk” Brooks and others.

“I think tattoos are a bad idea, whether you’re a fighter or not,” White says. “But man, fighters got some bad taste in tattoos.”

When asked to identify fighters by their tattoos alone, White had a surprisingly solid success rate.

Check out the full video above.

And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Coach: 'CM Punk' learned from 'real beating' in debut, motivated for 2nd UFC fight

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One of the most prominent cliches throughout MMA history is that fighters often learn more from a loss than a win. For Phil “CM Punk” Brooks, however, that adage is truer than for most.

Punk (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a former WWE superstar who made the transition to MMA this past year and was immediately signed to the UFC despite a nonexistent combat-sports resume, took a shellacking in his promotional debut bout at UFC 203 in September 2016.

Fighting unbeaten prospect Mickey Gall (4-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), Punk was clearly out of his element. He whiffed on his first and only punch of the fight before he was taken down, pounded on and submitted all within a few minutes. It was an ugly performance, but one that failed to force him to turn his back on the sport.

Punk has been training consistently at Roufusport in Milwaukee in the nearly 14 months since his loss, and according to head coach Duke Roufus, his sophomore fight is close to being signed.

“(UFC President Dana White) and the matchmakers had their weekly matchmaking meeting yesterday, and we’ll get some news soon,” Roufus told the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast with Jim Norton and former UFC welterweight champ Matt Serra. “I just think the first time you step in the octagon, there’s something special you’ve got to deal with getting in there. For Punk, this sounds really weird, but now he knows what a beating feels like – a real beating.”

Roufus said the one-sided nature of Punk’s debut will only help him flourish going forward. Not only because there’s only room for improvement given his lackluster performance, but because he knows what it feels like to share the octagon with someone who will really put it on him, rather than simulating a fight in the training room.

Although Roufus didn’t mention a date, location or potential opponent for Punk’s next UFC fight, he did say a far superior version of the fighter will step in the octagon. Punk turned 39 today, though, and it remains to be seen how far he can go given his age and physical restrictions after his career in pro wrestling.

“I think (a loss like Punk’s at UFC 203) will help a lot of fighters to the point of haunting them, like, ‘No, I don’t want to feel this way ever again,’” Roufus said. “It’s not the physical. These guys are tough. It’s the mental anguish. You don’t want to feel that depressing, embarrassing feeling of getting beat up in front of God and everyone. It’s no fun. It’s been great motivation for him.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Is CM Punk's return to UFC imminent? He's apparently training like it is

CM Punk is hard at work, preparing for his second fight in the UFC.

At least that’s what it looks like based on an Instagram post by MMA trainer Duke Roufus, who serves as Punk’s head coach at Roufusport in Milwaukee.

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Punk (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a former WWE star, hasn’t competed since a first-round submission loss to Mickey Gall in his MMA debut at UFC 203 last year. It was widely considered a failure for Punk, who wasn’t able to mount any offense before tapping out to a rear-naked choke just 2:14 into the fight.

Roufus’ Instagram post caption is curious, with him specifically stating Punk is back in camp “working on his next fight,” which makes you wonder if a booking could be in the works. Is it possible Punk fights before the end of the year as Roufus hinted at back in August.

For what it’s worth, UFC President Dana White said shortly after Punk’s loss that he would “probably not” continue fighting for the organization, though he’s never taken a definitive stance.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMA coach hints at a CM Punk return to UFC this year

It appears a second MMA fight is on the horizon for former WWE wrestler and current UFC competitor Phil “CM Punk” Brooks.

Punk (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a former standout WWE superstar, hasn’t competed since a first-round submission loss to Mickey Gall in his promotional debut at UFC 203 in September. It was one of the more curious debuts in recent memory, but Punk was unable to generate any offense against a younger, faster and stronger opponent.

Although he called it a tremendous learning experience and expressed his desire to compete again as soon as possible, 11 months have now passed.

He apparently hasn’t given up on the sport, though, and according to traner Duke Roufus, who is Punk’s head coach at Roufusport in Milwaukee, the 38-year-old is slated for another fight (via Instagram):

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A potential opponent for Punk was not listed in Roufus’ post.

The proposition of a second fight for Punk is somewhat newsworthy; UFC President Dana White has been asked about giving Punk another bout many times since UFC 203, and while he’s never committed one way or another, he’s said it’s “probably not” going to happen.

It appears that stance has now changed, though.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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