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.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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