“CM Punk’s” (pictured) UFC debut has been delayed … again. Just four days after the former professional wrestler-turned MMA fighter was assigned his first opponent in Mickey Gall, Phil Brooks announced he will go under the knife Wednesday to repair a herniated disc.
MMAFighting.com first reported Brooks’ latest setback.
“My back has always bugged me,” Punk told MMAFighting. “Figured it was just wrestling sh*t. Turns out it was.
“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.”
With a win this past Saturday, Gall secured himself the coveted bout against Brooks by quickly submitting Mike Jackson. The two even posed for pictures inside the cage to help hype the matchup, which was rumored to take place in June at UFC 199.
According to the report, Brooks was notified by his physician that he would require surgery just before Gall took the cage, but Brooks kept that disappointing news to himself until today.
Brooks signed with the UFC back in December 2014. At the time, UFC president Dana White predicted he wouldn’t make his MMA debut until six months after joining Team Roufusport.
That soft deadline quietly came and went, as Roufus continued to sharpen the skills of his most mainstream star. Brooks then suffered a shoulder injury that further delayed his debut.
Brooks has never competed in a real mixed martial arts bout, but he has trained jiu jitsu extensively with the Gracies over the years.
Brooks turns 38 this October.
Brooks will be sideline four-to-six weeks following surgery.
Well, at least Brooks isn’t walking this broken back journey alone…