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CM Punk Is Too Nice: The Former WWE Star Trains for His UFC Debut

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CM Punk, photographed at Roufusport Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Milwaukee. Photo by Sara Stathas

CM Punk, photographed at Roufusport Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Milwaukee. Photo by Sara Stathas

by Kenny Herzog – Rolling Stone
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/features/cm-punk-is-too-nice-the-former-wwe-star-trains-for-his-ufc-debut-20150810#ixzz3iSH9SNWB

“Bop, bop, bop!”

With every series of jabs CM Punk lands, his muay thai coach, Scott Cushman, annunciates the impact. Bouncing on his toes, Punk lunges forward for another combination into Cushman’s gloves. “Bop, bop!” This carries on for a few more minutes until a tiny digital timekeeper buzzes, signaling that it’s time to rotate and simulate a new series of strikes. When their hour-long session expires, Punk’s sweat-soaked Marvel T-shirt is saturated a new hue of blue.

“I’m always a little bit frustrated, because it’s just repetition to get muscle memory down so I’m not making the same mistakes,” he says, pausing to catch his breath and peel a banana, which is all he can really keep down during workouts. “I think it’s a lot harder than people realize. You’re re-learning this entirely new skillset and trying to condition your body to do things it wouldn’t normally do. It’s challenging and it’s fun.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/features/cm-punk-is-too-nice-the-former-wwe-star-trains-for-his-ufc-debut-20150810#ixzz3iSHKeIif
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Founder of MyMMANews.com - After writing for Ultimate MMA magazine and serving as the editor for U.S. Combat Sports, both of which went on hiatus, I decided to venture out on my own and enlist a staff of writers and photographers that could help me achieve my goal of telling stories that would otherwise go untold. We pride ourselves in taking a deeper look into the fighter, and understanding what makes them click. - #1 Dad, Marine Corps Veteran, 80's and 90's Pro Wrestling Fan, MMA Commentator, Beer Lover, and avid movie watcher. Seriously..... I watch a lot of movies.