CM Punk's UFC debut delayed after back surgery

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CM Punk underwent back surgery in Chicago.

UFC fans will be forced to wait a little longer to see former WWE star CM Punk in the Octagon.

The welterweight fighter is yet to compete in the UFC since signing for the promotion in 2014 after suffering injury setbacks.

Punk, real name Phil Brooks, revealed to MMAFighting.com that he is set for another spell on the sidelines after he underwent back surgery on a herniated disc in Chicago on Wednesday.

“My back has always bugged me,” Punk told the website. “Figured it was just wrestling s**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.”

Punk’s highly-anticipated debut last summer was delayed by a shoulder injury.

He was then due to take on Mickey Gall this summer after the 24-year-old defeated Mike Jackson in the first round of his UFC debut last weekend to earn the right to welcome Punk to the UFC.

However, those plans will now change as the former WWE champion goes in for surgery with his recovery time expected to be four-to-six weeks.

He noted in the interview that he still intends to fight at least once in 2016.

“This is just a bump in the road,” he added. “I’m positive about this.”

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Daniel Cormier previews rematch with Jon Jones at UFC 197

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Cormier lost the initial fight to Jones in January last year but has since gone on to win the title that Jones was stripped of last March.

A string of controversies have followed Jones’ career and he has not fought in the octagon since defeating Cormier after a hit-and-run incident that brought about the end of his title run before being reinstated to the UFC in October 2015.

And Cormier believes both fighters are different entities now, stating that the first defeat to Jones left a nasty taste in his mouth that he hopes to finally get rid of when the two meet at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand on April 23.










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FitRepublik coach Anas Siraj Mounir's top three MMA tips

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Alex Nacfur and Anas Siraj Mounir practice their skills at FitRepublik.

The mixed martial arts boom has well and truly reached the Middle East, with many gyms now offering extensive training for those interested in taking up one of the fastest-growing sports in the world.

In Dubai, the stylish FitRepublik gym at Sports City has been among those to join the MMA revolution.  Crowned Functional Facility of the Year at the 2015 Fit Awards, FitRepublik boasts a state-of-the-art MMA zone – complete with boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai, as well as a remarkable octagon.

A collection of high-profile coaches are on hand to help develop fighters, with Anas Sinaj Mounir surely one of the most recognisable. ‘The Moroccan Sensation’ has a 5-1 record on the Desert Force circuit, with his reputation soaring after a recent victory over Jordan’s Tareq Hamdi in Dubai.

Despite being one of the most in-demand Arab fighters around, Sinaj Mounir still finds time to coach and so Sport360 took the opportunity to pick his brains on what it takes to train for MMA. These are the Casablancan grappler’s top three training tips.

TIP 1 – HALF GUARD ESCAPE

TIP 2 – OPEN GUARD PASS

TIP 3 – GUARD PASS

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