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CM Punk on back surgery that delayed UFC debut: ‘I felt like sh*t about it’

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By the time Mickey Gall punched his golden ticket to welcome CM Punk into the UFC, Punk already had a feeling the date might be postponed. Unfortunately, he ended up being right. Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back less than a week after Gall’s victory at UFC Fight Night 82, delaying the former professional wrestler’s Octagon debut until later this year.

“Thankfully, the silver lining is that we didn’t actually have a date,” Punk said Monday on The MMA Hour.

“I felt like sh*t about it. I wanted to tell everybody, but it was also a case of let’s just see where this goes and see what happens. I got the MRI Friday night and I was literally diagnosed Saturday, right before I walked out to watch Mickey and Michael Jackson fight.”

For Punk, the confirmation of an injury represented both good and bad news. While it drastically reduced any hopes of him fighting in the summer, it also answered a lot of questions the 37-year-old had been dealing with for years — questions which hampered his mixed martial arts training and often left him sidelined after basic tasks.

“It was certainly a bitter pill to swallow, but there is a flipside to the coin that I was trying to focus on,” Punk said. “That, holy sh*t, I have a herniated disk and I have had this herniated disk. Who knows how long I’ve had it? I was relieved to get properly diagnosed and it was exciting almost to go, okay, we can take care of this, and then when I come back I’ll be 100-percent. Because there’s always little things.

“If I got taken down, sometimes that put me on the shelf for a couple days. So it was a ….View full article

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