Phil Brooks -- said he's "shooting" to make his professional mixed martial arts debut in December. The UFC has one pay-per-view, UFC 194, scheduled that month, on Dec. 5.
"I say this all the time: I'd love to fight tomorrow," Punk told UFC.com. "But I want to be as prepared as I possibly can be and I will be. I'm still shooting for December. It might be January. I'm not sure, but I'll be ready when I fight."
Punk, 36, has been training at Roufusport Academy in Milwaukee since January. The gym is home to former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and the Asia-based ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren, among others.
The former professional wrestler had no MMA experience when he announced he had signed with the UFC late last year. He is expected to fight in the welterweight division.
Punk has long stated the final decision on when he will make his debut is up to Roufusport coach Duke Roufus.
"I don't ask my coaches, 'How did I do today? Am I ready?' " Punk said. "They say, 'Come back at 7' and I come back at 7. They tell me to mop, I mop. They tell me to sweep, I sweep. If they tell me to work the mitts or come in and work extra, I do it."
LINK to full story: CM Punk aims to make UFC debut in December
On Thursday morning, UFC heavyweight Travis Browne became allegedly involved the latest case of domestic abuse in Mixed Martial Arts, as his partner Jenna Renee Webb took to Instagram to reveal deep bruising visible after the abuse.
"Probably one of the hardest decisions I've ever made was walking away from this life and starting over," Renee said in the caption along with the photographs. "I'm still ashamed for staying as long as I did. #domesticviolenceawareness."
According to Webb, a fitness model known for her work with MuscleTech, the incident occurred back in February, yet she never acted upon it because she was interested in salvaging the marriage and hoping that he changes for the better. While she eventually decided to take a stand against domestic violence, she still does not plan to press charges.
"I did what I felt in my heart that I had to do to deliver a message to other people that are being abused and other people that he may potentially abuse in the future," Webb told TMZ Sports. "I do not plan on pressing charges. I've prayed for a long time that he would become a better person, and I will continue to pray for him in hopes that he can make changes and salvage a life for him and his boys."
LINK to full story: Browne’s wife speaks out on domestic violence incident, does not plan to press charges - Bloody Elbow
Event: Invicta FC 13: "Cyborg vs. Van Duin"
Date: Thurs., July 9, 2015 on UFC Fight Pass
Location: "The Chelsea" at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada
Main Card (UFC Fight Pass):
Cristiane Justino (c) vs. Faith Van Duin -- Cyborg via TKO at 0:45 of R1.
Tonya Evinger vs. Irene Aldana -- Evinger via TKO at 4:38 of R4.
Herica Tiburcio (c) vs. Ayaka Hamasaki -- 47-48, 48-47, 49-46 SD for Hamasaki.
Under Card (UFC Fight Pass):
135 lbs.: Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Pannie Kianzad -- Kianzad via UD, 30-27 X3.
115 lbs.: Amber Brown vs. Catherine Costigan -- Brown via sub (RNC) 3:34 of R1.
125 lbs.: Amy Montenegro vs. Jamie Moyle -- Moyle by SD 29-28 X2, 28-29.
145 lbs.: Amber Leibrock vs. Marina Shafir -- Leibrock by TKO, 0:37 R1.
TORONTO, ON – Continuing to empower fitness enthusiasts around the world through its tough fitness approach, Reebok announces today its partnership with Canadian UFC® Welterweight Rory MacDonald, days before he challenges current UFC Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler during UFC 189 on July 11, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The announcement builds upon Reebok’s groundbreaking partnership with UFC, the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, and adds a second Canadian fighter to the brand’s impressive roster of UFC athletes, which includes UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk,UFC Featherweight Conor McGregor, UFC Lightweight Anthony Pettis, UFC Welterweight Johny Hendricks, UFC Women’s Strawweight Paige VanZant, UFC Featherweight Yair Rodriguez and fellow Canadian UFC Lightweight Olivier Aubin-Mercier.
MacDonald, a native of Quesnel, British-Columbia who fights out of Tristar Gym in Montreal, carries an 18-2-0 professional MMA record and will have a chance to bring the UFC Welterweight Championship belt back to Canada at UFC 189. “Rory wants to become a UFC Champion and the Reebok brand will be there to support him in achieving his goals,” said Stewart Clark, Director of Marketing for Reebok Canada. “Reebok’s vision is to empower people to push their limits to become better versions of themselves and this also applies to our partnership with Rory. We are excited to have him part of the team and look forward to his success in and out of the Octagon.”
A versatile fighter and solid defender, MacDonald is thrilled to join the Reebok team. “I am honoured to partner with Reebok, a brand that believes in working hard to get to the top and who can support me in my journey in the UFC,” said MacDonald during UFC’s International Fight Week in Vegas. “I only surround myself with the best: teammates, coaches and sparring partners, to become the very best fighter possible. And now Reebok completes the mix.”
LINK: MMA Announcement: Reebok Partners with Canadian UFC Welterweight Rory MacDonald
A former champion and a rising contender have been booked for UFC 192.
UFC President Dana White today announced on FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight” that former light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (19-3-1 MMA, 14-3-1 UFC) and Ryan Bader (19-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) have been booked for fall show.
UFC 192 takes place Oct. 3 at Toyota Center in Houston. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Evans vs. Bader, which is all but assured a main-card slot, is the first bout announced for the card.
LINK: Rashad Evans vs. Ryan Bader slated for UFC 192 in Houston | MMAjunkie
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