Though his first fight in the UFC was drained of drama just a few moments after it began, CM Punk is already training again at Roufusport in Milwaukee. This according to his gym-mate, the UFC's welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
Woodley, who is set to defend his title on Nov. 12 against Stephen Thompson at Madison Square Garden, was a guest an in-studio guest on The MMA Hour on Monday. He said that Punk was right back in there training after losing via a first-round submission (rear-naked choke) against Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in Cleveland on Sept. 10.
"For sure, he was in the gym the other day," Woodley said. "I was there. I saw his car outside, and I came in, I was going to say what's up to him. And then I guess he was in the shower when I was changing, so I missed him, but yeah he's back in the gym training."
Woodley didn't help specifically train Punk (real name, Phil Brooks) for his fight with Gall. Nevertheless, he was familiar with the game plan heading in, which was to go right at Gall and pressure him. The plan didn't come off as his team hoped, as Gall took Punk down and was able to make fairly quick work of him on the canvas.
The end came at 2:14 of the first round, which disappointed the optimists who were hoping the WWE crossover star would fare better.
Woodley said they were all surprised that Gall opted to take Punk down.
"If you were fighting Punk you would assume that, him getting into this sport, his striking would be the last thing he caught up on," he said. "So we expected the guy to [try to] out-strike him, so we were going to try and bum-rush him and...I'm not going to tell the whole game plan, we might have to use it again. But in general we tried to close the gap quickly and get hands on him, and the take down just surprised me and everybody else.
"We all knew there was a chance he could potentially lose, but I would have liked him to just show a little something, because he has worked so damn hard."
Woodley traveled to Cleveland on his own dime to show support for his Roufusport teammate, though he wasn't a part of his official corner.
"I flew myself out there, my own hotel room, my own car," he said. "I was walking up and down the street and fans were like, you're here just walking around by yourself? I'm like yeah, I'm here, my dude's fighting."
Woodley said that Punk picked his brain a little bit heading into the fight, but that he was cautious not to fill him up with too much to think about heading into an already stressful situation.
"He had so many people who wanted to give him inside stuff," Woodley said. "He had his three coaches, and he's got everybody that wanted to give him their tidbits on what he should do. With that said, I didn't want to do that. But he did come to me and say hey, how should I be feeling now, what should I eat, and that's when I gave him the information."
Asked if he wanted to see him back fighting in MMA again, Woodley has no reservations.
"For sure," he said. "I want to see him fight the dude that that Belal Muhammad just fight, the dude with the red mohawk [Augusto Montano]. I think he's a dude from a TUF show, a TUF show guy. I think Mickey Gall was pretty good. That was a big cup of coffee for [Punk]."