First, “The New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni called him a “whiney b*tch” and challenged him to sign with Bellator MMA and fight him, and now we’ve got Punk’s jiu-jitsu coach Rener Gracie being asked how he would fare.
During a recent discussion with MMAFighting.com, Gracie explanied his take on Punk possibly competing in MMA.
Below are some excerpts from the interview.
“He’s showing up for two weeks at a time, training exclusively with me, 100 percent, then he’s out. Then he comes back six months later. So, there’s not been enough consistency to concern ourselves with belts. But man, he’s remarkable. He’s in the top tier of students that I’ve ever worked with as far as his retention ability goes — his athleticism and his ability to train for long periods of time, because he’s very resilient and very athletic. I don’t know what he wants to do with it, where he wants to take it. I just enjoy the process and having students as dedicated as him.”
“Absolutely, without a doubt, if he wanted to apply himself to any skill, he would have to apply himself like he does to jiu-jitsu to the other arts as well to make sure he’s well-rounded. But this is something completely speculative that I know nothing about. For now it’s just jiu-jitsu 100 percent.”
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