UFC rookie Phil 'CM Punk' Brooks: 'I'm going to be an awesome student'

BY Elias Cepeda • December 11, 2014

In a new interview with FOX Sports Live (above), former WWE professional wrestling star Phil "CM Punk" Brooks said that he understands the perspective of people who have been critical of his recent signing with the UFC, but was also encouraged by the positive reception he received from others, like new welterweight champion Robbie Lawler. "I'm a polarizing figure," he said.

"I would have it no other way."

Brooks also admitted during the interview that though his strength is in his ground grappling, he is only a white belt (the lowest rank possible) in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and that he has yet to ever do any real MMA sparring. "Striking would be my biggest weakness," he acknowledged.

"I've only [sparred] with some very inexperienced people, just a few times."

When it does come time to do MMA sparring for the most unlikely UFC signing in history, the 36 year-old says he will choose a camp and gym where he won't feel too much negativity directed at him. "I don't want to step into a facility where there are people who have these negative feelings against me," he explained.

Wherever he lands, and Brooks does not yet have much of an idea where he will train for his projected 2015 UFC debut, the entertainer says he knows he will bring one positive thing to the table. "I'm going to be an awesome student," he promised.

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