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Coach: Lots of other MMA promoters are interested in signing CM Punk

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CM Punk’s coach, Duke Roufus, says he’s been contacted by a ‘plethora’ of promoters interested in signing the former WWE star.

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Although CM Punk -- real name Phil Brooks -- lost in his MMA debut at UFC 203 last weekend, the former WWE world champion has vowed to continue fighting.

"I definitely want to keep going. I just fell off a bike. I'm not just going to shove it and leave it in the middle of the street. I've got to get back to the ride," Punk said shortly after UFC 203.

Punk was outclassed and submitted in the first round by welterweight prospect Mickey Gall, who was signed by the UFC after calling out Punk on Dana White’s ‘Looking for a fight’ series.

Following the loss, White affirmed what many fans already knew: that Punk simply wasn’t cut out for the UFC. Brooks’ head coach Duke Roufus, however, has revealed that plenty of other promoters have contacted him regarding a potential signing, although he didn’t state whom.

"He's got some stitches (around) his eye and he had some cauliflower ear that blew up during the fight so he has to get those healed up," said Roufus in a recent interview with Sherdog. "I know he wants to get back on the mat and keep working. I had a plethora of promoters reach out to me but I'm not his manager. People have shown great interest in working with him."

Roufus, who also trains former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, says Punk will compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments and predicts the 37-year-old will make a return to the cage.

"The game is faster, stronger, more explosive in the Octagon and that's the lesson that I think he learned the most, is to train more and work harder," added Roufus. "I think we're going to see him do some jiu jitsu tournaments to get some more competition rounds in as well... I think he's going to (fight again)."

With Bellator MMA continuing to build its brand by signing ex-UFC stars such as Chael Sonnen, perhaps CEO Scott Coker will soon add CM Punk to the roster.