After some talk about potentially entering the world of mixed martial arts, the UFC has announced that former WWE wrestler CM Punk has signed a deal to fight in the octagon.
The promotion announced the signing during UFC 181 on Saturday night (Dec. 6). It will be the former wrestling star’s first stint in MMA, professionally.
“This is my new career, 100-percent,” CM Punk said in a statement. “I’m going to go full steam ahead, all systems go after today, and it’s going to be fun.”
UFC president Dana White tells ESPN.com that CM Punk will start off slow and fight at middleweight (185 pounds).
“He wanted to fight here,” White said. “He wanted to give it a shot, so we gave him an opportunity. It’s not like Brock Lesnar. We’re not going to throw the kitchen sink at him. Lesnar had a wrestling background. (CM Punk) going to fight a guy who is 1-0, 1-1, 2-1 — something like that.
“He’s been coming to fights for a long time and after his WWE contract was up, he called me and said he wanted to give it a shot. I said, ‘All right. We’ll give you a shot.’ ”
As for CM Punk’s debut, that’s still up in the air, but it will definitely take place sometime in 2015.