Tonight during UFC 181 a bit of a surprise was announced that former WWE superstar CM Punk has signed on to fight with the UFC starting in 2015. CM Punk is no stranger to UFC in the sense that he has been a fan for many years and has attended many UFC fights live. No official announcement was made on what weight class CM Punk will fight under or what camp he will train under, we will have to wait for those details sometime down the road.
Rumors have been going around that former UFC Heavyweight Champion and current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar is planning a return to the UFC once his WWE contract expires after WrestleMania. 2015 has potential to be a huge year for the UFC for star power, because that is one thing it has been lacking for a few years besides having Ronda Rousey. I think CM Punk is a huge addition to the UFC roster, his fighting style will have to be judged at a later date, but if things don’t work out in the cage I think CM Punk would be a good addition in front of the UFC camera’s as an announcer of some sort. While wrestling fans all hope CM Punk will return to the wrestling ring one day, it looks like at least for now we will have to get our CM Punk fix in the octagon.
Here is the official announcement from UFC.com:
UFC SIGNS FORMER WWE SUPERSTAR PHIL “CM PUNK” BROOKS
Former WWE superstar Phil “CM Punk” Brooks has signed with the UFC and will make his debut in what promises to be an exciting 2015 for fight fans.
“My professional wrestling days are over, it’s awesome to be here,” Brooks said. “This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.”
The announcement was made during Saturday’s UFC 181 card.
In addition to his years in the pro wrestling arena, Brooks, 36, is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner who has trained with renowned black belt Rener Gracie.
“I have a background in kempo and I’ve been doing Brazilian jiu-jitsu for a long time,” Brooks said. “This is my new career, 100-percent. I’m going to go full steam ahead, all systems go after today, and it’s going to be fun. I have nothing but respect for everybody here at the UFC, everybody who steps in the Octagon to fight. And when it’s all said and done, when I’m finished, everybody’s going to have to respect me because I have come here to fight.”
Other pro wrestling standouts who have made an impact in the Octagon include former UFC heavyweight champions Brock Lesnar and Josh Barnett, and UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock.
“I felt like it was now or never,” Brooks said. “I have a limited window most fighters don’t have. I’m either here to win or get my ass kicked.”
Brooks’ debut will take place at a date and location to be announced.