Phil “CM Punk” Brooks announced on the UFC 181 pay-per-view that he will debut in the company in 2015.
Punk had a successful WWE career as a professional wrestler, winning the WWE championship for 434 straight days.
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“My professional wrestling days are over, it’s awesome to be here. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.”
Punk had a successful WWE career as a professional wrestler, reigning as the WWE champion for 434 straight days.
“I have a background in kempo and I’ve been doing Brazilian jiu-jitsu for a long time. 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.
“I felt like it was now or never. I have a limited window most fighters don’t have. I’m either here to win or get my ass kicked.”
Brooks stated he do a test weight cut to 185 lbs (middleweight) and may fight there or as a welterweight (170 pounds).