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Former WWE champion CM Punk signs with the UFC

Punk will make his MMA debut in 2015.

Source: UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship/YouTube

FORMER WWE CHAMPION CM Punk has signed with the UFC.

Punk — whose real name is Phil Brooks — will follow in the footsteps of Brock Lesnar and Dave Bautista and step into the Octagon in 2015.

“I have a background in kempo and I’ve done Brazilian jiu-jitsu off and on for a very, very long time,” the 36-year-old told Joe Rogan on Saturday night.

The idea of being able to step into the Octagon and find out what’s inside myself and test myself is an opportunity that I was not able to deny myself.

“I don’t think I would have been able to live with myself if I did not give this a shot.”

Punk is expected to fight in the middleweight division, UFC president Dana White told reporters.

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