Professional wrestling megastar CM Punk may have ended his tenure in the WWE universe, but he has already announced his next adventure this time as a mixed martial artist in the fabled UFC octagon.
Phillip Brooks, better known as CM Punk to WWE fans, is ready to take the next step in his career announcing that he has joined the UFC in an interview at UFC 181 on December 8.
This unexpected announcement has gotten the former wrestler and fight fans the world over excited and eager to see how he will fair.
“This is my new career, 100 percent,” CM Punk said at UFC 181.
“I’m going to go full steam ahead, all systems go after today, and it’s going to be fun.”
Punk is set to make his UFC debut in 2015 in their middleweight or possibly welterweight divisions.
Having only left the WWE in January of 2014, this is a quick turnaround for 36-the year-old who is wasting no time in making his next move as he feels that time is against him.
“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 said.
“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.”
As a long-time fan of MMA, the former WWE champion has frequented UFC events leading to a keen intent on joining the promotion.
Aiding his passion was a Kempo and Brazilian-jiu-jitsu background, which along with a storied career built on putting his body on-the-line in a WWE ring, made what at first glance is crazy, possible.
After all, Brooks is not the only pro-wrestler to try his hand at MMA.
There is of course the example of Brock Lesnar who went on to take out the UFC’s Heavyweight title.
Similarly, Bobby Lashley with an MMA record of 12-2 has become a notable name in heavyweight divisions within promotions outside the UFC.
Great examples, yes, but they do not paint the entire picture.
Both Lesnar and Lashley were accomplished amateur wrestlers, which any MMA fan can tell you is a terrific base to begin from.
Punk on the other hand is not an amateur wrestler and has no legitimate professional fight experience.
It will be a lot harder for the budding mixed martial artist to transition into a sport that notoriously takes no prisoners.
With that in mind, UFC President Dana White says that concessions will be made to accommodate Punk’s inexperience.
“He wanted to fight here. He wanted to give it a shot, so we gave him an opportunity,” White told ESPN.com.
“It’s not like Brock Lesnar. We’re not going to throw the kitchen sink at him. Lesnar had a wrestling background. [CM Punk] is going to fight a guy who is 1-0, 1-1, 2-1 [with their MMA records].”
With this in mind, some proposed fights have already been thrown out there.
Most notably, is a super-fight with Jason David Frank, who is best known as the Green Ranger in the original generation of the long-running Power Rangers TV show.
Frank, 41, is in the same age bracket as Punk and is also relatively inexperienced boasting a professional MMA record of 1 – 0.
This fight is something that presents as promoters dream and a must-see on any MMA, WWE or even Power Rangers fan’s calendar.
The same can be said about any future fight that Punk will take part in.
He will be a huge draw that will cause a spectacle that many fans will enjoy.
This is why with his consent, background of skills and an obvious ability to compete there should be no real issues with his MMA career.
Fighters may dislike the heightened attention he will receive, but the increased exposure and profit he is sure to create might just force them to do what they are so used to doing – and take one on the chin.
As long as Punk is willing to put his body on the line and the promotion is able to find him genuine fights, then this experiment should ultimately prove positive.
CM Punk – Coming to a UFC octagon near you soon.
Written By – Juan Estepa @EstepaJ