Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, will fight at either middleweight or welterweight starting in 2015.
Punk rose to fame in the
Last week on a podcast with fellow wrestler and friend Colt Cabana, Punk accused WWE of a variety of offenses, including firing him on his wedding day and misdiagnosing a severe staph infection.
The biggest box office attraction in the UFC's history was another converted pro wrestler, Brock Lesnar. However, the two situations are quite different. Lesnar was an NCAA Division I wrestling champion with enough athleticism to be offered a spot on the Minnesota Vikings practice squad despite not playing college football. Punk has trained in various martial arts disciplines for years and loves the sport, but he is by no means a high level amateur wrestler, striker or submission specialist. He is also five years older than when Lesnar made his UFC debut.
Punk's excursion into MMA likely will be more reminiscent of
Punk, for his part, insists that he is fully committed to MMA.
"This is my new career, 100%," Punk told