The CM Punk rumour mill has been in full swing since his departure from the WWE back in January but finally an official announcement.
CM Punk has joined the UFC!
The 6 foot 2 Chicagoan who goes by the real name of Phil Brookes made the announcement last night at UFC 181. The former WWE Champion is a pupil of Rener Gracie at the Gracie Academy and has been known to specialise in Jiu-Jitsu and kempo.
“This is my new career, 100 percent,” CM Punk said in a statement. “I’m going to go full steam ahead, all systems go after today, and it’s going to be fun”
And the UFC were quick to welcome him too:
— UFC (@ufc) December 7, 2014
It’s still not unclear which weight Punk will fight at in 2015 although company owner Dana White said he intends to fight middleweight but could also drop to welterweight.
His wife, WWE Diva AJ Lee also tweeted her delight at the announcement:
I am the proudest wife in the world. pic.twitter.com/N02RJzumQK
— A.J. (@AJBrooks) December 7, 2014