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Breaking News: CM Punk signs multi-fight contract with the UFC

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Punk with UFC champ and WWE superfan Ronda Rousey

It was quickly becoming time to add those “CM Punk to sign with the UFC” headlines to the seemingly monthly ‘Brock headed back to the UFC’ and ‘Gina Carano signs with the UFC’ posts that continue to garner tons of traffic for every MMA and PW websites in existence. Tonight though, inside of the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada – it all became a reality.

Ever since he left the WWE earlier this year, the silent Punk had continued to train jiu-jitsu with Rener Gracie over at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, CA. That silence ended on Thanksgiving when the first of two ‘The Art of  Wrestling with Colt Cabana‘ podcasts dropped and shook the pro wrestling world to its very core. Although Punk never really mentioned anything about the UFC in either podcast with his old buddy, UFC President Dana White didn’t shy away from TMZ when they asked about Punk yesterday.

“He is a big fan and I like him very much,” White said. He’s a great dude. I don’t know if he can fight or anything like that but sure, I wouldn’t mind talking to CM Punk.”

White would address the situation again when he appeared on CBS Sports’  The Jim Rome Show later on in the day. “He left the WWE for whatever reason and he’s a huge fan of the UFC. He’s been training for a few years now and he’s interested in fighting so, I’m interested in talking to him,” White told Rome.

White would go on to say that Punk is coming to tonight’s UFC 181 show (currently in progress) and that the two are going to talk shop.

After Tony ‘El Cucuy’ Ferguson submitted Abel Trujillo in the first fight to air on the PPV portion of tonight’s card, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan joined CM Punk to make things official.

“I don’t think I’d be able to live with myself if I did’t give this a shot,” Punk told Rogan about his new career. Punk would go on to tell Rogan that he will likely compete at middleweight but could see himself dropping to welterweight.

So now that Punk has signed with the UFC, where does he start? Should he get thrown to the wolves right away like Brock Lesnar was? Not according to White. “We would bring him in just like any regular fighter, and he would fight a guy with a similar record to his, which is 0-0,” the President explained.

Now that we know Punk will be competing professionally in the sport he loves so much we have to find a good spot for “The Voice of the Voiceless.” The UFC would love to boost their Fight Pass subscription rate and putting CM Punk’s first professional MMA fight on the exclusive service to open up any given card is a no-brainer. Another option would be to have Punk debut for Ed Soares’ RFA promotion on AXS TV against another fighter as green as him to pad that record a little before making his UFC debut. From a sheer business standpoint though, Punk will likely be featured on a PPV. Who will he fight? Your guess is as good as mine.

Regardless, Punk has proven he’s still a very hot commodity. After all, many writers and fans alike have called his recent appearances on Colt Cabana’s podcast more entertaining that any episode of WWE Monday Night RAW this year. It doesn’t hurt to mention that his new t-shirts on ProWrestlingTees.com broke their site as well, forcing them to move to a new server.

Update: It’s been confirmed that Punk has signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC and he will debut in 2015. Stay tuned for plenty more right here at fightbooth.com.

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