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Former WWE Champion CM Punk Announces He's Going To UFC

The announcement comes just one month short of the professional wrestler's one year anniversary of his infamous departure from WWE.

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Almost one year after abruptly walking out of the WWE, 36-year-old professional wrestler CM Punk has signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Dana White announced on Saturday night during UFC 181 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Punk's announcement comes just one week after he appeared on Colt Cabana's Art of Wrestling podcast and spoke openly about his departure from WWE.

Welcome to the UFC @CMPunk! See you in 2015!

#UFC181@ufcFollow

Welcome to the UFC @CMPunk! See you in 2015!

10:36 PM - 06 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The announcement caused quite the stir online, with tweets from fellow wrestling stars, such as Lance Storm, The Iron Sheik, and his close friend Colt Cabana.

Got to respect @CMPunk for having the balls to do what he wants. Win or lose if he steps into the cage his a bigger man than most. #UFC

Lance Storm@LanceStormFollow

Got to respect @CMPunk for having the balls to do what he wants. Win or lose if he steps into the cage his a bigger man than most. #UFC

10:47 PM - 06 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

FUCK! ... Now I gotta learn how to hold one of those flags over an octagon.

Colt Cabana@ColtCabanaFollow

FUCK! ... Now I gotta learn how to hold one of those flags over an octagon.

2:54 PM - 07 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It's not known when in 2015 CM Punk will make his UFC debut, but he will be following in the footsteps of current WWE champion Brock Lesnar.

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Brock Lesnar left the WWE in 2004 and went on to the UFC, where he won their World Heavyweight Championship in 2008. Lesnar returned to the WWE in 2012.

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