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UFC signs CM Punk to multi-fight contract: Former WWE wrestler Phil Brooks expected to debut in 2015

Weight class is "up in the air" but leaning toward middleweight or perhaps even welterweight.

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Yes, former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champion Phil Brooks, 36, has signed a mixed martial arts (MMA) contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

No, "CM Punk" isn't fighting longtime veteran Phil Baroni (despite this).

Despite no combat sports experience, Brooks (0-0) -- who trains jiu-jitsu under Rener and Ryron Gracie -- will be given a shot under the brightest of lights, beginning with his debut in 2015 at either middleweight or welterweight, depending on how well his "test cut" goes while searching for a fight camp to call home.

Watch Brooks' video announcement right here.

UFC President Dana White announced he was meeting with Brooks at the UFC 181: "Hendricks vs. Lawler" pay-per-view (PPV) event, which took place on Saturday night (Dec. 6, 2014) inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada (full results here).

"You never know (if someone can fight) until you get in there," White told Jim Rome (via MMA Junkie). "He's not a guy that we would do what we did with Brock; we threw Brock right to the wolves. Brock started fighting all the top heavyweights in the world because of his wrestling background. CM Punk, 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."

Win, lose, or draw, this is going to be interesting.

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