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Wrestling ring or Octagon, CM Punk's trying not to make it weird

Wrestling ring or Octagon, CM Punk's trying not to make it weird

In January 2014 at Quickens Loan Arena in Cleveland, CM Punk decided his pro wrestling career was over.

Fast-forward to now and the Chicago native (real name: Phil Brooks) is on the brink of another watershed moment in that same arena: his UFC debut.

The former WWE Champion has cited burnout as why he left pro wrestling; he was tired of the traveling, the direction his character was being taken by his superiors and the overall business structure. He decided that was enough for him to begin anew.

"I've been there, I've done that, and I've accomplished everything I was going to," Punk told Complex Magazine about his decision.

The road to his first...

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