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CM Punk 'has the itch' to fight in the UFC

According to a Jan. 24 report from MMA Fighting, CM Punk says he has less than a year left on his WWE contract and that he might be interested in testing his skills in the UFC's world-famous Octagon sometime in the near future.

CM Punk has the itch to fight in the UFC
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Punk, 35, hasn't spoken to UFC President Dana White about it, even though the two men have been spotted sitting fairly close to each other at recent UFC events.

However, Punk is expected to attend this weekend's UFC on FOX show in Chicago, Illinois, so he'll have another opportunity to discuss the matter with the UFC's head honcho if he so chooses.

"I think if I talk to Dana [White] about it, it becomes that much more real," Punk said of a possible stint in the UFC. "Plus if you're Dana, what do you do with a guy like CM Punk who comes to him and says that?"

Punk isn't quite sure if he should start out on smaller regional shows or if he should jump right into deep waters with a fight on one of the UFC's PPV cards.

He did add that he would be open to trying out for a run in the UFC by competing on "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show.

"Sure," Punk said when asked if he would do the show. "That's the interesting thing. Not tooting my own horn and saying I'm a megastar or anything, but do you put CM Punk on [The Ultimate Fighter]?

"See that's the thing. We're talking about it. I don't know."

Punk isn't sure how successful he would be in a UFC fight, but he does know people would pay to watch him compete even if he got destroyed by a "real" MMA fighter.

"I have this notoriety and I have this presence, so do you put that on a small show or do you start off in the UFC? Maybe I just get guzzled. Who knows? But think of all the people who want to see me get my ass kicked!" Punk exclaimed. "Think about that. So it's a really interesting question I think.

"It's like what do you do with that? Do you put me in a UFC Octagon and does that do a good buyrate because people are interested in seeing it, or do people just want to see me get beat up? And either way everyone makes a bunch of money. I get punched in the face four nights a week, and I'm not saying it's any easier or any harder than what I do. There's similarities and there's differences."