CM Punk found the next step in his in-ring career last weekend, signing a deal with UFC to fight in 2015.

“This is my new career, 100 percent,” CM Punk said in a statement. “I’m going to go full steam ahead, all systems go after today, and it’s going to be fun.”

According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, UFC president Dana White said Punk intends to fight at middleweight.

On SiriusXM Fight Club this week, former pro wrestling superstar and mixed martial arts commentator Goldberg, or “Bill from California” as he was introduced on the program, gave his take on Punk’s squared circle-to-octagon move.

“I don’t know CM. I know that he’s done some training,” Goldberg said. “At least he’s got the balls to get in there and do it.”

The last WWE superstar to transition to UFC was Brock Lesnar. An amateur wrestler at the University of Minnesota, Lesnar joined UFC and made his debut in the octagon in 2008. He went on to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship from Randy Couture at UFC 91, and defended it twice, first against Frank Mir, and then against Shane Carwin.

The similarities between Lesnar and Punk’s transitions to UFC don’t go very far though, Goldberg explained.

“This is a totally different scenario with CM Punk. He doesn’t have [Lesnar’s] credentials,” Goldberg said. “But what he does have, and what you guys have touched on, is he has the ability to crossover to other areas.”

Will the signing be a good thing for the sport? Goldberg said there’s no way the signing can go wrong.

“If you gotta bring a little theatrics into it and a little circus atmosphere just to move the tilt a little bit, then why not. Because at the end of the day, if the worst thing that happens is you see the discrepancy between the athletic ability between a top UFC fighter and a quote-unquote ‘fake wrestler,’ then you guy can laugh all the way to the bank, and you were right,” Goldberg said.

“Dana’s smart,” he continued. “He’s Vince McMahon in training . As far as the pay-per-view business is concerned, with them being 40 percent down last year or overall being 40 percent down, why the hell not do a CM Punk think? What do you have to lose?”

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