ESPN are reporting that Phoenix will be possibly stepping away from Linkin Park for a while to follow a career in Mixed Martial Arts. According to the report Dave has signed with the most prominent MMA organisation UFC and will make his debut in the sport later this year. Check out the full article below and a new promo image of Phoenix in UFC gloves. Read the Full Article at ESPN The UFC have announced a new acquisition to their roster with the signing of Dave 'Phoenix' Farrell, a fighter looking to make his debut into the world of Mixed Martial Arts this Summer for the UFC. Farrell based in Los Angeles, CA has been working with the Cesar Gracie Fight Team and training with the likes of Nick and Nate Diaz to work on his striking and grappling over the past year. Taking his Linkin Park persona 'Phoenix' into the Octagon is a transition Farrell says he's ready and prepared for. "It was time" says Phoenix, "The true Linkin Park fans have noticed the bass being less prominent in our most recent music. The smart fans know it's not real bass." At this moment Farrell pulls out his smart phone to show us the tweets he's been receiving "Fuck you @phoenixlp. Heavyy isnt heavy weres the bass lol" says one disgruntled fan. It's obvious this mentality has taken a toll on the Grammy Award winning artist. "I tried golf, I love golf but it just wasn't an outlet for the anger I felt when I looked at Twitter, Facebook and YouTube comments. I needed to punch something and UFC is an outlet for that". Farrell has been around the sport for a long time and has occasionally hinted at training for a possible transition into MMA. Farrell has also been to a number of events over the years which put him in contact with UFC President Dana White who actually inked the deal earlier this week. "I called 'em" says White, "I fucking called 'em. I asked him, I said "do you wanna be a fuckin' fighter or a goof?!" This ain't bass playing. A bass ain't gonna hit you back, but Dave said he wanted it so I gave it to 'em!". Farrell is looking to make his debut later this Summer with a yet unannounced opponent possibly in the Welterweight or Lightweight division. However this doesn't mean the end for Linkin Park according to Farrell "Linkin Park is always going to come first." Farrell then demonstrates this by stating he will be making his first walk to the Octagon to the Meteora anthem Easier to Run. "I love music and I love my fans and you can guarantee after driving my brand new Mercedes AMG with the unparalleled grip of those 19" AMG 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels... erm, where was I? Oh yeah, it's time for something new and I'm ready to enter the Octagon later this year". ----------------- This is a bit of a shock and came out of nowhere. Let us know what you think of Phoenix becoming a UFC fighter on our forums!