CM Punk signed to the UFC over a year ago and there’s been little word about when he’ll make his octagon debut, that is until today. While we still don’t have a concrete date for Punk’s debut we do know who he will be facing.
Mickey Gall was a contestant on Dana White’s reality Youtube series, ‘So You Think You Can Fight.’ After his victory he called out UFC-rookie CM Punk and Dana White seemed to think that was a good idea.
Gall is a smart kid and he knew that CM Punk was his golden ticket. It’s hard to blame him for going all out to land the fight.
“I found out [that White and company would be in attendance] a little bit less than a month before the fight,” Gall told MMAFighting.com “Frankie Perez, who owns that series, called me, and I was like, ‘Dude, listen.’ I already had an opponent fall through, so I was like, ‘Oh, s–t. What is it? What?’ He goes, ‘Listen, big news. Dana White’s going to be there.’ And my heart kind of, I got excited but also nervous as heck right away. I was like, ‘Alright, man, cool.’ He said, ‘This is a big opportunity, blah, blah, blah.’
“Then he gets on the phone with me, and I’m like, ‘Oh. I’m going to call out CM Punk for sure.’ It was so obvious to me. That’s the only guy in the UFC for me right now, you know? They needed to find a light record. He couldn’t fight some 9-1 guy. So I go in there, I got a win. He’s 0-0. I’m 1-0. That’s a light record. The commission will approve that. I can fight that dude and make the most of that opportunity.”
If Mickey Gall wins he’ll be an instant star and if he loses he’ll return back to relative obscurity. Even with that on his shoulders he has much less pressure than CM Punk. Punk left the WWE to prove that he can succeed in anything he puts his mind towards but the UFC has proved to be a challenge for the previously self-proclaimed ‘Best in the World.” Gall feels as though Punk’s over his head in MMA.
“Honestly, man, I think that guy’s used to going into a ring and whispering to his guy, ‘Hey, let’s do a clothesline. Hey, let’s practice jumping off the ropes and this and that,” Gall said. “I think when he gets in there and he has me coming at him looking to kill him, I don’t think he’ll be able to handle it. He’s a professional wrestler, and he’s great at that. He’s made himself a millionaire doing that. But now he’s stepping into a different world, and I think he’d be in a lot of trouble.”
It seems as though UFC 200 will be the target date for Punk’s debut and on that night we will see if he’s a one time cash grab or a legit MMA fighter.