An eyebrow or two was raised when the UFC announced former WWE superstar CM Punk had signed a multi-fight deal – but after a year of waiting, he finally has an opponent.
Punk, who’s real name is Phil Brooks, will meet welterweight Mickey Gall later in the year, after Gall submitted Mike Jackson at UFC Fight Night 82 on Saturday night.
Gall’s performance in his professional debut had impressed Dana White on an episode of the UFC’s ‘Looking for a Fight’, and he called out Punk afterwards. He was subsequently given the chance to earn a crack at the Chicago native in this bout with fellow UFC newcomer, Jackson.
The 24-year-old breezed past Jackson in just 45 seconds, and was joined by Punk in the octagon shortly thereafter, where the two exchanged words. In his post-fight interview, Gall cried “feed me CM Punk”.
Punk was originally slated to make his debut in 2015, but it was pushed back. The former WWE champion was subject to criticism as well as call-outs from anybody and everybody looking for a shot at the UFC’s pot of gold. But speaking to UFC Fight Pass over the weekend, Punk said he was glad that he would finally learn the identity of his opponent.
“To me, Mickey Gall is a means to an end,” said Punk. “He’s humble, he’s respectful, and he’s smart. he called me out when he knew he had Dana (White’s) ear. He knew what he had to do, he said my name, so he did the right thing. Honestly, I’m looking forward to meeting him, he seems like a nice kid”.
Punk spoke with Ariel Helwani in the immediate aftermath of Gall’s win, and you can watch the interview below….