CM Punk is having his first ever professional MMA fight in UFC 203 on September 10th, against Micky Gall(2-0 MMA record). He has been signed to UFC since December 2014, and it’s been nearly 2 years for him to make his long-awaited debut. Due to multiple delays, many were questioning whether Punk will make it to the octagon in the first place. A constant cause for the delay has been nagging injuries, especially the back injury.
Punk being signed by the UFC was a subject of polarizing opinions with one of them being that he had no previous amateur or professional mixed-martial-arts experience. But, ultimately, UFC is a business looking to make as much money as possible, and it is undeniable that CM Punk will sell quite some pay-per-views.
UFC Middleweight champion took to twitter yesterday to state his respect to CM Punk for his courageous move:
It must be noted that Bisping himself offered to be Punk’s first opponent. But the match was never going to take place due to the vast difference in experience between the two. Both Punk and Bisping are polarizing figures in the Mixed martial arts world, albeit for different reasons. However, Bisping made a big 180 and has won the hearts of several MMA fans, something which Punk has an opportunity to do less than a month from now in UFC 203 against Micky Gall.
I respect anyone with the balls to step in the octagon and fight, and for that reason I wish @CMPunk all the best in his upcoming fight.
— michael (@bisping) 10 августа 2016 г.
Fox is going to air a CM Punk documentary on August 15, which documents Punk’s time at Roufusport MMA and his journey to his UFC debut. The trailer is shown here: Mickey Gall has finished both of his pro-MMA fights in the first round via submission, and his UFC debut was over in less than a minute via TKO. He does think that his fight with CM Punk will last a bit longer than his fight with Mike Jackson did, but he still believes that he will finish the former WWE superstar in the very first round.
With Punk being 37 years old, it seems unlikely that he’ll fight in the UFC more than once if he loses on September 10. He has said in the past that he plans to fight multiple times. He has also said that he may even get a Welterweight Title shot if he can win a few fights in a row.
Can he turn out to be a big box office draw the way Lesnar became?
— UFC (@ufc) 10 августа 2016 г.