CM Punk is set to face Mickey Gall in a long anticipated debut at UFC 203 this year and his ambition has no bounds. The former WWE star believes that he can earn a title shot in three or four fights.
Speaking with Colin Cowherd in an episode of “The Herd,” CM Punk puts to rest rumors that joining the UFC is a publicity stunt and his motivation to silence doubters:
“I know people think this is a publicity stunt, I’m never going to set foot in the Octagon. I look forward to proving them wrong, but to me, it’s not super far-fetched to be like, ‘You know what? What if I put three or four wins together? Who’s to say I don’t get a title shot?’ ”
CM Punk goes on to explain his positive mindset and gives insight into his training regimen, which includes overcoming adversity during sparring and never giving up:
“I get knocked down in training every day, so on Sept. 10 I won’t get knocked down. To wrestling fans who say, ‘Oh, this is B.S.’ — the ones who say I’m going to fight one time are the same ones now saying I’m never going to make it to the Octagon. That’s for them to say. They’re entitled to their opinion, but I’ll prove them all wrong.”
CM Punk estimates for a title shot may not be far off. Conor McGregor was promised a title shot after going into his fifth fight with Dennis Siver. However, Jose Also pulled out of the scheduled title fight and he fought Chad Mendes at UFC 189.
On the other hand, Brock Lesnar got a title shot after one win. Therefore, CM Punk might be in luck if he wins at UFC 203.
While it is unlikely that the former WWE star will gain a title shot after his first win. Three or four impressive victories may hand CM Punk a shot at the belt.
There is no doubting the business side to the UFC and big draws, such as CM Punk can get opportunities for big fights earlier in their career due to star status.
Mickey Gall is a newcomer. Therefore, CM Punk will need a decisive victory to call out a top ten fighter in his division.
Budding mixed martial artist CM Punk has awaited his UFC debut for about 18 months. Before stepping foot in the octagon, the retired wrestler has dealt with injuries and intensive training leading up to his clash with Gall.
Whether CM Punk get that title shot depends on how skilled he is and where his strengths lie. This also makes his first fight intriguing as MMA fans and his wrestling loyalist have never seen him in a match-up.
CM Punk is going into UFC 203 in September as the underdog against Mickey Gall who won his UFC debut and his first fight by submission. He was discovered on Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight series.
CM Punk’s debut in the UFC has received a mixed reaction from his fellow fighters in the rooster.
Matt Brown attacked CM Punk calling him out for ‘pussing out’ and stating he ‘ain’t no fighter’. On the other hand, Duke Roufus called CM Punk a natural striker and complimented his temperament in training.
CM Punk is without doubt a future superstar in the UFC if he can perform impressively in his debut. His fame also means that he will be critiqued closely and will have a lot of pressure on his shoulders going into UFC 203.
CM Punk, 37 will fight in the Welterweight division in the UFC. He will not be the first fighter to begin fighting at an older age, Randy Couture won the title several times over the age of 40 and competed at the highest level for a long time.
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