“I respect that dude. He made himself a superstar. But it’s a big fight for me. I get to beat up a superstar. That’s what I’m going to do… I’m going to beat up CM Punk in the first round. It’s the same original prediction. I don’t think I’ll beat him quicker than this one [against Mike Jackson], but it’ll be in the first round.”
-Mickey Gall talks about CM Punk at the UFC Fight Night 82 post-fight press conference after notching his UFC debut victory on the card (transcribed by MMAJunkie.com).
Penick’s Analysis: Gall looked as good as could have been expected for a fighter in his second career bout, and did what he needed to do in order to get this June booking with the former pro wrestling star. Punk’s got his hands full without question, and is likely to be a significant underdog coming into that June debut. It’s possible Punk’s improved enough of his game with Roufusport to win a fight – we honestly will just have no idea how he’ll look until it actually happens – but it’s on the more unlikely end of the spectrum for how his debut will pan out.
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