C.M. Punk reveals a big challenge he is currently facing before UFC 203, then calls Gall “f—ing crazy” after his response (w/Keller’s Analysis)

By Wade Keller, MMATorch editor

After C.M. Punk said in his media conference call earlier this week he knows what his strengths and weaknesses are, a reporter followed up and asked what he has found that he is good at and not so good at. Understandably, Punk didn’t get too specific considering Mickey Gall was on the conference call also. He did speak generally about being a willing and able learner.

“I think my aptitude and what I’m good at it is just absorbing everything,” he said. “We have three head coaches, a revolving group helping me with wrestling. I train with killers and former and current champions. It’s a lot to take in. I’m a sponge. To me, that’s what it’s all about. I’ve said it ad nauseum, it’s about the journey, learning different disciplines, all walks of life, my mindset is my biggest tool.”

Another reporter asked about whether he’s concerned about making the weight cut to get to 170 pounds. Punk was blunt.

“It’s terrible,” he said. “I’m like a above 200 hundred pounds right now and it’s not looking good.”

Gall jumped on that and joked that he is fine with Punk not making weight, because if that happens, he gets a percentage of Punk’s pay, which is massively higher than Gall’s. “That’s fine by me,” Gall said. “You’re welcome to come in heavy. I’d love a little bit of whatever you’re making.”

Punk showed a bit of the quick-fire acerbic verbal wit that helped make him a star in WWE. “It’d be the most money you’ve ever made in your life and if you think I’m giving you any of my purse, you’re f—ing crazy.”

Keller’s Analysis: The percent of Punk’s payday that Gall would receive might be more than his actual full payday, so Gall would have reason to root for Punk coming in heavy. That said, on a more serious note, if Punk has trouble making weight – something he has never dealt with before – it could lead to performance issues in the right (and an excuse for losing, if he’s looking for one). 

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