C.M. Punk lasted just two minutes and fifteen seconds in his UFC debut against Mickey Gall.
Punk was supremely disappointed in his performance and himself and acknowledged how poorly the fight went. “I lost and it sucks and it was lopsided and upsetting,” he said at last night’s post-fight press conference. “I know that I’m better than that.”
Regarding his future in MMA and the UFC Punk expressed uncertainty. “I’d love to jump back in there as quickly as I can to erase that [the loss], but I gotta go back to the drawing board,” he said, while fighting back tears. “I don’t know what happens from here on out. What if I get cut?”
Though the fight did not go the way he had hoped, Punk had no regrets about his decision to fight and the journey. “The process was magical,” he said. “Aside from the outcome, I wouldn’t change anything for the world.”
Cervantes Analysis: C.M. Punk performed about as well as anyone would’ve expected him to with just two years of experience. I would be shocked if the UFC offered him another fight after the way this one went and given that they cut James Toney after losing his debut against Randy Couture back in 2010. I respect him for pushing through all the injuries and weathering the intense scrutiny, but if Punk wanted to test himself against the best in the world to see if he could compete with them, well, he has his answer.