Mickey Gall says in beating Punk he showed how elite an athlete must be to compete in UFC, talks Punk’s MMA future (w/Cervantes Analysis)

By Jonathan Cervantes, MMATorch contributor

Mickey Gall (photo credit John David Mercer © USA Today Sports)

Mickey Gall made the most of the opportunity that was given to him tonight in Cleveland.

Gall utilized his superior striking and grappling to effectively render Punk helpless and finished him via rear naked choke in just over two minutes, showing the world that it takes an exceptional breed of athlete to compete in the Octagon.

Regarding Punk’s future, Gall does not think this is the end of the line. “I think he should take some time,” he said at the post-fight press conference. “I think there’s still money to be made on him. He’s a big superstar.”

Gall also believes that with his victory he has earned a right to fight the elite in the division. “I’m ready for the UFC killers now,” he said. “That’s what I want. I want war with the best fighters in the world.”

Cervantes Analysis: Gall is making a name for himself very early on in his career for having called out C.M Punk and now Sage Northcutt. Tonight wasn’t really indicative of how well he can perform as he fought a 37 year old rookie with no prior experience, but the exposure he gained is valuable and he has plenty of time to develop as a fighter. Gall will definitely be one to watch in the future.

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