Fight fans have been waiting for around 18 months now for CM Punk to make his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The former WWE superstar, who left the company at the start of 2014, has been in training for over a year now for his first foray into the octagon and will finally be making his long-awaited debut at the UFC 203 show later this year.
Punk will be facing the young up-and-comer Mickey Gall in that bout and his opponent has some choice words to say about Punk.
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Like a Joke
Speaking in a recent interview with Fox Sports ahead of the fight, the 24-year-old hot prospect stated that a lot of people see Punk as a joke.
"A lot of people are treating him like a joke but I'm going to look like a real (expletive) if I go out there thinking he's a joke and get myself beat."
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Gall said that he has absolutely no intentions of getting in the octagon thinking that he has already won and will be going in with a mindset that Punk is one of the best in the world, to try and keep himself at the top of his games.
"I'm going to prepare as if they say he's the best in the world. I'm going to prepare like he's the baddest dude around," Gall said.
First Round KO
According to Gall, it doesn't matter that Punk has pretty much zero fight footage for him to work off and plan for. That doesn't make Punk an unknown quantity, it just means he can impose himself however he wants.
"I don't really think I need to see tape. I'm going to force my game. I'm taking him very seriously."
With that seriousness with which he is taking the fight, Gall is still sure that he will be winning - calling a first round KO victory.
"I think I'll finish him in one round, but I'll be prepared to go three hard rounds," he said. "I think I'll be able to get him in one. That's what I do, I get people in one. I plan to do some violence, some terrible things in the fight. I'm going to make it real ugly for him."
The bookies seem to be agreeing with Gall's assessment of how the fight will go, as he opened up as the huge favourite for the UFC 203 clash. As of right now, Gall is a -300 favourite while Punk's odds are currently at +265. Vegas aren't expecting it to be close at all.
Interestingly, Gall is also something of an unknown quantity himself. He only really started fighting properly in 2014, going 2-0 as an amateur before going pro last year and building another undefeated, 2-0, record.
The New-Jersey based fighter was scouted on a regional show on Dana White's 'Looking for a Fight' reality series, after the ambitious prospect called Punk out in his post-fight interview.