Finally, nearly two years after signing with the UFC, a now 37-year-old CM Punk is only days away from getting into the octagon and facing up and comer Micky Gall.
Punk was a multiple-time world champion in the WWE, but he switched up professions after departing from the wrestling world frustrated with his health and overall creative process.
His first bout is against Gall, a fighter who is 13 years his junior. Punk finds himself on the undercard of UFC 203 where Alistair Overeem will challenge Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title.
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The challenger doesn't believe Punk truly appreciates the gravity of what he is getting himself in for and he going to be subject to a rude awakening on Saturday night.
Speaking to media in Los Angeles on Monday, Overeem said: “To me, he’s making a mistake. He doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into.
“He’s talking about ‘I want to test myself' and this and that – well, he’s going to be tested.”
But Punk - real name Phil Brooks - doesn’t appear to be that concerned: “Bodyweight, height, reach – we are almost identical and experience goes to him.
“He’s fought before and I haven’t. I think he’s a tough kid but his fights have been pretty short so I’ve not been able to see all them skills.”
Punk's training videos have been awful, and they don't appear to have been designed to give off that impression. He genuinely looks a sluggish striker with precious little power.
Facing the 2-0 Gall certainly isn't as tough as it gets, but it wouldn't be surprising if this wasn't the first and last time we see Punk in the world of the MMA.