At the UFC 203 pre-fight press conference, CM Punk got his first taste of how intense the MMA can be as he came face-to-face with his first ever opponent, Mickey Gall, for the first time.
Punk, aka Phil Brooks, will be making his octagon debut in Cleveland this Saturday in a welterweight contest with the 2-0 Gall.
Many fans have speculated that Punk is in for a tough time after looking over his recent training videos, but the former WWE champion appears to be in a confident mood ahead of his inaugural clash, at 37-years-old.
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Gall is thirteen years his junior and is unbeaten thus far in the UFC, but Punk insists the top-class training he has undergone will stand him in good stead.
"I'm going to do what I do, what my coaches have trained me to do," Punk said about the fight. "I train with Anthony Pettis, Eric Koch, Gerald Meerschaert, Mike 'Biggie' Rhodes, a litany of guys that are way better me so they have been sharpening my skills for months and months and months so I'm ready for Mickey."
The two met for a customary staredown on the stage and while there way no Conor McGregor/Nate Diaz-esque theatrics, Punk emitted an icy-cold stare at Gall, who very calmly offered to shake his opponents hand.
Gall certainly appeared relaxed and the New Jersey-native isn't feeling the heat of his first pay-per-view bout at all.
"It's been fun," Gall said about the lead up to his fight with Punk. "I've really enjoyed the whole process. Pressure's not getting to me. I feel great."
Gall is certainly the favourite with the bookies, but everyone is desperate to see how Punk will fare in his first 'real' fight, after life in the WWE.