Since leaving WWE back in July 2014, CM Punk has been attempting to make the transition to UFC.
19 months on from his WWE exit, however, fans of both UFC and WWE are still waiting to see Punk, real name Phil Brooks, make his debut in the Octagon.
Things have, at least, moved one step closer to that reality after events in Las Vegas on Saturday.
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That's after Mickey Gall knocked down and defeated Mike Jackson at UFC Fight Night 82. The 45-second submission victory for Gall saw him win the right to take on Punk.
There are still plenty of hurdles still to overcome before fans can finally see whether the former WWE Superstar was right to make the switch to MMA.
Although Gall, a 24-year-old New Jersey native with a 2-0 MMA record, is now set as Punk's opponent, the date and venue of the fight are still unknown.
Punk was watching on at Fight Night 82 and, meeting Gall in the middle of the Octagon after the latter's win, he exchanged words with his future opponent:
"I said to him up there, 'that's the way you wanted to win', he said 'I plan on continuing that'. I said 'good for you. Good for you," the 37-year-old said via BloodyElbow.com.
"It's going to be harder (not knowing much about my opponent), but I'm more of a mystery than he is, though."
Despite the lack of experience of both fighters, Punk's history and route to UFC will ensure there are plenty of fans watching when he and Gill do eventually come face-to-face.
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