Mickey Gall, who punished CM Punk with a first-round submission in his debut, told that the former WWE superstar should fight somewhere else other than the UFC. (Photo : Getty Images/Rey Del Rio)
Mickey Gall is definitely not a fan of former WWE superstar CM Punk joining the UFC after expressing his doubt that Punk should have fought elsewhere other than the UFC.
Gall himself defeated Punk in the latter's UFC debut. The submission artist did not need much time in dispatching Punk when he put the former WWE star into a rear-naked choke with just 2:14 minutes in the first round in UFC 203.
Right after Punk's loss, UFC president Dana White said that Punk will probably not stay and fight in his mixed martial arts promotion. Even after training for two years to prepare for the UFC, Punk looked like he did not belong after the brutal and quick loss from Gall.
Amid news that Punk's debut in the UFC would be his first and last, Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting reported that Punk said he is still going to pursue his UFC career noting that he is the best shape of his life.
Gall, meanwhile, told TMZ Sports that he respects Punk's enthusiasm of being around the sport and the league but thinks Punk should just fight somewhere else other than the UFC.
It can be noted that Gall said in September before his clash with Punk that he could do anything he wants with this neophyte opponent. He also said that it was the time for him to "represent real MMA fighters."
Gall has a 3-0 record in the UFC in his young career, with all his victories coming in the way of submission in the first round. He will face Sage Northcutt on Dec. 17 at UFC on Fox 22.
Punk may or may not fight in the UFC again but his name and popularity would surely pave the way for him to show up somewhere else, be it in the UFC, the WWE or some other mixed martial arts promotion.