When former WWE superstar CM Punk signed with the UFC in December of 2014, the haters came out in full force, mocking his career as a “fake” fighter and questioning whether he could cut it in MMA. In September, after missing all of 2015 with injuries, he’ll finally get the chance to prove them wrong in his first ever fight at UFC 203.
On Thursday, the UFC announced that the 37-year-old will finally get into the cage with fellow welterweight Mickey Gall on September 20 in Cleveland. The 24-year-old Gall has only two pro fights under his belt, both of which ended with him winning with a rear-naked chokehold.
After his first fight, Gall called out Punk with Dana White in the audience. The UFC hed responded by telling Gall that if he could beat Mike Jackson at Fight Night 82, he would get his man. Gall beat Jackson and White lived up to his word.
But the Gall vs. Punk fight, which many hoped would go down at UFC 199, was delayed when Punk was laid up with yet another injury. At the time, Gall suggested that the former WWE Champion was scared. "I think he should be scared. I’m sure when he saw what I did his stomach probably dropped a little bit," he told MMA Fighting.
Punk would never admit if that was true, but he did tell the "UFC Unfiltered" podcast that there's "something seriously wrong with me."
"Everyone is trying to figure out why I would want to do this. I'm a guy who gets bored easily and I have goals and there's things in life I enjoy. It's not about the destination; it's about the journey," he said.
In two months, we'll get to see how that journey ends—as long as Punk can stay healthy.