A lot of fans, pundits and fighters believe CM Punk could be in for a short, and unpleasant night when he takes on Mickey Gall, and Jim Miller is one of those folks. Granted, the lightweight is one of Gall’s coaches…
After impressing UFC boss man Dana White last fall, during the taping of “Lookin’ for a Fight”, Gall was booked to face Mike Jackson this past Februray. Gall quickly won the bout, and in doing so, was scheduled to face Punk in his MMA debut, September 10th at UFC 203. Considering how big of a deal Punk is in the pro-wrestling world, there’s no doubt this will be Gall’s biggest fight to date.
The 24 year-old prospect has been training with Miller, who knows a little something about all this ultimate fighting stuff. The BJJ black belt and rugged vet told MMA Fighting.com the following, while discussing what advice he has for Gall:
“It’s definitely big,” Miller said. “It’s Mickey’s third pro fight. There’s a lot of pressure. He handled that first fight fantastically. The pressure involved, coming in and having all this hype around him, he handled it great. There’s going to be even more for this one. Even though I think his opponent is less dangerous — he is taking a step down opponent wise — you can’t let the nerves get to you. Hopefully, he can keep everything in check. He’s got a good head on his shoulders. I think he will. I don’t think CM stands a chance.”
There’s certainly going to be a lot of eyeballs on this fight, and it’s a huge opportunity for Gall to get his name out there.
It will be interesting to see what goes down. Since Gall has been training for several years now, and has pro and amateur bouts under his belt, he’s a considerable favorite to defeat Punk. But, for all we know, perhaps Duke Roufus has turned Punk into an absolute machine?
UFC 203 will take place in Cleveland, Ohio. Miller, meanwhile, will fight Joe Lauzon at UFC on FOX 21, August 27th.