Typically, fighters with 2-0 records don’t wind up on a UFC poster, and Mickey Gall is clearly aware of this fact.
The 24 year-old welterweight will take on CM Punk, or Phil Brooks, this Saturday night, who will be making his pro MMA debut. Since Punk was a huge name in the pro-wrestling world, the fight has a lot of buzz, and as a result, both men are on the UFC 203 poster.
While speaking to the media on Wednesday, Gall had this to say about the push he’s received, by fighting the pro-wrestling star (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“He’s a superstar, I get that,” he said. “I don’t know, It’s weird seeing myself on the poster. I don’t think I should be on the poster yet. I know I shouldn’t be. But I’m happy that I am, and I’m going to make the most of it. I’m fighting after Jimmie Rivera and Urijah Faber. It’s crazy, you know what I mean? Let’s call a spade a spade. But yeah, I’m very happy with the opportunity, and I’m going to make the most of it.”
It is crazy, and a lot of purists and even fighters don’t like to see Punk receiving so much coverage, much less fighting in the UFC. But, at the end of the day, the UFC is a business, and they clearly thought signing Punk was the financial move to make.
It will be interesting to see how much impact his addition to UFC 203 actually has, in terms of pay-per-view buys. Of course, it’s also going to be fascinating to see whether Punk can hang with the prospect.
UFC 203 will take place in Cleveland, Ohio.