The reason being, of course, is because before Punk decided to give MMA a go, he was one of the biggest names in pro-wrestling. As a result, he was able to sign a deal with the UFC, and will make his debut on a PPV card, despite the fact he’s never fought.
So, for the 24 year-old Gall, it’s a massive opportunity. If he can win, then he’ll instantly be known as the fighter who took out Punk. But, if he loses, he’ll be the guy who was defeated by someone who had never fought before.
Well, recently Gall had this to say about what’s riding on the September 10th scrap (quote via UFC.com):
“High risk, high reward – yeah. A lot of upside but I’m a fighter and any fighter would take that same chance,” Gall said. “It doesn’t matter because I’m going to go in there and do what I do. I’m not worrying about what CM Punk is going to do. I won’t be worried about what my next opponent does and I wasn’t worried about what Michael Jackson was going to do. We’ll go in there and do me.”
It should also be noted that Gall ran towards this high stakes fight. After scoring a win, which was included in Dana White’s “Lookin’ for a Fight” show, he called out Punk. Then in February he locked up a bout with the star, by taking out the aforementioned Mike Jackson.
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