After CM Punk was tapped out by Mickey Gall at UFC 203, the former pro-wrestling star grabbed his opponent and could be seen talking to him for several moments. So what did Punk tell the rising fighter?
Well, Punk was asked this very question at the post-fight presser, and here is what he had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Throughout his interviews, he’d say things like, in speaking about himself, that he didn’t belong in the UFC and he didn’t belong on the main card,” said Punk.
“I told him that everyone else is going to say that about you through your entire career. Why are you going to say that about yourself? Don’t ever put yourself down. Even if you think you don’t deserve to be on the main card, you’re on the main card. Just shut the f*ck up and fake it till you make it. Don’t sell yourself short.'”
That’s some good advice no? Now it will be interesting to see what unfolds for Gall. There’s no question that the 24 year-old has some serious potential. After all, he’s already a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has gone 5-0 in pro-am MMA bouts thus far.
But, both of Gall’s UFC opponents, Punk and Mike Jackson, had very limited or no pro MMA experience. After the bout, Gall called for a fight with fellow prospect Sage Northcutt, and Dana White’s reported that the latter’s team is interested in the fight. Northcutt has a pro record of 8-1 and is 3-1 in the UFC. So that should be a nice step-up in competition for Gall.
UFC 203 took place in Cleveland, Ohio.