Mickey Gall not treating CM Punk fight like a joke, plans to do “some terrible things” in UFC 203 bout

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Mickey Gall called out CM Punk on a regional show last fall that was attended by UFC President Dana White, and it got him a shot in the UFC earlier this year in order to set up that fight itself. Now, the fight’s got a date and location, and Gall’s turning his focus to finally getting into the cage with the high profile former-WWE star.

“I’m going to prepare as if they say he’s the best in the world. I’m going to prepare like he’s the baddest dude around,” Gall said in an interview with FoxSports.com. “I don’t really think I need to see tape. I’m going to force my game. I’m taking him very seriously. A lot of people are treating him like a joke but I’m going to look like a real [expletive] if I go out there thinking he’s a joke and get myself beat. I won’t let that happen.

“I think I’ll finish him in one round, but I’ll be prepared to go three hard rounds. I think I’ll be able to get him in one. That’s what I do, I get people in one. I plan to do some violence, some terrible things in the fight. I’m going to make it real ugly for him.”

The fight happens on Sept. 10 in Cleveland, Ohio at UFC 203, which will be headlined by the UFC Heavyweight Championship bout between Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem.

Penick’s Analysis: Gall’s got a lot to gain in this fight, but he’s also got a lot to lose, because there are very low expectations for Punk. If Gall loses this fight, no matter what happens from there he’s the guy who got beat by a 37-year-old pro wrestler. He can move past Punk and establish himself from there with a win, but he has to take it as seriously as any other potential opponent.

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