Phil “CM Punk” Brooks was in Las Vegas this past weekend to sit Octagon-side and see his first opponent, Mickey Gall, in action.
While he got just 45 seconds of footage to review of Gall, the former WWE wrestling superstar is just excited to know who he’ll meet later this year.
Punk signed a contract with the UFC last year and has yet to fight professionally. However, he’s been a student of the sport for years while he was working his way up the pro wrestling ladder.
“I have a fight now,” he said, during a media scrum following the recent UFC card. “I have a face, a name. We don’t have a date, but we are working on that.”
Ever a business-man first, Punk understands that the big money fight date would be UFC 200 in July. However, part of him wants to step inside the Octagon before that.
“This is what I’ve been working for for a very, very long time,” Punk said. “This is what I’ve wanted to do for an even longer time before that. I’m just excited; I’m happy.”
As for the actual skill-set of Gall, Punk isn’t too worried.
“The whole thing just excites me,” he said. “No disrespect to Mike Jackson (Gall’s opponent), but he just didn’t protect his neck. I’ve been there. I’ve been in positions where I was trying to punch guys, where I need to worry about the submission that’s being locked on. It doesn’t worry me.”