Mickey Gall believes in himself and his skills.
That’s why the UFC fighter sees nothing short of another first round finish when he gets to step inside the Octagon against former pro wrestling standout Phil “CM Punk” Brooks sometime later this year.
Gall earned his shot at Brooks with a 45-second submission win vs. Mike Jackson Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 82. He caught the attention of UFC president Dana White during filming for “Lookin’ for a Fighter,” asking to fight Punk. Instead, the company signed him and put him up against Jackson in a winner-take-all bout for that right.
Currently, Punk continues to train towards his MMA debut with the team at Roufusport. He was a multi-time champion in the WWE who trained on the side in mixed martial arts. The two faced off for the first time following Gall’s win, but he admitted during a post-fight interview that “nothing cool” was said.
“It’s going to be fun,” Gall remarked on the matchup. “I’m excited to fight a superstar. I get to fight a superstar.”
Pressed about how that fight will go, Gall said “it will probably be a little longer than this fight (vs. Jackson), but it will be a first round finish.”
In making his Octagon debut in impressive fashion, Gall didn’t shy away from admitting there was plenty of nerves running through his body.
“Absolutely I was nervous as heck,” he said. “I am still taking all this in. I have been working on being in the moment and staying locked in.
“I didn’t expect it to go that quick. I was expecting a hard fought three-round fight. It’s still surreal and I am just so happy.”