UFC 203 will be headlined by the heavyweight title match between current champion Stipe Miocic and contender Alistair Overeem. Although, most eyes will be on the undercard welterweight fight between former WWE superstar Phil Brooks, more popularly known as CM Punk, and Mickey Gall.
Punk, who made the announcement of moving to the UFC after leaving the WWE in 2014, faced a lot of challenges in the lead up to his MMA debut. A few months into training for his supposed first bout in the Octagon, the fighter sustained a shoulder injury, sidelining him for several weeks. Months later, he underwent back surgery to address a herniated disk, which he probably sustained during his wrestling days.
This has led to many MMA and WWE fans to question Punk’s drastic move to the UFC-one fan even called out the fighter in the video below.
But through all the naysayers, doubters and critics, Punk is confident about himself and his future in the MMA. He is even looking forward to the possibility of having a shot at the title.
“I look forward to proving them wrong, but to me, it’s not super far-fetched to be like, ‘You know what? What if I put three or four wins together? Who’s to say I don’t get a title shot?’ I’m a very positive thinking person.” said the former wrestler during an interview with Colin Cowherd of the Herd.
In another interview with MMAjunkie, Punk seemed to be ecstatic about his upcoming fight, though he was also looking forward to getting the fight done.
“I want to get it over with because I’m ready – I feel ready. Being here every day for five hours a day has made me feel that way. It feels nice, like a relief,” Punk told MMAjunkie. “There’s a calm – I’m excited, a little bit of nervous energy. But it’s all positive.”
At the end of everything, CM Punk is just there to win it all.
“My expectations are to win – go out there, whether it goes three rounds, whether it goes three seconds, that’s what I expect,” the fighter said.
Can CM Punk Fight? Fans will just have to wait and see at UFC 203 on September 10, 2016. Meanwhile, check out the video below to get a glimpse of what to expect.
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