Phil Brooks, more commonly known as CM Punk, will soon be facing a different kind of fight when he enters the Octagon for the first time at UFC 203.
And it’s not just his fight against Mickey Gall, who is coming from a round one submission of Mike Jackson; not just a fight against doubters who have called Punk’s move a publicity stunt; not just a fight against his (ex) WWE managers who have seemingly disowned the fighter.
CM Punk is fighting himself, his doubt, his fears, his anxiety and his aging body.
With Punk miles away from the WWE, where much of it was staged, fabricated and hyped he has now been placed in a totally different spot, far from his comfort zone. He’s not even trash talking Gall, who has been keeping quiet as well, but focusing primarily on what will be his biggest test, so far.
“People either love me or hate me already,” said a nonchalant Punk during a conference call with Sherdog Thursday. “I’m not trying to talk anybody into the building on this one. The allure is just the fact that it’s happening. The story writes itself. It’s not a fabricated thing where I need to create some drama between Mickey and me. We’re gonna fight. That’s the beauty of it.”
Punk is also just punching and kicking his way through all the criticism he’s been facing, so far, blocking out all the negativity and just looking forward to his bout with Gall.
“There’s people who want to see me win and people who want to see me fail. You’ve got to middle of the road it,” he added during his phone interview. “You can’t get too far up your own ass, believing all the positive stuff people say and conversely, you can’t believe all the negative stuff.”
And positively confident is what CM Punk has been all throughout the lead up to the fight. His prediction?
“I see my hand getting raised,” Punk shared. “I definitely see myself winning. If I had to pick I’d say TKO.”
Surprised? Neither are we. See Punk fight on September 3.
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