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CM Punk’s UFC Debut Is Confirmed

Jeremy Botter confirmed today that the targeted date for CM Punk’s UFC debut is August 20th at UFC 202. All of this makes tons of sense, for a couple reasons. First, Dave Meltzer noted on Sunday’s Wrestling Observer Radio that FS1’s documentary on Punk is scheduled to lead up to August so the 8/20 date was the likeliest date.MickeyGallCMPunk

Second, Punk’s opponent, Mickey Gall has also stated publicly that the fight is on and would happen in late Summer. UFC president Dana White‘s Terms: Win a UFC FIGHT PASS Prelim fight against Mike Jackson and earn a shot at CM Punk. So, on February 6th of 2016 Gall had an impressive round 1 submission of Jackson that earned him the ability to be CM Punk’s first opponent inside the Octagon. Gall had a 3-0 amateur record with two submission wins one by an armbar and the other a rear naked choke. He has had 2 professional fights in UFC with both of those fights ending in the first round and both by rear naked choke submissions.

Mickey_GallMickey Gall first started training as a boxer at age 13, Jiu-Jitsu at 16, and MMA at 19. He commented further by saying,”I’ve always been an athlete and fighting is the ultimate sport.” During his amatuer career Gall has held many titles. The Dead Serious MMA Middleweight Champion, Multiple-Time NAGA World Champion, and Multiple-Time Grapplers Quest World Champion. Gall holds a Brown Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under Professor David Adiv, as well as a Blue Band in Muay Thai under Kaensak Sor Ploenjit. His Favorite grappling technique is the Triangle Choke and his Favorite Striking technique is the Face Smash. Gall also attended Rutgers University and graduated with a Communication Degree. When asked who his heros were he promptly answered, “Dad, Mom, and my sister Jamie.” Lastly he described his experience in the UFC as, “a dream come true.”

Interestingly,  UFC 202 will be headlined by Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz so it will be interesting to see what the buyrate will be compared to the upcoming UFC 200 that features the return of another athlete who has made a mark in both the octagon and the squared circle,Brock Lesnar.

There are several unconfirmed rumors that, as part of their deal to get Brock Lesnar, UFC will be plugging SummerSlam for the WWE at UFC 202. This may be awkward since the UFC, Punk’s new employer, will be promoting the WWE, Punk’s old employer, who he left as a disgruntled employee. SummerSlam takes place on the night after UFC 202 on August 21st.

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