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CM Punk sweepstakes winner Mickey Gall talks about injury delay and UFC future

Esther Lin,

Right now there's only name to associate with UFC newcomer Mickey Gall and that's WWE-crossover star CM Punk.

After all, the 2-0 mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter is only really famous for being the one hand-picked to welcome the wrestler to UFC. But as Gall tells it to reporter Hunter Homistek, that's soon going to change.

"I don't think anything's guaranteed, but I do have a longer contract than just to fight CM Punk. My thing is, right now I'm ‘that CM Punk guy.' I'm that guy that's fighting CM Punk. I will not be remembered as ‘that CM Punk guy.' By this time next year, I don't think I'll be known as that. I called out CM Punk because I wanted to be a UFC fighter. I wanted to be in the UFC. I wanted to excel there. People will forget that I fought CM Punk."

The two fighters were set to hook 'em up around UFC 199 (which hasn't yet been announced) but Gall, 24, learned his opponent will have to yet again delay his MMA debut to undergo "minor" back surgery. It's certainly got to disappoint Gall to play the waiting game.

But at the end of the day he says the delay is no big deal and might actually work out for the better.

"I think it's just a four-week gap that we're losing, and I think that could coincide perfectly with UFC 200. That's what I'm hoping."

Gall made an impressive debut at UFC Fight Night 82 last week by dispatching his opponent inside of 45 seconds, something he thinks may be cause for concern among certain famous pro wrestlers.

"I don't want to say I scared him. I think he should be scared. I'm sure when he saw what I did his stomach probably dropped a little bit. He got that feeling of, ‘Alright, this is going to happen. It's real now.' From what he was saying, he was excited and stuff. I remember seeing interviews of him pumping his fist and being happy about it. He was probably putting it on a little bit, but I do believe he wants to fight and he's going to fight me."

Punk, who real name is Phil Brooks, signed with UFC in December of 2014. The 37-year-old is the second high profile WWE star to join the promotion since Brock Lesnar in 2008.

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