The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut of Phil Brooks has been two years in the making.
Injuries have derailed "CM Punk" along the way, but so has his slow adaption to the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). After all, the 37-year-old has a limited background in grappling and spent the majority of his athletic career under the professional wrestling banner.
But with a scrap opposite a lucky Mickey Gall finally scheduled to take place at UFC 203 on Sept. 10 from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, Brooks will be able to prove his worth to every single one of his MMA naysayers.
However, according to a recent interview with FOX Sports, Gall doesn't believe Brooks' debut will go all too well. In fact, he predicted it would end fairly abruptly.
"I think I'll finish him in one round, but I'll be prepared to go three hard rounds," said Gall. "I think I'll be able to get him in one. That's what I do, I get people in one. I plan to do some violence, some terrible things in the fight. I'm going to make it real ugly for him."
Gall, 24, has been waiting a long time to get his hands on "CM Punk." After defeating Mike Jackson via first-round submission back at UFC Fight Night 82, he earned the right to welcome Brooks to the professional world of MMA.
"He's made his money, done his thing. This is how I'm going to make mine and set my path," added Gall. "It's a great opportunity but it's a high risk, high reward. If I do something stupid and lose, I look like an (expletive), I look stupid. I'd be getting the jokes that he's getting and I'm not going to let that happen. I'm not training like this is going to be an easy win. I'm training like I'm facing the champion."