Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight newcomers CM Punk and Mickey Gall finally battled last night (Sept. 10, 2016) at UFC 203 inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. After nearly two years since the announcement that Punk would compete inside the Octagon, his moment finally came. All eyes were on the former WWE superstar, as so little was known about his skills that few really knew what to expect. Gall, a talented prospect from a solid gym, was there to spoil the party. While the young fighter hadn’t really earned all the attention or main card appearance, Gall still intended to capitalize on his position.
This was pretty much a rout.
Punk, like many debuting fighters before him, shuffled forward aggressively with the intent of throwing a right hand. Gall easily ducked under the punch and landed a quick double leg.
From top position, Gall immediately dropped some hard ground strikes. When Punk opened up his guard in an attempt to scramble, Gall was able to pass into side control. Before long, he was in his usual back mount.
With Gall on his back, Punk fought valiantly, but the writing was on the wall. He was able to keep his chin pinned and fight off the choke a couple times, but Gall’s mix of heavy ground strikes and constant choke attempts ultimately proved to be too much for the former WWE superstar.
While there was a lot of uncertainty about this bout, this was the more likely outcome. Gall came out and fought like the jiu-jitsu specialist he is, taking the path of least resistance and overwhelming his opponent’s defenses.
It was an ideal performance for the young athlete.
Gall may not be fighting the best in the world, but he showed a ton of skill in this bout. Once on the mat — which took just a few seconds — Gall performed very well, working through his opponent’s guard into a dominant position and finishing without issue. He probably didn’t take a single punch.
Following this win, Gall is in an odd position. He’s 2-0 inside the Octagon, but he hasn’t actually fought anyone of UFC caliber. His call out of Sage Northcutt could work, but any other Welterweight at the bottom of the division could work.
Punk was unable to effectively do anything. That’s not an insult statement -- it’s an accurate recap of the fight. If there is one thing for Punk to hang his hat on, it’s that he hung in there when the situation got bad and didn’t give up quickly. As for Punk’s future, it’s unclear if he’ll receive another bout inside the Octagon. If he does, he’ll have another chance to improve and show his skill. If not, Punk’s journey is over, and he understands a bit more what it is to be a professional fighter.
Last night, Mickey Gall choked out CM Punk in just a couple minutes. What is in the young finisher’s future moving forward?
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