Despite never stepping inside of the famed Octagon, former WWE superstar CM Punk sure looks the part of professional mixed martial artist. While that means nothing in the grand scheme of actually showing up for his bout with Mickey Gall at UFC 203 tomorrow (Sat., Sept. 10, 2016) live on pay-per-view (PPV) from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, Punk has trained over a year under head coach Duke Roufus, successfully made a grueling weight cut to 170 pounds and seems to have the mental game on lock.
After officially tipping the scales earlier today (Fri., Sept. 9, 2016) for UFC 203's weigh ins (complete staredowns here), Punk refused to shake Gall's hand. The two stood toe-to-toe in their last interaction before meeting one another inside the cage this weekend in front of Cleveland's finest.
"I don't know," said Punk regarding the incident in an interview with Megan Olivi on the FOX Sports 1 weigh ins show (shown above). "He was stuttering. He kept repeating, ‘Oh you don't want to shake my hand, you don't want to shake my hand' or something like that. I'm not here to shake anybody's hand. I'm here to punch people in the face."
"It's one thing to train, it's another thing to train with a singular purpose and that's what I got in Mickey Gall. I know this is a difficult sport to master. I look forward to mastering it sometime and I realize that will probably never happen, but I will get as good as I possibly can."
Punk added that it was difficult to cut down to 170 pounds, stating that he's a fat kid at heart who enjoys eating food. Hopefully the former WWE champion will show up to impress at UFC 203 and make good on his plan to punch people in the face.
Remember, MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 203 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.