Mickey Gall began his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) career in one of the more unique ways any fighter ever has: by beating up an actor.
Now, if you’re thinking anything remotely along the lines of, “Hey, show some respect to ‘C.M. Punk!’” Then obviously it’s time you go and check out Heels or Girl on the Third Floor.
In all seriousness, Gall welcomed former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar, Phil “CM Punk” Brooks, to mixed martial arts (MMA) at UFC 203 in Sept. 2016. Gall’s Octagon debut took place in February of that year, defeating Mike Jackson for the opportunity to face Punk. In the end, Gall only needed two minutes and 14 seconds to submit the pro wrestling icon via rear-naked choke.
The Green Brook, N.J., native has managed to remain on the roster in the years that have followed, holding a 7-4 overall record and will soon face Mike Mallott at UFC 273 on April 9, 2022. But, when it comes to other notable names in the acting world, Gall is supremely confident that he’d have no problems against one of history’s most famous.
“First of all, I would f—k Bruce Lee up,” Gall said on the MGGM podcast. “I would f—k Bruce Lee up. In his prime. Come on, man. Dude, yeah, straight up — 100 percent. I fight in the UFC now. Where did Bruce Lee fight? In the (makes sound with mouth) movies. Come on.”
Unfortunately, Lee isn’t around in 2022 to prove these claims true or false, but many a tale has been told about the legend’s legitimacy since becoming a household name in the 1970s.