A lot of people hate CM Punk but as we’ve learned from the wonderful world of professional wrestling, hate is just love disguised by jealousy. Case in point, that jerk up there in the lead image of this article.
Back in the day, shortly after CM Punk’s signing, a lot of fans were still trying to figure out what to make of the Second City Saint turned Straight Edge Savior turned longest-reigning WWE champion of the modern era turned UFC fighter. Some fans completely rejected it, saying somebody like Punk had no place in MMA. Some said it was fine because MMA wasn’t a real sport anyway.
Fighters, though? They wanted a piece of him. One such example of this came at a UFC question and answer session with CM Punk ahead of UFC on Fox 13 when a fan called him out for a fight. Check out the video here:
The (probably drunk) dude gets snippy right from the get-go, calling out Punk’s sister and getting more and more aggressive. The host on stage, Megan Olivi, tries to defuse the situation but Punk and the dude just keep going at one another. Even after Olivi calls for the guy’s microphone to be shut off, Punk and the guy just keep going, with Punk calling him a bitch and the guy shouting back that he’s “an entertainer.” While neither guy looked good from this relatively childish exchange…it probably feels good for Punk to get a win in the UFC!
That one guy wasn’t the only person trying to get a fight with CM Punk, though. A number of active UFC fighters at the time called out Punk with the biggest name being Michael Bisping and the most persistent being Conor McGregor training partner Cathal Pendred.
Of course, neither of them are getting the honor to face CM Punk. That honor goes to Mickey Gall.
The UFC found Gall on the pointless, meaningless, childish, self-promoting reality show “Dana White: Looking for a Fight” which was designed to show off how cool and fun and wacky the cutthroat, self-important UFC President is. Gall posted an impressive win in his MMA debut and said he wanted to fight Punk. White liked his style and brought him aboard, offering him Punk on the condition he wins his UFC debut…which he did with a guillotine choke in February.
It’s been a long time in the making, but Punk and Gall face off this Saturday at UFC 203. That should be a fun one, whether you like Punk or not.
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