More than a year after he announced he signed with the UFC, former WWE star CM Punk might finally have his first opponent in the Octagon. But the emphasis is “might.”
According to a report from MMA Junkie, UFC President Dana White broke the news that a fighter he saw compete on his new YouTube reality show “Looking for a Fight,” Mickey Gall, will face Michael Jackson on the UFC Fight Pass prelim card prior to UFC 196 on Feb. 6. If Gall is victorious, his next opponent will be none other than CM Punk.
Gall won his mixed martial arts debut on White’s reality show, and knowing that White was in attendance, asked to fight Punk next. Punk will also be in attendance at UFC 196 to get a firsthand look at perhaps his first opponent in the UFC, according to the MMA Junkie report. Gall won his debut fight with White in attendance via a first round, rear-naked choke submission victory on the Dead Serious MMA 17 card in Philadelphia, Penn., last year.
Of course, what happens if Jackson defeats Gall? Does Jackson then receive the fight against Punk? Either way, Punk will face an opponent with a similar experience level to himself. This follows multiple fighters calling out Punk after his signing was first announced by the UFC – most notably former UFC fighter Cathal Pendred, who has since retired from the sport.
The fight between Gall and Jackson to see who faces Punk in his UFC debut will kick off the full UFC 196 card on Feb. 6. The card’s main event features a rematch between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title.