23-year old Mickey Gall will make his UFC debut at UFC 196. If he wins, he will be CM Punk’s first opponent.
When the UFC signed CM Punk in December 2014, details of when his debut would be made or who his opponent would be were completely unknown. About a month later, it was revealed that he chose to do his training at Roufusport in Milwaukee, alongside world-class fighters like Anthony Pettis and Ben Askren. A full year has passed since then, which left many fans doubtful of whether CM Punk would ever step into the octagon.
Mickey Gall (1-0) was featured on Dana White’s new web series, Looking for a Fight. Gall won his professional MMA debut via first-round submission in front of Dana White, who was ringside at the event. The New Jersey native called out CM Punk in his post-fight speech, which both surprised and impressed White. Gall has a brown-belt in BJJ trains at Miller Brothers’ MMA, American Top Team Allentown, and Gracie New Jersey Jiu-Jitsu Academy.
On Wednesday’s episode of Off the Record with Michael Landsberg, White revealed that Mickey Gall could possibly be CM Punk’s first opponent.
“I'm bringing Mickey Gall in, and he's going to fight a kid named Michael Jackson," White said. "They're going to fight on the prelims, on February 6th on Fight Pass, and if he wins that fight, Mickey Gall will fight CM Punk. And CM Punk will be there at the fight to watch."
Gall spoke with MMAFighting and is confident he has the skill to spoil CM Punk’s debut.
"I think when he gets in there and he has me coming at him looking to kill him, I don’t think he’ll be able to handle it. He’s a professional wrestler, and he’s great at that. He’s made himself a millionaire doing that. But now he’s stepping into a different world, and I think he’d be in a lot of trouble," Gall said.