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CM Punk seems to be coming out of his shell a bit, just days ahead of UFC 203.

The former WWE champion is showing signs of the mouth and personality that made him a famous WWE superstar. Just small signs, but at least he is giving us a reason to hope that the wrestler persona will take over the UFC.

CM Punk believes he will TKO Mickey Gall.

"I see my hand getting raised," Punk told FOX Sports on a recent UFC 203 media call.

How will his hand get raised?

"I definitely see myself winning, and if I had to pick, I'd say TKO," Punk told FOX Sports.

Punk has never had an MMA fight, but has wrestled thousands of times in front of large crowds, as one of the most successful professional wrestlers of the modern era.

Punk vs. Gall will open the PPV telecast. Although many MMA keyboard warriors have blasted Punk's MMA endeavor, he is likely to be one of the most popular fighters in the company's history when he makes his entrance to the cage.

Win or lose, Punk says he is in this for the long haul, and that he's looking to prove to himself that he can fight inside the Octagon. He said he's not returning to professional wrestling.

Mickey Gall is 2-0 as a pro MMA fighter and also holds a 2-0 record as an amateur.


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