With only two professional fights on his record, Mickey Gall doesn't believe he belongs on the UFC 203 poster alongside MMA stars Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem.
The 24-year-old Gall has found himself in a very unique position, as he is scheduled to fight WWE superstar Phil Brooks (better known as CM Punk) in the pay-per-view main card of UFC 203. CM Punk, who has no amateur MMA experience or any significant martial arts background to speak of, will be making his MMA debut on the biggest stage in MMA – the UFC.
"He's the superstar, I get that," Gall said in a pre-fight scrum, which Champions attended. "I don't know, man. It's weird seeing myself on the poster I don't think I should be on the poster, yet. I know I shouldn't be, but I'm happy that I am, and I'm going to make the most of it. I'm fighting after Jimmie Rivera and Urijah Faber, it's crazy, you know what I mean. Call a spade a spade, but yeah, I'm very happy with the opportunity and I'm going to make the most of it."
Fighting CM Punk brings a lot of fan and media attention, as it should. But Gall is not letting that put any pressure on him, and he's excited to fight CM Punk come Saturday night.
"No, man, I feel good," Gall said. "My last UFC fight brought me a lot of confidence, knowing the process and how great I felt. That's the best I ever felt going into a fight, and I'm going to pull that confidence forward. I wake up in the middle of the night, and I'm excited, and I keep picturing the different ways I'm dominating him [CM Punk] and I cant wait to see which way it's going to be in the cage."