CLEVELAND -- “Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it!”
Up-and-coming mixed martial artist Mickey Gall wanted to be the first fighter in line to take on C.M. Punk when it was announced that the former professional wrestling champion walked away from a career in the squared circle to instead pursue one inside The Octagon.
And after calling out Punk even before he had a contract with the UFC, the 24-year old Gall has embraced the opportunity he so desperately wanted.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Gall said after his open workout earlier this week. “A lot of great MMA fighters have stayed in obscurity, but I’m being given an opportunity to fight a superstar. A lot of eyes are going to be on me. I’m on the damn poster in my second UFC fight. It’s crazy. I’m going to make the most of it.
“He’s a superstar. I get that. I don’t know. It’s weird seeing me 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. I’m very happy with the opportunity. I’m going to make the most of it.”
Although Gall is young in his career, having just two professional fights on his resume, the New Brunswick, New Jersey, native sees this bout against a first-time MMA fighter as an opportunity rather than a risk not worth taking.
“High risk, high reward? Yeah,” Gall said. “A lot of upside, but I’m a fighter. Any fighter would take that same chance.
“It doesn’t really matter, man. I’m going to go in there and do what I do. I’m not worrying about what C.M. Punk does. I’m not going to worry about my next opponent. I wasn’t worried about what Michael Jackson was going to do. I’m going to go in there and do me.”
Gall welcomes the high-risk, high-reward prospect against Punk and believes tonight’s bout will have a positive ending.
“Saturday night’s going to be the best night of my life in the cage,” Gall said. “I can’t wait. It’s going to be the best 15 or less minutes of my life, for sure.”
“I feel good. My last UFC fight, the whole process, talking to you guys is fun. My last UFC fight brought me a lot of confidence, knowing the process and how great I felt, the best I’ve ever felt for a fight, and I’m going to pull that confidence forward. I wake up in the middle of the night and I’m excited. I keep picturing different ways I’m dominating him. I can’t wait to see which way that’s going to be in the cage.”