Welterweight fighter Mickey Gall has urged former WWE champion CM Punk not to fight in the UFC and claims the Chicago-born fighter should have fought somewhere else before getting into the octagon.
The 38-year-old retired from World Wrestling Entertainment in 2014 and later that year, signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC. He left the WWE and made a switch to mixed martial arts.
Punk's UFC debut was delayed due to injuries and he finally got his first chance inside the octagon under the welterweight division. The former wrestler faced Gall in his first fight and things did not go as per his plan. The fight ended in just over two minutes at UFC 203 in Ohio earlier in September.
Gall, who defeated Punk in his debut fight, has advised his compatriot to stay away from the sport.
"I respect that [Punk's decision to continue in the UFC]. I don't know – it's not my place to say. I don't know if he should be fighting in the UFC. I think he probably should've fought elsewhere first. But I respect that he wants to get back at it and go for it, so hats off to him," Gall told TMZ.
Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, had earlier admitted that he is determined to showcase his mixed martial arts skills and confident of getting his second fight in the UFC. He has expressed his desire to continue in the sport to UFC president Dana White and the two have been involved in a discussion over a possible fight in the future.
"I don't want to speak for him, but I think if he wants to kill it, he would have killed it right then," Punk was quoted as saying by MMA Fighting.
"Until anything is official, I don't want to say either way what he's thinking or what he's thinking. But yeah, I'm pretty confident that it'll be in the UFC."
"I told him I want to fight again. We're back at it. We're back to the drawing board. So, it's up to him. He floated me an idea and we're kind of going back and forth on it right now."