With that said, “The Phenom” knows that it is almost time to call it a career but he would first like to finish his career on a winning note.
Belfort, who has already stated that his next fight will be his last, spoke to AG Fight about what type of opponent he would like to face in his swan song (transcribed by MMAMania).
“It would have to be an interesting fighter, but not a top fighter”, Belfort stated. “I’ve been fighting good guys before: Dan Henderson, [Chris] Weidman, Jacare [Souza], [Gegard] Mousasi and now Kelvin [Gastelum]. These are all hard fights, so if you can book a smoother fight… What’s the name of that guy from WWE? CM Punk would be a good fight”, Belfort laughed. “CM Punk, let’s get it on. That would be a really good fight.”
Obviously Belfort was probably not being serious with his call-out of the former WWE Champion (CM Punk), who is currently 0-1 in his mixed martial arts career.
However, one thing “The Phenom” was not joking about was his desire to have his final UFC bout take place at UFC 212 this June in Brazil in the promotions light heavyweight division (205-pounds) which he once ruled as champion.
Belfort captured the UFC’s coveted light heavyweight championship at UFC 46 in January of 2014 when he defeated Randy Couture via TKO in the very first-round.
Vitor Belfort’s latest win came over fellow MMA legend Dan Henderson in November of 2015 via an electrifying head kick knockout.
The Brazilian has gone 1-4 in his past five fights overall.
Who would you like to see Vitor Belfort square off with in his final octagon appearance?
TMZ Sports caught up with current UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor shortly after the conclusion of yesterday’s UFC 203 event and asked the brash Irish star what he thought of CM Punk’s UFC debut.
Conor, who has verbally attacked current WWE stars in recent weeks, had this to say about Punk’s first-round submission loss to Mickey Gall:
“I’ll tell you what. Fair play to him. Because he got in there and fought and not a lot of people do. Not a lot of people have the balls to make that walk so fair play. He got his ass whooped. God bless. He got his ass whooped. Those WWE guys are straight pussies I told you so. But he isn’t. He got in and fought. So fair play to him. Respect!”
Following his first-round submission loss to Mickey Gall, the former WWE star (Punk) stated that he “had the time of his life” in the cage at UFC 203 and that “believe it or not” he will be back for another fight.
Former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champion CM Punk made his highly anticipated octagon debut against Mickey Gall at last night’s UFC 203 event in Cleveland, Ohio.
The bout served as Punk’s first ever professional mixed martial arts fight and came against a very young and talented prospect, Gall, who had gone 2-0 thus far in his professional MMA career.
When the fight started Punk eagerly rushed across the cage in hopes of exchanging punches with his opponent. Gall quickly seized the opportunity and used Punk’s forward momentum to score an early takedown. Once on the ground Mickey was able to advance his positioning, while dropping some heavy ground and pound on the former professional wrestling star. Gall eventually took Punk’s back and began working on a rear-naked choke submission. Punk was able to fight off Gall’s first submission attempt but eventually succumbed to a second and much tighter rear-naked choke lock.
Following the fight many fans were quick to point fingers and laugh at CM Punk on social media for his first-round loss to Mickey Gall. However, more than a handful of fighters who actually know what it takes to make the walk to the octagon shared their praise for Punk’s effort and courage last night:
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor had this to say of CM Punk – “I’ll tell you what. Fair play to him. Because he got in there and fought and not a lot of people do. Not a lot of people have the balls to make that walk so fair play. He got his ass whooped. God bless. He got his ass whooped. Those WWE guys are straight pussies I told you so. But he isn’t. He got in and fought. So fair play to him. Respect!”
The truth is that CM Punk got to live his dream last night in Cleveland. Although he may have suffered a lopsided submission loss to Mickey Gall, he showed incredible courage and heart just by entering the UFC octagon.
After years of participating in scripted wrestling matches, CM Punk wanted to challenge himself by competing in a real mixed martial arts fight. Because of his name and popularity he was able to do this on the grandest stage of them all, the UFC.
Did Punk bite off more than he could chew taking a UFC fight against an undefeated opponent after having only trained two years in the sport? For sure he did. But you have to respect and commend the man for having the guts to even attempt such a feat.
Punk issued the following statement in his post-fight octagon interview:
“In life you go big or you go home. I just like to take challenges. It was a hell of a mountain to try and climb. I didn’t get to the summit today but it doesn’t mean I’m going to give up. It doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop. I appreciate all the support from everybody. Obviously Mickey is a hell of a fighter. I will be back believe it or not. This is the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. Second best night of my life besides marrying my wife obviously. I know there is a lot of doubters, but listen life is about falling down and getting up.”
Former WWE world champion CM Punk will make his octagon debut in less than a week when he squares off with Mickey Gall on the main card of UFC 203 in Cleveland, Ohio.
The fight will serve not only as Punk’s first bout in the UFC, but as his first professional contest in mixed martial arts period.
With that said, many fans and analysts are not giving Punk a realistic chance of winning the fight against his undefeated UFC 203 opponent Mickey Gall (2-0 MMA).
However, one mixed martial arts legend and former UFC fighter, Renzo Gracie, believes Punk has the skills required to come home with the “W” next Saturday night:
“I love the guy. I love CM Punk. He’s a great guy, and he’s a very tough guy,” Gracie told SiriusXM Rush (as transcribed by BloodyElbow). “He trained for a long time with my cousins in Los Angeles, and now he’s training with Duke Roufus. For sure he will represent well this sport. I can’t wait to see his debut.”
“He’s going to be against a tough guy, but I think he has a big chance to win,” he said. “(I think he wins) with a guillotine. I believe, second round.”
Interestingly, Mickey Gall has won both of his professional fights by way of first-round submission.
Gall’s most recent performance came at UFC Fight Night 82 this past February, where he scored a rear-naked choke victory over Mike Jackson in his octagon debut.
CM Punk is currently labelled as a +275 underdog for his upcoming UFC 203 fight with Mickey Gall.
Who will you be putting your money on next Saturday night?