From the moment Punk sprinted towards Mickey Gall and swung with a terrible right hand, anyone who watches the sport knew it was over. Gall scored an easy takedown, threw a few shots to Punkâ€™s head and thankfully ended the beating with a rear-naked choke.
For Punk, his journey and all the talk meant nothing. We saw what happens when someone with zero MMA experience enters the elite UFC. Gall isnâ€™t the biggest star and while he has some quick submission wins, heâ€™s never fought anyone with a winning record.
To Gallâ€™s credit, he could have left Punkâ€™s face worse than it wasâ€”which is a little hard to imagine considering the welts, bruises and damaged ear Punk took from only a handful of shots.
Heading into the fight, Punk had no major athletic background like Brock Lesnar or Kurt Angle. Heâ€™s been a wrestler since being a teenager and thatâ€™s all he knows. He might have fought at WrestleMania against some of the biggest names in wrestling, but the UFC is a different animal. Even top ranked fighters who have their first fight inside the Octagon admit itâ€™s difficult to adjust.
Punk was basically thrown to the wolves for pay per view buyrates and to draw WWE fans to a different product. Weâ€™ll see if it worked, but it was costly.
Punk apparently pocketed $500,000 to show up and heâ€™ll likely get a cut of the pay per view buyrates. Itâ€™s very likely Punk makes over $1 million dollars after everything is totaled.
Was it worth it?
This was a chance for Punk to accomplish a dream and he can now check this off. We learned several things from Punkâ€™s likely only UFC fight. Punk wasnâ€™t prepared to compete against anyone on the professional level and would have been better suited in an amateur contest against someone with a 0-0 record. Anyone in WWE who thinks they can transition into MMA is nuts (with the exception being Lesanr). Theyâ€™re two different worlds. Punk could have been seriously hurt and that sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen.
I do give Punk credit for trying, but after the fight he even knew that he bit off more than he could chew. Punk will likely fight again since I donâ€™t see him returning to WWE. His best bet is to see if Bellator is interested if heâ€™s interested in another big pay day. If he wants to work on improving and have a real shot at winning, go to one of the minor leagues like Titan FC or Legacy FC. Theyâ€™re not the UFC, but at least Punk wonâ€™t get embarrassed.
Pro wrestlers need to worry about the ring and fighters should concentrate on the Octagon.