Nearly two years after signing with the UFC, CM Punk finally made his debut on Saturday night (Sept. 10) at UFC 203… and suffered a lopsided loss.
The 37-year-old, who left the WWE in 2014, was immediately taken down at the beginning of the fight. His opponent, 24-year-old Mickey Gall quickly mounted Punk and reigned down punches to his head. In an attempt to escape the punches, Punk turned over… and gave up his back and then the choke.
The welterweight fight ended at 2:14 of the opening round, when Punk tapped via a rear-naked choke.
Despite the loss, Punk promised that he’d be back in the Octagon. “In life, you go big or you go home,” Punk said. “I just like to take challenges. This was a hell of a mountain to try and climb. I didn’t get to the summit today, but that doesn’t mean I’m gonna give up. It doesn’t mean I’m gonna stop.
“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, behind marrying my wife.”
Gall made his UFC debut in February, defeating Mike Jackson via rear-naked choke in just 45 seconds. The Gall-Punk fight was delayed earlier this year when Punk required back surgery, but Gall elected to wait, rather than ask for another fight.
After the win, Gall called out 20-year-old phenom Sage Northcutt (8-1), who is 3-1 in the UFC.