Former WWE superstar CM Punk and UFC 203 opponent Mickey Gall recently took part in a media conference call. Gall was asked how his weight cut to welterweight was going, particularly given that he had never cut before.
“It’s terrible,” said Punk, is what was apparently his usual deadpan humor. “I’m like above 200 pounds right now and it’s not looking good.”
In Ohio, a fighter who misses weight has to give part of his purse to the opponent. Gall likely got the standard UFC signing contract, of $12,000 to show and another $12,000 to win. Given that CM Punk is one of the proven pay per view television draws, you can add a 0 that that. Or conceivably two if the PPV sells well enough.
CM Punk’s net worth is estimated at $7,500,000. Mickey Gall is a talented, 24-year-old fighter from Jersey, which makes him a hundredaire, easily.
Thus Gall was enthusiastic about the possibility, however remote.
“Can I say that’s fine by me?” he replied, as transcribed by Damon Martin for FOX Sports. “Punk, you’re totally welcome to come in heavy, man,” said Gall. “I’d love a little bit of whatever you’re making.”
CM Punk vowed not to part with any of it, and did a little heel turn.
“Yah I know,” he replied. “It would be the most money you’ve ever made in your entire life, and if you think I’m giving you any of my purse, you’re f***ing crazy.”
The duo chuckled about it, before Gall had the last word.
“Yah, I figured,” he conceded.
CM Punk is a master of mic work. Gall is a bright and amiable real fighter. So give Punk this round.
However the rounds that count take place on September 10, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, live on PPV.