CM Punk, WWE wrestling superstar, finally has an opponent set in stone. He will face, in not only his mixed martial arts debut but in his debut under the UFC promotion, Mickey Gall (2-0), who was discovered through Dana White’s new show “Looking For a Fighter”.

The betting odds have been released for the bout that is tentatively scheduled for UFC 199, and Phil “CM Punk” Brooks has opened up as a +230 underdog against Mickey Gall, who is a -300 favorite. Although as the fight gets closer the odds are likely to shift, many people have written off CM Punk ever since he announced that he would fight in the UFC. He has been training for the past year and a half at the highly respected Duke Roufus gym out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with some of the best fighters in the world, such as former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, Ben Askren, and Rener Gracie. On the other hand, Gall does not have access to such training and isn’t surrounded by great talent like Brooks is daily. Despite the training differences, Gall has been able to find success in the octagon, and is clearly ready to take on Brooks.

Gall made quick work of his opponent and showed a solid all-around performance while winning his most recent bout and UFC debut against Mike Jackson in under a minute, with a strike dropping his opponent that led to a quick submission victory.

It is possible that over time, Punk’s training will lead to success in the UFC, but oddsmakers clearly indicate otherwise based off of the odds that have been released.

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Jake Schneider
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Jake Schneider is a student at the University of Rhode Island who is currently looking to pursue a double major in Communications and Journalism. He is an MMA fanatic who has been following the sport for years. He began to share his wealth of knowledge and opinions on the sport to many of his family members and friends as well as various MMA forums online. His love and passion for the sport has been able to make many people that are a part of his life fans of mixed martial arts as well. His insight of the sport both inside and outside of the cage is what makes his analysis on fights and individual fighters so well informed.