CM Punk had some words of wisdom for the man who beat him on Saturday night. Even though Mickey Gall submitted the former WWE superstar in the very first round of their UFC 203 contest, Punk shared what he told him immediately following the end of their fight.
“Throughout his interviews, he’d say things like, in speaking about himself, that he didn’t belong in the UFC and he didn’t belong on the main card,” said Punk.
“I told him that everyone else is going to say that about you through your entire career. Why are you going to say that about yourself? Don’t ever put yourself down. Even if you think you don’t deserve to be on the main card, you’re on the main card. Just shut the f*ck up and fake it till you make it. Don’t sell yourself short.’”
Gall expressed surprise at his presence on the UFC 203 fight poster, saying before the fight that he didn’t feel like he deserved to be on it. The 24-year-old elaborated what Punk said to him at the post-fight press conference.
“He said, ‘Always feel you belong,’” Gall said. “I was pretty vocal in feeling that I didn’t belong on the UFC poster. Urijah Faber and Jimmie Rivera fought before me. Those are two veterans. I’m an MMA purist. I respect the veterans of the game and they’re more deserving of the spot.
“Between me and Punk, before tonight, we had a combined two fights. I was 2-0 and he was 0-0. It was kind of a weird thing. But he was saying, ‘always believe you belong.’ And it was a motivational, positive message. It was nice of him.”