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UFC 203 fight card: CM Punk vs Mickey Gall full fight preview

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight newcomers C.M. Punk and Mickey Gall will battle this Saturday (Sept. 10, 2016) at UFC 203 inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. In one of the more bizarre match ups in recent history, what adjustments must be made for either man to claim victory? Let’s break it down.

By this point, the story of C.M. Punk (a.k.a. Phil Brooks) is reasonably well-known. The former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar wishes to test himself in live competition — probably making some scratch along the way — and he’s been given an opportunity on the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) stage. Gall is rather inexperienced himself, but he does have a few victories and some history of combat experience. In his sole UFC bout, Gall looked like a rather solid prospect, though his role in this bout is to serve as a test for Punk.

Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for both athletes:

CM Punk
Record: 0-0
Key Wins: None
Key Losses: None
Keys to Victory: Analyzing footage that doesn’t exist is not yet a talent of mine, so Punk’s working skill set is pretty much a complete mystery. Really, all anyone knows is that he has something of a grappling background, is working with a renown kickboxing coach, and is a very hard worker.

As for attributes and intangibles like Fight IQ, conditioning, physical strength … Well, your guess is as good as mine.

Based off Gall’s preference and Brooks’ interviews, it seems that Punk is intending to drag his foe into deep water and overwhelm him as he tires. While that may not seem like a wise strategy for the older fighter, conditioning is something that Punk should have a reasonable amount of control over, even as an amateur.

Plus, both of his opponent’s bouts have ended in the ….View full article

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