Opinion: This is what is good about CM Punk vs. Mickey Gall
By Edward Carbajal
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In the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) opportunity has been hard to come by since the sports inception. Many fighters will tell you the long road to break into the sport that paid very little and even if you made it to the UFC, climbing the rankings can get tough. Unless, you know how to sell a fight and some people are better at that than others.
Phil “CM Punk” Brooks (0-0) is facing Mickey Gall (2-0) on the main card of UFC 203 this weekend. Brooks has been getting more hate than love over the opportunity he is being given to fight in the top MMA promotion for his very first fight. People are going to watch what an amateur fight on pay-per-view is basically and it will sell.
Brooks is in full combat mode, he seems ready to leave it all in the cage against the younger more experienced Gall. His training and dedication to following his dream, has been documented and shown on television for people to watch. He is putting his heart into this and he will likely lose, but he is following his dream and people should not fault him for that.
In his pursuit of fulfilling his dream, he is helping Gall realize his dream two fights more experienced and lots of training before his win on “Looking for a Fight”. At 24-years-old Gall is in a place many martial artists have dreamed of being and most likely tried to get there. That is part of the reason so many have a problem with Brooks taking the opportunity he has been given.
Gall likely knows the hard road he trains with those that have taken it. If you think two years in an MMA gym is enough, read “Raw Combat: The Underground World of Mixed Martial Arts” by Jim Genia to see what passionate martial artists have gone through to get to where these two men have gotten.
The sport has never been as popular as it is right now and for Brooks and Gall to be where they are is a pretty great thing. Gall has a big chance to make nice long career for himself and if Brooks proves to himself he can at least make the walk and fight, he will have won for himself. Say what you will about their fast track into the UFC, but don’t fault anyone for following their dreams.
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.