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UFC 203: CM Punk loses on debut, Miocic retains heavyweight championship

Former WWE superstar Punk lost his debut UFC bout via a first-round submission to a rear-naked choke against wonderkid Mickey Gall at UFC 203 on Sunday.

other sports Updated: Sep 12, 2016 09:06 IST
Sayan Ghosh
Gall worked his way into side control before applying the rear-naked choke.
Gall worked his way into side control before applying the rear-naked choke.(AP)

That every story does not have a fairytale ending is a lesson clearly illustrated in CM Punk’s Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) journey.

The former WWE superstar lost his debut UFC bout via a first-round submission to a rear-naked choke against wonderkid Mickey Gall at UFC 203 on Sunday. Gall took control of the fight from the very beginning and it took only two minutes, 14 seconds for the 24-year old to earn his third professional MMA victory.

The fight was one of the most anticipated UFC events of recent times and the hype was visible from the moment the fighters walked into the arena. Gall walked towards the octagon to the 1982 Toni Basil song “Hey, Mickey” – a song which was vetoed by UFC head Dana White, but was brought back after overwhelming social media request.

On the other hand, Punk got the biggest cheer of the night when he walked out to his trademark WWE entrance song - “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour.

CM Punk entered the arena to his trademark music. (AP)

However, once the fight started, it was Mickey Gall all the way. The youngster ducked a wild punch from Punk and scooped him by both legs and took him to the mat. Gall quickly worked his way into side control, transitioned into mount and after delivering a number of hard punches, he was able to work the position and finally apply the rear-naked choke to end Punk’s UFC debut.

After the match, both competitors announced their plans for the future. While Mickey Gall went on to challenge young sensation Sage Northcutt, CM Punk made it clear that this will not be the end to his UFC dream. “In life, you go big or you go home,” Punk said. “I just love challenges. I will be back, believe it or not. I had a lot of fun tonight. It was the second best night of my life behind my wedding night.”

In the main event of the night, Cleveland’s local hero Stipe Miocic produced a brilliant performance to retain his UFC Heavyweight title after beating Alastair Overeem with a first-round knockout. The fight was a back-and-forth battle as Miocic recovered from an early guillotine choke and took control of the fight to end it with a flurry of heavy punches which were enough to earn him his first title defence.