CM Punk rubbed some people the wrong way when he refused to shake Mickey Gall’s hand at the UFC 203 Weigh-ins Saturday night. To be fair, he also garnered a lot more interest in the fight.
Punk, who makes his debut – not just his UFC debut, but also his MMA debut – tonight in Cleveland, Ohio, has been a controversial figure since the day he signed his contract. With no competition experience and very little combat sport training, many felt as if he hadn’t earned the right to fight inside the Octagon.
To his credit, he has taken a very humble and honest approach to his debut. He has shown nothing but respect to his fellow fighters and seems to understand that this is their world and that he’s the new kid on the block, despite being one of the most recognizable names on the UFC roster.
This respect did not seem to translate to last night’s weigh-ins, however. His opponent, Mickey Gall, extended his hand as Punk approached him, but was met with nothing but a mean stare.
According to a backstage interview with Megan Olivi of UFC on FOX, that’s not why he’s on the roster.
“I’m not here to shake anybody’s hand. I’m here to punch people in the face.” – CM Punk
Check out the full interview below: