CM Punk took the high road after his loss to Mickey Gall at UFC 203.
Punk was decimated by Gall in the first round of their much-anticipated fight Saturday, but the former WWE champion still went out of his way to give his first (maybe only?) MMA opponent some advice after being pummeled into the ground.
“Listen to me. Don’t ever say you don’t belong, OK? You always belong,” Punk said, according to the clip above from UFC’s “The Thrill and The Agony.” “You’ve got to believe in yourself. You’re obviously a better man than I am, OK? Don’t ever (expletive) short yourself. Everybody else wants to short you. You know, I believed in myself. You’ve got to believe in yourself as much as I believe in me.”
UFC president Dana White already said Punk’s next MMA fight probably shouldn’t be with the promotion, as it’s a tough place for an inexperienced fighter to learn. But the 37-year-old former wrestler earned the respect of many, including Conor McGregor, just by stepping into the octagon.
A positive attitude can go a long way, even if you get punched in the mouth in the process.