Despite the disappointment after suffering a loss in his professional debut, CM Punk still felt the need to embrace his opponent Mickey Gall and give him some words of encouragement after their fight.
All week long in the lead up to their bout at UFC 203, Gall said that he didn’t feel like he belonged on the fight poster or even on the main card alongside Punk.
In a newly released video from the UFC just seconds after the fight ended, Punk gives Gall a hug and explains how he definitely belongs and that the 24-year-old New Jersey native should always believe in himself.
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"Listen to me. Don’t ever say you don’t belong, OK? You always belong," Punk said. "You’ve got to believe in yourself."
You're obviously a better man than I am, OK? Don't ever 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 believed in me.
— CM Punk
In the aftermath of the first-round loss, Punk walks to the back of the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland with a clear look of disappointment on his face before he encounters former heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman.
Coleman gave Punk a pep talk after his fight and telling the former WWE superstar that he would be back.
"I want to do better," Punk said.
Punk has said that he plans to fight again despite the result in his UFC debut although there’s no word on whether or not his next bout will actually take place inside the Octagon or not.