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CM Punk: 'People are upset' I'm in the UFC, but 'I'm creating jobs'

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

CM Punk isn't sure why fans are so angry about his presence in the UFC. After all, the bout between Mickey Gall and Mike Jackson on Saturday night would not have happened without him.

"The whole situation is weird," Punk told Ariel Helwani in an interview on UFC Fight Pass before the fight. "People are upset. People think the whole thing is strange but what I'm doing is creating jobs. I've created two so far. I wish both guys well."

Gall beat Jackson by rear-naked choke submission at 45 seconds of the first round onSaturday night at UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson in Las Vegas. He will be the first person to face Punk in the UFC. Punk, of course, is a former WWE star with a huge fan following around the world, but has never competed in formal martial arts anywhere. Punk will be cageside Saturday watching.

"This is obviously gonna be on tape, so if I need to dissect anything and watch it over and over again, I'll do it later," Punk said. "I'm just gonna enjoy the moment. I hope Mickey and Mike enjoy the moment. I'm just gonna be a fan."

Punk said he doesn't know much about Gall. He only had one pro fight coming in, which he won for Ring of Combat in front of UFC president Dana White as part of the "Lookin' For a Fight" reality show on Fight pass.

"I know he drives a bread truck, which I commend him for," Punk said. "You gotta do what you gotta do. That means he's hungry.

"He's a bit of a mystery. I'm a bit of a mystery. So I think it works, it makes sense."

Punk has been training at Roufusport with Anthony Pettis and Ben Askren in preparation for his UFC debut. When that will be is not official.

"If I have any stroke at all, I'm saying [UFC] 200," Punk said. "We'll see."

Gall was interviewed by Jon Anik after the fight and he said the last time he spoke on a mic it was about CM Punk and this time it'll be about him, too.

"I want to be fed, I'm hungry," Gall said. "Feed me CM Punk, please!"

After Gall's win, Punk entered the cage and the two spoke to each other respectfully. Punk told Helwani afterward that he was impressed by the quick victory.

"Very impressive," Punk said. "That's how I want to win a fight. No damage. ... I'll find out after I beat Mickey Gall."