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Jim Miller: I don't see Mickey Gall vs. CM Punk 'going longer than a minute'

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In a recent interview with the Three Amigos Podcast, UFC lightweight Jim Miller delved deep into Mickey Gall's development as a fighter, and broke down how he thinks Gall will beat CM Punk at UFC 203.

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Last month at UFC on FOX 21, UFC lightweight veteran Jim Miller turned in another Fight of the Night performance, as he edged out Joe Lauzon by split decision to make it 2-for-2 against the fellow longtime fan favorite. It's the first time that Miller has won two consecutive fights since submitting Fabricio Camoes and Yancy Medeiros in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Meanwhile, Mickey Gall, whose own two-fight winning streak doubles as the whole of his pro career, is set to face former WWE superstar CM Punk on the main card of UFC 203 on September 10th. Gall has spent time training at Miller Brothers MMA, and while Miller admitted that he hasn't "worked with him that much lately," he had glowing things to say about the 24-year-old prospect during his latest interview with the Three Amigos Podcast.

"Mickey is not your typical 2-0 fighter," Miller said. "That's what people need to grasp. He's that kid that was in there at 15 years old, training with grown men who were doing this professionally, training with guys who are fighting in the UFC, at the top of the sport, and doing that for the last 8 years. He's the guy that, as a fighter, you're like, 'Well in 10 years, they're going to be kids that have been doing this their whole life and they're going to be athletes.' He's one of those kids!

"Had he not found that road in, had he not had Dana White at his debut fight and called out CM Punk and gotten that golden opportunity, he would be the fighter that would be in the UFC after 6 fights. He'd be that Chris Weidman, Jon Jones -- those very few diamonds in the rough that are going to be there in an instant or a year or two of fighting pro, competing [in the UFC]."

As for Miller's fight breakdown, he's backing Gall to not only finish CM Punk quickly, but the only time the fight will hit the ground is when Gall's striking puts Punk on the canvas.

"I think he's going to bounce around for a couple of seconds and then probably just steamroll CM Punk," Miller said. "I don't see the fight going longer than a minute, personally.

"I think it ends with Punk on the ground. He's been training at Roufusport, he's been in there with some talented guys, but you know, heat of the moment, [in a] full power, live fight, I think Mickey connects pretty quickly and Punk kinda withers pretty quickly and gets stopped."

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