CM Punk got his chance to compete in MMA on the biggest stage. And then he got a second chance. To be honest, he didn’t do much with either opportunity.
Punk was thoroughly outclassed by Mike Jackson at UFC 225 on Saturday night, which was extra demoralizing since Jackson himself was an 0-1 novice before picking up a decision win over the former pro wrestling star. Punk’s efforts generated a lot of “hey, good effort” comments on social media, but the simple truth is this: an almost-40-year-old with no martial arts background, who didn’t start seriously training for MMA until his mid-30s, has no business being on a UFC pay-per-view. He probably has no business appearing on a Bellator undercard, either, but that’s another argument altogether.
After the event, UFC president Dana White was asked about Punk’s future in the sport, and he gave the honest, if not a little harsh, truth.
“It probably should be a wrap,” White said. “The guy is 39 years old. I love the guy. He’s the nicest guy in the world. We gave him two shots, and he had a lot of heart tonight in this fight. And I think he should call it a wrap.”
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White actually had much more savage things to say about Jackson, who won the fight via unanimous decision even thought it looked like he had multiple chances to finish it.
“Michael Jackson, I’m not happy with,” White said, according to MMAFighting.com. “This guy was acting like a goofball tonight. You get this opportunity to fight CM Punk and you’re doing like bolo punches to the body on top? Never looked like he was trying to finish the fight ever, right? Looked like he could have finished the fight a few times. Never tried. I don’t know what that guy did for a living before we gave him this shot, but whatever it was he needs to go back and do that again. He’s 0-2 as far as I’m concerned.”
A follow-up question asked White if he got the sense that Jackson was purposely prolonging the fight to get more TV time.
“I got the sense that he’s a complete f**king idiot and I couldn’t wait for that fight to end and I regretted not putting it on Fight Pass,” White said. “That’s how I felt about it.”
Tell us how you really feel, Dana.