I needed a day or two to truly soak in everything that transpired at UFC 225 which was in Chicago this past Saturday Night (June 9). The main event of the night might have been the match between Colby Covington and Rafael dos Anjos as well as Robert Whittaker vs Yoel Romero, but the real reason I watched the card was to check out CM Punk. Phil Brooks a.k.a. CM punk was finally getting a second shot in a UFC octagon after only lasting 2:14 in his first fight against Mickey Gall. This past Saturday night, he took on Mike Jackson, a former boxer who happened to lose his very first fight in the UFC against Mickey Gall, but in 45 seconds. So, the cards had to be in CM Punk’s favor right? That couldn’t have been farther than the truth as CM Punk lost in a very unanimous decision to Jackson (30-26, 30-26, 30-26). CM Punk fought a pretty decent first round against Jackson, but he tired himself out with every failed attempt at a takedown that Jackson was able to avoid. Jackson toyed with Punk as if there was absolutely no doubt in his mind that he was going to walk out victorious.
Punk tried and tried to get submission holds on Jackson from round two to the end, but there was no real force behind them and it didn’t help that Jackson was turning his face into hamburger meat. Jackson didn’t have to put much effort into the win and that was very telling of how everyone felt. I honestly doubt that if we do see Punk one more time in the UFC, it will not be on a main card and it certainly will not be on the televised preliminary round, but the fight pass card. On Sunday, Punk sort of released a statement on Twitter saying, “You win some, you lose some! I’m 1-1 this week and I’ll take it! Thanks to my team, my family, my friends, and THE FANS! Wouldn’t be here without any of you. Respect to @TheTruthJackson, thanks for the fight! You only live once, and… I’M ALIVE!” The one in 1-1 is referring to his win against the WWE in the lawsuit. The last part of that statement should be an indicator to Punk that for the sake of his own safety, it may be time to explore a completely different career which Dana White seems to agree with these days.
Dana ended up commenting on the fight and he aimed it at Mike Jackson saying, “Michael Jackson I’m not happy with. 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. 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 the shot, but whatever it was, he needs to go back and do that again. He’s 0-2 as far as I’m concerned. I got the sense that he’s a complete f—–g idiot, and I couldn’t wait for that fight to end, and I regretted not putting that fight on Fight Pass. That’s how I felt about that fight.” While that was aimed at Jackson, Dana did address Punk saying, “No, it should be a wrap. The guy’s 39 years old. We gave him two shots, and he had a lot of heart tonight, and I think he should call it a wrap.” One thing is for sure, Punk has nothing to be ashamed of because he tried it. It didn’t work, he knows that and now he can move on. Whether it’s a return to wrestling, continuing writing comic books, or whatever else he decides to do I will support CM Punk all the way.