The Ultimate Fighting Championship was in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, June 9, for the highly anticipated fight card of UFC 225. Featured on the night’s card was the return of CM Punk.
The former WWE star, whose birth name is Phil Brooks, suffered a relatively one-sided decision loss to Mike Jackson at the United Center. All three judges scored it a shutout for Jackson, 30-26.
Although Punk showed a lot of heart, it is clear that he is still lacking effective technique and MMA awareness. His most effective moments in the fight were when he landed a couple of overhand rights and worked a successful takedown in the first round. In the second round, he very briefly worked a triangle setup off his back.
It was pretty frustrating watching CM Punk throw punches off his back. At no point in the fight did he demonstrate Jiu-Jitsu 101 skills. We wanted to see a Umpa or a Sweep, but Punk seemed gassed and shaken from a few punches to the chin. One of the weirdest moments in the fight came when CM Punk decided to go for an unorthodox headlock from the standing position. After the technique failed, Punk decided to simply leap onto the arms of his opponent and try again.
After the fight UFC president Dana White said “It probably should be a wrap, 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.”
At the end of the night Dana White made it abundantly clear he was pissed at Punk’s opponent, Mike Jackson.
“Michael Jackson I’m not happy with,” White said at his UFC 225 post-fight press conference. “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.”
Dana added “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.”
Two careers ended on a night that shouldn’t have happen to begin with, at least not at the highest level of the sport!