UFC 225: Mike 'The Truth' Jackson Manhandles CM Punk, Who Falls To 0-2 In MMA Career
on Jun 12, 2018 08:38 AM EDT
Former pro wrestler CM Punk's foray into MMA could be over after he suffered a second straight loss at UFC 225 on Saturday in h his hometown of Chicago. CM Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, was defeated by Mike "The Truth" Jackson via a one-sided three-round unanimous decision in their welterweight bout at United Center.
CM Punk was simply outclassed by Jackson during their fight, with all three judges scoring the bout 30-26, in favor of the professional kickboxer. With the win, Jackson improved to 1-1 in his UFC career.
As for the 39-year-old CM Punk, it was his second straight loss since leaving the WWE and joining the Octagon in 2014. In 2016, CM Punk made his Octagon debut, where he lost to Mickey Gall via submission in the first round.
CM Punk showed some improvements from his first fight against Gall, connecting with a couple of rights and bringing Jackson down to the canvas with a successful takedown. However, Jackson had his way in the second and third rounds, hitting CM Punk with simple combinations that kept the former pro wrestler at bay on his way to a convincing win.
CM Punk's UFC Career Over?
The loss leaves CM Punk's UFC future in doubt, with no less than UFC president Dana White saying that it could be a wrap for the former pro wrestler, who became a household name in the WWE.
"The guy is 39 years old. I love the guy. He's the nicest guy in the world," said White.
White added that he did everything in his power to help CM Punk in his UFC career by giving him two fights.
"He had a lot of heart tonight in this fight. And I think he should call it a wrap," White adds.
According to Matthew Ryder of Bleacher Report, CM Punk's mixed martial arts career is not over, as he could move to a regional promotion or in Bellator. Ryder says those tournaments could give CM Punk the break and the win he needs to keep his career going.
Other UFC 225 Results
In other UFC 225 matches, Colby Covington bagged the interim welterweight title after beating Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision. Covington won the bout via scores of 49-46, 48-47, and 48-47.
Robert Whittaker defeated Yoel Romero in their middleweight fight via split decision. The card became a non-title fight after Romero failed to make the weight limit of 185 pounds. Other results saw Holly Holm beating Megan Anderson and Andre Arlovski defeating Tai Tuivasa, with both wins coming via unanimous decisions.