Former WWE superstar CM Punk stepped into the UFC octagon for the second time at UFC 225, a card which took place in his hometown of Chicago. Unfortunately, he failed to impress the crowd and suffered a unanimous decision loss to his fellow MMA rookie Mike Jackson. He’s probably done for as a UFC fighter.
UFC president Dana White was pissed off on Mike Jackson’s performance, what he perceived to be showboating, declaring during the post-fight conference. However, White praised Punk’s chin but advised 39-year-old find something else to do.
White recently appeared on the MMA Roasted podcast, says it’s hard to see Punk getting the third shot in the octagon at this point. (Via MMAMania)
“No. I don’t think he really wants a third chance,” he said via MMA NYTT. Still, White has a ton of respect for the novice fighter for actually stepping up to the plate and doing what many of his critics won’t dare to.
“After this last fight, the guy has got balls man, he’s got guts. He went on the world stage and he gave it two shots man. A lot of people talk s*** about CM, well get in there. Come on over. Have a fight and fight one of these guys,” he said. “It’s easy to sit in your living room and talk s***. This guy was a huge star in WWE and he came over here and put it all on the line twice man in front of the whole world. If people can’t respect that, then their a f***ing idiot.”
CM Punk signed with the UFC in late 2014 after his retirement from professional wrestling. Around that time Punk had no experience competing in combat sports. He trained for nearly two years under the supervision of Duke Roufus at Milwaukee’s Roufusport gym before squaring off Mikey Gall at UFC 203, and eventually, lost via first-round rear-naked choke. Following his debut, Punk returned to the gym for another near-two-year span before ready to face Jackson at UFC 225.
CM Punk’s Coach Duke Roufus claimed before the fight that CM Punk is ‘200 percent’ better than UFC debut but based on his training he failed to deliver. He simply isn’t a fight material why no one enlightens him about that.
“You can’t tell somebody ‘don’t do the thing that you want to do the most. CM Punk wanted to be a UFC fighter and he wanted to come here,” said White. “He wanted it so bad that he dropped everything and focused on nothing but mixed martial arts. If you talk to his team, next time you talk to Dick Roufus or Pettis, or any of those guys and talk about how this guy was driving back and forth from Chicago, how he would drive for hours and then train forever, you know. They all ended up respecting him. The guy went in there and put it all on the line.”
Punk showed big heart in his second consecutive defeat, but it was clear that he lacked the skills needed to compete in MMA’s biggest promotion. Something which UFC commentator Joe Rogan also emphasized on.