Mike and CM Punk, entered the contest with a 0-1 professional MMA record, with ‘The Truth’ losing his only other fight to Mickey Gall, who then bested Punk at UFC 203 in September 2016.
White was not happy by some of Jackson’s apparent showboating and him not trying to finish CM Punk when he seemingly had the opportunity. He also received some criticism from UFC commentator Joe Rogan for not finishing the fight early.
Jackson appeared on recent episode of ‘The MMA Hour’ and discussed his UFC 225 performance and denied any showboating criticism from promotions boss:(Via MMAMania)
“It was one of these things where I was confused because all I kept hearing about was that I was taunting him and showboating. That’s not my character, that’s not my style. Then I hear what Dana White was saying, he’s running his mouth,” he said. “Look, I know Dana is emotional, he’s like a little girl sometimes and he gets in his feelings. But, when you have a platform like that, you need to take a step back. I just didn’t understand it.”
Jackson said he tried his best to score a win by stoppage and was going for the early knockout; Punk simply was one tough cat. Once he lost the opportunity of homerun, Jackson said he didn’t want to make any dumb move, so he played safe.
“What I think it is, it was sort of my style, it was a little bit different. I was going out there to get the first round knockout. And I told people beforehand, C.M. Punk, he’s a tough cat. I landed some solid shots, I rocked him. I landed some solid elbows and I hurt him but he never went to the ground,” he added. “For me, I am not going to run in and try to get a finish on someone, get caught with something silly and then I’m a meme forever in MMA. I played the smart role and I kept my distance. After the first round, he didn’t go down so I was like, well, I didn’t get the first-round knockout. Plan B was just to beat him up. And I told everybody before hand that alI wanted to do was to beat him up nice enough where he doesn’t want to do this anymore. I never wanted to hurt the guy.”
White said after the fight he regretted putting Jackson vs. Punk on events main card, and it actually belonged on early prelims. White also said Jackson would not get another shot in the Octagon.
At this moment white didn’t release any official statement that says he cut the Jackson.