CM Punk Goes The Distance, But Loses To Mike Jackson At UFC 225
Sunday, June 10, 2018
CM Punk went the distance in his second fight in the UFC, but he came out on the losing end of a dominant unanimous decision to Mike Jackson. Punk didn't give up and showed tons of heart, but it was a one-sided defeat. All three judges scored the fight 30-26 in Jackson's favor.
Punk looked more comfortable in the Octagon to start the fight. His hometown crowd in Chicago chanted his name and he was able to land a leg kick and a punch early on before getting in the clinch. He tried to go for takedowns but Jackson defended and started busting Punk's face up with his jab. Punk landed a takedown towards the end of the first round, but Jackson got back up to his feet and landed a big body shot before the horn sounded. Punk looked tired as he went back to his corner.
In the second round, Jackson landed a huge right hand that stunned Punk, literally stopping him in his tracks. After forcing a clinch, Punk weirdly jumped up for a guillotine but wasn't close with it at all and Jackson just dropped him to the ground. Jackson maintained top position and did more damage to Punk's face. Punk went for a triangle choke but Jackson got out of it and toyed with him to end the second round in a dominant fashion.
The third round was more of the same. Punk refused to give up but he was visibly exhausted and Jackson continued to play around with him instead of chasing the finish. Jackson landed a few hard shots but didn't follow up, seeming content to ride out the decision. Punk didn't stick around for the post-fight interview. With another bad showing in the Octagon and a 0-2 record, it's hard to imagine that CM Punk will be getting another fight in the UFC anytime soon.
You can check out the highlights from CM Punk's fight against Mike Jackson in the videos below: