UFC 225 main card kicked off with former WWE superstar CM Punk taking on Mike Jackson. Punk suffered a lopsided unanimous decision loss to Jackson. Punk had his moments as he landed 19 significant strikes and one takedowns, however it was no brainer to the fact that Punk didn’t belong there.
This was Punk’s second chance. After the fight, UFC President Dana White immediately stated that this would be Punk’s last fight. However UFC color commentator Joe Rogan believes he shouldn’t have been there in the first place.
“He’s a very nice guy and he’s a hard worker, but he does not have athletic talent,” Rogan said on his podcast. “He’s missing a lot. He’s a showman, and when he was in the WWE, he was allowed to say, ‘I am the f–king man!’ And throw his arms up in the air and they had it scripted so that he was the man. But when you’re in there with a guy like Mike Jackson, who had zero fear of him and was just so casual, just popping him in the face anytime he wanted to, he literally could’ve stopped him anytime, if he just got angry and wanted to stop him, he could’ve at any point in the fight.”
“He doesn’t have the ability to move his body right. There’s a lot of guys you could take out there — track and field guys or football players — and you could get them to fight better than him in a couple of weeks. Easily. Cause they’re athletes. They would understand how to shift their weight and throw a punch,” Rogan said.
“He doesn’t have any talent. That’s all it is. He just doesn’t have physical talent. For whatever reason, whether it’s his approach, his intensity. It’s not his coaching. He’s with Duke f–king Roufus.”