Dana White Has Himself To Blame For CM Punk’s Embarrassing UFC 225 Fight

Bryan Brandom
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WWE wrestler-turned-MMA fighter CM Punk proved for the second time that the UFC is out of his league.

“No, it should be a wrap,” White said of CM Punk’s fighting career following his defeat at UFC 225. “The guy’s 39 years old. We gave him two shots, and he had a lot of heart tonight, and I think he should call it a wrap.”

But even worse, Mike Jackson — whose only UFC action to that point had been a loss to Mickey Gall in a battle for the right to beat CM Punk in the former wrestler’s first fight — failed to finish off practically lifeless prey, despite countless windows.

That sent White off following a Saturday card that otherwise included genuinely deserving fighters.

“I don’t know what that guy did for a living before we gave him this shot, but whatever it was he needs to go back and do that again,” White said of Jackson. “He’s 0-2 as far as I’m concerned. … That’s it for his UFC career. I wouldn’t put that kid in the Contender Series.”

Jackson’s since defended his performance on Instagram and elsewhere.

What did White think was going to happen? That one fighter who doesn’t belong in the UFC and another fighter who really doesn’t belong in the UFC would miraculously produce a classic? 

No. White wanted a freak show. 

Now that he’s aware of how fast the intrigue of a fight based solely on name recognition can sour, maybe he’ll see the light and ditch Greg Hardy.

But probably not … the former NFL defensive end is fighting tonight.