CM Punk’s UFC 225 Opponent Mike Jackson Fired & Banned From The UFC

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During a recent edition of his “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, UFC announcer Joe Rogan commented on CM Punk’s loss to Mike Jackson at last Saturday night’s UFC 225 pay-per-view event. Rogan said that while CM Punk is a “nice guy and a hard-worker”, he “does not have athletic talent.” Rogan added that Punk was a showman in WWE and “allowed to say, ‘I am the f–kin’ man!’, and WWE had it scripted so that Punk was the man.”

He also said that he believes Mike Jackson had “zero fear” of CM Punk going into the fight and could have stopped him at any point. Rogan confirmed that UFC President Dana White has kicked Jackson out of the company, and said that he will never fight in the UFC again, despite winning the fight. According to Rogan, if Jackson would have stopped the match earlier, he would still be fighting in the UFC. It was his “showboating” and antics that really pissed off Dana White. For those who didn’t see it, Dana went off on Jackson during the post-UFC 225 press conference and fired/banned him from the UFC.

Regarding the fight, Rogan said, “The whole thing was very weird. Like, right away, when you see CM Punk holding his hands up and moving stiff and throwing kicks, [I’m like], ‘oh Jesus.’ Like, I don’t like that being on pay-per-view. I understand that they are selling pay-per-view cards, but pay-per-view in the UFC should be the elite fighters. It’s like you took a dude [with] no wrestling background, no nothing, and you go, ‘alright, this is what I want you to do. This is a jab. This is a right hand. When you throw a kick, I want you to pivot your hips. Go in there and spar. I mean, he just doesn’t have the ability to move his body right. There’s a lot of guys that 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. Because they’re athletes. They’re athletes. They would understand how to shift their weight, [and] throw a punch… he doesn’t have any talent. That’s all it is. He just doesn’t have any physical talent. For whatever reason. Whether it’s his approach, his intensity. It’s not his coaching. He’s with Duke f–kin Roufus. If Duke just grabbed some dude from a gas station that has been drinking beer and smoking cigarettes his whole life, and had him in a fight in six months, how much can you possibly expect?”

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