Former UFC fighter Mike Jackson took umbrage to CM Punk calling him a can, and is now chomping at the bit to prove the erstwhile pro wrestling superstar wrong.
Jackson and Punk’s first and only outings (at welterweight) for the UFC (2016), ended in first-round rear-naked choke submission losses to young up-and-comer, Mickey Gall.
Following the defeat to Gall, an idea was bandied about that Punk; real name Phil Brooks should maybe hone his skills at regional level before another stint in MMA’s top-tier promotion.
Be that as it may, the 38-year-old Chicagoan still has aspirations of throwing down in MMA’s top-tier promotion, and it appears, in Houston’s own “The Truth” Jackson (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), he now has a willing dance partner to take to the ball – wherever that may be (Chicago or Dallas).
One of Jackson’s ulterior motives in angling for a fight with Punk (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is to make him eat his words.
“For someone who has zero fight experience to call me a can, that was probably the most offensive thing that I’ve heard throughout this entire ordeal,” Jackson said. “So, he wants to fight one more time at least, and I figure, throw me in there.”
The other determinant for Jackson, 31, stems from the money aspect – the 31-year-old is wholly aware that Punk (with his pro wrestling fame) brings a certain amount of eyeballs to the sport, and intends to run with that.
“You’re trying to make money, and that’s really the only reason we’re bringing this guy in in the first place, and it seems what’s best would be to allow me to fight him,” Jackson told MMA Junkie (h/t BloodyElbow).
“They only have a little bit of promotional material, you don’t have to worry about looking for another fighter to fight CM Punk. I think he and I, we have enough history and a little bit of bad blood that we can just make the money fight right here, right now.”
“Let’s see who the real can is here, and let’s make some money doing it,” Jackson said.