Saturday night probably marked the end of CM Punk’s MMA career. Of course, a very simple case can be made that his UFC career never should’ve been given the chance to get off the ground. But that’s another matter entirely.
Saturday night, Punk got another shot on the main card in his hometown of Chicago. And while he went the distance this time, it wasn’t pretty. For three rounds, Mike Jackson would thoroughly beat him down. For three rounds, Jackson would embarrass the former WWE superstar. Punk, now 39 years old, isn’t an MMA fighter. In short, he got his start far too late in life. And while it’s commendable to try something new, he’s taking a spot away from more deserving fighters. That comes down to UFC President Dana White as well, however. In the UFC, it’s all about the money. And WWE fans from around the world — from those that love him to those that can’t stand him — still want to see Punk.
But we probably shouldn’t be seeing him in the octagon ever again. And White would say as much following the bout, per ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
“It probably should be a wrap,” White says. “The guy is 39 years old. I love the guy. He’s the nicest guy in the world. We gave him two shots, and he had a lot of heart tonight in this fight. And I think he should call it a wrap.”
With the win, the 33-year-old Jackson goes to 1-1 in the UFC. And while he’s relatively old for having such a short record, he’s been kickboxing and boxing for a while. In other words, he has plenty more experience than Punk. And it would very much show on Saturday night.
It’s admirable to try new things. But not at the expense of being something you’re not. And despite his best efforts, Punk is not an MMA fighter.