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CM Punk’s UFC 225 opponent aims to make wrestling fans happy


We know Mike Jackson, the man CM Punk will fight in his second professional mixed martial arts bout at UFC 225 in Chicago, is a student of pro wrestling. He even shot video of himself cutting a promo while lobbying to be Punk’s first UFC opponent back in 2016.

Now that their next fight is officially on the card for June 9 in Second City, Jackson is dialing back some of his trash talk. But not all of it, as he’s vowing to teach Punk a lesson in the Octagon... one that could lead to a result a lot of scripted fight fans are hoping for:

“I’m just going in here to beat him up a little bit and show him it’s not for him.”

His first round submission loss to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 didn’t convince The Straight-Edge Superstar to leave MMA. And even if Jackson can back this promise up, there’s no guarantee Punk would head back to the squared circle if he hung up his 6.5 oz gloves after UFC 225.

But if it did result in “Cult of Personality” hitting loud speakers in a WWE arena, or at Cody Rhodes’ All In show in Chicago-land on Sept. 1? Mike Jackson would be a pro wrestling legend.

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