UFC 225 is all set to pop off tonight (Sat., June 9, 2018) from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois at 10:00 p.m. ET, live on pay-per-view (PPV), featuring CM Punk making his return to the Octagon for one more crack at this MMA thing against Mike Jackson.
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UFC 225 QUICK RESULTS
Robert Whittaker def. Yoel Romero via split decision
Colby Covington def. Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision
Holly Holm def. Megan Anderson via unanimous decision
Tai Tuivasa def. Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision
Mike Jackson def. CM Punk via unanimous decision
Curtis Blaydes def. Alistair Overeem via TKO in round 3
Claudia Gadelha def. Carla Esparza via split decision
Mirsad Bektic def. Ricardo Lamas via split decision
Chris de la Rocha def. Rashad Coulter via TKO in round 2
Anthony Smith def Rashad Evans via knockout in round 1
Sergio Pettis def. Joseph Benavidez via split decision
Charles Oliveira def. Clay Guida via submission in round 1
Dan Ige def. Mike Santiago via TKO in round 1
CM PUNK VS MIKE JACKSON
Yes, Punk entered to “Cult of Personality.” It sure sounded like there were plenty of cheers over the music. Just before the start of the fight “CM Punk” chants broke out.
Round one: They touch gloves. No immediate shot. Punk missed with a kick. Then another. Jackson came over the top and tagged him before stepping back out. Punk shot in for a takedown but couldn’t get it. He came back with a big punch of his own and that allowed him to get in and push Jackson up against the fence. They went to a stalemate there and reset in the center. Jackson looked real comfortable there but Punk was game to throw punches. He connected on another right. Two minutes in and they were back up against the fence, fighting for position. Punk finally shot down and tried to push for a takedown but ended up all the way across the cage on the fence again. Punk started looking a bit tired. When they broke, Punk’s face looked busted open. Oh, hey, he shot in and actually got the takedown! “CM Punk might have just won his first round in the UFC,” Joe Rogan responded. He couldn’t keep Jackson down, however, and when Jackson got back up, he landed a few shots along the cage. That brought the end of the round.
Round two: Punk came out throwing and Jackson just circled away from him. He shot in for another takedown early but Jackson defended. They were throwing and Punk’s arms looked tired. He kept throwing but Jackson just stepped back. When he came in next, he landed a hard shot on Punk that seemed to stop him standing up. He let Punk recover, though, and grab him to wrap him up. Jackson put him on the floor and was on top. Punk bleeding badly from the face and taking big shots. Jackson not even looking where the punches are going and they’re landing easy. Punk worked hard to throw his legs up for a triangle and it looked close for a second but it wasn’t there. Jackson just sat up top and landed punches. Punk was trying but he was taking heavy breaths and there just wasn’t anything he could do. The round ended with Punk again throwing his legs for a submission attempt and it coming nowhere close.
Round three: Punk was gone. Just totally gassed. He had nothing left. Jackson did what he wanted and it looked like he might get a finish but he stepped back, they stood up, and Punk kept trying. You can’t doubt his heart. He did what he could with whatever energy he had left. He pushed forward, throwing punches, then shot in and pushed Jackson against the fence. When they separated, Jackson landed a shot. Punk could hardly keep himself standing. He threw a big punch and almost fell over in the process. Punk stayed alive while commentary talked about his heart. “Sometimes heart just means more of a beating.” Yep. They went the distance. The crowd booed it.
Final result: Mike Jackson def. CM Punk via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, and 30-26)