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How Badly Is CM Punk Going to Lose at UFC 225?

When former pro wrestling star CM Punk announced he was going to transition into MMA, no one in their right mind thought he’d be successful.

And he wasn’t! He got murdered, at UFC 203, at the hands of Mickey Gall!

But the UFC new they had a modicum of fan interest to work with, so they made a big deal of finding someone at Punk’s level. They had Gall fight Mike Jackson for the honor, and since Jackson is a freakin’ MMA media member and not a fighter, yeah, he got handled.

Well, Jackson gets his turn with Punk at UFC 225, and you have to wonder if Jackson will again lose, or if Punk will again lose – and if so, how badly.

According to Jackson, who chatted with Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour” about it, it will be pretty badly – and there won’t be a submission involved.

“I’m not going in there to submit him,” Jackson said. “I’m not going in there to choke him out. I have no animosity or ill will towards Phil. For me, again, he called me a can. It wasn’t like it was someone of stature calling me a can, I can laugh it off, OK whatever.

“Again, he has never been in a fight. He has never been in a fight before the Gall fight, an actual unscripted fight. For someone like that to call me a can, I take that as disrespect. That’s like me deciding one day I want to be a wrestler and I walk into Vince McMahon’s office and I’m like, ‘Alright, I want to go wrestle Brock Lesnar for the belt and I want you to put me over.’ I wouldn’t do that. I would have to pay my dues and work my way up.”

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How Badly Is CM Punk Going to Lose at UFC 225?

When former pro wrestling star CM Punk announced he was going to transition into MMA, no one in their right mind thought he’d be successful.

And he wasn’t! He got murdered, at UFC 203, at the hands of Mickey Gall!

But the UFC new they had a modicum of fan interest to work with, so they made a big deal of finding someone at Punk’s level. They had Gall fight Mike Jackson for the honor, and since Jackson is a freakin’ MMA media member and not a fighter, yeah, he got handled.

Well, Jackson gets his turn with Punk at UFC 225, and you have to wonder if Jackson will again lose, or if Punk will again lose – and if so, how badly.

According to Jackson, who chatted with Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour” about it, it will be pretty badly – and there won’t be a submission involved.

“I’m not going in there to submit him,” Jackson said. “I’m not going in there to choke him out. I have no animosity or ill will towards Phil. For me, again, he called me a can. It wasn’t like it was someone of stature calling me a can, I can laugh it off, OK whatever.

“Again, he has never been in a fight. He has never been in a fight before the Gall fight, an actual unscripted fight. For someone like that to call me a can, I take that as disrespect. That’s like me deciding one day I want to be a wrestler and I walk into Vince McMahon’s office and I’m like, ‘Alright, I want to go wrestle Brock Lesnar for the belt and I want you to put me over.’ I wouldn’t do that. I would have to pay my dues and work my way up.”

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CM Punk Opens As Betting Underdog Against Mike Jackson At UFC 225

The mixed martial arts (MMA) return of CM Punk is a highly-anticipated one, which is why combat fans were excited to see the former WWE superstar officially booked to fight Mike Jackson at UFC 225 on June 9 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

It will be just the second time that Punk is fighting professionally, having lost to Mickey Gall via first-round submission at UFC 203 back in 2016.

Despite reports that Punk is making huge strides in training, oddsmakers are still selling the former professional wrestler short when it comes to his chances of defeating Jackson this June.

According to recent betting lines put out by Bovada (h/t Damon Martin), Punk is currently slated as a +200 underdog, while Jackson comes in as a -260 favorite. That means a $ 100 bet on Punk will win you $ 200. Not too shabby, especially since the former WWE star is competing in front of his hometown crowd.

While Punk showed little skill in his debut against Gall 19 months ago, it’s surprising that Jackson is such a heavy favorite. Oddsmakers may be scared to level the playing field considering Punk is six years older, but Jackson is 0-1 in his professional career as well. That loss came against Gall, too, and lasted 90 seconds less than Punk’s debut.

Still, the oddsmakers have spoken. Assuming there’s going to be heavy promotion around this fight leading up to UFC 225, Punk’s +200 tag could come down as we draw closer to fight week. But who knows, maybe the pro wrestler really is just that outmatched, both on paper and inside of the Octagon.

UFC 225 will be headlined by a middleweight title rematch pitting current UFC champion Robert Whittaker against Cuban dynamo Yoel Romero. The card will also feature a co-main event tilt between Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington for the interim welterweight title, while former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm welcomes Megan Anderson to the Octagon in a featherweight affair.

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CM Punk Opens As Betting Underdog Against Mike Jackson At UFC 225

The mixed martial arts (MMA) return of CM Punk is a highly-anticipated one, which is why combat fans were excited to see the former WWE superstar officially booked to fight Mike Jackson at UFC 225 on June 9 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

It will be just the second time that Punk is fighting professionally, having lost to Mickey Gall via first-round submission at UFC 203 back in 2016.

Despite reports that Punk is making huge strides in training, oddsmakers are still selling the former professional wrestler short when it comes to his chances of defeating Jackson this June.

According to recent betting lines put out by Bovada (h/t Damon Martin), Punk is currently slated as a +200 underdog, while Jackson comes in as a -260 favorite. That means a $ 100 bet on Punk will win you $ 200. Not too shabby, especially since the former WWE star is competing in front of his hometown crowd.

While Punk showed little skill in his debut against Gall 19 months ago, it’s surprising that Jackson is such a heavy favorite. Oddsmakers may be scared to level the playing field considering Punk is six years older, but Jackson is 0-1 in his professional career as well. That loss came against Gall, too, and lasted 90 seconds less than Punk’s debut.

Still, the oddsmakers have spoken. Assuming there’s going to be heavy promotion around this fight leading up to UFC 225, Punk’s +200 tag could come down as we draw closer to fight week. But who knows, maybe the pro wrestler really is just that outmatched, both on paper and inside of the Octagon.

UFC 225 will be headlined by a middleweight title rematch pitting current UFC champion Robert Whittaker against Cuban dynamo Yoel Romero. The card will also feature a co-main event tilt between Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington for the interim welterweight title, while former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm welcomes Megan Anderson to the Octagon in a featherweight affair.

For more UFC 225 fight card news click here.

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CM Punk to Possibly Return to the Cage at UFC 225

What happens when you take an older, accomplished pro wrestler, give him a modicum of MMA training, and throw him into the Octagon?

CM Punk is what happens, which is to say, said pro wrestler gets his butt kicked.

That’s what happened at UFC 203 back in 2016, and it came at the hands of a nobody in Mickey Gall. You see, the UFC wanted to hand-pick Punk’s opponent and make the threat as low as possible, and still Punk got smoked…

Anyway, we’ve all been waiting patiently for Punk to return. And as per his tweet this morning, our wait will be over on June 9, which is the date for UFC 225 in Chicago, IL.

There’s no official announcement, nor any notion of who his opponent might be. But hey, CM Punk, y’all. He ain’t done yet.

CM Punk Huge Betting Favorite Over Floyd Mayweather

What happens when MMA math intersects with the logic of WWE and boxing math?

You get idiotic articles like this one (penned by idiotic authors like me) talking about a former pro wrestling champion beating a retired boxing kingpin who is already embroiled in a feud with a current MMA titleholder.

Let me see if I have this right.

Paulie Malignaggi would get creamed by everyone in UFC except CM Punk (says this guy), but Punk is the odds-on favorite to beat aspiring cage fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is the betting underdog to Conor McGregor, who already lost to “Money” last August.

WTF?

When asked to justify the -300 line for Punk — real name Phil Brooks — the penny pinchers at BetDSI told Bloody Elbow that “Money” (+220) would get shortchanged on the ground, based on his opponent’s size and grappling advantage.

To his credit, the welterweight Punk does have extensive jiu-jitsu training.

If and when Brooks does make his Octagon return, which is designed to make up for this one-round laugher, it’s likely to be at the UFC 225 pay-per-view (PPV) event in his backyard of Chicago (against this warm body), and Mayweather only fights in Las Vegas.

For billions of dollars.

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Coach Duke Roufus: CM Punk Learned from ‘Real Beating’ in UFC Debut

It appears that CM Punk could be booked for his second Octagon appearance in the very near future.
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Vitor Belfort Suggests “CM Punk” For Retirement Fight

“Just for the laughs”

CM Punk seems to be the walking punch line of the UFC (well, besides the GSP vs. Michael Bisping fight), so it seems completely appropriate that former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort would use him as the butt of his.

As we all know, Vitor came off of a less than stellar performance Saturday night, losing via 1st round TKO against middleweight newcomer Kelvin Gastelum. Although Vitor had some early success, Kelvin’s crisp boxing skills and constant pressure proved too much for the Pride veteran. In a recent interview with Flocombat, Vitor announced that he was tired of facing the murders row of UFC opponents and wanted a much “smoother fight.”

“It would have to be an interesting fighter, but not a top fighter”, Belfort said. “I’ve been fighting good guys before: Dan Henderson, [Chris] Weidman, Dan Henderson, ‘Jacaré’ [Souza], [Gegard] Mousasi and now Kelvin [Gastelum]. These are all hard fights, so if you can book a smoother fight… What’s the name of that guy from WWE? CM Punk would be a good fight”, Belfort laughed. ”CM Punk, let’s get it on. That would be a really good fight.

Yep, you read right. Vitor Belfort wants “CM Punk” for his swan song at UFC 212. While he was obviously just joking (I think…) we thought it would be fun to throw in our opinion on how the fight might play out. In fact, we found a video we feel accurately displays our thoughts and sentiments.

You get the picture. But in all seriousness, Vitor is aiming to end his highlight reel career on June 3 rd in Rio De Janeiro Brazil, and at 205 lbs to boot. Who should he fight next?

 

Lionel Harris-Spence is a writer, filmmaker, and functioning alcoholic. You can catch him screaming obscenities at flat screens on fight night.

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Vitor Belfort Suggests “CM Punk” For Retirement Fight

“Just for the laughs”

CM Punk seems to be the walking punch line of the UFC (well, besides the GSP vs. Michael Bisping fight), so it seems completely appropriate that former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort would use him as the butt of his.

As we all know, Vitor came off of a less than stellar performance Saturday night, losing via 1st round TKO against middleweight newcomer Kelvin Gastelum. Although Vitor had some early success, Kelvin’s crisp boxing skills and constant pressure proved too much for the Pride veteran. In a recent interview with Flocombat, Vitor announced that he was tired of facing the murders row of UFC opponents and wanted a much “smoother fight.”

“It would have to be an interesting fighter, but not a top fighter”, Belfort said. “I’ve been fighting good guys before: Dan Henderson, [Chris] Weidman, Dan Henderson, ‘Jacaré’ [Souza], [Gegard] Mousasi and now Kelvin [Gastelum]. These are all hard fights, so if you can book a smoother fight… What’s the name of that guy from WWE? CM Punk would be a good fight”, Belfort laughed. ”CM Punk, let’s get it on. That would be a really good fight.

Yep, you read right. Vitor Belfort wants “CM Punk” for his swan song at UFC 212. While he was obviously just joking (I think…) we thought it would be fun to throw in our opinion on how the fight might play out. In fact, we found a video we feel accurately displays our thoughts and sentiments.

You get the picture. But in all seriousness, Vitor is aiming to end his highlight reel career on June 3 rd in Rio De Janeiro Brazil, and at 205 lbs to boot. Who should he fight next?

 

Lionel Harris-Spence is a writer, filmmaker, and functioning alcoholic. You can catch him screaming obscenities at flat screens on fight night.

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Vitor Belfort Suggests “CM Punk” For Retirement Fight

“Just for the laughs”

CM Punk seems to be the walking punch line of the UFC (well, besides the GSP vs. Michael Bisping fight), so it seems completely appropriate that former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort would use him as the butt of his.

As we all know, Vitor came off of a less than stellar performance Saturday night, losing via 1st round TKO against middleweight newcomer Kelvin Gastelum. Although Vitor had some early success, Kelvin’s crisp boxing skills and constant pressure proved too much for the Pride veteran. In a recent interview with Flocombat, Vitor announced that he was tired of facing the murders row of UFC opponents and wanted a much “smoother fight.”

“It would have to be an interesting fighter, but not a top fighter”, Belfort said. “I’ve been fighting good guys before: Dan Henderson, [Chris] Weidman, Dan Henderson, ‘Jacaré’ [Souza], [Gegard] Mousasi and now Kelvin [Gastelum]. These are all hard fights, so if you can book a smoother fight… What’s the name of that guy from WWE? CM Punk would be a good fight”, Belfort laughed. ”CM Punk, let’s get it on. That would be a really good fight.

Yep, you read right. Vitor Belfort wants “CM Punk” for his swan song at UFC 212. While he was obviously just joking (I think…) we thought it would be fun to throw in our opinion on how the fight might play out. In fact, we found a video we feel accurately displays our thoughts and sentiments.

You get the picture. But in all seriousness, Vitor is aiming to end his highlight reel career on June 3 rd in Rio De Janeiro Brazil, and at 205 lbs to boot. Who should he fight next?

 

Lionel Harris-Spence is a writer, filmmaker, and functioning alcoholic. You can catch him screaming obscenities at flat screens on fight night.

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