As a former star pro wrestler, CM Punk (real name: Phil Brooks) had zero actual fight skills but tons of fans. So why not give him a shot in the Octagon? Well, his UFC debut was a disaster, with another scrub named Mickey Gall eating him alive.

Gall also ate Mike Jackson alive for the privilege to face Punk, so now the UFC 225 main card opens with the return of Punk and Jackson, because… why not. There’s probably still more money to be made off of Punk’s name.

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The bout begins with Punk and Jackson trading stiff kicks and punches, with Jackson’s finding their mark a bit more but Punk getting some licks in, too. The former pro wrestler even mixes in some takedown attempts, and though they get stuffed more often than not, eventually one comes. Jackson is marking him up and muscling him around, but credit Punk for being scrappy.

Fatigue starts hanging over Punk like a shroud once the second round gets underway, making his kicks and punches into flailing limbs. Jackson touches his opponent’s chin more and more, and soon Punk is awkwardly jumping to guard and pulling him down to the canvas. Punk goes for a couple weak triangle choke attempts, but he’s otherwise fed a lot of leather from above.

Things only get more and more ugly in Round 3, with Jackson stopping nearly every takedown attempt and cracking Punk when he’s in range. But man, kudos to Punk for keeping at it. He has no skill in fighting whatsoever – or at least the level of skill needed to be a UFC fighter – yet there’s no quit in him. In the waning seconds he gets a takedown, and when the final bell sounds there’s no mystery about who will get the decision.

Results: Mike Jackson def. CM Punk via Unanimous Decision