Jackson Claims No Contract For Punk Fight
The internet rumor mill has run wild the past few weeks regarding the MMA future of CM Punk. The first report was regarding a potential fight against Mike Jackson for UFC 225, in Punk’s hometown of Chicago. Last week, amidst the rumblings of a potential Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather rematch inside the confines of the UFC, many were guessing that it would be Punk and not McGregor to take on the undefeated boxer inside the Octagon/
Now, according to a report from Bloody Elbow, Jackson claims that even though he’s been rumored to fight, neither Jackson nor his management, and allegedly even UFC matchmakers know what Punk’s status is.
“No contract has been signed. I’m waiting to hear back from Phil and his camp,” Jackson would claim as a guest on FloCombat.com’s Top Turtle MMA podcast.
“I’ve spoken to Mick Maynard, who is a close personal friend of mine as well as the UFC matchmaker, and he kind of doesn’t know what’s going on at this time with (CM) Punk.”
Even though Jackson and Punk (real name: Phil Brooks) both would walk into the proposed fight 0-1, Jackson is seven years younger than the 39-year-old former WWE star. Jackson feels that Punk may have already reached his ceiling inside the Octagon.
“[Brooks is] really getting a crash course, and I feel that, unless you’re some crazy prodigy, like a young B.J. Penn, the chances of you picking up different facets of the game to compete with someone — even on my level — it’s very slim,” Jackson said.
“Then you add in the fact that he’s pushing 40. And then, the other variables that people don’t even consider, is the wear and tear that professional wrestling puts on a man’s body.”