WWE Star Bryan Says He’d Out-Grapple Mike Jackson
Following his former co-worker’s loss, former WWE champion and jiu-jitsu blue belt Daniel Bryan believes he can out-grapple UFC fighter Mike Jackson.
Jackson would take a unanimous decision win from former WWE star CM Punk at UFC 225, and Jackson claimed that he carried Punk (Phil Brooks) through their fight in Punk’s hometown of Chicago.
Daniel Bryan would appear on his wife Brie Bella’s Instagram live video, and was asked if he could beat Jackson.
Professional wrestler Daniel Bryan made a brief appearance on his wife Brie Bella’s recent Instagram Live post, saying that he could definitely out-grapple Jackson.
“Did they just ask me if I could beat Mike Jackson in a fight?,” Bryan said. “I could beat him on the ground, for sure, I think. If the WWE would let me fight in the UFC, maybe [I would prove it].”
Jackson would respond almost immediately to the popular pro wrestler, telling FanSided that he’d be more than happy to beat another WWE star.
“A friend of mine, who is a journalist reached out and said, ‘Yo, did you hear Daniel Bryan called you out?’” Jackson said. “I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ He sends it to me and I remember seeing that headline. I was like, ‘Yo, this is getting out of control now.’
“He says, ‘Man, I can beat him on the ground in a UFC fight.’ Look Daniel Bryan; I will do you worse than I did your man Punk because I will have no reservations in punching this guy in the face 100-percent. And at will. . .
“If Daniel Bryan wants the smoke, just call me the chimney man because I’ve got the smoke.”
Jackson would also reply to Bryan on Twitter with a warning for the wrestler.
— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) June 12, 2018
Interesting 🤔 https://t.co/QnbaPglNgb
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) June 13, 2018
Bryan, who utilized MMA and Jiu-Jitsu style offense during his career, would briefly retire from the field in 2016, due to numerous neck and concussion issues. After two years of rehab and testing, Bryan would be cleared by a team of medical experts earlier this year.
Report: MMA Fighting