Last Saturday, in the first bout of the UFC 225 main card, former pro wrestler CM Punk stepped into the cage with Mike Jackson, keen to erase the memory of his disastrous MMA debut, in which he was thrashed to a first-round submission by Mickey Gall. Regrettably, Punk’s sophomore effort went no better than his first, as he was battered to a lopsided decision loss.
In the wake of Punk’s latest lost, opinions on his MMA run have varied. Some admire his ambition and his heart. Others are more focused on the fact that he seems to lack the physical tools to cut in a cage fight. In the opinion of UFC President Dana White, you have to respect what the former pro wrestler attempted to do. If you don’t, well, you’re a “fucking idiot.”
White gave his take on Punk on the MMA Roasted podcast this week.
“I don’t think he really wants a third chance [in the Octagon],” White said (via MMA NYTT). “After this last fight, the guy has got balls man, he’s got guts. He went on the world stage and he gave it two shots man. A lot of people talk shit about CM Punk — well get in there. Come on over. Have a fight and fight one of these guys.”
“It’s easy to sit in your living room and talk shit. This guy was a huge star in WWE and he came over here and put it all on the line twice man in front of the whole world. If people can’t respect that, then they’re a fucking idiot.”
What do you think of Dana White’s take on CM Punk’s run in the UFC? How do you feel about the former pro wrestler’s two bouts in the UFC?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/15/2018.