Mickey Gall explains why he’s picking CM Punk to beat Mike Jackson at UFC 225

Mickey Gall, CM Punk

This Saturday night, in the first bout of the stacked UFC 225 main card, former pro wrestler CM Punk will compete in his second mixed martial arts bout. His opponent in this sophomore effort will be Mike “The Truth” Jackson.

Heading into this fight, Punk and Jackson are both 0-1 as professional mixed martial artists. Both of their losses, interestingly, came courtesy of the same man: one Mickey Gall.

Gall defeated Jackson via rear-naked choke in just 44 seconds back in February of 2016. He defeated Punk, also by rear-naked choke, in 2:14 in September of the same year.

On Wednesday afternoon, Gall was asked by Ariel Helwani which of his two previous opponents he’s picking to win at UFC 225. He acknowledges that Jackson, who has competed as a professional kickboxer, has more martial arts experience overall, but he also noted that Punk technically has more experience in the Octagon. For that reason, he’s picking the former professional wrestler.

“MJ does have more experience,” Gall told Helwani, who is on-scene in Chicago for UFC 225. “He has more hard-wired skill. MJ should win. But I’m picking CM Punk.”

“Punk lasted 2:14 with me, which is pretty impressive,” Gall added. “[Mike Jackson] lasted only :45. Punk has almost triple the time of UFC experience.”

So, there you have it. The man who deprived both Punk and Jackson of an MMA win is picking the former to come out on top. What do you think of Mickey Gall’s prediction for this anticipated UFC 225 bout between CM Punk and Mike Jackson? Join the conversation in the comments section.

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/6/2018.