“CM Did a Good Job” – Legendary UFC Fighter Gives His Take on the Short MMA Career of CM Punk

Published 08/31/2021, 7:45 AM EDT
CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 09: CM Punk fights in the first round in his welterweight bout against Mike Jackson during the UFC 225: Whittaker v Romero 2 event at the United Center on June 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Jackson won by unanimous decision. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


CM Punk has been a central point of pro-wrestling ever since he made his long-awaited debut on AEW Rampage earlier this month. Punk had a brief stint in the UFC, which did not go well at all. With two humiliating losses, Punk’s MMA career ended as quick as it began.

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UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture speaks about the event that led to Punk’s downfall inside the octagon.

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UFC Legend thinks CM Punk rushed into a fight

Speaking with The Wrestling Inc. Daily, The UFC legend confessed that Punk did a good job of scouting an excellent coach and preparing for his fights, which required a different mindset altogether.

Jun 9, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Mike Jackson (blue gloves) fights C.M. Punk (red gloves) during UFC 225 at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports.

However, with all his prior training, Randy said Punk could have taken a bit more time to “technically train” himself for the fights inside the octagon, which eventually would have helped him in the fights.

“I think CM [Punk] did a good job of trying to train, trying to learn as much as he could, but he jumped into fights that were that were, frankly, a little over his head. I think he could have given himself more time to technically train and get some foundation, a solid foundation, for fighting under his belt before he jumped into some of those bigger fights. He may have had a little more success.” [h/t: WrestlingInc]

The pro-wrestling fans are not much amused by Punk’s performance inside the octagon. However, his last bout against Mike Jackson wasn’t what people hoped for. But Punk’s decision loss got overturned and declared a no contest.

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This happened because Jackson tested positive for marijuana on fight night.

On June 9, 2018, the night of UFC 225, Jackson tested positive for “tetrahydrocannabinol because of marijuana,” according to a commission disciplinary document.

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With his forgetful UFC journey in the past, Punk is back inside the squared circle where he will make his in-ring debut for AEW against Darby Allin at All Out on September 5th.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports. Eventually, Prithvi decided to write for his passion and first love- pro wrestling.

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