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Mike Jackson calls out CM Punk: ‘Let’s see who the real can is’

Former UFC fighter Mike Jackson issues a challenge to CM Punk.

UFC 203: Miocic v Overeem Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

Even after a disappointing performance at UFC 203 last October, CM Punk is not ready to let go of his UFC aspirations. Last week, he revealed that he was “feverishly working” on an Octagon return, throwing some names of opponents in mind in Dana White’s direction.

If he does get another fight in the UFC, Punk will most certainly be matched up against a lower-tiered opponent. One of the names that came to the surface was Mike Jackson, who like Punk, lost Mickey Gall via rear-naked choke in his UFC and professional MMA debut last February 2016.

“The Truth” has yet to win a fight in his professional career, and feels that facing the former WWE superstar would only be the sensible matchup to make.

“You’re trying to make money, and that’s really the only reason we’re bringing this guy in in the first place, and it seems what’s best would be to allow me to fight him,” Jackson told MMA Junkie.

Jackson says he had his previous encounters with Punk in the backstage area of UFC events, claiming that the latter had called him a “can” who was being matched up against Gall. It was something that he had taken personally.

“For someone who has zero fight experience to call me a can, that was probably the most offensive thing that I’ve heard throughout this entire ordeal,” Jackson said. “So, he wants to fight one more time at least, and I figure, throw me in there.”

“They only have a little bit of promotional material, you don’t have to worry about looking for another fighter to fight CM Punk. I think he and I, we have enough history and a little bit of bad blood that we can just make the money fight right here, right now.”

If it were up to him, Jackson intends to fight Punk in Dallas, where he feels he could sell tickets.

“Let’s see who the real can is here, and let’s make some money doing it,” Jackson said.