Earlier this month, reports claimed that CM Punk was being booked for his second UFC fight against fellow 0-1 fighter Mike Jackson. The bout was being targeted to take place at UFC 225 in June.
According to Jackson, however, no contract has been signed just yet. In fact, he says neither his management team nor the UFC matchmakers are aware of Punk’s status, as of the moment.
“No contract has been signed. I’m waiting to hear back from Phil and his camp,” Jackson said on a recent episode of FloCombat.com’s Top Turtle MMA podcast. “I’ve spoken to Mick Maynard, who is a close personal friend of mine as well as the UFC matchmaker, and he kind of doesn’t know what’s going on at this time with (CM) Punk.”
Punk and Jackson hold the exact same win-loss record and lost the exact same way against the same opponent. But apart from being seven years younger than the 39-year-old Punk, “The Truth” feels that the ex-WWE star already reached the peak of what he could achieve in MMA.
“[Brooks is] really getting a crash course, and I feel that, unless you’re some crazy prodigy, like a young B.J. Penn, the chances of you picking up different facets of the game to compete with someone — even on my level — it’s very slim,” Jackson said.
“Then you add in the fact that he’s pushing 40. And then, the other variables that people don’t even consider, is the wear and tear that professional wrestling puts on a man’s body.”
UFC 225 is slated for June 9th in Punk’s home city of Chicago, Illinois.