Jackson confused by White’s ‘complete f@$%ing idiot’ remarks

Sunday, June 10, 2018

In one of the weirdest fights since Joe Son got punched in the nuts, the UFC put former WWE champion CM Punk vs. Mike Jackson on the main card of UFC 225 on Saturday night. Punk, objectively speaking, has no fighting skills. Jackson, 33, is an MMA photographer and media member, with a background in boxing and kickboxing.

When Punk started his ready, fire, aim plan in MMA, the UFC had to find someone appropriate. UFC president Dana White watched Mickey Gall fight live on Lookin’ for a Fight, and when Gall wisely called out Punk, White said sure. For reasons unknown, Gall first had to fight Jackson, and won handily. Gall has a brown belt in BJJ, and a solid amateur career; this was predictable.

Then Gall effortless defeated Punk, and is enjoying a solid UFC career so far. When Punk determined to fight again, Jackson was the obvious choice.

The average fan believes if he or she trained hard enough, they, too, could become a fighter. But like most notable thing in life, fighting takes talent, and CM Punk has no talent for fighting. If the average person wanted to be a singer, you could give he or she years of expensive lessons, and they would still sound terrible. Punk looked terrible, tough but terrible, as Jackson beat him silly, clowning him on occasion.

UFC president Dana White, who might have kicked himself for again putting someone who belongs in the beginner division of a NAGA on a UFC main event, instead was furious with Jackson for not having tried to end the fight fast.

“Michael Jackson, I’m not happy with,” said White at the post-fight press conference, as transcribed by Marc Raimondi for MMA Fighting. “This guy was acting like a goofball tonight. You get this opportunity to fight CM Punk and you’re doing like bolo punches to the body on top? Never looked like he was trying to finish the fight ever, right? Looked like he could have finished the fight a few times. Never tried. I don’t know what that guy did for a living before we gave him this shot, but whatever it was he needs to go back and do that again. He’s 0-2 as far as I’m concerned.”

“That’s it for his UFC career,” White said. “I wouldn’t put that kid in the Contender Series.”

“I got the sense that he’s a complete f***ing idiot and I couldn’t wait for that fight to end and I regretted not putting it on Fight Pass. That’s how I felt about it.”

Jackson responded with grace on the social network.

In fairness, if you win a fight in the UFC, and don’t break any rules, you should get another fight. But what’s fair got to do with any of this?