Now let me start this write up by first explaining that I am a big CM Punk fan. If I were to conjure up my own personal Mt. Rushmore of WWE superstars I've actually watched, he'd probably be on it with Chris Jericho, The Rock, and Daniel Bryan. And I was disheartened when he left WWE following issues between himself and upper management the day after the 2014 Royal Rumble. But given his reasoning, I can see why he wanted a change.
I've watched both of Punk's fights in the UFC, and even though I'm not an expert in MMA by any means, it's clear to me that the Second City Saint shouldn't be anywhere near Dana White's carnival of angry fighters.
He was first completely outclassed by the younger and stronger Mickey Gall. And this past weekend, he was embarrassed by the least likeable fighter I've ever seen, Mike Jackson.
Now I don't want to be 100 percent negative here, Punk showed a ton of heart in this fight. He went in with next to no expectations, and yet he still survived three rounds. Now part of that, okay all of that, is because Jackson fought like a...punk...and decided to toy around with the 39 year old much like a 5th grade bully. But all I will say about that is at least Dana White agrees with me and we'll probably never see him fight in the promotion again.
But the point is that Punk went to capture his dream, and came up short twice.
Is it his age?
Is it that he's just not compatible with the sport?
I have no idea, but it's probably a mixture of those two reasons and more. But I think it's clear to everyone that he shouldn't be anywhere near a UFC octagon. He isn't anywhere close to the pedigree that UFC fans demand in their fighters, and seeing Punk fight frankly dilutes the product. It's frankly not fair to the fans watching live in-person or on pay-per-view to watch anything but the best technicians, strikers, and grapplers on the planet.
Now, could he fight on a lower stage, much like Dave Bautista did for a few years after leaving WWE in 2010? Maybe, I honestly don't know. But it's safe to say that he's once again at a crossroads in his career because I refuse to believe that Dana White will allow him to compete again on his watch.
The important thing right now is that Punk seems to be in high spirits. He has been released from a local medical facility (that's a little WWE joke), and should be looking ahead. As a matter of fact, the Voice of the Voiceless took to Twitter and thanked his supporters.
You win some, you lose some! I'm 1-1 this week and I'll take it! Thanks to my team, my family, my friends, and THE FANS! Wouldn't be here without any of you. Respect to @TheTruthJackson, thanks for the fight! You only live once, and... I'M ALIVE! pic.twitter.com/UPPGFpx4iS— Coach (@CMPunk) June 10, 2018