Welterweight fighter Mike Jackson was able to notch his first professional career win at UFC 225 by defeating CM Punk via unanimous decision. His performance, however, came heavily under fire.
UFC president Dana White, for one, was not happy with how Jackson fought against the former WWE star, while also suggesting that Jackson should just go back to what he did for a living before being granted a shot at the UFC.
For his part, Jackson seemed unbothered by White’s statements, but the disapprovals from fans apparently got under his skin. During a recent guesting on MMAjunkie Radio, “The Truth” found it necessary to defend himself, after more than a month since the fight took place.
“I sent the dude to the hospital,” Jackson said of Punk. “It was 30-26 on all scorecards. People called it a bad fight. I went back and watched the fight, even without commentary, and I was like, ‘This wasn’t a bad fight.’”
“Now, there are some things I would have done a little differently, but the overall game plan would have been the same. All the people hating, they’ve got to stop.”
It is unclear whether or not Jackson would be getting another fight in the UFC, but he did confirm that he is still with the company, despite admitting that White “still has him on timeout.” Nonetheless, he would want to test himself against Conor McGregor’s teammate Artem Lobov, whom he intends to fight at 155 pounds.
“It’s not a knock on him,” Jackson said. “I don’t want to come off as it be disrespectful. I just think stylistically, it would be a fun and exciting fight.”
Prior to his win over Punk, Jackson (now 1-1) fought Mickey Gall in February 2016, where he lost via rear-naked choke submission inside 45 seconds of action.