Dana White Rules Out CM Punk Fighting For A Third Time In The UFC
UFC President Dana White has ruled out the prospect of CM Punk fighting for a third time under the UFC banner.
Punk was defeated for the second time in his career this past weekend when Mike Jackson beat him via unanimous decision in a dominant performance that saw him win 30-26 across all scorecards.
White suggested after the fight that Punk should probably call time on his MMA career and speaking on the MMA Roasted Podcast last evening, the UFC President stated that Punk wouldn’t be fighting under the UFC banner for a third time.
“No,” White said bluntly when asked if Punk would get a third opportunity in the UFC.
“I don’t think he really wants a third chance. After this last fight, the guy has got balls man, he’s got guts. He went on the world stage and he gave it two shots man.
“A lot of people talk s*** about CM, well get in there. Come on over. Have a fight and fight one of these guys.
“It’s easy to sit in your living room and talk s***. This guy was a huge star in WWE and he came over here and put it all on the line twice man in front of the whole world.
“If people can’t respect that, then their a f***ing idiot.”
Host Adam Hunter then asked why did none of Punks trainers, teammates or coaches say that he shouldn’t be fighting. White suggested that it would’ve been almost impossible to talk Punk out of something he’d 100-percent committed to.
“You can’t tell somebody ‘don’t do the thing that you want to do the most,’ White said.
“CM Punk wanted to be a UFC fighter and he wanted to come here. He wanted it so bad that he dropped everything and focused on nothing but mixed martial arts.
“If you talk to his team, next time you talk to Dick Roufus or Pettis, or any of those guys and talk about how this guy was driving back and forth from Chicago, how he would drive for hours and then train forever, you know. They all ended up respecting him.
“The guy went in there and put it all on the line.”
Listen to the full episode on MMA Roasted below: