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Mike Jackson released by UFC after just one bout, headed for the boxing ring

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The situation was all a little novel, but Mike Jackson -- who made his UFC debut against fellow debutant Mickey Gall on Feb. 6 in Las Vegas -- was never long for the Octagon.

Jackson has been released by the promotion after getting submitted in 45 seconds against Gall, the fighter who was discovered during an airing of Lookin' For A Fight being groomed for the chance to face pro wrestler-turned-mixed martial artist CM Punk (real name Phil Brooks).

"I was released few weeks ago," Jackson told MMA Fighting. "I wish they would have done it sooner, or gave me the Artem [Lobov] fight. But I'm getting back to boxing next month."

The 31-year-old Jackson -- who had experience as a kickboxer competing in Legacy heading into his UFC debut -- had been angling to face SGB's Lobov in his next fight. Lobov had even accepted the challenge.

Yet the Houston native was never delusional heading into his UFC Fight Night 82, admitting openly that he wasn't UFC caliber. It all went into unique setting, which placed Jackson -- who carries the nickname "The Truth" -- essentially as a hurdle for Gall to clear en-route to CM Punk.

Jackson, who also doubles as a journalist in combat sports, said he's hoping to have a boxing bout booked for the end of May.

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