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After second loss, Dana White says CM Punk’s time in the UFC ‘should be a wrap’

The CM Punk experiment appears to be over for the UFC.

The former WWE superstar dropped a sloppy unanimous decision to Mike Jackson on Saturday night at UFC 225 to see his Octagon record fall to 0-2. Punk previously lost his September 2016 debut against Mickey Gall via first-round submission, and after struggling in both of his UFC appearances, the 39-year-old’s time in the promotion appears to be at an end, according to UFC president Dana White.

“Listen, he got clipped a lot in that fight, and it looked like he was hurt bad a couple of times. He stayed in there, he went for three rounds,” White said at Sunday’s UFC 225 post-fight press conference.

“It should be a wrap. The guy’s 39 years old. I love the guy. He’s the nicest guy in the world. We gave him two shots, and he had a lot of heart tonight in this fight, and yeah, I think he should call it a wrap.”

Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, signed with the UFC in late 2014 in the aftermath of his retirement from professional wrestling. At the time, Punk had no experience competing in combat sports. He subsequently trained for nearly two years under the watchful eye of Duke Roufus at Milwaukee’s Roufusport gym before facing Gall at UFC 203, where he lost via first-round rear-naked choke. Following his first professional fight, Punk returned to the gym for another near-two-year span before emerging to face Jackson at UFC 225.

Although he fared better against Jackson than he did against Gall, Punk was still soundly defeated by the part-time journalist. Per FightMetric stats, Jackson outstruck Punk by a margin of 129 to 56 en route to a one-sided unanimous decision win.

Punk has yet to publicly state whether he will to continue with his MMA career, but if he does intend to fight again, it appears it will not be under the UFC banner.

He was rushed to the hospital after the loss to Jackson, but MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported that he was discharged and had no serious injuries.

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