On Saturday night at UFC 225, the CM Punk experiment in the UFC most likely came to an end when Punk fell to 0-2 in his professional fighting career, losing a one-sided decision to Mike Jackson. Afterwards, UFC President Dana White was furious with Jackson for not taking the fight seriously and said he wouldn’t even give Jackson a shot in the Contender Series going forward, much less a chance in the UFC. But maybe White’s tune could change though now that another WWE superstar is showing interest in fighting Jackson.
Professional wrestler Daniel Bryan made a brief appearance on his wife Brie Bella’s recent Instagram Live post, saying that he could definitely out-grapple Jackson.
“Did they just ask me if I could beat Mike Jackson in a fight?,” Bryan said. “I could beat him on the ground, for sure, I think. If the WWE would let me fight in the UFC, maybe [I would prove it].”
Never one to take things lying down, Jackson quickly responded to Bryan, telling FanSided that he was surprised by Bryan’s call out but he’s more than willing to oblige and beat up another WWE superstar.
“A friend of mine, who is a journalist reached out and said, ‘Yo, did you hear Daniel Bryan called you out?’” Jackson said. “I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ He sends it to me and I remember seeing that headline. I was like, ‘Yo, this is getting out of control now.’
“He says, ‘Man, I can beat him on the ground in a UFC fight.’ Look Daniel Bryan; I will do you worse than I did your man Punk because I will have no reservations in punching this guy in the face 100-percent. And at will. . .
“If Daniel Bryan wants the smoke, just call me the chimney man because I’ve got the smoke.”
Jackson also took to social media to respond to Bryan, warning him not to bite off more than he can chew.
Hey, @WWEDanielBryan, don’t let your mouth write a check your ass can’t cash. You don’t want to get potatoed like your mans did at #UFC225. https://t.co/5ODbOgXhZ5— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) June 12, 2018
And while before all of this could have been seen as just an off-hand comment made by Bryan, now at least the WWE star seems to be legitimately interested in the possibility.
Interesting https://t.co/QnbaPglNgb— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) June 13, 2018
Bryan has been a long-time follower of MMA and frequented Xtreme Couture in 2009 for training. He currently holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In 2016, Bryan retired from professional wrestling due to ongoing injury issues, primarily continuing problems as a result of numerous concussions (at least 10). He returned to active wrestling this year after being cleared by a team of medical experts.
DWTNCS. Two contracts were awarded last night on the Contender Series.
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USADA. Michal Oleksiejczuk suspended one year for testing positive for clomiphene.
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The final MMA After Hour with Ric’s picks.
A primer on the UFC’s history of dealing with domestic violence.
Continuing the series.
Woodley getting the promotional train rolling. He’s been everywhere the last few days.
KSW 44 highlights.
The animated version of Whittaker-Romero.
LT Cast. Immediate reaction to the Contender Series results and signing Greg Hardy.
Fights Gone By. Jack Slack on the brilliant Whittaker-Romero rematch.
The MMA Circus. Recapping UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Jon got on the Twitter machine yesterday.
I literally made it to the UFC training in something like a garage. Met Jackson after. Not having money or equipment really isn’t an excuse. All you need is passion and a partner https://t.co/5emlomsAMy— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 12, 2018
No, that would make me Jon “bones your mom” Jones https://t.co/exAcWr0GGS— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 12, 2018
Honestly don’t think I’m ever going to officially move to heavy weight. I make 205 way too easily. I will start picking off super fights tho.. heavyweights take way too much damage. https://t.co/BorAkydT64— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 12, 2018
It obviously feels great to know you’re one of the best to ever play your sport. But at the end of the day I feel like I have so much more work to do, so much more to prove to myself https://t.co/sqCYr5y7fJ— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 12, 2018
I don’t underestimate Brock Lesnar,Dudes been whooping ass his whole life. He’s just facing a different animal this time that’s all. https://t.co/WG2krVXvN8— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 12, 2018
❗️Arm Update❗️ I unfortunately and sadly have to inform all of my fans who have been standing by my side that my arm surgery has failed. For whatever reason my bone still is totally broken in my arm and shows no sign of healing or progression. All that we can guess is that I went back to training too quickly and didn’t give my arm the proper time to heal without any motion. This is the downfall of athletes, pushing through pain when they should not. I will be going in for another more serious surgery next month where they will take bone fragments from my hip to fill the break and put another bigger plate in. I will take the time off to heal this go around. I will be back to the UFC and I will fight many more fights in the future. Send some prayers up for me for recovery. Thank you.
Luke Rockhold just posted a picture of his injured leg (via his Instagram story). pic.twitter.com/GTV3jRRbn1— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) June 13, 2018
Masvidal is itchy to get in there.
Don’t ask these questions. Just get me a name and date https://t.co/57QYqW5r2H— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) June 12, 2018
Fighting is not "safe" for anyone ever. I am where I am today because my family never discouraged me from going out and getting hurt. It is something that very realistically could happen but not something I fear or something that is bad.— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) June 12, 2018
Fighters are really unhappy about this and still not one of them is saying “I guess I’ll stop killing myself with dehydration.”
The reason why fighters miss weight is because they come in TOO HEAVY on fight week. Only last minute cutters will benefit from 4pm weigh ins. We have to stop trying to make changes for the less than 3% of fighters that don’t make weight & appreciate those who do.— Gerald Harris (@GHurricane) June 12, 2018
.@ufc going back to 4pm weigh in it's going back to the dark ages of weight cut, very not healthy and some fighters will still miss weight anyway #baddecision— Nordine Taleb (@TNT83MMA) June 12, 2018
Chase Sherman knows how to make things happen.
Dear @ufc ... you already know the fight to make for the fans. I’ll be your huckleberry @GregHardyJr— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) June 13, 2018
Call me @ufc pic.twitter.com/63yXPnHu8q— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) June 13, 2018
One year ago, I had just auditioned for the UFC and was bummed because I wouldn’t think I’d get the gig. What a ride! I love this sport and this show will always be special to me. Pumped for this summer! Thanks to all who watch and enjoy it. pic.twitter.com/gqnUm9Ntik— Brendan Fitzgerald (@BrendanFitzTV) June 13, 2018
Somehow this dude didn’t get signed.
What a knockout! "The Action Man" Chris Curtis more than lives up to his nickname, felling Sean Lally in the third with this wonderful kick! A champion in three different promotions, you have to think he gets a contract. #DWTNCS #ContenderSeries pic.twitter.com/7RtMOO5JyQ— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) June 13, 2018
Not entirely sure what’s going on here but DJ crushes T-Wood.
Rd 2 with captain @GotagaTV @TwitterGaming #fortnitee3 pic.twitter.com/y28oKM7pYu— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) June 13, 2018
At least I made it look good! @Affliction @TwitterGaming #FortniteE3 @FortniteGame @twitter #FortNasty #Fort pic.twitter.com/msvHODJZCr— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) June 13, 2018
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2009: Rich Franklin won a unanimous decision over Wanderlei Silva in their fight at UFC 99. The two would go on to rematch at UFC 147 with Franklin winning that bout as well.
2015: Fabricio Werdum became the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion when he submitted Cain Velasquez with a guillotine choke in their title unifcation bout at UFC 188.
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