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More UFC 225 Fallout: Mike Jackson Defends Fight Tactics, Rusev Jokes About Punk – Graves, Chuck Liddell Trashes Bout

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The fallout continues from CM Punk’s UFC 225 loss to Mike Jackson, as Jackson posted the following on Instagram featuring a backstage photo of him and Punk after the fight.

As noted, Jackson has come under much fire from critics for how he handled his fight against Punk, with Dana White calling Jackson a “goofball” for not putting Punk away sooner, and declared Jackson’s UFC career is over.


Last night was an incredible experience that I’ll never forget.
Let me start by thanking @cmpunk for the opportunity, I’m aware I wouldn’t be here without him. As I’ve said in multiple times, and to the man himself, I have nothing but respect for Phil. He has done something that many would NEVER consider doing; his heart could fill the United Center.
As far as the fight, I hit him with some heat and looked to finish the fight in the 1st, but he kept coming. I made the right play and played it smart, knowing the circumstances I was in and what was at stake if I were to lose.
As I anticipated, I played the heel coming into Chicago, and looks like I’ll continue being the heel once I’m gone. Many have misinterpreted what I said in my post fight interview with @joerogan, that’s your opinion and I can’t help that.
Much respect to Phil, @dukeroufus, and his team at @roufusport. And thank you to @krubobperez@shonuffstuff@pjmiletich, and the rest of my team for the preparation leading up to #TruthvsPunk#UFC225

Last night was an incredible experience that I’ll never forget. Let me start by thanking @cmpunk for the opportunity, I’m aware I wouldn’t be here without him. As I’ve said in multiple times, and to the man himself, I have nothing but respect for Phil. He has done something that many would NEVER consider doing; his heart could fill the United Center. As far as the fight, I hit him with some heat and looked to finish the fight in the 1st, but he kept coming. I made the right play and played it smart, knowing the circumstances I was in and what was at stake if I were to lose. As I anticipated, I played the heel coming into Chicago, and looks like I’ll continue being the heel once I’m gone. Many have misinterpreted what I said in my post fight interview with @joerogan, that’s your opinion and I can’t help that. Much respect to Phil, @dukeroufus, and his team at @roufusport. And thank you to @krubobperez, @shonuffstuff, @pjmiletich, and the rest of my team for the preparation leading up to #TruthvsPunk. #UFC225

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While numerous fans took to Twitter following the Punk vs Jackson fight to praise CM Punk’s heart and hard work he put into training for the fight, UFC legend Chuck Liddell was not impressed with what he saw in the Octagon, as he Tweeted the following:


Finally, WWE star Rusev chimed in with a joke pertaining to the recent comments Corey Graves made on Twitter following Punk’s UFC 225 loss:

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Ryno Wrestling Review Episode 114: UFC Legend Daniel Cormier Joins The Show! Plus, A MITB Preview

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In Segment 1, Dan is joined by former UFC heavyweight and light-heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier!  DC discusses his upcoming final MMA fight, his pro wrestling fandom, his opinions on the current product, and much more!  You can request a personalized video from DC, using Taki. 100% of the proceeds benefit Wrestling Prep.

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UFC 249 Officially Canceled; All Future Events Postponed

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Another sport has now fallen to the Coronavirus outbreak as UFC 249 has officially been canceled, despite Dana White’s best attempts to make it happen.

Yesterday the UFC President spoke confidently about making the upcoming show happen, as well as future events. However, top executives at Disney and ESPN have stepped in and pulled the event due to Coronavirus concerns.


It is also worth noting that it isn’t just UFC 249 that has been affected here, as all other future UFC shows have been postponed indefinitely until the situation becomes clearer.

The decision to put events on had certainly been met with a mixed response from fans in the first place. Many were happy to see fights going ahead, while others didn’t want to see it happen due to health and safety concerns.

Below you can see Dana White’s official comments about the decision. In the interview, he promises no UFC staff will be getting fired during this period and states he will put things right for the fighters who were set to compete, and the people who worked hard to try and make it happen.

Dana has also stated that ‘Fight Island’ is still going ahead and being constructed, and that he hopes it will be ready for athletes to train at by the end of this month.

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Dana White Close To Securing Private Island For International UFC Fights

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Dana White spoke with TMZ Sports earlier this week, and not only did the UFC President double-down on his promise that the upcoming UFC 249 pay-per-view will take place, but he dropped a bombshell of breaking MMA news.

White has come under a ton of fire in recent weeks for his insistence on pushing forward with UFC 249 despite most sports organizations completely shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


“We’ve been working on this since the world fell apart. Every day when we would work on something, we’d wake up the next day and the world would change. This is definitely been the hardest thing that I’ve ever tried to do – ever.”

White confirmed that the undisclosed location that will play host to UFC 249 has actually been locked down for two months, so the company plans to “pump out fights every week”.

That’s not even the major news coming out of White’s interview with TMZ. Apparently, he is just “a day or two away” from securing his very own private island to run fights until the COVID-19 pandemic blows over.

Due to strict restrictions on international travel, specifically with people coming into the U.S., White has been unable to book international talent for upcoming fights. He noted that they’ll have their own private planes to fly in fighters from all over the world – and obviously there would be no fans in attendance.

UFC 249 airs on April 18th on ESPN+.

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