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: