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Mike Jackson denies ‘carrying’ CM Punk across the finish line at UFC 225

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Did CM Punk’s opponent take it easy on the WWE superstar? Here’s what he had to say about those accusations.

CM Punk’s second MMA fight at UFC 225 went about as well as can be expected considering his age and general lack of skill. His opponent Mike “The Truth” Jackson controlled him easily across three rounds, but even making it to the final bell was an accomplishment of sorts for the former WWE superstar.

The bout wasn’t without its controversy though, with commentator Joe Rogan openly questioning whether Jackson was carrying Punk - as in, he was letting Punk survive rather than finishing him off. That question was repeated at the post fight press conference, and UFC president Dana White wasn’t shy to say Jackson looked like he was playing with his food.

“Michael Jackson, I’m not happy with,” White declared. “This guy was acting like a goofball tonight. You get this opportunity to fight CM Punk and you’re doing like bolo punches to the body on top? It never looked like he was trying to finish the fight ever, right? Looked like he could have finished the fight a few times. Never tried.”

”I don’t know what that guy did for a living before we gave him this shot, but whatever it was he needs to go back and do that again. He’s 0-2 as far as I’m concerned ... That’s it for his UFC career. I wouldn’t put that kid in the Contender Series.”

Jackson took to Twitter later in the night to defend himself.

”I hit him with some heat and looked to finish the fight in the 1st, but he kept coming,” he added in an Instagram post. “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.”

What do you think? Does Mike Jackson deserve all the heat he’s getting online or do you think he’s telling “The Truth”?