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Mike Jackson has a message for fans that criticised his UFC 225 fight against CM Punk

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Back at UFC 225 in June, CM Punk and Mike Jackson clashed in a welterweight bout. 

The former WWE superstar turned MMA fighter was well and truly outclassed, but it was his opponent who came in for more criticism following the event.

JACKSON'S ACTIONS

The fight went all the way to a decision, which "Truth" clearly won. But it's the fact that he didn't finish Punk before the end of round three that's drawn controversy. 

Jackson had plenty of opportunities to knock his opponent out, but at times, it seemed like he was toying with Punk, who was out of his depth in the Octagon. 

After their fight concluded, UFC president Dana White branded Jackson a "goofball" and suggested that despite picking up a win, he has no future in the sport. 

HARSH FAN RESPONSE

Fans and analysists responded in similar fashion, with many calling it one of the worst UFC fights that they've ever witnessed.  

The whole situation seems to have blown over - the fight took place over a month ago - and news moves on fast in MMA. 

Despite this, Jackson has recently brought everything back up again.

UFC 225: Whittaker v Romero 2

It seems that he wasn't ever too bothered about White's comments, but feels fans have been giving him a hard time for no reason. 

TRUTH HITS BACK AT HIS CRITICISM

"I sent the dude to the hospital," Jackson said while appearing as a guest on MMAjunkie Radio, per Bloody Elbow.

"It was 30-26 on all scorecards. People called it a bad fight. I went back and watched the fight, even without commentary, and I was like, 'This wasn’t a bad fight.'"

UFC 225: Whittaker v Romero 2

"Now, there are some things I would have done a little differently, but the overall game plan would have been the same. All the people hating, they’ve got to stop." 

It's interesting to hear his side of the story. Jackson clearly thinks he punished Punk enough - and has said in the past that he didn't want to embarrass the ex-wrestler. 

But still, he should have finished the bout quicker - that is an aim that all UFC fighters should have, regardless of who they're in the Octagon with.

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