Mike Jackson, right, lands a punch on CM Punk during a welterweight UFC 225 Mixed Martial Arts bout in Chicago. | AP
Former WWE star CM Punk was taken to hospital for a CT scan after his UFC 225 fight against Mike Jackson. The Chicago native CM Punk aka Phillip Brooks lost to Jackson via unanimous decision.
Punk was unable to show any sense of force in the cage against Mike Jackson (1-1). Jackson peppered Punk (0-2) with punches to the face throughout the fight. Punk, who was featured on the main card, didn't help his standing with the UFC after two disappointing showings.
Later, Punk had tweeted, "You win some, you lose some! I'm 1-1 this week and I'll take it! Thanks to my team, my family, my friends, and THE FANS! Wouldn't be here without any of you. Respect to @TheTruthJackson, thanks for the fight! You only live once, and... I'M ALIVE!"
You win some, you lose some! I'm 1-1 this week and I'll take it! Thanks to my team, my family, my friends, and THE FANS! Wouldn't be here without any of you. Respect to @TheTruthJackson, thanks for the fight! You only live once, and... I'M ALIVE! pic.twitter.com/UPPGFpx4iS— Coach (@CMPunk) June 10, 2018
CM Punk was one of the most loved wrestlers in the history of WWE, where he went on to hold the WWE championship for 434 days, which was the longest reign since Hulk Hogan in the 1980s.
He had grown deflated on the road, unhappy with the grind and injuries that continued to pile up when he walked out.
A day before his second UFC 225 fight he had said, "I was crying out for help. I wasn't finding it. I really needed to focus on me. Some people want to say it's dramatic, but I watched friends in wrestling turn to drugs and alcohol and eventually die because they can't get the help that they need. I had to force myself to do it and step back. I'm not the one to generally ask for help. So when I finally was doing it, that should have alarmed a lot of people. But it didn't. I was just one of the cattle."
Punk had more than his second bout to contend with leading up to UFC 225. He unloaded the details of his acrimonious departure from WWE on Cabana's "Art of Wrestling" podcast and said, among a list of complaints, the company pressured him to return to the ring following surgeries, said Amann misdiagnosed a staph infection in his back, and concussion symptoms had been ignored.
Amann filed suit in February 2015 and the matter dragged until this week. Punk was brought to tears on the stand as he described the physical and personal breakdowns he suffered as he wrestled his final match in the 2014 Royal Rumble.
(With inputs from AP)