CM Punk’s (0-1-0) UFC return is highly anticipated, which is why combat fans were excited to see the former WWE champion officially booked to fight at UFC 225 in June. He’ll take on Mike Jackson (0-1-0) from inside the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
It will be Punk’s second professional MMA fight, having lost to Mickey Gall (4-1-0) via first-round submission at UFC 203 back in 2016. Oddsmakers are still selling the former professional wrestler short when it comes to his chances of defeating Jackson, despite reports that Punk is making huge strides in training.
According to recent betting lines put out by Bovada, Punk is currently a +200 underdog, while Jackson comes in as a -260 favorite. That means for every $100 you bet on CM Punk, you will win $200.
Even though Punk showed little skill in his debut against Gall 19 months ago, it’s surprising that Jackson is such a heavy favorite. Jackson is also 0-1-0 in his professional career, but oddsmakers may be scared to level the playing field since Punk is six years older. Jackson’s loss came against Gall, too, and lasted 90 seconds less than Punk’s debut.
UFC 225 will be headlined by a middleweight title rematch pitting current UFC champion Robert Whittaker (19-4-0) against Yoel Romero (13-2-0). The card will also feature a co-main event title between Rafael dos Anjos (28-9-0) and Colby Covington (13-1-0) for the interim welterweight title, while former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm (33-2-3) welcomes Megan Anderson (8-2-0) to the Octagon in a featherweight affair. You can check the rest of the UFC 225 card by visiting the official event page