Daily Debate: Can underdog CM Punk beat Mike Jackson and score his first UFC win?

The oddsmakers aren’t putting much faith in Phil “CM Punk” Brooks to beat Mike Jackson at UFC 225, but what about fight fans?

Earlier this month, UFC President Dana White confirmed former WWE star Punk (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will return from a nearly two-year layoff and meet MMA journalist/fighter Jackson (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a welterweight bout at UFC 225 on June 9.

Ahead of the event, which airs on pay-per-view from United Center in Chicago, Jackson has opened as the -275 favorite over +215 underdog Punk. And in MMAjunkie Radio’s Daily Debate feature, we asked readers/listeners to give us their prediction for the fight (via Twitter):

Combined, 61 percent of voters are choosing Jackson, and 39 percent are going with Punk.

Both fighters are 0-1 in their young MMA/UFC careers with a loss to Mickey Gall. Although 39-year-old Punk has been training with top-level partners at the famed Roufusport gym since his move to MMA, 33-year-old Jackson also has some boxing and kickboxing experience, in addition to his MMA training.

Check out the video above to hear why two of three MMAjunkie Radio hosts believe Jackson’s striking could be the difference-maker in this upcoming fight, which is likely to garner the attention of MMA and pro-wrestling fans alike.

And for more on UFC 225, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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