“Did they just ask me if I could beat Mike Jackson in a fight? The answer... I could beat him on the ground, for sure. I think,” Bryan said. Brie added, "you could definitely beat him."
Jackson, who beat Punk at UFC 225 last Saturday, earning a unanimous decision victory with judges scoring the fight 30-26, quickly replied on Twitter, "Hey, @WWEDanielBryan, don't let your mouth write a check your a$$ can't cash. You don't want to get potatoed like your man did at #UFC225."
In response, Bryan simply tweeted, “Interesting.”
Jackson’s performance at UFC, however, didn’t go over well with UFC President Dana White who barred him from competing against Artem Lobov, The Russian Hammer, who hasn’t won a UFC fight since 2016.
“Artem might kill him,” White told reporters. “That might be the first death in the UFC. I think that’s a bad fight for Mike Jackson and I think Mike Jackson needs to go back to being a reporter or doing whatever the hell he did before he goofed around [on Saturday night].”
Jackson, however, denies showboating or disrespecting Punk. “It was one of these things where I was confused because all I kept hearing about was that I was taunting him and showboating. That’s not my character, that’s not my style. Then I hear what Dana White was saying, he’s running his mouth. Look, I know Dana is emotional, he’s like a little girl sometimes and he gets in his feelings. But, when you have a platform like that, you need to take a step back. I just didn’t understand it.”
He also believes that White underestimates how tough Punk is and defends his approach towards the fight. “What I think it is, it was sort of my style, it was a little bit different. I was going out there to get the first round knockout. And I told people beforehand, CM Punk, he’s a tough cat. I landed some solid shots, I rocked him. I landed some solid elbows and I hurt him but he never went to the ground.”
Adding, “For me, I am not going to run in and try to get a finish on someone, get caught with something silly and then I’m a meme forever in MMA. I played the smart role and I kept my distance. After the first round, he didn’t go down so I was like, well, I didn’t get the first-round knockout. Plan B was just to beat him up. And I told everybody before hand that alI wanted to do was to beat him up nice enough where he doesn’t want to do this anymore. I never wanted to hurt the guy.”
Some fans view the prospect of a Jackson-Bryan match-up as absurd since Bryan has never competed in an unscripted environment. Though he has Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts training, Bryan is not regarded by UFC fans as a legitimate fighter. In fact Punk, who retired from wrestling in 2014, has only fought two UFC bouts, losing both times, which some think should be a teachable moment for Bryan.