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Feb 19, 2012 - Greg Jackson, the MMA coach who has long sought to foster a team-first environment at his gym and claimed he would never participate if two of his students planned to fight against each other, has made a difficult decision: He has decided to corner Jon Jones at UFC 145, when Jones will defend the light heavyweight title against Rashad Evans, a longtime member of Team Jackson.

Evans left the Jackson team only after it became clear that he and Jones were on a collision course at the top of the light heavyweight division, and there's some lingering bitterness between Evans and Jones. Jackson's decision will do nothing to lessen that bitterness, and it will undoubtedly lead to some hard feelings for Evans toward Jackson as well.

But it's the right decision: Jackson is Jones's coach, and Jackson needs to do his job as Jones's coach and be there for Jones at UFC 145.

It's easy to see why Evans is unhappy. He came up under Jackson's wing and always subscribed to Jackson's teachings about teammates not fighting each other. For a long time, the question Evans faced wasn't whether he would fight Jones, but whether he would fight his friend and training partner Keith Jardine. Evans and Jardine always insisted they would never fight each other, and Jackson always insisted that was the right course of action.

Things started to change a year ago, when Evans suffered an injury while training at Jackson's gym for his planned fight with Shogun Rua, and Jones stepped in to take Evans' place. Jones became the champion, Evans remained the No. 1 contender, and although it's taken a year to get the timing right, the Jones-Evans title fight is now going to happen. In the mean time, Evans left Jackson's gym in large part because he wasn't happy about the way things transpired between himself and Jones.

Jackson never wanted Jones and Evans to be in a position where they were fighting each other, but the reality of the business is that the UFC needs its best fighters to be willing to fight. They may be friends or teammates or training partners, but if one is the champion and the other is the No. 1 contender, they need to fight. Jackson has long supported an ideal in which teammates never fight teammates, but that ideal just isn't realistic at the highest levels of the UFC. Sometimes the two best fighters in a weight class just have to suck it up and fight each other.

And when those times come up, a coach who has a relationship with both fighters will face a difficult decision. Jackson was faced with a difficult decision as soon as Jones and Evans were identified as likely future opponents, and now Jackson can't delay that decision any longer. He's made his decision about where he'll be at UFC 145, and he made the right decision. He'll be in Jones's corner, doing everything he can to help Jones beat Evans.
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Bleh, my thoughts on Greg Jackson.
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Bleh, my thoughts on Greg Jackson.
I think he is a big reason why this Fighters are doing as good as they are.
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That's no surprise is it? If Evans hadn't left, would Jackson be cornering Jones? I'm sure Greg Jackson (and Jones too) is happy Evans made that decision easier for him by leaving.
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I think he is a big reason why this Fighters are doing as good as they are.
Oh he is his lubing up his fighters and having them play it safe. Glad GSP left his camp..Maybe now we will see what he's made of.
Cerrone well he enjoyed his time until he got Diaz'd, Condit well lets just call him Atalanta he is the male equivalent..He is also doing some major PR work for Jones trying to get him to get fans...
Jackson is drenched in slime. Shady *ss person.

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Oh he is his lubing up his fighters and having them play it safe. Glad GSP left his camp..Maybe now we will see what he's made of.
Cerrone well he enjoyed his time until he got Diaz'd, Condit well lets just call him Atalanta he is the male equivalent..He is also doing some major PR work for Jones trying to get him to get fans...
Jackson is drenched in slime. Shady *ss person.
lol ok
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Oh he is his lubing up his fighters and having them play it safe. Glad GSP left his camp..Maybe now we will see what he's made of.
Cerrone well he enjoyed his time until he got Diaz'd, Condit well lets just call him Atalanta he is the male equivalent..He is also doing some major PR work for Jones trying to get him to get fans...
Jackson is drenched in slime. Shady *ss person.
Actually, I'd blame Firas Zahabi more for GSP's tenativeness than Greg. When you look at Jackson's camp as a whole, GSP was the only one who wa a decision machine (can't put that on Condit after just one smart fight). On the other hand, Miguel Torres was giving an interview once (wish I could remember when/where so I could actually source it for y'all), but he said that he "lost some of who he used to be" when he went to train with Firas because Firas was always cautioning him to be more careful. Show him an old pic of himself & was pointing out new scars & stuff & warning him that he was taking too much damage with style & that he needed to back off. If you look at Miguel's career trajectory, he hit that losing streak about the time he transitioned up to Canada. Miguel said he needed to go back to his old gym at least part time to remember the fire he used to have.
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