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Old 04-03-2012, 07:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Greg Jackson on his decision to coach Jones vs Rashad

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“I felt I had kind of a duty to the team. What I mean by that is Jon Jones is on the team, Rashad has left the team and has made it pretty clear he’s not coming back. My personal feeling, if I wanted to be a little selfish, I would say, ‘I don’t want to deal with any of it. I don’t want to be there at all.’ But it has to mean something to be on a team. It has to mean something, and I felt I had a duty to do that, because Jon’s on the team, so it’s my responsibility to corner him. Even though it’s a really hard decision, I decided to go with it… It’s not fun. I wouldn’t call it weird, it’s just not fun. I love Jon to death, but I love Rashad, too. And so it’s not a position I enjoy at all. It’s not something I like, but it something I think I have to do.”

Famed MMA coach Greg Jackson took to “The MMA Hour” podcast to share his feelings about cornering his student Jon Jones against his former student Rashad Evans at this month’s UFC 145 event in Atlanta.

Jackson helped mold and shape Evans into a true Mixed Martial Artist, however upon Jones earning UFC gold, Evans departed from the team. Now Jones is the golden boy in New Mexico and Jackson will use his coaching skills to keep that belt at home.
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I agree, its his job.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Rashad left the team on his own choice, Jackson shouldn't have to choose between a guy who left him and his brightest star.

I'd question him if he didn't choose to coach Jones. It's only logical he sticks with the guy who stuck with him.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Why would this even be an issue? There can't actually be any controversy here. Jones is on his team, Rashad isn't, of course he is going to corner Jones ffs. It would be absurd not to.
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Why would this even be an issue? There can't actually be any controversy here. Jones is on his team, Rashad isn't, of course he is going to corner Jones ffs. It would be absurd not to.

Well i imagine some people would think jackson has some "inside info" if you will, on Rashad Evans... If this fight happened when it was suppose to, after Shogun, i would not want him to coach jones but, the time has passed and it shouldnt be a big deal anymore.
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Yeah, I agree with his decision and the timing of it's announcement. At this point Rashad is in a whole new camp that he help built and there really is no indication of him doing some part time training with Jackson, a la GSP, or anything of that nature.

Of course counting down until someone takes a Rashad quote in reference to this and blows it out of proportion...
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Well, Jones is still with the team and Rashad left. Why does he even feel he has to explain himself?

JJ is on his team and is the champ and I am sure Jackson wants to keep it that way.
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I wonder who learned more from time together in the gym:

- Jones

- Rashad

- Jackson

I hafta think that between the two of them, Jackson and Jones are gonna come up with a great game plan, and TBH, I see the fact that they can pool their knowledge and experience as a pretty significant advantage.

And it's gotta be messing, at least a little, with Rashad's confidence.

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It just sucks that Jackson is going to have such insight into the way Evans thinks and strategizes. Jones will definitely have an advantage there. I definitely wouldn't want to fight a guy who had my former coach in his corner.
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I think Jackson is lying. I don't think this was a hard decision for him at all.

I've seen him talk about this a number of times and he made it sound like he was
having an internal battle about whether or not he would corner Jones.

On the surface he's saying he "loves" Rashad, but I think that's bullshit.
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I think Jackson is lying. I don't think this was a hard decision for him at all.

I've seen him talk about this a number of times and he made it sound like he was
having an internal battle about whether or not he would corner Jones.

On the surface he's saying he "loves" Rashad, but I think that's bullshit.
Really? Why? Just like he is seeing JBJ growing he also saw Rashad grow. To him it must be like watching a child you raise and teach, hoping they take your lessons to heart and are successful with them.

Just because Rashad isn't at the house anymore doesn't mean Jackson doesn't still care for him.

Then again there is a possibility that it was all BS, but I doubt it.
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