Jon Jones got a little bit of flack after he dropped an unconscious Lyoto Machida to the ground after the ref stoppage last Saturday night. But what was more interesting was hearing his head trainer Greg Jackson instruct him to “go check on Lyoto — get some fans” after the fight. Well Greg Jackson says he misspoke in the heat of the moment.
In an interview with Mmajunkie, Jackson said:
“I shouldn’t have spoken in that way, but that wasn’t my intention. It sounded bad, but moronic [expletive] comes out of my mouth sometimes.”
“What I was saying was, ‘Go check on Lyoto,’ what I meant was to remember that you’re a public figure. There’s always attention on you and what you’re doing all the time, and there’s cage etiquette. There’s things you’re supposed to do, and going and checking on somebody is what you’re supposed to do.”
“And now because I’m in military mode and in shorthand mode, I say, ‘Jon, go check on Lyoto and go get some fans,’ and what I should have said was, ‘You’re a public figure. There’s a way to conduct yourself.’ But instead, I shorthanded it.”
You heard all of the boo’s toward Jon Jones during weight-ins and the fight on Saturday night, maybe Jackson was trying to save his reputation. But Jackson is quick to let fans know that Jon Jones is not cocky and is a stand up guy that let the adrenaline of the fight get the better of him.
“That’s the point I want to drive home, Jon is a really good guy. Everybody is just attacking his character because that’s what you have to attack when you can’t attack somebody’s fighting. It’s not that he was a bad guy. You just literally go crazy. None of these guys outside of the cage could understand that after the fight, you’re in the zone, man. It’s such an intense camp, especially for Jon, month after month, fight after fight.”
“Let’s take B.J. Penn for an example. He’s actually a really nice guy. he walks around licking blood off his gloves all the time. Chuck Liddell is one of the sweetest, nicest guys you’ll ever meet, but when he knocks you unconscious, he runs around screaming and pumping his arms. That’s not normal behavior. So my job with Jon is to remind him. When the referee said break, he broke, and then he was still there in that zone. I was like, ‘Now, it’s time to relax and calm down and check on the guy.’ I should have said, ‘Remember your public figure.’ But like I say, ‘Go get some Donald Cerrone,’ I said, ‘Go get some fans.'”
Very good points, it looks like Greg Jackson is not only has a master of MMA game plans, but also a master of fighter PR.