Greg Jackson Explain’s His ‘Get Some Fans’ Comment to Jon Jones at UFC 140


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.


  1. Onri

    December 12, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    If you were a friend/trainer/fan whatever you would have told him the same thing. You choked him out, dropped him, and walked away like it was another day in the office. All of the haters are going to jump on that. Get your a** over to him and see if he's ok. Greg didn't have to explain anything about what he said that night.

  2. BigLuck

    December 13, 2011 at 6:10 am

    I stopped paying attention to haters including many reporters who break down every word. Its fighting, these guys fight for pay, some say stupid things others are more composed. This is the kind of shit that got MT fired.

    Greg is a stand-up guy and it shows with his fighter loyalty.

  3. technix

    December 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    He's trying to take the foot out of him mouth. But we all know what he meant when he said "Get some fans". You can't BS your way into making people believe it wasn't what it sounded like. It's exactly what it sounded like.

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