Greg Jackson is a popular coach. The Albuquerque trainer spoke with the SDS about cornering Jon Jones in his fight with Rashad Evans at UFC 145 on April 21st in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jackson once said he wouldn’t corner Jones against former teammate Rashad Evans. But now that Rashad is all warm out in sunny Florida with the Blackzilians and has yet bury the hatchet with Jackson and his camp. Greg Jackson will likely be cornering his current champion Jon Jones in April.
“I’ve got to sit down and make my decision and see what I feel is best for the team. Not for me, because I have my own personal feelings where I never want to ever do that,” Jackson said. “I’m going back and forth now because I have to think about what it means to be on a team. Are we just a collection of friends that train together? For me, it’s much more than that. It means something to be on this team and it means something to have teammates.
“Rashad kind of left that. I don’t know, I’m leaning toward cornering Jon right now,” he added. “Just because, am I selfish, am I going to make this about me? Or am I gonna make this about the team? I can’t be self-centered. Even though it’s something that I don’t want to do, it might end up that way.
“I still consider him a friend. Right now he’s really angry, and he’s saying a lot of negative things. I don’t want much to do with that, so I’m just kind of keeping my distance, so that’s where we’re at.”
What do you think Jackson should do in the whole Jones-Rashad teammate vs. former teammate situation?