Greg Jackson says his post-fight remarks to Jon Jones were "Boneheaded"Posted on December 12, 2011, 10:10 PM by Joey Santosus
"Fighters get into this place when they're fighting - Jon chokes him out and he's done, but he's in this zone. Jon's a really good guy, but he's in the zone. Like, BJ Penn is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, but after a fight he licks blood off of his gloves or, you know, like Chuck Liddell's a sweetheart, he's an awesome guy, but he does this victory dance. You just get into the zone after you fight and that's where Jon was, this cold zone. So I say to Jon, 'Go check on Machida and get yourself some fans,' which was a dumb thing to say.
What I was trying to convey to him was, 'You're a professional athlete, there's ring decorum,' and I should have said, 'Remember the fans, because everyone is watching what you do.' So, I misspoke. But, that's how I talk, it's like shorthand. 'Go check on him and the fans will appreciate it' is what I meant. But, I'm a bonehead sometimes and it came out wrong, which wasn't my intention at all." - For more from Greg Jackson's appearance on the "MMA Hour" with Ariel Helwani, visit MMAFighting.com
Last Saturday night, MMA's 2011 Coach of the Year, Greg Jackson, came under fire following Jon Jones' impressive victory over Lyoto Machida when he was heard advising "Bones" to check on his downed opponent in order to "get some fans." Though some took the remarks as an insincere display of concern for Machida's well-being, Jackson assures that this is not the case. Acknowledging that his words may have "come out wrong," Jackson says that they were meant only as a reminder to Jones, who he says was likely caught up in the moment of victory.
Those privy to Jackson's comments were fans watching the UFC 140 event via the promotion's UFC.tv stream, which now allows viewers to listen-in on a selected fighter's corner throughout their bouts. Had it not been for such a feature, the "shorthand" being used between a coach and his competitor would have likely never been heard, let alone be open for interpretation by the masses. So, what do you think LowKick'ers? Should a hefty pay-per-view fee give fans the right to eavesdrop on a fighter's corner, or are some things better left unheard?
Further Reading: Greg Jackson tells Jon Jones: Check on Machida, go get some fans