Greg Jackson won't be in either corner for Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos ConditPosted on September 8, 2011, 02:56 PM by Joey Santosus
"Teammate protocols are pretty clear in this situation so everybody knows what is happening. I step out, the other coaches -- John [Danaher], Phil [Nurse] and Firas [Zahabi] -- will take care of GSP and probably [Mike] Winkeljohn and some of the other guys here will take care of Carlos. But I step out of it, so I won't be cornering either guy. Those are the new teammate protocols. We knew this would be coming...Nah, I mean, I don't like it. They are two of my friends. Me and Georges, I mean, I love that man to death. And Carlos has been, since he came back to the gym, has been on a destruction streak. So they both have to eat, they have to make money. I really love training, working with my guys. There's two of my favorites that I don't get to work with this time, so that's kind of a bummer. But I don't care about the money; I don't care about the fame; I don't care about any of that stuff. They've got to make a living, but I can't look across the cage at one of my guys. I just can't do it." - For complete interview with Greg Jackson, visit MMAFighting.com
Jackson's MMA coach Greg Jackson found himself caught between a rock and hard place earlier this year when it was revealed that two of his most prosperous students, Light Heavyweights Rashad Evans and Jon "Bones" Jones, would be squaring off for the 205-pound division title. Bad-blood between the fighters quickly ensued and when Jackson refused to choose a side, Evans, a long time staple of the Albuquerque, New Mexico camp, bolted for Imperial Athletics in South Florida. Though the bout failed to materialize, the long time Jackson's protege has yet to return to the gym, insisting that he was betrayed.
Several months later, it was likely this fiasco that has led to Jackson's new "teammate protocols." As Carlos Condit continued his rapid rise up the Welterweight ranks, it was only a matter of time before he came face to face with fellow Jackson's associate and reigning 170-pound Champion Georges St. Pierre. However, when Nick Diaz failed to appear for several media commitments leading up to UFC 137, he was yanked from his bout with St. Pierre and replaced by Condit, setting up the seemingly inevitable match-up a bit sooner than anyone expected. Now, Jackson says, his decision to appear in neither man's corner on October 29th should come as no surprise to either fighter. But what do you think LowKick'ers? Has Jackson laid down the appropriate ground rules or will his absence have an affect on one or the other competitor's game?
Further Reading: Greg Jackson wants nothing to do with Rashad Evans vs. Jon Jones