What initially seemed to be an innocent comment from Jon Jones a few weeks ago in relation to a future fight against Rashad Evans has since spiraled into a situation resulting in Evans’ decision to leave Jackson’s MMA, his professional home for the last five years, while also blaming the irreparable rift on long-time head coach Greg Jackson.
The former light heavyweight champion took to Twitter over the weekend to tell his side of the story, writing, “I will not use Greg ever again. I really haven’t used him in a while anyways,” while also explaining he had only trained with Jackson five times total in preparation for his last two fights (point-based wins over Thiago Silva and Quinton Jackson).
The permanence of the move was backed by further statements from Evans who pointed the finger squarely at Jackson as the primary reason behind his departure from Albuquerque for a yet-to-be-named camp.
“Greg brought this situation about. He brought Jones on board a while back against my wishes are here we are today. I decided to leave (Jackson’s MMA) because I felt like he didn’t have my best interest anymore. Greg is not the same coach he used to be.”
Evans did not elaborate on how Jackson had changed or reveal any specific sources of resentment. No potential landing areas were mentioned either in terms of where he’ll prepare for a future title-date with Jones.
Under Jackson’s tutelage “Sugar” ‘Shad compiled a 10-1-1 record in the Octagon including wins over Silva, “Rampage” Jackson, Chuck Liddell, and Forrest Griffin. He is 15-1-1 overall in his career with five TKOs to his credit.