When UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones turned down a bout with Chael Sonnen based on the need to prepare more he cited coach Greg Jackson as having played a major role in the decision. The involvement of Jackson, while understandable to most, got under the skin of UFC President Dana White to the point he labeled the renowned trainer as a “weirdo,” “sport killer” and a few other unsavory things in-between.
However, it looks like the outspoken executive will be all smiles from now on when it comes to discussing Jackson after coming to an agreement with Jones during a private conversation prior to the 25-year old’s title-defense at UFC 152.
“So, when I sat down with Jon Jones and we talked, I made a deal with Jon. I’m not going to say anything about Greg Jackson,” said White to a group of media members after UFC on Fuel 5 in a conversation captured by MMAFighting.
Granted, just because White plans on biting his tongue in regards to issues he may have with Jackson it doesn’t mean he feels any differently about the coach’s approach to competition.
“I think you guys know my opinion and how I feel. It hasn’t changed. I’m just not going to talk about Greg Jackson,” admitted White.” It’s good news. I will keep my big mouth shut about Greg Jackson. That’s part of my deal with Jones.”
In addition to his anger at Jackson for telling Jones to turn down the bout with Sonnen, White has also taken aim at the way Jackson’s fighters occasionally play it safe rather than attempt to entertain the fans as well as Jackson’s practice of preaching the concept of “family” in the gym while also trying to make as much money off them as he can.
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