To corner, or not to corner, that had been the question posed to MMA guru Greg Jackson. After further consideration, it appears the famed trainer will indeed serve as the calming voice in Jon Jones’ (Pictured) ear when he defends his crown against Rashad Evans.
“Greg Jackson confirmed today he will be in my corner for UFC 145,” Jones tweeted Saturday evening.
Earlier this month, Jackson suggested he was “leaning toward” cornering Jones when he faced his prior pupil. However, during Thursday’s press conference Jones said he only expected Jackson to help him prepare for Evans, but didn’t plan on him being present when he painted his next “masterpiece.”
“Suga” quickly turned sour on Jackson’s famed academy when he believed they favored Jones over him. Evans subsequently left the team and has been training with the Blackzilians at Imperial Athletics in Boca Raton, Florida since last spring.
After the swap was made, a definitive line in the sand was drawn that allowed Jackson to conclude he could corner Jones in their shootout if he wished. Although, some felt Jackson would be breaking unspoken ‘bro code’ by doing so because he was the one who helped guide Evans to the title not too long ago.
It’s possible Jones convinced Jackson to be by his side after Thursday night’s heated verbal sparring session with Evans on SportsNite. Evans attacked his former teammate’s character and continued to bring up the now-infamous practice session where he got the better of “Bones.” Evans claims he held him down and Jones was “crying” because he wouldn’t let him back up.
The arch enemies will have the opportunity to settle their differences on April 21st inside Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The much-anticipated 205-pound title affair headlines the pay-per-view broadcast.