Unless you’ve already nabbed your tickets for UFC 152, you’re probably not a big fan of light heavyweight king Jon Jones right about now. However, according to UFC president Dana White, coach Greg Jackson (Pictured) played a crucial role in influencing Jones to decline a last-second scrap against Chael Sonnen, which forced the organization to cancel their first event under White’s watch.
“How about this? He says I gotta sit down and talk to my coaches,” White recalled of his conversation with Jones after informing him Sonnen had agreed to replace injured Dan Henderson at UFC 151. “His coach, Greg Jackson, says there is no way you take this fight. You don’t take this fight on eight days’ notice. It would be the biggest mistake of your entire career.
“Wow! Chael Sonnen is a 185-pounder, who wants to move up to 205, who hasn’t trained for this fight. The fight is in eight days, and he says he’ll fly here tonight to fight the supposed pound-for-pound third best fighter in the world, the world champion. I mean, how much faith do you have in your champion, in your guy?”
We all know where the story goes from here: UFC 151 disappears like a fart in the wind and Jones now headlines UFC 152 on September 22nd against Lyoto Machida. It’s certainly not the scenario White had in mind, and he knows exactly who to blame.
“I’ll go on the record saying, this guy is a [expletive] sport killer!” White said of Jackson. “This guy is from another planet. I’ve never even seen anything like it in my life.
“I’m very confused by his whole business plan. I don’t give a [expletive] about what Greg Jackson thinks. That guy’s a weirdo. Saying if [Jones] takes a fight against Chael Sonnen it’d be the biggest mistake of his career because he’s not ready for that guy? Greg Jackson should never be interviewed by anybody ever again, expect for a psychiatrist.”
Well, Dana. Why don’t you tell us how you really feel about Greg? Mr. Jackson, if you’re nasty.