Apparently, the line between unleashing an exciting fight and a smart one has never been more fine. Less than two weeks before the UFC showcases their most marketable superstar in Georges St-Pierre, Octagon president Dana White continues to press the welterweight king’s famed coach for more edge-of-your-seat thrills.
“I have a lot of respect for Greg Jackson. It’s not like I dislike him or I’m trying to say anything bad about him, but there’s a pattern there. The game plans they come up with and a lot of the corner work is very weird,” White told CSNWashington.
“You’ll see guys who are traditionally exciting fighters, but when they go to the Greg Jackson camp they become safety-first fighters.”
Like who, Dana?
“For instance, for Nate Marquardt to leave the Octagon that night feeling like he won, your corner did you wrong,” White emphatically stated. “Your corner did you wrong if you think you won that fight.”
Marquardt laid an egg in his pivotal middleweight top contender scrap against Yushin Okami at UFC 122. Although the part-time Jackson Submission trained fighter has been to the big dance before, White dubbed “Nate the Great” a choker of his forgettable unanimous decision loss.
In all fairness to Jackson, Grudge Training Center’s head instructor Trevor Wittman was spearheading Marquardt’s corner in Germany. Regardless, White sees a disturbing trend developing in Albuquerque, New Mexico and he isn’t about to “Like” it on Facebook.
“At the end of the day, my opinion means nothing. I’m not their corner man. I’m not a trainer. I’m the promoter. I’m just being honest,” White added. “Why wouldn’t you tell him ‘Go for broke in this 3rdRound. This is a close fight.’
“There’s obviously some consistency there with the Jackson camp and being safety-first.”
Speaking of regular occurrences…
Since joining forces with Jackson after his shocking title loss to Matt Serra in August 2007, St-Pierre has rattled off seven consecutive landslide victories en route to becoming the baddest 170-pounder to ever live.
GSP puts his title on the line against Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 on December 11th.