Dana White’s Criticism a “Morale Booster” for Greg Jackson and Team

Written by Tom Ngo
November 30th, 2010

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For the second time in as many weeks, UFC president Dana White expressed his displeasure in Greg Jackson’s borderline boring game plans. The MMA guru fired back at the promoter today, claiming it’s a numbers game and Dana is doing his math completely wrong.

“Here’s a quick stat for you. So there’s been 22 [UFC events so far] this year? We had 12 bonuses so far this year,” Jackson told MMAFighting. “So one out of every two, one of my fighters got Submission of the Night, Knockout of the Night, or Fight of the Night.”

On Monday, White told CSNWashington there was a disturbing trend developing in Albuquerque, New Mexico and it was starting to take all the fun out of his sport. If that’s the case, then MMA’s ultimate mastermind would like to know where White is obtaining his statistical data from.

“We sat down and did the math after we heard that. He wants to say there’s a consistency? Okay, let’s look at statistical consistencies,” Jackson said. “Let’s look at Jon Jones, who has finished every fight with me in the 1stRound, except for that Matt Hamill one, which would have been a 1stRound stoppage anyway if he hadn’t thrown that illegal elbow.

“Let’s look at Carlos Condit, who had Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night. Even people on the undercard who people don’t really know yet. Kyle Noke, two finishes, both in the second round. Almost everybody on our team finishes consistently. There’s no fact. Everybody’s just making stuff up.”

While those are some solid examples, what has really irked White were the recent performances by Rashad Evans and Nate Marquardt in their respective top contender matches. Evans posted an uneventful unanimous decision win over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114 to earn another shot at the crown, while Marquardt became the division’s biggest “choker” for his lackluster attack at UFC 122.

White accused Marquardt’s corner, which included Jackson and Grudge Training Center’s Trevor Wittman, of misleading their client to believing he was winning his fight against Yushin Okami. White thinks their dubious input played a significant roll in “Nate the Great’s” reluctance to pull the trigger.

“He didn’t hear what I was telling Nate Marquardt. Me and Trevor were screaming. Listen to the audio,” Jackson emphatically stated. “At one point in the 3rdRound, I yelled at Nate very clearly, ‘Nate, you have a minute-and-a-half to knock this guy out. You must get a knockout.’

“As clear as day, and I asked Nate if he remembered me yelling that. He said, ‘Yeah, I heard you say that.’ I was screaming at him. I thought we had lost the first two rounds.”

At the end of the day, Jackson simply isn’t buying what White’s selling. Particularly since the numbers just don’t add up.

“I’ve worked really hard in his organization. If you look at my stats, they’re insane,” he boasted. “Imagine you give your life to something and then your boss comes up and says, ‘Man, you suck.’ Well, wait a minute, just this year alone, half your bonuses have gone to my guys. So what are you talking about?’

“It was a morale booster for me, anyway. It’s nice to have cold, hard facts sometimes.”

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