Now that Carlos Condit has agreed to challenge welterweight king Georges St-Pierre for his crown at UFC 137, the line has been drawn in the sand at Greg Jackson’s camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Unfortunately for both 170-pounders, the MMA guru will be nowhere in sight until after their October 29th scrap concludes.
“Teammate protocols are pretty clear in this situation, so everybody knows what’s happening. I step out, the other coaches – John [Danaher], Phil [Nurse] and Firas [Zahabi] – will take care of GSP and probably [Mike] Winkeljohn and some of the other guys here will take care of Carlos,” Jackson told MMAFighting.
“But I step out of it, so I won’t be cornering either guy. Those are the new teammate protocols.”
Although Jackson tutors both fighters, St-Pierre and Condit have never really trained together at the gym. Condit is a regular at Jackson’s, while GSP works with multiple instructors across the globe. From that standpoint, it will be business as usual.
“Carlos is still training with the team,” Jackson added. “I am just not going to do game plans and private lessons and everything that I normally do for the guys because usually it’s a pretty intense process.”
While plotting strategies can be exhausting, it will be nothing compared to what Jackson will experience once the cage door slams shut inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s why he fully intends to pull a Nick Diaz (Too soon?) when it’s showtime.
“I’ll be there, but hopefully I’ll duck out before the main event,” Jackson said in closing. “It’s just not something I want to watch. That’s their business.”