White revealed that it was Jackson who advised UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones not to take a fight on short notice against Chael Sonnen after original opponent Dan Henderson fell out of the bout due to injury.
Once the news trickled down to White that Jones wasn’t taking the fight, and they had no other options, the entire UFC 151 show was cancelled.
Hours later White called Jackson a ‘sport killer’ and later stated that UFC 151 would be remembered as the event that Jones and Jackson ‘murdered’.
Now weeks later with the aftermath of the UFC 151 cancellation in the rear view mirror, White has buried the hatchet with his 205lb champion Jon Jones. The two met prior to Jones’ title defense at UFC 152, which he won by defeating Vitor Belfort by key lock just last weekend in Toronto.
White now says ‘we’re cool’ when speaking about Jones, but part of their meeting involved the UFC President’s outburst on his coach Greg Jackson.
While White’s opinion about Jackson’s methods and objectives may never change, there’s one thing that won’t happen any longer –you will no longer hear the UFC President say anything about the guru trainer from New Mexico.
“When I sat down with Jon Jones and we talked I made a deal with Jon – so I’m not going to say anything about Greg Jackson,” said White when speaking to a group of reporters after the UFC on Fuel 5 show ended.
“I will keep my big mouth shut about Greg Jackson. That’s part of my deal with Jones.”
Despite the deal, don’t expect White to start the ‘Greg Jackson Fan Club’ any time soon, but the negative comments about the coach and trainer are over.
“I think you guys know my opinion and how I feel, it hasn’t changed,” said White. “I’m just not going to talk about Greg Jackson.”
To hear the entire conversation with White from UFC on Fuel 5 check out the video courtesy of Fighter’s Only.