Dana White Makes Agreement with Jon Jones – No More Talk About Greg Jackson

September 30, 2012
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Dana White and Greg Jackson UFCJust a month ago when UFC 151 was cancelled, UFC President Dana White made his opinion of trainer Greg Jackson known in a very loud manner.

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.

  • kylesmith

    Don’t worry, Dana. We’ll keep making the negative comments about that turd for you.

    • mike

      YEA!! Uncle DANA

  • andthenisaid

    And what did Jones give up in return?
    His beard?

    • omcclave

      Naw Jones gave him that girl who was blowing him when he crashed his Bentley.

      • omcclave

        I apologize Jones gave him both girls.

      • kneedleskane

        I bet it was Greg Jackson blowing him.

  • oswaldcobblepott

    Jackson is one of the most important individuals in all of mms Dana White and you fools will never get it

    • adam1848

      agreed, if Jackson pulled all of his fighters over to another organization, Dana would be on his hands and knees to get them back. its why Dana tries to kill (or buy and dismantle) every organization that competes with the ufc. if fighters had other options, he would have less control. i respect dana for all of the tremendously hard work he put in to build this amazing sport, but he needs to take more responsibility when things don’t go they way he wants them too. his comments about Jackson were out of line.

    • B-rok

      What? Greg Jackson is a master manipulater. He is great at strategy and brings in good coaches for his guys to work with. What has he himself brought to the sport? The answer. Strategy thats it. Lay and pray. Jab and pray. He is the worst thing that has happened to mma.

  • Advance

    I agree that his comments were out of line (and true) but Greg Jackson pulling his fighters would be a thousand times worse for him than the UFC. The UFC would survive and one by one his fighters would defect since they lost the opportunity to be in the biggest organization in the world. You see how many fighters change camps after a loss or two, imagine if your camp is the only reason you’re no longer in the big show. Not that he’d ever even have the power to do something like that.

    Greg Jackson is just a trainer. There’s a lot more where he came from.

  • stak

    Hopefully this means Jackson will be keeping his mouth shut as well.