Greg Jackson Intended Something Different with ‘Get Some Fans’ Comment

December 12, 2011
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Greg Jackson

Greg Jackson

Choose your words wisely because somebody is always listening.

It’s a lesson that MMA coaching guru Greg Jackson took to heart after comments he made on Saturday night following his fighter Jon Jones’ win over Lyoto Machida at UFC 140.

Jones choked out Machida with a nasty guillotine choke in the second round to successfully defend his UFC light heavyweight title for the second time this year.

As doctors attended to Machida in the corner, Jackson began yelling at Jones and said, “go check on Lyoto. Get some fans!”

Obviously not the best choice of words, but Jackson explained, when speaking to MMAWeekly Radio on Monday, what he was actually trying to convey with that statement.

“I said ‘go check on Lyoto Machida and get yourself some fans’ and I shouldn’t have said it that way, and it wasn’t my intention,” said Jackson.

“I wanted to remind Jon that cage decorum is to go check on the other guy, and I wanted to make sure, you’re a public figure the fans are watching. That’s what I should have said, remember the fans are watching. Remember you’re being watched, you have a responsibility to conduct yourself in a good way, and he really is a good guy,” Jackson said.

Celebrations after a big win are nothing new in the sport of MMA, but fighters are often vilified for comments made when a bout is over and commentator Joe Rogan puts the mic in their face. Steven Cantwell was famously lambasted for admitting he always wanted to snap an opponent’s limb after he defeated Razak Al-Hassan at UFC Fight for the Troops in 2008.

In this case, Jackson takes the blame for saying something he shouldn’t have, but he definitely doesn’t want it to reflect back on Jones.

“I misspoke. It sounded really bad when I heard it again. It wasn’t my intention what everybody thinks it was. After you do a fight, like Jon’s a great guy, and after a fight you’re so worked up and fighters go a little crazy. Like B.J. sometimes licks blood off his gloves, everybody has these victory dances that they all do, they go a little nuts,” Jackson explained.

With microphones all around for everyone to hear everything, Jackson just coaches to his fighters the same as he always has and sometimes forgets others are listening.

“I say stupid stuff like that sometimes like ‘go get you some Donald Cerrone.’ That’s just kind of like shorthand between a coach and a fighter. He knew what I meant. If I knew I was addressing the whole world, I would have said, ‘Jon, remember that you’re a public figure, and that cage decorum and being a good sportsman is important,'” Jackson stated.

“But it came out like I was trying to be this manipulative guy. It was a bonehead thing for me to say, but it wasn’t my intention.”


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  • MRGJJ

    To be honest it was a valid thing to say. When Jones strutted his stuff and didn’t check on Machida I took note of it (personally) and did – in a way – make me like him less.

    • jpgagne

      I was dissapointed with his attitude. Thought he was a real class act, but it surely seems like a fluke. But what Jackson said tells me a lot about the way he sees things… ” go get some fans” does not means the same thing than ”Go for the decorum”. Anyway, what about respect for the other..? Oh! I see, it’s fighting, so no one should respect the others and act like Chael Sonnen, right?

  • Theinstruction.com

    Yes, Jon’s arrogance is becoming more and more prevalent and needs to stop trying to pretend he is humble or modest. Its all fake and clearly Jon you are not a good actor. Greg your a smart man for picking up on that, even though as smart of a guy Jon is, you would think it was commen sense if he was really a sincere humble person like he tries to portray.

  • Theinstruction.com

    common*

  • KBEsq

    I also didn’t care for the way Jones just dropped Machida to the ground. They actually discussed this on the Sherdog Beatdown After the Bell, and concluded that because Machida weighs over 200 pounds, Jones shouldn’t have to gently set Machida down. I disagree.

    I really like Jones, and I defend him a lot. I am a person of faith, and I think people hate Jones for mentioning his faith.

    However, I did not like how he just dropped an unconscious man to the mat when he didn’t have to. Could have easily caused a broken limb.

    • 1mmafrk

      People hates Jones because he’s a fake,
      his faith just make him a moronic idiot who can’t think for himself. Sounds familiar?

  • 1mmafrk

    Everyone knows Chicken legs Jones Is a phony, but for his coach to confirm that he’s a phony as well, It’s just lame.

  • babyface1assasin

    I agree with KBEsq… Jones said in the interview after the fight that he knew Machida was out, and yet was more that happy to drop Machida (am actual humble and genuine guy) on his head, regardless of how pumped up you are the guy is so arrogant, the more successful he has become the more he has shown it. If he would of put Machida down, kind of like Marquatd when he held back on Maia when it was obvious he was out, I would of gained some respect for him, the guy still a kid