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Greg Jackson has become one of the most sought after trainers in today’s world of mixed martial arts. Much like Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den and Pat Miletich’s Miletich Fighting Systems before him, Jackson has built a stable of world-class fighters. Hardly a premier event happens in the world today without a Greg Jackson trained fighter on the card.
The last couple of months haven’t exactly been stellar for the team, though. Diego Sanchez suffered his first professional loss. Light heavyweight contender Keith Jardine was derailed by Houston Alexander. Georges St-Pierre, who has been training with the crew, dropped his UFC title to Matt Serra. And in his shot at the EliteXC Middleweight Championship, Joey Villasenor was bested by Murilo “Rua” Ninja.
It’s not that those fighters lost to undeserving opponents, but it was a bad stretch for the team. This weekend, at UFC 73 in Sacramento, Calif., Jackson intends to right the ship with a host of fighters stepping into the Octagon.
Wyoming native Nate Marquardt is in the main event of “Stacked,” challenging Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight crown and Rashad Evans enters the highest-profile fight of his career when he faces Tito Ortiz. But that’s not all, Mark Bocek, one of the many young fighters that has enlisted Jackson’s help, makes his UFC debut on Saturday when he enters the Octagon with Frankie Edgar.
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