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Greg Jackson Cornering Jon Jones at UFC 145 is the Right Choice

Greg Jackson has some pretty strong views about teammates fighting teammates. First off, he doesn't seem to particularly care for it happening in the first place. Secondly, when it DOES happen, when two people he has ties to get matched up, ala GSP vs potentially Carlos Condit...he opts to stay out of it.

That's a very unbiased way of handling things. But this situation with Rashad Evans is entirely different.

When the Jones vs Evans fight was first pre-emptively put together after Jones defeated Shogun, both fighters were Jackson's fighters. Pretty much immediately, Evans left Jacksons, saying that he wasn't getting the one on one time he wanted, among other things. For some reason, Jones 'I would fight Rashad if my job was on the line' admission really stung Evans as a betrayal. Why any teammate, let's say fighter A, would want his teammate, fighter B, to stop persuing their dream of becoming champion just because fighter A is the champion is downright insane to me. Friends don't try to hold other friends back from achieving their goals.

But back to Jackson, when it was a matter of Evans and Jones both being Jackson's fighters...then choosing to stay out of the coaching is most fair.

But as everyone knows and as Jackson has said previously, Rashad left them....he chose to leave Jackson's and go do his thing. What commitment does Jackson owe Rashad now that Rashad has been gone for nearly a year, was critical of the way Jackson favored fighters, and is now gunning for former team-mate Jon Jones? Greg Jackson didn't make Rashad leave the 'family'

Expecting some kind of "I won't coach against my fighters OR my ex-fighters" policy is utterly insane. I don't see why Jones should get the 'punishment' of not having Jackson in his corner just because Evans has sour grapes over not becoming champion, kicked his toys, and stomped off in a fuss. Cornering the guy who is still loyal to him is a lot more fair and unbiased then not cornering him just because he is a fighting someone who LEFT OF HIS OWN FREE WILL!

Bravo Greg Jackson, you did the right thing.

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