UFC Light Heavyweight #1 contender Rashad Evans was one of the first big-time UFC fighters to join Greg Jackson's MMA team in New Mexico. Evans came out at the invitation of Keith Jardine after the two starred in the second season of The Ultimate Fighter together in 2005
A few short years later and Jackson coached Evans to the UFC LHW title. Then Evans lost the title and the decision was made to invite fast-rising LHW superstar Jon Jones into the camp. Accounts differ as to what agreements were made when that happened but the outcome is not in doubt: Evans left the camp in a huff after Jones took a title shot against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 128 and won the title.
Now Evans has a different take on the events leading up to Jones joining the team. Per MMA Weekly after the jump:
"Like I told Greg at the time, I told Greg I don't think it would be a good idea, but Greg did what Greg wanted to do for Greg.
"That's why Greg brought him on because Greg wanted to do what he wanted to do for Greg.
"That's the thing about him. Greg talks about ‘for the team, for the team.' The team consists of ‘I' which is Greg Jackson. That's what the team consists of, it's about Greg Jackson getting the ‘Coach of the Year' awards. That's what it consists of."
I believe there's a song about this...Money Changes Everything. What do you think?
Jackson will be cornering Jones at UFC 145 on Saturday.