Tim Kennedy blames Firas Zahabi, not Greg Jackson for GSP's cautious style

Esther Lin MMA Fighting

The UFC Middleweight and Greg Jackson student says his coach isn't the reason Georges St-Pierre has gotten boring. He says it's Firas Zahabi and he's doing it to Rory MacDonald too.

There's been a lot of controversy about UFC Welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and his long run of 5 round decision wins. Much of the fan opprobrium has been hurled at GSP's sometimes trainer and cornerman Greg Jackson. Team Jackson MMA fighter Tim Kennedy has an issue with that and told MMA Mania's Matt Roth all about it:

"Even when they said it, it was ridiculous. Totally unfounded. If you look at the past ten fights. The fighters that have won the "submission of the night", the "knockout of the night", and "fight of the night" bonuses are almost exclusively Jackson guys," Kennedy said.

"In my last fight camp, it was me, Rustam (Khabilov), Adlan (Amagov), and (Donald) Cerrone, all in fight camp at the same time. All of us fighting three weeks apart and all of us had a 'knockout of the night' or 'fight of the night.' Then you look at Firas (Zahabi) and you look at Rory MacDonald.

"I remember when (MacDonald) fought Nate Diaz and it was extreme grappling, vicious strikes. That guy was scary. Now we're two years removed from that fight and the transition is now a guy jabbing from the outside. Not even in volume. It's just horrible. It's so boring."

Fans will certainly have a hard time blaming Jackson for GSP's performance against Johny Hendricks given that Jackson was no where to be seen in his corner or on the pre-fight TV specials.

SBN coverage of UFC 167: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks

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