Greg Jackson is the coach for two UFC champions, Light Heavyweight Jon Jones and Welterweight Georges St. Pierre. Nonetheless he has agreed to be one of four celebrity coaches for Bellator's upcoming Spike TV reality series Fight Master. However, unlike fellow coaches Frank Shamrock and Randy Couture who are persona non grata with UFC president Dana White, Jackson doesn't expect the gig to impact his relationship with the promotion that made him famous.
Jackson spoke about the issue on last week's media call to announce the show:
"No, I don't think so because like Randy (Couture) I've worked with Bellator before, and I don't think it should be a problem. My fighters are my fighters, and I'm me and like Frank (Shamrock) said as well, I think it's good for the sport," Jackson said when speaking to the media during a conference call on Tuesday.
"Even Dana (White) would admit that it's good for the sport to have other organizations around. So I don't foresee any problems."
Unlike Couture, Jackson has never been a UFC employee and the various state Athletic Commission control who corners fighters, not the UFC. However, his decision could cause the UFC to not feature him on future installments of UFC Primetime or UFC Countdowns featuring his star fighters.