Greg Jackson | Willing to Let Bygones Be Bygones with Rashad
Greg Jackson tells MMA weekly in a recent interview about UFC 145
“I’m certainly willing to let bygones be bygones. I’m never a guy that holds a grudge. That will be up to him”
Greg Jackson goes as far as taking responsibility for his part in the escalating feud between Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and former Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans.
“I always try to take my responsibility in every situation, even if it doesn’t go well. There was a protocol thing that I’ve said before that I said was big, we should have had earlier on, and I think that’s directly and 100-percent my fault that we didn’t have a plan for when this stuff would happen,”
“I take responsibility on that end of it for sure. We weren’t ready for it. A lot of people had to pay prices for that.”
Sadness and regret fills Jackson’s heart due to extreme animosity both prize fighters share for each other.
“I’m going to make mistakes. I’m a human being. I’m not perfect at all. It was just an oversight. I didn’t wake up maliciously one morning like I’m going to do this stuff. It was more like I should have done this and in hindsight I can see that. It just wasn’t a reality up until Jon and Rashad,” said Jackson.
“I feel like I could have done that much better. I don’t think Rashad had to react the way he did and things kind of escalated quickly because of that, but it was my fault that I didn’t have a plan for it.”
Jackson since has been proactive in ensuring a situation like Jones vs. Evans will not happen again in his camp. The example for this newly created protocol will be none other than GSP vs Condit.
“We have protocols for that now and it’s exemplified by the fact that Carlos and GSP are fighting each other now and there’s no animosity. They don’t hate each other. There’s no huge deal or any drama, or anything like that. A lot of it is about the reaction of the person,” Jackson commented.
“Georges is still solidly on the team. Carlos is still solidly on the team. Everybody is still one unit, but we’re just going to have these situations where we’re going to have to fight each other now. That goes for any time two people are on the team; I don’t corner either of them. Those are the protocols. There’s others too, but that’s the one that’s important. If you are both members of the team, I’m not going to corner against you.”