“Michael Bisping is a veteran and a fighter whose style I’ve admired for a long time. For the UFC to match me up against him tells me the company thinks highly of me. A win over Bisping is a statement to the middleweight division. I’m looking at it that way. There are a lot of good, solid guys at 185 pounds, I’m not going to name them because I don’t want to leave anyone out, but everyone’s looking for a leg up on the competition. I want to go out there and win an exciting fight. I don’t want to play it safe and lose a decision. I can accept going all out and losing, but I don’t want to look back and say I left anything on the table. So the only way to ensure it is to bring it.”
“When I started off my MMA career, I was basically self-taught. I knew I wasn’t the fighter I could be, but I didn’t realize how much I still had to go until I started training with Greg and coach [Mike] Winkeljohn. Coach Jackson gets a bad rap. You don’t get this with any of the other marquee gyms in MMA. If an AKA fighter fights a bad fight, do you hear people rip the gym? Do the coaches get blamed if a fighter from Team Quest or Xtreme Couture doesn’t execute? It only happens here. Greg gets blamed if a fighter doesn’t perform well, but he doesn’t get any of the credit they got out and have an exciting performance.”
Top UFC middleweight contender, Brian Stann tells mmafighting.com that he believes his on-again-off-again, head trainer, Greg Jackson gets a bad rap with the UFC, media and fans.
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