He has said in the past that he wouldn’t do it. That he would not get involved in the rivalry between his current student Jon Jones and his former student Rashad Evans. However with time, things have seemingly changed for Greg Jackson.
“I don’t know, I’m leaning toward cornering Jon right now. Just because, am I selfish, am I going to make this about me? Or am I gonna make this about the team? I can’t be self-centered. Even though it’s something that I don’t want to do, it might end up that way. I still consider [Rashad] a friend. Right now he’s really angry, and he’s saying a lot of negative things. I don’t want much to do with that, so I’m just kind of keeping my distance, so that’s where we’re at.”
Greg Jackson has claimed on many occasions that if teammates under his watch get booked to fight he will stay away from the training, strategizing and cornering of the fighters. In other words he will not ever pick sides.
However in this instance it would appear that Rashad’s departure from “Team Jackson” has slowly changed the mind of the famous coach and strategist. In this interview with Sherdog.com he admits to the possibility that he will indeed corner Jon Jones in his UFC 145 title fight against Rashad Evans.
Is it fair that the man who molded Evans into the fighter he is today use that one of a kind insight to help his new champion defend his title, or did Evans lose all rights loyalty when he departed from the team?
What are your thoughts Penn Nation?