Greg Jackson Says Controversial Instructions To Jon Jones ‘Came Out Wrong’

“Fighters get into this place when they’re fighting — Jon choked him out but he was in this zone. So I said to Jon, ‘Go check on Machida and get yourself some fans,’ which was a dumb thing to say. What I was trying to convey to him was, You’re a professional athlete and there’s ring decorum, and I should have said ‘Remember the fans’ because everyone is watching what you do. I misspoke… ‘Go check on him and the fans will appreciate it’ was what I meant, but I’m a bonehead sometimes and it came out wrong, which wasn’t my intention at all… I wasn’t trying to manipulate Jon.”

— Greg Jackson on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani explaining what he meant when he told Jon Jones to check on Lyoto Machida to “get some fans”

What do you think? Genuine explanation or damage control?

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  • Ed Lib

    better with his mouth shut!

    • Anonymous

      Don’t be so harsh on mr Jackson. He’s probably a good guy with bad nerves or something.

      • sam_snee

        I’d let it slide on good credit of Jackson’s previous ring behavior except for one fact. When Jones didnt hear him he said “god damnit” which shows a negative emotional reaction that corroborates our original interpretation of his words. Thus, he is fake most of the time and this instance was showing his true colors

  • http://twitter.com/TBennett247 Troy Bennett

    Yeah, I’ll let it slide. We can all slip-up words sometimes, especially when caught up in the moment.

    Maybe if Lyoto tapped, this wouldn’t have happened in the first place.

  • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

    The only thing I don’t understand is why fans had to be mentioned period all he had to say was check on lyoto to make sure he’s ok

    • sam_snee

      because Machida’s safety wasnt the cause for concern, gaining fans was. The better question is this: why was machida mentioned at all? Seems a better representation of the intended words to say “JBJ, go act like you care and get some fans so i can get paid more.” I’m not always right, but when I am. I smile lie this ;-D

    • Matt Silliman

      I agree, he should have told him to check on Machida or better yet, Jones should have done so with out being asked. 

      A lot of people think Nick Diaz is an ass (he is) but he almost always pays respect to fighters after the fights. Jones is young though and in the moment of defending his title.  He still has maturing to do so it’s really not that big of a deal. 

  • Kong Morten

    I think really what this is all about is what Jon Jones says he doesnt. Which is care. I really do think he wants to be a positive rolemodel to other people, he is just so genuinly insecure on how to do it. It really looks like he is trying hard with everything he does or says, but somehow it always ends coming up wrong. Im sure this is also something he has discussed with Greg Jackson, and likely this was just him trying to be a helping hand. One that eventually came to bite him in the a**. Im really starting to feel for the guy, he just cant get a break

  • Miguel Pereira

    Damage control !!!

  • Mr Kitty

    I actually think Greg Jackson is the phoney not Jon Jones. Greg Jackson is the one I blame most for the Rashad situation. And for the fact that he denies everything Rashad said about him. There’s no way Rashad just decided to make up a bunch of stuff about the way Greg handled Jon Jones. Rashad didn’t want Bones to join Jackson’s Gym, and Greg decided it was more important to snag the future of the sport than to stay loyal to a fighter who helped build his Gym’s reputation in this business. In other words, Greg’s potential notoriety as being the coach of greatest fighter ever was more important than loyalty. You did Rashad wrong and you know it Greg. sorry this turned into a rant.

    • Lanfear

      I think you should question why Rashad didn’t want Jon in the camp. It doesn’t make sense and isn’t fair. Clearly Evans was just scared about losing his number one spot at lhw at Jacksons.

    • Lanfear

      I think you should question why Rashad didn’t want Jon in the camp. It doesn’t make sense and isn’t fair. Clearly Evans was just scared about losing his number one spot at lhw at Jacksons.

      • The Jester

        Very well said.

      • Mr Kitty

        Rashad already addressed that. He didn’t want Jones there because he wanted to fight him down the road. And Rashad had every right to deny Jon entry into Jackson’s. He was just protecting his own lively hood as any professional athlete should. This isn’t a team sport like American football where a new running back would be welcome to help the team. This a sport where gym’s ask their fighters if it’s okay for a new member to join. Why do you think they even bother to ask?

  • Quik1804

    Yeah its damage control. Oh well whatever, I rather have Greg Jackson yelling in the background because he is funny than having kenny florians brother yelling during fights.

  • dana

    The proof is in the pudding. These people are fake personalities trying to win everyone over. Anybody can see through that… And if you don’t you’re a total idiot.

  • dana

    The proof is in the pudding. These people are fake personalities trying to win everyone over. Anybody can see through that… And if you don’t you’re a total idiot.

  • Aaron_johnson425

    Yea. All of these guys are fake. I always mention Jones specifically because it’s so flagrant. But to some extent they all put on a show.

    Of course Greg Jackson meant “go get yourself some fans”. Because that is all he cares about. The more fans Jones wins over, the bigger of a draw he is, and the bigger win purse he can demand. Since the gym gets a slice of the winnings, Greg Jackson has a vested interest in making sure that guys not only win belts but are adored by the media and fans in the process. If Jones’s trainers and management can market this guy correctly and use him to draw 10 million PPV buys, they laugh all the way to the bank. One would have to be supremely gullible to think that Greg Jackson gave a shit about sportsmanship or the welfare of Lyoto Machida for one second.

    It makes me miss the days before there were broadcast TV deals and 30 million dollar training facilities. Back when it was about two competitors fighting, not whose shirt you’re wearing, which big name gym you trained at, or what so-and-so said to whats-his-name on Twitter. I understand that things can never go back and this commercialization finally made it possible for guys to earn a living doing this. But a big reason that most of us got into this sport in the first place was because it relatively untouched by much of the commercial bullshit that plagued other sports.

  • Aaron_johnson425

    Yea. All of these guys are fake. I always mention Jones specifically because it’s so flagrant. But to some extent they all put on a show.

    Of course Greg Jackson meant “go get yourself some fans”. Because that is all he cares about. The more fans Jones wins over, the bigger of a draw he is, and the bigger win purse he can demand. Since the gym gets a slice of the winnings, Greg Jackson has a vested interest in making sure that guys not only win belts but are adored by the media and fans in the process. If Jones’s trainers and management can market this guy correctly and use him to draw 10 million PPV buys, they laugh all the way to the bank. One would have to be supremely gullible to think that Greg Jackson gave a shit about sportsmanship or the welfare of Lyoto Machida for one second.

    It makes me miss the days before there were broadcast TV deals and 30 million dollar training facilities. Back when it was about two competitors fighting, not whose shirt you’re wearing, which big name gym you trained at, or what so-and-so said to whats-his-name on Twitter. I understand that things can never go back and this commercialization finally made it possible for guys to earn a living doing this. But a big reason that most of us got into this sport in the first place was because it relatively untouched by much of the commercial bullshit that plagued other sports.

  • Aaron_johnson425

    Yea. All of these guys are fake. I always mention Jones specifically because it’s so flagrant. But to some extent they all put on a show.

    Of course Greg Jackson meant “go get yourself some fans”. Because that is all he cares about. The more fans Jones wins over, the bigger of a draw he is, and the bigger win purse he can demand. Since the gym gets a slice of the winnings, Greg Jackson has a vested interest in making sure that guys not only win belts but are adored by the media and fans in the process. If Jones’s trainers and management can market this guy correctly and use him to draw 10 million PPV buys, they laugh all the way to the bank. One would have to be supremely gullible to think that Greg Jackson gave a shit about sportsmanship or the welfare of Lyoto Machida for one second.

    It makes me miss the days before there were broadcast TV deals and 30 million dollar training facilities. Back when it was about two competitors fighting, not whose shirt you’re wearing, which big name gym you trained at, or what so-and-so said to whats-his-name on Twitter. I understand that things can never go back and this commercialization finally made it possible for guys to earn a living doing this. But a big reason that most of us got into this sport in the first place was because it relatively untouched by much of the commercial bullshit that plagued other sports.

  • Tizzo

    From what i saw at those moments precisely after Jones was deemed the winner – better yet description from when Lyoto went out & herb dean stepped in to stop the fight-  Jon Jones didnt show any of the many “qualities of a true mix martial artist’s mindest % manneurisms.”  He has played himself and potrayed himself to be a goodie too shoe that isnt what we fans are starting to criticize and judge him for.  Now yes he is a good kid, he’s young, and he is an amazing athlete . True yes  but the way he has approached his persona in the media and ufc “game” of buiding your name n personality. - it really is started to look n sound fishy and ingenuine.  My first thoughts at those moments I tried hard to describe at the top of this long a$$ comment was why not just be a nice guy, show sportsmanship, and be what youve set yourself up to be- and handle that ending sequence with more respect,honor, dignity and class.  You dont hafta hug him and hold him close to ya heart but damn dont just drop him against da cage and not even care to watch or see how akward n uneasy those seconds were when Lyoto fell face first to the canvas LUCKILY averting the cage next to his fall which could of been a worst accident of him landing more akwardly on his next,head, or twist of his spine as he glanced or got stuck on the cagewire creating a uglier situation of him actually hurting himself n his well being to the point of serious injury.   I might be blowing it out of proportion -sorry- just trying to describe my emotions of the event.  I was thinking to myself and even said it out loud that if that was me I would of held him knowing he is out and knowing that Herb Dean has appropiately called the fight over, and verbalized to the Referee of the century that he is out on his feet and lets work together on this (with less words) or since Im the one with the choke hold on him – let me set him down on the ground – before I go banana nut crazy and celebrate !  but Ive yet to win a fight yet or endure one with a world class fighter like Machida so after winning with a submission I can see the adrenaline and relief of his actions to be cool, calm and swaggerrific ?  i would of lead him down and showed a lil more concern is my point and with Greg Jackson seeing that and hearing the boos from the weigh ins and im sure at those moments when fans saw lyoto fall face first down to the mat in a not so pretty visual for naysayers of this wonderful but physical sport – he knew he needed to reel him back in and let him know congrats on the win bra, but do something about that situation so it doesnt create more mislike for you and give people aka critics more ammuniton to call you out on personal decisions or phony fakery imaging of your management team n pr trying to raise your stardom farther than just fightin the way he does has all already.  it just shows even Greg knows the business aspects of this growing entity and he wants to increase the hype for his # 1 protege.

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