“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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