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Greg Jackson’s thoughts on UFC 158’s headliner, GSP vs Diaz

Sherdog caught up with trainer Greg Jackson this week to discuss the highly anticipated welterweight match of champion Georges St. Pierre vs challenger Nick Diaz at UFC 156 this Saturday March 16,2013.  The trainer had high praise for both fighters but feels that it is unlikely that the champion will play into Nick Diaz’s game.  According to a recent Sherdog article the legendary trainer, Greg Jackson, had this to say:

I don’t think so just because Georges is so smart,” Jackson told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “I always say that, but I don’t know if people realize just how smart he really is. He understands the game extremely well. Even if he gets mad, he’ll be able to control it and keep his business his business. He’s incredibly smart, like off-the-charts smart. I think he’s going to be much too smart to fall for that.

Greg Jackson was also quick to note that Nick Diaz is also a very clever fighter that excels at imposing his will on opponents.  Sherdog goes on to quote Jackson saying,

Nick Diaz as a fighter, I really like him because he’s one of those few fighters that can almost always make somebody play his game,” Jackson said. “He does it in really smart ways. He’ll back you up against the fence and basically have a shootout that he’s probably going to win. If you take him down, you’ve got to deal with some really good ground skills. If you don’t engage that, he throws his arms up. He starts trying to punk you. He tries to attack your manhood so that you get mad at him, so that you do start playing that game. He’s really smart at what he does. He’s very, very clever, but as long as you stay away from those things, as long as you control those elements, you have a good chance of winning. It’s just dealing with that really, really smart pressure that he has that makes this fight interesting.

Up to the fight, I’m sure [St. Pierre] will be emotionally invested in it,” Jackson said. “I wouldn’t want to see Georges upset. I’ll put it that way. He’s a son of a gun even when he’s calm and rational. … I’ve worked with that guy for years, and if you got him really upset and he stays focused, that would be a very dangerous individual.

Check out the interview in its entirety on Sherdog, at this link, and don’t miss out on all the action this Saturday Mar. 12, 2013 live from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at 7pm/10pm PT/ET.  FX prelims air at 5pm/8pm PT/ET and Facebook prelims air at 3:35/6:35pm PT/ET.

Greg Jackson to Corner Jon Jones

It appears, after much deliberation, that Greg Jackson will indeed be in the corner of the UFC light heavyweight champ, Jon Jones.  Jon Jones will meet Rashad Evans, a former member of the Jackson camp, at UFC 145.  Greg Jackson had quite the dilemma on his hands, having trained both fighters into UFC champions, as to whether he would be willing to corner either fighter if they were to meet in the octagon.  It was Rashad Evans, however, who decided to leave Jackson mma for Imperial Athletics in Boca Raton, Florida in early 2011.  This would have seemed to help make the decision easier for Greg Jackson but the legendary trainer was still on the fence about the topic.

Nearly a year has passed since Evans decided to leave the camp and it seems to be enough time for Greg Jackson to decide to corner his current student, Jon Jones.  It is unsure of whether the rivalry between Jones and Evans was the cause of Jackson’s indecision or not.  The bad blood began brewing between these two fighters after Jon Jones admitted that he would fight Evans should the UFC wish to see the matchup.  Evans became upset at the comment, believing that it is better for members of the same camp to not fight each other.  After that the feud was fueled even more when Jones became a substitute for an injured Evans at UFC 126, which gave the young fighter a much desired shot at the title against Mauricio Rua.  Jones went on to defeat Rua and became the youngest UFC champion in history.

These two fighters will meet each other at UFC 145 April 21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.