Never one to mince words, UFC President Dana White recently revealed his true feelings for the renowned/despised (depending on who you ask) Greg Jackson camp.
Having produced top fighters like Diego Sanchez, Carlos Condit, UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre, Shane Carwin, Nate Marquardt, Jon “Bones” Jones and many more, it is difficult to argue with the success rate fostered under Jackson’s tutelage. The main criticism levied at that camp is that many of the fighters look to win by playing it safe and scoring points with control rather than by going for broke, engaging and risking a loss. Speaking with Fighters Only in the wake of Marquardt’s uninspired loss to Yushin Okami Saturday night, White had a few interesting things to say about the Greg Jackson method.
“You see this happen now consistently with the Greg Jackson camp. These guys, I don’t know if they are told they are winning the fight or in their minds they are winning the fight going into the last round, and it’s not true,” White asserted. “It’s like avoiding the fight because we think we are winning’ thing with that camp. I don’t give a sh** what the internet says or what anybody else says, I look at fights the way that I see them and say what I think. There is absolutely a one hundred percent consistency in that with the Greg Jackson camp.”
Marquardt lost a unanimous decision to Okami in the main event of UFC 122 and many have questioned his conservative performance against “Thunder,” wondering why the talented striker chose to avoid engaging too much on the feet in a fight that would have earned him a shot at the title. Count White among those vexed by Marquardt’s approach to the fight, as the UFC figurehead explained to Fighters Only that he was baffled by Marquardt’s conservancy in a fight of such importance.
“It’s one thing to be cautious but when you know that you’ve already lost a shot at the title once, and then in the third round you’re getting outstruck by the wrestler, you might want to let your hands and legs go,” White said. “When your corner is yelling to you to let your kicks go and you don’t go for it… you’re in that situation and you don’t go for broke?”
Though many have loudly voiced their disappointment in the Okami-Marquardt fight and because of it questioned Okami’s new status as number one contender, White maintained that Okami has earned his title shot and will be the next to challenge for the belt.
“We go out there and put together the fights that we think are the best fights and guys who deserve it and have fought their way there,” says White. “Yushin Okami was supposed to get this title shot before, he was injured and he couldn’t get it. Now he beat Nate Marquardt to get it. No matter what Nate did or didn’t do tonight, Okami won the fight and deserves his shot.”
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