UFC President Dana White has been making his voice heard lately concerning renowned trainer Greg Jackson’s strategy and coaching style. White has accused the Jackson camp of producing conservative fighters with a “safety-first” approach and has criticized their cornering advice/methods. Though White has expressed respect for the trainer, Jackson has not taken kindly to his criticism. Speaking with MMAFighting.com recently, Jackson brought several statistics to the table in defense of his fighters and his training methods.
“Here’s a quick stat for you. So there’s been 22 [UFC events] this year? We had 12 bonuses so far this year,” Jackson told MMAFighting. “So one out of every two, one of my fighters got Submission of the Night, Knockout of the Night, or Fight of the Night.”
Determined to see whether White’s criticism was justified, Jackson and his team gathered together information which they believe proves White’s assessment of their camp’s results incorrect.
“We sat down and did the math after we heard that,” Jackson said. “He wants to say there’s a consistency? Okay, let’s look at statistical consistencies. Let’s look at Jon Jones, who has finished every fight with me in the first round, except for that Matt Hamill one, which would have been a first-round stoppage anyway if he hadn’t thrown that illegal elbow. Let’s look at Carlos Condit, who had Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night. Even people on the undercard who people don’t really know yet. Kyle Noke, two finishes, both in the second round. Almost everybody on our team finishes consistently. There’s no fact. Everybody’s just making stuff up.”
Jackson also refuted White’s claims that his team give odd advice while cornering fighters. White questioned the lack of urgency in Nate Marquardt’s corner when he went into the last round of a title elimination bout against Yushin Okami down two rounds. According to Jackson, he and his team were yelling for Marquardt to look for the finish, saying, “Nate, you have a minute and a half to knock this guy out; you must get a knockout,” and admitting that he knew his fighter was losing.
This sort of criticism has been levied at the Jackson camp for some time and it was easy for the head trainer to ignore until it started coming from White.
“It didn’t bug me until Dana said it,” said Jackson. “Fans are fans, but Dana said that and, you know, I’ve worked really hard in his organization. If you look at my stats, they’re insane. Imagine you give your life to something and then your boss comes up and says, ‘Man, you suck.’ Well, wait a minute, just this year alone, half your bonuses have gone to my guys. So what are you talking about?”