Rashad Evans recently announced his split from the Greg Jackson camp as a consequence of his feeling disrespected by their handling of the situation between himself and Jon Jones, which will now end in a UFC light heavyweight title fight. In announcing his departure, Evans criticized Jackson publicly, and the renowned MMA coach defended himself in a conversation with MMAFighting.com.
“I love Rashad to death,” said Jackson. “I’m not sure why he’s angry at me. I guess I can see from a perspective, that isn’t really the way it is, why he’s angry, but I don’t have any animosity towards him. I’ve always tried to help him out. I was with him right after he won that reality show all the way to his world title. I’m not sure what it is.”
Jackson expressed confusion at Evans’ hostility and said that he is doing the only thing that makes sense to him: staying free of things completely.
“The thing with Rashad is, he said he was okay with Jon coming on the team. I felt that Jon did the wrong thing by saying he would fight Rashad. But once they signed to fight, I’m staying out of it,” he said. “I’m not choosing Rashad over Jon Jones or Jon Jones over Rashad; I’m staying out of the entire thing. Everybody signed on to [Jon] being on the team. It wasn’t like I brought him on with these evil intentions. I bring a lot of training partners on to the team who are in the same weight class. For instance, Donald Cerrone, Melvin Guillard, Clay Guida – all these guys are in the same division.”
At the end of the day, Jackson says, Evans and Jones are the two who have chosen to fight, not him, and he feels that it’s their decision to deal with now.
“I’m not sure what it is,” said Jackson. “Maybe [it’s the situation], but Rashad is coming straight at me, [saying] ‘Greg Jackson did this and Greg Jackson did that.’ I’m the one that’s not choosing. I’m staying neutral. I’m not going to tell you you can’t fight. You’re both grown-ass men. I’m not the boss of either of you, and I’m not your dad.”