One of the memorable moments from last year will be the cancellation of UFC 151. UFC president Dana White blamed the entire fiasco on Jon Jones and his coach Greg Jackson for not taking on a new light heavyweight challenger on about a week’s notice. White would go on to call Jackson a “sports killer.”
This week, Fight Master: Bellator MMA announced that Jackson will be one of the four coaches as the promotion looks for a welterweight to enter a future tournament. Despite being on a rocky relationship with White, Jackson doesn’t see his involvement with Bellator as a problem.
“Even Dana [White] would admit that it’s good for the sport to have other organizations around,” said Jackson during the Bellator conference call to announce the new reality show. “So I don’t foresee any problems.”
The other three coaches will be Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock and Joe Warren. Filming begins in a few weeks and the final product will air during the summer.
White vows that Couture will never return to the UFC after signing with Spike TV to take part in the Bellator reality show. Since Jackson doesn’t receive a paycheck from the UFC, he is allowed to continue his corner duties in any promotion as the athletic commission sees fit.