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| | Greg Jackson Accepts Responsibility for His Role in Jones vs. Evans Rivalry
Greg Jackson Accepts Responsibility for His Role in Jones vs. Evans Rivalry
Greg Jackson Accepts Responsibility for His Role in Jones vs. Evans Rivalry | MMAWeekly.com
For his part, Jackson has no problem taking some of the blame for how it all came to this. He doesnít back away from the mistakes he made, but he also admits heís not infallible. |
ďI always try to take my responsibility in every situation, even if it doesnít go well. There was a protocol thing that Iíve said before that I said was big, we should have had earlier on, and I think thatís directly and 100-percent my fault that we didnít have a plan for when this stuff would happen,Ē Jackson told MMAWeekly Radio.
ďI take responsibility on that end of it for sure. We werenít ready for it. A lot of people had to pay prices for that.Ē
It wasnít the first time in his life Jackson made a mistake, and it surely wonít be his last. Heís just sad that it all crumbled apart the way that it did, and now itís led to Jones and Evans facing off in one of the most heated rivalries in UFC history.
ďIím going to make mistakes. Iím a human being. Iím not perfect at all. It was just an oversight. I didnít wake up maliciously one morning like Iím going to do this stuff. It was more like I should have done this and in hindsight I can see that. It just wasnít a reality up until Jon and Rashad,Ē said Jackson.
ďI feel like I could have done that much better. I donít think Rashad had to react the way he did and things kind of escalated quickly because of that, but it was my fault that I didnít have a plan for it.Ē
Because of the escalating situation between Jones and Evans, Jackson has now put in place a series of rules that encompass his team and his fighters should they ever have to face one another again.
The situation actually has already come up again because Carlos Condit will be facing Georges St-Pierre later this year with the UFC welterweight title on the line. Jackson points at those two fighters as the model for how things will be handled in the future.
ďWe have protocols for that now and itís exemplified by the fact that Carlos and GSP are fighting each other now and thereís no animosity. They donít hate each other. Thereís no huge deal or any drama, or anything like that. A lot of it is about the reaction of the person,Ē Jackson commented.
ďGeorges is still solidly on the team. Carlos is still solidly on the team. Everybody is still one unit, but weíre just going to have these situations where weíre going to have to fight each other now. That goes for any time two people are on the team; I donít corner either of them. Those are the protocols. Thereís others too, but thatís the one thatís important. If you are both members of the team, Iím not going to corner against you.Ē
Will Jackson and Evans ever mend fences? Thatís hard to say at least until after Jones and Evans face off at UFC 145, but Jackson hopes that his former pupil can at least one day shake his hand and move past the hurt feelings.
ďI hope so. That will be up to him,Ē said Jackson about Evans. ďIím certainly willing to let bygones be bygones. Iím never a guy that holds a grudge.Ē
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