By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
With Georges St. Pierre now set to defend his welterweight strap against Carlos Condit at UFC 137, it could cause a rift in the Team Jackson camp, as it has once in the past (See: Rashad Evans, Jon Jones), so team leader Greg Jackson has decided to take a step back and will not be training either fighter and gave his reasoning for it after the bout was announced:
“Teammate protocols are pretty clear in this situation so everybody knows what happening,” Jackson told MMA Fighting. “I step out, the other coaches — John [Danaher], Phil [Nurse] and Firas [Zahabi] — will take care of GSP and probably [Mike] Winkeljohn and some of the other guys here will take care of Carlos. But I step out of it, so I won't be cornering either guy … We knew this would be coming — it will probably be coming again — but this time we are very well prepared … I mean, I don't like it. They are two of my friends. Me and Georges, I mean, I love that man to death. And Carlos has been, since he came back to the gym, has been on a destruction streak. So they both have to eat, they have to make money. I really love training, working with my guys. There's two of my favorites that I don't get to work with this time, so that's kind of a bummer. But I don't care about the money; I don't care about the fame; I don't care about any of that stuff. They've got to make a living, but I can't look across the cage at one of my guys. I just can't do it.”
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