Renowned MMA coach Greg Jackson and his team has come under fire from Dana White recently for what the UFC president describes as his “safety first” approach to fighting, implying that his tactics are making exciting fighters fight in a less than exciting manner.
Needless to say Jackson is less than enamored with the assessment, and in a new interview fires back at the UFC president with statistics that suggest he’s not seeing the bigger picture.
“Here’s a quick stat for you,” Jackson offers MMAfighting in retaliation to White’s remarks, “So there’s been 22 [UFC events] this year? We had 12 bonuses so far this year. So one out of every two, one of my fighters got Submission of the Night, Knockout of the Night, or Fight of the Night.”
Jackson goes on to point out that fighters under his wing like Jon Jones and Carlos Condit are consistently performing in an exciting manner, and finishing fights inside the distance in the process.
It should be noted that White’s far from the only person that’s leveled these accusations at Jackson’s camp, but from the veteran coach’s own point of view White’s attack cut deeper than most.
“It didn’t bug me until Dana said it. 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.'”
Jackson brings up some good points. He actually could have went further when naming fighters to strengthen his case – how about Shane Carwin, Donald Cerrone and Leonard Garcia for instance – all acknowledged as exciting fighters.
At the same time there is no smoke without fire and tactically Nate Marquardt did not look good in his last fight, neither did Melvin Guillard (though he did scrape through with a win), while stars likes of GSP and Rashad Evans are finding success inside the octagon with a more cautious approach but have left fans less than enthralled with their performances.
One thing’s for sure, we haven’t heard the last of this story yet – and it’s sure to be a major talking point as we edge closer to Jackson’s star pupil St.Pierre’s next title defense against Josh Koscheck on December 11th.