Dana White has spewed venom Greg Jackson’s way before, but on Thursday the UFC boss’s anger toward the respected trainer reached unprecedented levels following the cancellation of UFC 151.

The event was scrapped when light heavyweight champion -- and Jackson’s MMA member -- Jon Jones turned down a short-notice bout with Chael Sonnen after original challenger Dan Henderson was forced to withdraw from the UFC 151 main event due to a knee injury. With no suitable headliner, White elected to pull the plug on the card altogether, blaming Jackson for advising “Bones” to refuse the matchup with Sonnen.

“When [Jones and I] talked, he said, ‘I have to sit down and talk to my coaches. His coach, Greg Jackson, says, ‘There’s no way you take this fight on eight days’ notice. It would be the biggest mistake of your entire career,’” White said during Thursday’s media conference call. “Wow. Chael Sonnen is a 185-pounder trying to move up to 205 [pounds] who hasn’t trained a day for this fight, yet he says he’ll fly [to Las Vegas] tonight to fight the supposed pound-for-pound third-best fighter in the world. I mean, how much faith do you have in your champion, your guy?”

White was far from done.

“I literally just bumped into Greg Jackson the other day and was kind of joking about some of the things I’ve said [in the past],” White said. “I’ll tell you what. I’ll go on record and say it. This guy is a f---ing sport killer. This guy is from another planet. And I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”

Despite drawing the ire of arguably the most powerful figure in mixed martial arts today, Jackson stands firmly by the advice he gave to his fighter. He also disputes a few of the details in White’s rant, namely the amount of time Jones would have had to prepare as well as Sonnen’s readiness for a light heavyweight return.

“When it was brought to me, it was a question of: ‘Do you think we should fight Chael Sonnen on basically three days’ notice?’” Jackson said during an interview on “The Jordan Breen Show” on the Sherdog.com Radio Network. “The fight week doesn’t count. It’s not eight days’ notice. You’re not training and preparing for somebody on that week. You’re cutting weight, dealing with the media and basically not training at all. That was the question that was asked. Should we fight somebody at Sonnen’s level with three days’ notice? And I, as a trainer, thought absolutely not. I didn’t know that an entire card was in the balance or anything like that. [Jones] came to me and asked me questions. I advised him, and I stand by that.

“It was actually a really smart move on Sonnen’s part,” Jackson continued. “He would bypass the entire division and get a title shot immediately. And again, let’s be clear. We all know Sonnen is a very sharp guy. He would not just step off the couch and into a fight. He’s been training with Dan [Henderson]. He has nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

While Jackson and White both work in the same business, the trainer acknowledges that his goals within the sport are different than a promoter whose job is to sell fights. That said, Jackson is still perplexed by many of White’s negative comments.

“I guess it’s more confusing than anything. I was asked an opinion. I gave it. I gave my advice. I still think that’s a valid opinion,” Jackson said. “I’m not a promoter, so I don’t have to deal with the things he deals with. He comes at it from [the perspective that] he’s got people to take care of, [and] he’s got money to [make]. I come at it from [the perspective that] I want my guys to win as quickly as possible, and I want them to be smart in there. I guess the conflict comes there -- we just have different personality types. I’m no good at talking bad about people. I never really have been. I’m not a great verbal judo guy at all.”

If White had his way, nobody -- whether it be fighters or media -- would be asking Jackson for his opinion on anything anytime soon.

“I don’t give a s--t what Greg Jackson thinks. The guy is a f---ing weirdo man,” White said. “Are you kidding me? Saying that if he takes the fight with Chael Sonnen that it would be the biggest mistake of his entire career, because he’s not ready for that guy? Greg Jackson should never be interviewed by anybody ever again except for a psychiatrist.”

On Sept. 22, Jackson will help corner Jones in his rematch with Lyoto Machida at UFC 152. It’s a challenge the trainer is already beginning to embrace, in part because of the success Machida had against his charge in the opening round of their initial meeting at UFC 140. In the meantime, Jackson still manages to maintain a sense of humor in spite of the Thursday’s hectic events.

“I’m not sure if I would need to be committed,” he quipped. “Surely there are those people in the world who would think I need to be committed, and maybe they’re not wrong.”

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

What Advice Would Jon Jones Give His Younger Self? ‘Don’t Wreck the Bentley’

  • 22 days ago
  • 10 views

During a UFC 200 media luncheon, Jon Jones was asked if he could go back in time and give his younger self some advice, what would it be? His answer may surprise you. read news >>

Dana White on Jon Jones UFC 200 Removal: ‘This is devastating to Daniel Cormier’

  • 17 days ago
  • 292 views

While the UFC moved swiftly to elevate Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt to the UFC 200 main event, Dana White held out hope to get Daniel Cormier another fight. read news >>

Dana White Has 'Zero' Conor McGregor Regrets After Jon Jones' UFC 200 Removal

  • 17 days ago
  • 112 views

UFC president Dana White insisted he has no regrets about pulling Conor McGregor from the UFC 200 card, despite the headline bout for Saturday's Las Vegas event being removed after Jon Jones' potenti read news >>

Dana White Discusses Jon Jones in Interview with Colin Cowherd

  • 15 days ago
  • 76 views

Jon Jones was removed from UFC 200 after the United States Anti-Doping Agency informed him of a possible doping violation on Wednesday, and UFC President Dana White was not thrilled with the untimely read news >>

Dana White Done With Jon Jones, Says He Should Clean House

  • 15 days ago
  • 662 views

After years of dealing with numerous out-of-the-Octagon issues swirling around Jon Jones, UFC president Dana White is done dealing with him. read news >>

Dana White Has ‘Zero’ Regret Pulling Conor McGregor from UFC 200

  • 17 days ago
  • 23 views

With Jon Jones having to be pull out with just three days left from UFC 200, one might think Dana White may have some regret in choosing to pull Conor McGregor. read news >>

UFC 200 Embedded, Episode 5: Dana White Drops the Jon Jones Bomb on Daniel Cormier

  • 16 days ago
  • 26 views

On Episode 5 of UFC 200 Embedded, UFC president Dana White informs light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier that Jon Jones is out of the title fight. read news >>

Daniel Cormier vs Anderson Silva Announced for UFC 200: Latest Details, Reaction

  • 16 days ago
  • 2703 views

Anderson Silva will replace Jon Jones at UFC 200 on Saturday and fight Daniel Cormier in a non-title bout. Brazil's Globo reported the news Thursday (via FloSports' Jeremy Botter). TMZ confirmed the read news >>

VIDEO: Anderson Silva and Dana White Explain Making the Fight with Daniel Cormier

  • 16 days ago
  • 23 views

UFC president Dana White and Anderson Silva talk about how it came about that Silva is stepping in to fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 200. read news >>

UFC 200 Predictions: Odds and Picks for Cormier vs. Silva Card

  • 16 days ago
  • 112 views

Jon Jones' removal from the card will cast a big shadow over UFC 200, but the event still promises to be one of the biggest of the year. UFC announced late Wednesday night that Jones wouldn't be figh read news >>