He’s also been vocal and degrading in expressing his distaste for the New Mexico coach over the years. From blaming Jackson for fighters’ performances that were less than titillating to White to, more recently, calling Jackson a “sport killer” after his charge Jon Jones turned down a last minute replacement fight with Chael Sonnen at UFC 151, Uncle Dana routinely blasts Jackson.
Those days are over, though, according to White. After yesterday’s UFC on FX event White told assembled media that during a meeting with Jones prior to his title defense before UFC 152, President and Champion struck a deal wherein White would stop insulting Jackson and his camp.
“I sat down with Jon Jones and we talked, I made a deal with Jon,” White said. “I’m not going to say anything about Greg Jackson [anymore].”
“I think you guys know my opinion and how I feel. It hasn’t changed. I’m just not going to talk about Greg Jackson. It’s good news. I will keep my big mouth shut about Greg Jackson. That’s part of my deal with Jones,” he continued.
It took White a few seconds to break his deal with Jones, however. Jones admitted after his UFC 152 win over Vitor Belfort, a dominating win with the exception of when Belfort injured Jones with a tight arm bar in the opening seconds of the bout, that he had not been training Jiu Jitsu every day in training camp.
As much credit as Jones deserves for that honesty in admitting that he needed to train better and smarter in order to improve as a fighter, it was astounding to learn that his coach Jackson would create a camp for Jones that didn’t include at least once daily work in the base style of mixed martial arts, especially as he prepared to fight a BJJ black belt.
“I do think Jon Jones’ arm would be feeling a lot better right now if he didn’t listen to Greg Jackson and that’s all I’m going to say,” White said.
So, no more trash talking Jackson from Dana, starting…now?