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Greg Jackson Translates ‘Check On Lyoto, Get Some Fans’ For the Rest of Us


(The faces of pure evil?? / Photo via UFC.com)

If you were looking for a reason — any reason at all — to hate on Jon Jones following his submission victory over Lyoto Machida at UFC 140, that post-fight video which showed trainer Greg Jackson yelling for Jon to “go check on Lyoto, get some fans” probably did the trick. It was a candid moment that called into question Jones and Jackson’s reputations for sportsmanship and Bushido-like respect. Was it all just an act to appear likable? Did they have any genuine concern for Machida’s health whatsoever?

Obviously, Greg Jackson is embarrassed by how he came off, and tried to explain his words in an interview with MMAJunkie:

I shouldn’t have spoken in that way, but that wasn’t my intention. It sounded bad, but moronic [expletive] comes out of my mouth sometimes. What I was saying was, ‘Go check on Lyoto,’ what I meant was to remember that you’re a public figure. There’s always attention on you and what you’re doing all the time, and there’s cage etiquette. There’s things you’re supposed to do, and going and checking on somebody is what you’re supposed to do. And now because I’m in military mode and in shorthand mode, I say, ‘Jon, go check on Lyoto and go get some fans,’ and what I should have said was, ‘You’re a public figure. There’s a way to conduct yourself.’ But instead, I shorthanded it.”

Okay. Not sure how “conduct yourself like a public figure” becomes “get some fans” in Jackson’s mental shorthand, but either way it’s good advice, especially when you’re fighting in front of a crowd that seems to hate you. The question is, why would Jones need to be reminded? Jackson has an answer for that too:

Jon is a really good guy. Everybody is just attacking his character because that’s what you have to attack when you can’t attack somebody’s fighting. It’s not that he was a bad guy. You just literally go crazy. None of these guys outside of the cage could understand that after the fight, you’re in the zone, man. It’s such an intense camp, especially for Jon, month after month, fight after fight.

Let’s take B.J. Penn for an example. He’s actually a really nice guy; he walks around licking blood off his gloves all the time. Chuck Liddell is one of the sweetest, nicest guys you’ll ever meet, but when he knocks you unconscious, he runs around screaming and pumping his arms. That’s not normal behavior. So my job with Jon is to remind him. When the referee said break, he broke, and then he was still there in that zone. I was like, ‘Now, it’s time to relax and calm down and check on the guy.’ I should have said, ‘Remember you’re a public figure.’ But like I say, ‘Go get some Donald Cerrone,’ I said, ‘Go get some fans.’”

Checking on your fallen opponent is one of the unwritten traditions of MMA, but when you’re in the midst of celebrating a major triumph, it might not always feel natural to get down off the cage, put on a concerned face, and pat the other guy on the shoulder as he’s waking up from his nap. It’s a ritual, and not always a sincere one. And fans don’t like to be reminded of that.

So here’s a hypothetical question. What if Jon Jones and Greg Jackson really didn’t care that Lyoto Machida was sitting on a stool with a deep gash in his forehead, foggy from being choked out, and emotionally devastated from the loss: Does that change the way you already felt about them?

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XENOPHON- December 14, 2011 at 8:42 am
@ArmFarmer.
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Hey I read that shit you wrote for me from a day or two ago.
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I really care less who reads my posts, but the question for you is do you honestly think anyone logs on to CP to read your posts???
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Tell you what fucko, I'll let you have one free Armbar Armfarmer. Bend over, lube up, and get ready for my arm fully extended - its called a straight-armed fist fuck.
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Fucking punk...
XENOPHON- December 14, 2011 at 8:36 am
@Sagiemonster52
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I like the Brock Lesnar way better, myself. Keeping it real, raw, unscripted and in the moment. Brock rocks.
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Jackson is fight trainer, not a publicist. There is the side of the sport that reeks of parasites. Hey Greg, go take a lesson from Freddie Roach.
fatbellyfrank- December 14, 2011 at 3:07 am
@ Buster hyman LOL dude farkin funny, and seriously, do we really care what jones is like outside the cage? Jones is like many modern athletes, he'll do the PR spout the cliches, kiss the babies and then.....maybe organise a dog fighting racket. I mean all he did was let the guy go, then his coach reminds him, "Fights over man, play the PR game", its not like he went on a rampage through residential streets in an SUV or something
CauliflowerBeer- December 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm
^^^??wtf! duh...he didn't look that decent at the end of the fight He had a huge gash and was choked unconscious... that is... DESTROYED!!!
CauliflowerBeer- December 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm
^^^??wtf^^^He had a huge gash and was choked unconscious... that is... DESTROYED
Casa de los pantelones- December 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm
Slicing elbow shots should be banned. They do nothing but cut fighters and cause unnecessary layoffs from fighting.

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Jones did not destroy machida, whichever toolbox said that. Machida was looking decent and jones was looking worried.
djp1988- December 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm
I believe everyone is confusing Greg Jackson with Elmer Fudd.
maazhii- December 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm
No it went this
jon, jon, JON, JON JONES JON JONES
.....go check out machida get some gay fans...
Kimbos Bread- December 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm
Jon, Jon, JON, JON JONES, JON JONES....
...go check on the fries
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Win some fans, check the fries
intercept440- December 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm
JACKSON " you know when i said go get go check on lyoto , and get some fans ? uhmm.. yeah i was reminding jon not to teabag lyoto after some vicous CQC like he always does uriah when they play call of duty, uhh.. and go get soem fans was like hey man we got sluts waiting , hurry this shit up !!"
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i at least would have believed that one
siqfastls1- December 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm
Mir didn't check on Nog, why doesn't anyone give him shit for it???
Rashad is so well spoken aint he- December 13, 2011 at 12:38 pm
^^funny.


Yeah, just give him a dirty Sanchez and be done with him. Brazil is almost Mexico, right,...right.
Buster Hyman- December 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm
if i was greg jackson i wouldve handed bones a marker and said "go draw a dick on his forehead before he wakes up" then told the media what i really said was that other bullshit about public ball sacks or whatever
Shifty-Eyed Dog- December 13, 2011 at 11:09 am
His rephrasing doesnt sound any better. It says the exact same thing.

Worst attempt at damage control ever.
ArmFarmer- December 13, 2011 at 11:03 am
Honestly, it was probably better that he dropped him. What's going to look more slick in advertisements and highlights? Gently laying an unconcious asian dude on the ground, or dropping a limp lifeless body face first as you casual turn away looking like a badass? It makes him more interesting, because either a. you think it was extra brutal and exciting and you want to see more domination, or b. you think it was extra brutal and a dick move and want to see him get stomped out by the next challenger. Either way, you want to see the guy fight again.
ArmFarmer- December 13, 2011 at 11:01 am
I don't see anything wrong with anything that was done, or anything that was said. Jones dropping machida was a slightly dick move, but that's the extenet of it. Really, who cares about any of this.
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TheWarsawExpress- December 13, 2011 at 10:17 am
It is all a show anyway. JJ does come across as insincere in interviews, but whatever. Is he more or less of a Douche than, say, Tito Ortiz? Of course, we got to see Tito get his ass beat so now we are all happy with the situation. Nothing is better than seeing someone you hate get their ass beat.

Brock is sort of an out of control gorilla. I don't see anything acceptable about beating a person senseless in the ring then threatening them again just seconds later. People were hating on Brock big time for that stunt. Then he lost and all the haters got their nuts off and were happy again.

Anyway, one day, possibly a long long time from now (but less than 5 years from now) Jon Jones will suffer a defeat. One thing is for certian, the man who will bring down Jon Jones is out there...somewheres.
Me likey- December 13, 2011 at 10:11 am
@Rashad is so well spoken
(To say post fight everyone kiss and make up, do the same robotic ritual of hyping your opponent regardless of how you feel, or to not be yourself is disingenous and I will have nothing of it. I would just hope, in the name of sportsmanship, if you have nothing good to say, then don’t say anything on the subject. No need to fake it.)
isn't that exactly what jones did? fake it? he has to be told to go check on him to get fans. if he doesn't want to check on him then fine. but don't try to put on a different persona than what you actually have.
italia furia- December 13, 2011 at 9:53 am
SocraticMethod Says:
Tue, 12/13/11 - 08:00



Seriously, who cares? Jesus. MMA “fans” are like a bunch of women sitting around Starbucks bitching about the younger, hotter girls in their pilates class.

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don't even have to read any more comments...this is it, right here.
Rashad is so well spoken aint he- December 13, 2011 at 9:49 am
For 12 years of my life I never missed a game. On TV or in the rink, I was there. Football took a distant second. My sons first name is Hatcher. Then the lockout, changes to the game and, eh. Never catch one now. Football is a distant second to MMA. If he did not like fighting, I sure saw him pick a lot of them. Just destroyed people.
Rashad is so well spoken aint he- December 13, 2011 at 9:46 am
Sportsmanship also includes not showing up your opponent. Brock got into a bloody Mir's face after mauling him, Tito acts like hes dragging his opponent into a grave, BJ licks the blood off his gloves,... You can't have it one way and criticize the others. Sportsmanship is showing respect to your opponent before an event as well but that flies in the face of fight hype. Please spare me. You can not compare organized fighting to any other sport. It's ok to shake hands and say good fight, but to say you have to respect or appreciate the other guy is BS. The other guy is trying to smash you. There are people in this world who would walk across the street to pee on you if you were on fire and there are people who would only walk across the street to pee on you if you weren't on fire. To say post fight everyone kiss and make up, do the same robotic ritual of hyping your opponent regardless of how you feel, or to not be yourself is disingenous and I will have nothing of it. I would just hope, in the name of sportsmanship, if you have nothing good to say, then don't say anything on the subject. No need to fake it. BTW, I think Jon is a respectful young man who is trying tobe a good guy and who the fans poop on b/c he is leaving all who opposes him in a heap of a bloody mess.
bitteralex- December 13, 2011 at 9:43 am
holy crap.... did an American actually just reference hockey??! oh and by the way George laraque never fought for fun... he's actually said on many occasions that he doesn't like fighting... he used to get nervous before every game if he knew he had to go out there and fight...
SnackDaddy- December 13, 2011 at 9:34 am
Well allow me to disagree. Sportsmanship and etiquette should be part of all sports. Not checking on your downed opponent just makes you look like a giant douche. Part of what make this sport so amazing is, the ability to hug it out and appreciate the other guys performance who's just tried knocking your head off. It's very humbling to say the least. But John Jones is still too young for where he's gotten and you can forgive him for that.
Rashad is so well spoken aint he- December 13, 2011 at 9:23 am
Ok, enough. Seriously, your whining about Jones checking on Machida? Isn't this the fight game? Let's see: some of you are calling for my man Hendo to show this kid some ettiquite. LOL. Wasn't it a year or so a go that hendo shooed all of the tweety birds from circling that douche Bispings head only to summons in the Buzzards with a thunderbolt to an unconscious fag's face? Yeah, ettiquite. (Not a spelling bee champ here so save it)

After a couple of months of mentally and physically preparing for a fight where your tilte may or may not leave with you, I cut the kid some slack if his mind is not on Machida's health post fight. It was a tough fight where even his fans were stressed for him and they had nothing to lose. So what if he dropped Machida on his grill to lie in the urine Machida just vomited. So Fng What? This is the fight game. This isn't boxing where you can take 300 punches to the face and still be coherent to accept the decision at the end and rush off to take in the photo shoot of you with pillows hanging around your neck. This isn't football where you are padded to the hilt but still better not hit someone too hard or some old bastard dressed in a slimming striped shirt with penalize you and some other stiff will fine you for not hitting them with the purse they mandated you hit people with. Hell, even Hockey is not the same as it was 7 years ago when Derrian Hatcher and Georges Laraque were knocking peoples teeth out for fun. This is the fight game. And don't you liberal douches go fighting for the pussificaiton of it.

I want to see it end emphatically. I want there to be hard feelings. Pat Berry and Cro Cop fight is a liberal way to fight. You fight, and it's not over until you are never going to face the other guy again. Grab assing is for baseball. Hugging during a game is for basketball. Telling someone that your going to get his wife to make you a steak and then punching his face in,...That is a sport I want to elect for president of the United States! So Go F Yourself San Diego!
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