After months of speculation and denial, Greg Jackson will corner Jon Jones in his match against Rashad Evans at UFC 145, after all. Following Jones’ win at UFC 128, Jackson vowed he would not train or corner Jones for his matchup with Evans (if they were to be matched up against one another), due to being the head trainer for both over the two years prior.
However, Jones confirmed on Twitter that he will indeed have his head trainer in his corner for his championship fight against Evans at UFC 145 in Atlanta, Georgia on April 21st.
Animosity began once Jones admitted he would be open to fighting (teammate at the time) Evans, if it was desired by UFC brass. Evans took offense to this, maintaining that teammates should not fight each other. This came to the forefront once Jones replaced Evans following Jones’ win at UFC 126. Evans sustained an injury, forcing him to withdraw from his scheduled championship fight against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128. Jones went on to win the light heavyweight title against Rua.
This seemingly forced Greg Jackson’s hand, who was stuck in the middle of two fighters whom he both groomed into UFC champions. Following Jones’ win, Jackson repeatedly stated he would not train or corner Jones once a matchup with Evans was announced.
Evans eventually left Jackson’s MMA, choosing to instead train at Imperial Athletics in Boca Raton, Florida.
But this was all nearly a year ago, and Jackson has since changed his stance. Now he confirms that he will train Jones for the matchup in two months, along with cornering the champion during the fight at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
This was the beginning of a great news weekend for Jones, who was named the honorary race official of this weekend’s Daytona 500 in Daytona, Florida on Sunday.
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