Though it may be with a heavy heart, it appears renowned coach Greg Jackson will indeed be in the corner of light heavyweight champion Jon Jones when “Bones” faces Rashad Evans. Previously Jackson had stated he would only assist Jones with training for the April bout rather than work the fight from cage-side based on his past professional relationship with Evans.
Jones confirmed Jackson’s decision on Twitter over the weekend, adding he felt, “Fortunate to have him.”
As recently as last week Jones had stated he didn’t believe his longtime coach would be in his corner at UFC 145. However, Evans came forward in the same press conference to say he hadn’t spoken to Jackson in a year.
The April 21 bout will mark the culmination of a conflict dating to comments Jones made regarding his willingness to face then teammate Evans if required to do so by the UFC. While the words did not necessarily upset Evans, Jones’ lack of accountability on the topic rubbed him the wrong way and resulted in Evans departure from Jackson’s gym in New Mexico. The two have exchanged verbal barbs numerous times since with Evans even calling into question Jackson’s role in the matter, having originally been opposed to his mentor’s interest in bringing Jones on board based on the probability of an eventual fight between the two.
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