There is no arguing that UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones’ title bout at UFC 165 with Alexander Gustafsson was the toughest of his career. Gustafsson did things to Jones that no one has done in the past, and although it was nerve wrecking for his head coach Greg Jackson to watch, Jackson says it was good that he and the fans got to see it. In a recent interview, Jackson spoke about the bout and what he saw at UFC 165. Jackson also spoke a little about why the commission in Toronto forced him to leave Jones’ corner during the fight.
Jackson told Sherdog:
“For me, it was his best performance because you got to see that he’s got a great jaw on him. You got to see that he’s just tough. He’s just super tough. He just keeps getting in there and keeps pushing and keeps fighting. I was really impressed with Jon. As much as I was impressed with Alex, I was even more impressed with Jon because he just kept coming and just kept coming and was ultimately able to win it. For me, that’s what you’re looking for. You’ve got to be skilled and technical, but you also have to be just mean about it, just get in a dogfight and win it, and he did that.
The commission had everybody except my name down. Some miscommunication, I guess, on the corner sheet thing, and so yeah, I got booted out of the corner. … It was fine. The other coaches are better than I am anyway. It worked out.”
“It was nerve wracking. It was a very good fight, very close. You’ve got to give a ton of credit to Gustafsson for really pushing the pace and getting Jon out of his comfort zone, and you’ve got to give credit to Jon for overcoming that and ultimately remaining the champion. It was a lot of fun to watch. However, because I was kind of out of the corner, it was very frustrating because I couldn’t get in there and say the things I wanted to say. It was a mixed bag of emotions.”
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