Jackson: Three days notice not reasonable

by Luke Thomas | source: mmafighting.com

"I guess the opponents really don't really matter to me because I consider we have to fight everyone as long as we do it in a way that's reasonable," Jackson said.

There was, notably, one caveat to his position, namely, that he can't recommend to his fighters - particularly UFC title holders - that they accept a bout on any specific time frame. In Jackson's word, the offer to fight has to have a 'reasonable' time line. "Fighting somebody on three days' notice is not reasonable to me," he argued. "Three weeks, four weeks, that's pushing reasonable, but it can be done."

"As long as it's reasonable, the opponent doesn't matter too too much. We don't really have a No. 1 contendership position. We kind of have a vague sense of it. It's kind of hard for me to say 'yay' or 'nay' on that stuff. Again, the UFC is very good at matchmaking. That's one of the things they do incredibly well.

"As long as there's a reasonable amount of time in a professional sport for the biggest title in the world besides the heavyweight title," Jackson said. For the famed MMA coach, it's not about being afraid of challenges or thinking one fighter might have the champ's number. Instead, it's about making sure the preparation has been done to turn in an effort commensurate with a champion's skills in a bout of huge stakes. "It's a huge title and a huge sport," said Jackson. "We just want to come at it professionally."

" [It has] nothing to do with Chael at all," said Jackson. "There's nobody else who really fights exactly like Dan Henderson. If it was closer, maybe it would be be more of an option, but none of the 205-pound fighters are like him. They're all dangerous and they're all good."

"To not respect them enough and to not take them serious like 'Ok, we'll fight whoever on three days' - I mean, that's a very admirable samurai warrior spirit and that's cool and you'll fight anybody - but the other part of being a samurai and a warrior and stuff is intelligent fighting and making sure you're going to give yourself the best chance at winning."

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epic hero site profile image  

8/28/12 5:52 PM by epic hero

Tired of hearing the excuses...the bottom line is their guy had a full training camp and did not fight when he was fully capable of doing so. Guys like Michael Jordan had to overcome impossible odds, yet Jones wouldn't fight when he had every advantage in his favor.

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8/28/12 5:41 PM by clown makeup

 There is a very early quote from the day of the announcement, perhaps his very first comment, wherein he says "...I/we were not told it would be cancelled, if we had known we would have reassessed/recondsidered..." key points he had he known he would re-think it. It's either via video inteview or buried somewhere, 22nd, because on the 23rd he's he changed his tune in all following interviews that he would hold his position. But at that instance he would have "reassessed/reconsidered", which of course tells one that this 8-3 day excuse is just that. I don't think Jon is to blame, it's Jackson and Dana. No doubt Jon would have taken the fight in a heart then Jackson in his infinite wisdom took to mystical chantings and said don't. Where Dana comes in is his insulting Jon immediately thereafter, which prickled him (Jon) to the point where he agreed not to. Odds are had Dana not fired his load at that time, Jon would have insisted he take the fight to his coach. Nevertheless where do the adjectivesused  to describe Jon feature now? The most natural, athletic, intelligent, one of a kind, wunderkind fighter of the centuary who suddenly cannot be told on how to change his stance, keep a certain distance, watch out for this be prepared for that....etc, instead needs days, weeks on end to drill that into his brain? Does not seem correct. At all. Perhaps someone can compile some quotes from the best and out there i.e. I do believe Fedor has never watched tape on an opponent, Alistair I also do believe said quite recently neither does he, any others off-hand? This cute cluster of contradictions is just that cute. Best natural most athletic intelligent fighter we have every seen...but cannot fight two of the same when one is a SP. From Fighting for Money only to, well the belt and title is to be respected and we need to insure our fighter is afforded the best training in order to defend this incredibly prestigious belt. From Sonnen is a low tier bum, gate keeper, filler, never will can has won a fight to, well he really is dangerous and he's so different from other wrestlers and he should not be taken lightly ....etc.etc.etc. Sum total does not add up. Sorry :-( In Jon / Jackson's favor.

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8/28/12 5:29 PM by cheesesteak

correct that means Chael had negative 2 months of training. When are you going to face the fact that you pussied out Jon?

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8/28/12 5:25 PM by Zombie Flanders

Hey Greg, you look like a penis.

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8/28/12 5:18 PM by player101

To add to this, I think taking the Vitor fight is much more dangerous even with the added preparation time. Chael's only shot at beating jones was a grinding five round fight. Jones has not let anyone take him down let alone lay and pray him. Vitor on the other hand has a lot of tools, namely an awesome set of hands that can knock anyone out. If Jones makes 1 mistake with Vitor it will be lights out.

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8/28/12 5:02 PM by Gatorade


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8/28/12 4:59 PM by UGCTT_LastCall

Fuck that noise. Professional fighters should ALREADY know how to fight.Coaches should be able to make adjustments DURING a fight, not for the 4wks leading up to it.Jones could have fought Sonnen Sept. 1 with ease (not to be confused with 'easy fight').Jackson is the one that couldn't be ready for that fight in a week.

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8/28/12 4:57 PM by notsobigmike

I understand where Jackson is coming from, in principle, but I still feel it was the wrong move.Waiting to fight Vitor, Jones is still taking a no-upside fight with even more potential pitfalls than the Chael fight, only now he's pissed everyone off and alienated even more fans.Not saying I don't see the logic in it, but I feel like he lost a LOT more than he gained.

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8/28/12 4:15 PM by yomamafool

Athlete in a martial art competition is not the same as being a fighter

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8/28/12 4:12 PM by Warzone209

  NFL = Team Sport where players are injured and replaced year round   UFC = 1v1 combat how are they remotely the same situation. P.S. what does Greg Jacksons know how of 2 subpar rasslers compared to chael help JBJ?