White: Trainers don't make great fighters. Talented fighters make trainers

source: fuel.tv

Speaking with Ariel Helwani on tonight's special edition of UFC Tonight, White wasn't shy about his feelings about Greg Jackson, coach of Jon Jones amongst many other high level MMA athletes.

White stated: "This is my philosophy on trainers, too: You need a good trainer, a guy who's gonna be there for you, who can kind of keep you in line and keep you training and everything else. But trainers don't make fighters. Talented fighters make trainers, and that's a fact."

White went on to expand that Greg Jackson is first and foremost a business man, not a family member to these athletes: "The thing you have to understand about Greg Jackson, too, and I'll say it again, I said it before, this guy's a businessman. First and foremost, before anything, this guy is a businessman. He built a business. He is not your family. If you get hurt, he's not gonna pay your bills."

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GladiatorGannon site profile image  

9/6/12 4:53 PM by GladiatorGannon

I'm going to respectfully disagree. Below a certain threshold of coach/camp, these guys weren't going to be champions, nobody is.Especially back in GSP early days, if you didn't live near a program with good jiujitsu, it was like fighting with one foot in a bucket, massive technical advantage to your opponents. Think Royce during his early reign. This has evened out a lot as time goes on, but it's still a big factor. A lot fo things that look like god given talent are just years of good coaching and hard work coming to fruition.If you're not in a good camp, you can't even get competitive rolling and sparring.

john joe site profile image  

9/6/12 10:37 AM by john joe

that must have been unnerving for him - they walked up at him, screamed and walked away? That would scare me. some trainers get too much attention, a lot dont. Good coaching is exactly as much of an elite, rare skill as being a champion fighter, and coaching isnt attribute-based either, its a learned skill.

Jumbo Reverse Shrimp site profile image  

9/6/12 10:18 AM by Jumbo Reverse Shrimp

 Dana's projecting.

BUFFGEO site profile image  

9/6/12 10:14 AM by BUFFGEO

My list of "Stupidest shit to come out of Dana's mouth" is getting so long that im going to start shopping it as a novel soon

BUFFGEO site profile image  

9/6/12 10:11 AM by BUFFGEO

Spoeken like someone who has no freakin idea what goes on at the jackson camp. I know a LOT of jackson fighters personally and they all say he is a WIZARD behind the scenes. They wouldnt go to him if he wasntThe idea that you had to be a great competitor or champion to be a great coach is uneducated assumption. You probably think the world is flat too, dont you?I got news for you, most coaches and trainers... in EVERY SPORT... either didnt play at all or were mediocre at best when they did.and as to what has he accomplished, well... he created the greatest MMA team in the history of the sport to date and was voted coach of the year multiple times.

DanEzra site profile image  

9/5/12 3:48 PM by DanEzra

The UG News account isn't purported to be a writer. I'm not sure what you were going for here.

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9/5/12 2:31 PM by Thatsjustlikeyouropinionman


TBidness site profile image  

9/5/12 2:27 PM by TBidness

Pat Miletich.

ZzFDKzZ site profile image  

9/5/12 2:24 PM by ZzFDKzZ

He's 0-2 in mma. Or is that another Greg Jackson?

Brian J DSouza site profile image  

9/5/12 1:42 PM by Brian J DSouza

Guys like Jackson enjoy watching their fighters win. The amount of time he puts into his team isn't worth the small amount he gets back. Most gyms lose money in general, and working with low level prospects would get most trainers 10-15% (at most) of the few thousand dollars the UFC pays out, assuming that they were working for money.All fight promotions should be grateful that trainers exist who prepare fighters for them to use. Its not an easy job.