Greg Jackson on fighter's biggest problem

 

Tatame sat down with Greg Jackson recently for a wide ranging interview.

Evelyn Rodrigues: Fighters usually have a preferences for a style of fighting. How do you expand the skill and technique of an athlete without changing their strengths?

Greg Jackson: That's a good question, and it is the hardest part. You must be able to build and improve the skills they already have, but also need to understand that they have weaknesses and make it a strength. So when I start working with a fighter, I try to identify what he wants to do, what are their strengths and weaknesses and is basically a process, and then we reached a point where I say, 'Okay, these are the techniques that I need you to work and that's what you need to avoid. '

ER: And the mental part? As part of this training?

GJ: We are supporters of the concept of suffering to win. So we train very hard and work the whole process of getting tired, dealing with fatigue, being in pain, etc., as if it were all normal. And then, what happens during the fight does not affect you mentally.

ER: What is the biggest problem presented by the athletes who will train at your gym?

GJ: I think the biggest problem for any fighter is not the fight itself, but what happens outside the cage, for example, when they are involved in a wrong relationship, or drugs, or fail to train, to engage. These are the biggest problems I've seen.

ER: What is essential for a fighter's early career? What he needs to have to be a good fighter?

GJ: A fighter who is starting his career has to be able to deal with disappointments - that's the most important thing. Many fights are canceled, your opponent may get injured, you can lose. If the fighter is able to deal with this disappointment, he can try to move on and eventually get closer to becoming a champion. All the great champions of this sport has ever had to deal with many disappointments.

Read entire interview... (original Portuguese)

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12/22/12 12:47 PM by Lord Kancho

Sanchez / GSP situation is when I decided he was a douche. That turned out to be just the beginning.

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12/22/12 12:45 PM by BUFFGEO

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12/22/12 12:41 PM by BUFFGEO

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12/20/12 10:15 AM by dchi07

Most of those fighters were already vets and good already, all the guys that actually made him known to the mma community have been pretty much cast aside for whoever he thinks has the best chance at winning.  Who has he actually trained from beginner to high level pro?  Diego, Rashad, Jardine and that's pretty much it.  A lot of those great fighters just came so they could have quality guys to work out with, not get lessons in gaidujitsu or whatever that bullshit martial arts system Greg came up with was called.

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12/20/12 12:34 AM by MrVivian

I have always like Greg, a lot of good fighters come from the Jackson/Winklejon camp. When you start listing off some of the current fighters or fighters past that have been through his camp, it's pretty incredible.Also, Diego did end up going back to Jacksons, so that always made me wonder if there is more to that story then what we know.

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12/19/12 7:28 PM by Ocean6

This Nick guy seems Furious. Probably a Diaz die-hard fan.

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12/19/12 5:35 PM by BUFFGEO

You have to remember that many times when shit doesnt make sense to you it may be because YOU dont know shit.... not Greg Jackson.

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12/19/12 5:33 PM by BUFFGEO

This is literally the stupidest list of bullshit Ive read on here in a long time

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12/19/12 5:18 PM by Dogman

LOL Nick you have your mind made up so beleive whatever you want. The guy is one of the best coaches, if not the best, out their whether you agree or not.

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12/19/12 2:44 PM by Nick Fury

"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. 'We're a family.' That's what he kept telling Rashad Evans and Jon, so they wouldn't fight, because 'we're a family.' I told Rashad and Jon, 'He's not your family. Greg Jackson is not your family member, okay? If things go bad for you, tomorrow, Brother Greg isn't gonna be there for you. Is he gonna pay your bills? Is he gonna take care of your family? Your real family? No, he's not.' And, you saw, when it came down to it, when push came to shove, who did Greg Jackson pick? He picked Jon Jones, the guy that he believed would beat Rashad. That's a fact. That's a business. He's a businessman." - DFW