Greg Jackson: TUF will make Jones tougher

source: sherdog

When Greg Jackson counselled Jon Jones to decline a fight with Chael Sonnen on eight days notice, UFC 151 was cancelled, and Jackson was widely denounced. In response, Jackson said that they would be happy to accept a fight with Sonnen, just not, given just three days of preparation (five days of weight cutting and media duties immediately preceeds a title fight).

Now Jones and Sonnen are going to fight on April 27, 2013, following a season as opposing coaches on the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter. In an appearance on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Cheap Seats” program Jackson offered his thoughts.

“Sonnen is a great fighter. I’ve been in the trenches against Sonnen several times and seen what he is capable of when he is on, and what he does well. I would never disrespect Sonnen by saying, ‘Jon will roll right over this guy. That’s a gimme fight.’ Those fights don’t exist. I’ve been a veteran of this sport for 20 years. I’ve done more corners than anybody, by far. I’ve seen examples of things that we should have 100-percent won -- just walked over people -- and it’s either a tough fight, or we lose.”

“Sonnen is a heavy pressure fighter. He gets inside your range really well. People like Rashad are amazing fighters, but they play on the outside and then hit these wicked, very fast shots. Sonnen is a guy who is left-handed, and he brings a different kind of style than what Jon has faced before, which is exciting for both myself and Jon. [Sonnen’s] grinding, in-your-face style can be nullified. There’s no doubt we can nullify it, but it is a little bit different than everybody thinks it is. Losing to Anderson Silva twice doesn’t mean that [Sonnen] is washed up or that he’s not effective as a fighter. He’s actually a very good fighter, and he deserves a lot of respect.”

“I always feel that everybody has a legitimate chance, because it’s MMA. It [may not be] very likely, but there is no such thing as 100 percent. You have to believe that, because you have to stay hungry. If you [think], ‘Well, I’m just going to beat this guy,’ that’s usually the time that you get beat yourself. My job is just to make sure that we can get those chances as much as we can into Jon’s favor."

“I certainly don’t think it would be a wise strategy to get Jon really mad, but that’s something [Sonnen will] have to decide for himself," said Jackson. "When you get into Jon’s face, that’s definitely when he performs the best, for sure. He's very articulate, and he gets right to the point. It’s just that trash-talking isn’t usually his thing, but Jon is going to be one of the greatest fighters ever. That’s my belief. He’s something special, and he’s going to be at the top of the heap.”

“One thing about Jon Jones is that he is incredibly mentally tough. I think he’s going to learn from it and grow from it. You never want to underestimate Jon, because he is so mentally strong and very smart. I think it’s just going to make him tougher, especially mentally, to have to deal with all the stuff that will come along with the show."

Read entire article...
Listen to entire interview...


tags: UFC   Greg Jackson. Jon Jones   Chael Sonnen (detail)  


Get the MMA Underground app. for iPhone and Andriod devices.
iPhone Application Andriod MMA Underground Application

Recent Comments »

Brian J DSouza site profile image  

10/17/12 8:18 PM by Brian J DSouza

I really wish Greg Jackson started giving his team business advice instead of just training them.Being paraded on the TUF-circus isn't going to do anything but distract and annoy Jon Jones.Was Sugar Ray Leonard on a reality show? How about Mike Tyson or Muhammad Ali?No. In their primes, they garnered popularity by FIGHTING.And believe me, Sugar Ray Leonard cancelled a lot of fights, especially when the money wasn't right.Jones is doing FX, Fox, the UFC and Zuffa a huge favor by appearing on TUF, so I hope he's being compensated for the headaches to come.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

10/17/12 4:00 PM by KingofBJJ

You are joking right? Republican politicians have been caught chasing male pages (teens working at the US Senate) around the office. Some have been caught in bathrooms coming on to other men. Still others were caught and forced to confess publically with their wife by their side that they have been having extra-marital affairs with men.So what Republicans are you referring to, because they don't exist in this country.

Hessian site profile image  

10/17/12 2:25 PM by Hessian

lolare ratings that bad?

Willin_But_Not_Chaeble site profile image  

10/17/12 2:17 PM by Willin_But_Not_Chaeble

Chael is a republican. He will not sleep in the same room as another man.

chaplinshouse site profile image  

10/17/12 2:09 PM by chaplinshouse


AK-BJJ site profile image  

10/17/12 12:46 PM by AK-BJJ

Mark my words... This will NOT turn out the way Jones wants it to. He probably thinks he'll clean up his image, but the more he talks, the more people dislike him. He's gonna think going into it that he's the good guy and Chael's the bad guy and be baffled by the reaction from viewers. He'll probably just think everybody's a hater because of his greatness, or just blame editing.

UGCTT_rkilla site profile image  

10/17/12 10:42 AM by UGCTT_rkilla

      My buddy and I were talking about this last night. One email stands out from our exchange: "I can't wait to hear the banter between the two. Chael (verbally) is going to make Jon look like a tongue-tied little boy who gets a verbal lashing from his father" IMO, that's the only fight against Jon Jones that I can see Chael winning. Once the octagon door closes... it'll be an entirely different story.

French Fries Malone site profile image  

10/17/12 10:36 AM by French Fries Malone

Tuffer IMO

Willin_But_Not_Chaeble site profile image  

10/17/12 10:36 AM by Willin_But_Not_Chaeble

Jones will be whimpering as a result of Chael's verbal torment. Jon will have a pouty face all season while he desperately tries to devise retorts to Chael's lightning quick wit. Jones will not be able to riposte the 3 months of insults as well as he does strikes in the octagon.

Arecsa site profile image  

10/17/12 10:36 AM by Arecsa

Jon isn't going to do anything. Greg and his guys will do all the coaching. Jon's job will be to not burst into tears after weeks of verbal berating from Chael.