Jackson: Success breeds criticism

by Steven Marraco | source: mmajunkie.com

"Of course, I want to do better, but I don't go back to every single little fight continuously and say, 'We did this here, and we didn't do this,'" Jackson told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "It's more of an overall sense of it."

"I want to do better when we have stellar years," he said. "There's never a year when it's like, 'Man, we nailed it.' Because I would be bored if we did."

Jackson notes that because his fighters are competing at a higher level – dozens of them have fought or currently fight in the UFC – they're also fighting tougher competition, and that means more potential for decisions.

Still, he said he's always trying to evaluate what's working and what isn't when his students fight.

"You constantly have to be aware of, 'Are we going through a slump? What do we need to do to reinvigorate ourselves? Are we getting too cocky? Are we getting complacent?'" he said. "It's a constant process, and it takes place almost every month."

"I think it's been popular (to bash Jackson-Winkeljohn) for the past five years, and I think that comes with success," he said. "I think if you have a lot of success, there are going to be people that don't like what you do.

"People don't have to agree with my decisions either, but they are not in my position. They don't have to deal with things I deal with. They can disagree with what I say, but I believe in our team.

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rbl site profile image  

1/8/13 9:12 PM by rbl

No, really. "In MMA, you try to be technical, watch out"I've never see anyone complain that a sub was too complex or a kick KO was too fancy. Don't conflate technicality with a style the crowd don't enjoy. Not committing to finishing techniques is complete understandable given the risks involved but it isn't something people have to enjoy watching.

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1/8/13 3:56 PM by Proteus The Invincible

A fighter can be phenomenally technical without turning a fight into a point scoring contest. It's not about technique, it's about the will to finish.

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1/8/13 3:55 PM by nick diaz nut hugger

I heard GSP only has one fight left on his training contract with Greg Jackson. Do you guys think he'll re-sign with Jackson or work exclusively at Tristar?

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1/8/13 3:52 PM by Wasa-B

1) not really2) who cares?

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1/8/13 3:51 PM by Wasa-B

Holy different planets.

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1/8/13 3:26 PM by MR Combatively

Wasa-B well said!MR. Combatively

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1/8/13 4:22 AM by rbl

Subs and KO strikes don't involve technique? Setting up a finish doesn't involve strategy? You make it sound like finishing a fight is somehow cheap or sloppy.

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1/8/13 3:23 AM by Smellde Gluve

I like Greg Jackson and I'm a fan of GSP.  

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1/8/13 3:03 AM by random_muppett

Is your '.' button broken?