Coach details Greg Jackson removal from corner

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Saturday night, Greg Jackson saw his fighter Jon Jones lose the first round vs. Alexander Gustafsson, and before the start of the second, Jackson was removed from the corner by the Ontario Athletic Commission.

Commission rep: “What’s your name, man?”

Jackson: “Jackson.”

Commission rep: “Jackson? You’re not on the list, you can’t be in the corner.”

Ontario AC rules stipulate that only three people max are allowed to work a corner, and although Jackson believed he had an arrangement where four was acceptable, the head coach had to go.

Gym co-owner Mike Winklejohn was recently interviewed by CagoPotato’s Elias Cepeda, and discussed what happened and why.

“Normally for title fights a fighter gets four cornermen except for in Ontario where they have always just allowed three for some reason,” said Winkeljohn. ”Heading into the fight, though, we were told that we had gotten permission to have four corners for Jon. We were all allowed to walk out and get in the corner with him and stayed there during the first round, but heading into the second round I could hear a commission inspector talking to Greg.

“I was trying to focus on the fight, on Jon, because it was a stand-up fight and I’m constantly speaking to him in code so it’s important not to have that communication disrupted. After the round, I find out that Greg was told to leave. We had permission from someone back there, but a different person — the inspector — for some reason didn’t let us. He was just doing his job as he thought he should, and you can’t blame him.

“Luckily, it didn’t affect the fight too much, but it could have. What Greg and I usually do anyway is, if it’s a stand up fight, I go in the cage in between rounds and if it’s a grappling one he goes in. So, Jon didn’t even notice in between rounds because he expected to see me in there with him, because the fight was happening on the feet for the most part. When Greg goes in the cage he has a calming effect on fighters so he does that and then I give some tactical advice. It could have ended up a lot worse. Greg was able to send over his thoughts and coaching to the other coaches from where he was sitting. It could have been worse but we don’t want it to happen again.”

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