News of the grrr. Rashad Evans leaves team Jackson
Amid the euphoria of Jon "Bones" Jones' virtuoso win over "Shogun" Rua at UFC 128, Coach Greg Jackson (World MMA awards' 2010 "Coach of the Year"), found out he'd have one less star on the team.
Rashad Evans, the #1 contender for the UFC Light Heavyweight belt, announced post fight, that he'd no longer be training with Jackson, who'd been his coach since 2005 (he joined following his winning Season 2 of TUF). He posted the following on his twitter account:
Jackson, who is widely considered one of the very best coaches in the mma landscape, has a who's-who of fighters in his camp. Big names such as: Carlos Condit, Nate Marquardt, Shane Carwin, Andre Arlovski, Clay Guida, not to mention the hottest young fighter in mma:, UFC LHW champ Jon "Bones" Jones.
"I decided 2 leave Greg because I felt like he didn't have my best interest anymore," (posted Sunday on Twitter) "Greg is not the same coach he use 2 b."
Having a long roster of top-tier fighters all training together provides a huge advantage over smaller training camps. The fighters can share their tips, and tricks, spar and roll together. To keep a sense of openness in the gym, Jackson's team-members had generally let it be known that they wouldn't fight each other, and this had presented some headaches to promoters, as the ultra-high level fighters sometimes occupy the same weight classes, and are often in contention for the same title(s).
Jones announced, prior to the Rua fight, that he would, in fact, fight Evans if the higher ups wished it so. Jackson stated that should they (Jones and Evans) be paired to fight, he'd step back, and not take 'sides', to avoid conflict. Jackson said, post fight, that Jones' victory was "bittersweet", because of the Jones/Evans dynamic. Apparently, he found out, at the fight, about Evans' leaving (during an interview with Ariel Halwani).
There are conflicting stories from Evans, Jackson (and everyone else in the world) about whether or not Evans expressed reservations, regarding Jones' inclusion in the camp, because of a likely future showdown. The int3rnets are afire with speculation. Grab your popcorn, and a beverage.
So, Bullies....is there a practical limit to how many top-level fighters can be at the same gym? Is there a point, where the match-up deficiency overrides the need for a billion amazing sparring partners? Could half-a-billion be enough?
Will they have an int3rnets flame war? (more likely, will they join in, on the one that's started amongst the proles?)
tawk amongst yerselves.