An interesting turn of events as the removal of Nick Diaz from the main event at UFC 137 ends with Jackson’s MMA once again having team-mate vs team-mate, as both Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit are students of the acclaimed trainer.
Ariel Helwani: Greg, two of your star fighters are going to fight each other in October. What will do you?
Greg Jackson: Teammate protocols are pretty clear in this situation so everybody knows what happening. I step out, the other coaches — John [Danaher], Phil [Nurse] and Firas [Zahabi] — will take care of GSP and probably [Mike] Winkeljohn and some of the other guys here will take care of Carlos. But I step out of it, so I won’t be cornering either guy. They’ll fight each other. Those are the new teammate protocols. We knew this would be coming — it will probably be coming again –but this time we are very well prepared.
AH: Are you disappointed that they have to fight each other?
GJ: Nah, I mean, I don’t like it. They are two of my friends. Me and Georges, I mean, I love that man to death. And Carlos has been, since he came back to the gym, has been on a destruction streak. So they both have to eat, they have to make money. I really love training, working with my guys. There’s two of my favorites that I don’t get to work with this time, so that’s kind of a bummer. But I don’t care about the money; I don’t care about the fame; I don’t care about any of that stuff. They’ve got to make a living, but I can’t look across the cage at one of my guys. I just can’t do it