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"Fighters get into this place when they're fighting -- Jon choked him out but he was in this zone, so I said to Jon, 'Go check on Machida and get yourself some fans,' which was a dumb thing to say. What I was trying to convey to him was, you're a professional athlete and there's ring decorum, and I should have said 'Remember the fans because everyone is watching what you do.' I misspoke. 'Go check on him and the fans will appreciate it' was what I meant, but I'm a bonehead sometimes and it came out wrong, which wasn't my intention at all. I wasn't trying to manipulate Jon."
-- That's his story and he's sticking to it. Famed mixed martial arts trainer Greg Jackson explains to MMAFighting.com what he really meant when he was overheard telling his star pupil, Jon Jones, to check on a choked out Lyoto Machida just to "get some fans." The soundbyte was picked up by UFC.tv and it wasn't long before fans were outraged and making their voices heard. Jones defended his light heavyweight title against "The Dragon" at UFC 140 this past weekend (Sat., Dec. 10, 2011) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, submitting the Brazilian with a standing guillotine in the second round. Instead of gently letting him down, Jones released the hold so Machida could fall to the mat like a sack of potatoes, which he did. "Bones" did check on his opponent but it was only after Jackson was heard urging him to do so. Then again, who's to say Jones wouldn't have done it himself anyway? Either way, Jackson wants to assure you that it was not his intention to manipulate his fighter and he's just a bonehead sometimes. Do you accept his apology and subsequent explanation?