With the exception of dueling nipple tweaks, don't expect to see much of Greg Jackson at the main event of UFC 137, when Georges St. Pierre defends his 170-pound strap against new division number one contender Carlos Condit.
Simply put: He won't be training or cornering either fighter as they prepare for their upcoming pay-per-view title fight on October 29 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Teammate protocols are pretty clear in this situation so everybody knows what happening," Jackson told MMA Fighting. "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 ... We knew this would be coming -- it will probably be coming again -- but this time we are very well prepared ... 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."
Condit became a late replacement for Nick Diaz, who got the hook from UFC President Dana White after no-showing consecutive UFC 137 pre-fight press conferences.
The promotion has yet to make any concrete decisions regarding the future of Diaz, who surrendered the Strikeforce welterweight championship to sign a multi-fight contract just last month.
While Jackson is taking a hands-off approach to the re-worked main event, it shouldn't serve as a major disruption for either fighter. St. Pierre is based out of the Tri Star Gym in Montreal while Condit resides at Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Any Maniacs think this policy hurts Condit more than it does GSP? Or does it not matter this close to the event? What's your take on Jackson's decision?