Carlos Condit says he 'missed' not having his usual head trainer, Greg Jackson, in his camp (and his ear) ahead of his title unification bout against Georges St. Pierre this weekend at UFC 154. Will it turn out to be a difference-maker this Saturday night in Montreal?
When Carlos Condit defeated Nick Diaz at UFC 143 earlier this year to earn his shot at facing welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre, one of the questions that quickly arose was, "Which corner would trainer Greg Jackson choose?"
Sure, St. Pierre's true home and training roots are with Firas Zahabi over at Tri-Star Gym in Canada; however, "Rush" has often migrated down south to New Mexico to learn a few tips from Jackson in the past throughout his 170-pound championship reign.
Condit, on the other hand, has been a part of Jackson-Winklejohn Mixed Martial Arts for the majority of his career in Albuquerque, so one would assume coach Jackson would reluctantly side with "The Natural Born Killer." Not wanting to cause another Rashad Evans vs. Jon Jones fiasco, Jackson bowed out of the fight altogether and chose to stay neutral, allowing other coaches to take the helm of each welterweights game planning and preparations.
"It was definitely a change. Greg has been a huge part of my camp the last couple of fights. He was missed. I had to bring in 2-3 guys to take the place of Greg because all of his expertise in training fighters. It'll be nice next time around to have him back."
No fret, Condit has been in good hands during this training camp, which was lead by Mike Winkeljohn, the man responsible for sharpening the striking of many elite fighters and the other half of the famed New Mexico gym.
Regardless, Jackson's absence was felt by Condit in preparation for the biggest fight of his career to date. And once the dust settles in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, win lose or draw, having Jackson in his corner for his next bout and moving forward, will be a welcome site.
Anyone think the absence of Jackson will play an important factor for either men come fight night? Or will it affect Condit more-so than St. Pierre? Or, not at all?