Top mixed martial arts (MMA) trainer Greg Jackson, who saw one of his biggest stars walk away from his famed gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico, understands that moving forward, teammates may eventually fight teammates.
But he doesn't have to be a part of it.
By "stepping out of it," he can help prevent a major internal rift, like the one that forced Rashad Evans to skip town after a young phenom named Jon Jones was being groomed to take over the UFC's light heavyweight division -- right in the midst of "Suga's" title run.
Evans will have a chance to exact revenge on his former friend and teammate at UFC 145 this Saturday night (April 21, 2012) at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. That's where Jackson will corner "Bones," but as he explains to Kimura.se, there are new protocols in place for future fights, including the potential title unification bout between Georges St. Pierre and Carlos Condit later this year.
"Me and Georges are still tight. It's always been that way he always lived in Montreal, he's always traveled around. I think people are probing for weaknesses now, anything they can get, but that's business as usual for Georges. He's a great guy. Two of my champions are fighting each other and I just step out of it. Let the other coaches get a lot of credit so we have all these protocols now after this situation. Now I step out and those guys will have a lot of fun and I'll be eating a cheeseburger somewhere. Everything's cool, Georges is great and we're the same tight team we've always been. I'm not gonna help either of them against each other."
Hear more from Jackson on UFC 145 and "St. Pierre vs. Condit" after the jump.