LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30: Mixed martial arts trainer Greg Jackson holds the Coach of the Year award at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
"Well, Georges is -- he's so smart, and is an incredibly attentive person. He really pays attention to whatever he's supposed to do for his rehab. He approaches it very scientifically, and Firas Zahabi and everybody up there at Tri-Star, they make sure that he does the right things to eat healthy. If he ends up fighting Carlos, I will be stepping out. I won't be cornering either person, and I'll be enjoying a hamburger somewhere when it happens."
Live and learn, right? That's what Jackson's MMA trainer to the stars, Greg Jackson, will be trying to do when and if Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre ends up defending his belt against interim champion, Carlos Condit, according to a recent interview he did with HDNet's "Inside MMA." Jackson has worked with both fighters, and generally can be seen working the corner when either fighter is in the Octagon. Ostensibly having learned the hard way about picking sides among fighters (see: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans), Jackson will be bowing out of this one, in the hope that he will be able to stay allied to both St. Pierre and Condit. At this point, the fight is not even officially scheduled, due to the ongoing rehabilitation which St. Pierre is undergoing for his injured knee. If it comes to fruition, the only preferential treatment Jackson will be showing will be to the nearest slab of ground beef! That's what he says now, at least. Do you believe him?