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)
"I don't have anything personal against him, but I look at things from the angle of fighting, and the guys I admired coming up were the Chuck Liddells of the world...the champs that fought anybody, and I see the people out of Greg Jackson's and it's a different approach. I don't think that approach is going to capture the imagination and trust of the fans."
--So says Cesar Gracie, the head trainer of top contenders and champions like the brothers Nick and Nate Diaz, Gilbert Melendez and Jake Shields, during an interview with Full Contact Fighter. When you train someone like Nate Diaz, who's even willing to go up in weight to fight guys like Rory MacDonald, it has to be perplexing to see Greg Jackson-trained fighters like Jon Jones turning down a major fight or Carlos Condit sitting out eight-plus months for a title unification bout. What do you think, Maniacs? Does Gracie have a point or is this just sour grapes?