One thing you can definitely say about Greg Jackson-trained fighters, is that they are loyal to their head trainer.
The oft-criticized leader of the Jackson-Winkeljohn gym in New Mexico has been the target to plenty of criticism from the mixed martial arts (MMA) community. From being called a "sport killer" to claims that he instructs his fighters to play it safe inside the cage, Jackson, has heard it all.
It's rather odd, really, seeing as how the famed gym has produced numerous champions in various organizations and countless "Fight Night" Bonuses awards inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Now, another one of Greg's pupils, UFC featherweight Cub Swanson, has come to his defense, saying the shots his gym takes are ‘unfair' and cites a fight in his World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) days in which Jackson encouraged him to look for the finish.
Despite having a broken hand.
Check out his tale to Full Contact Fighter, after the jump:
"It seems like people sometimes take unfair shots at us and our gym. All it does is piss us off. It seems like all the talking that's done takes place outside the gym. When we're here we just train. I've been here over three years and he's (Jackson) never ever told me to cruise it. He's never said to try and last. It's always been about finishing fights, train harder and push it. He's never said to play it safe. This is a guy, that when I was in the WEC, I broke my hand a week before the fight, and he asked ‘do you want to fight?' When I said ‘yeah', he said ‘alright, let's do it. (He) didn't try to talk me out of it. He supported me 100 percent. He told me that if I didn't throw that broken hand right away that he would be pissed at me; that he wanted me to go after the guy right away. He didn't want me going in there fighting dumb, scared and injured. That's the kind of guy he is; so for people to say he's the type of person to say play it safe, is bull. He's a fight coach, and when it comes down to it, he wants us to fight. He wants us to finish."
In his last five victories, Swanson has been the recipient of three "Fight of the Night" awards and one "Knockout of the Night" honor, which came in his latest outing, knocking out Ross Pearson in the second round at : "Maynard vs. Guida" this past June.
The proof is truly in the pudding.
Swanson will look to entertain fans once again as he takes on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) black belt Charles Oliveira this weekend (Sept. 22, 2012) at UFC 152 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and perhaps lock up another "Fight Night" bonus, in the process.
Perhaps the ‘stink' from last year's Carlos Condit vs. Nick Diaz UFC 143 title fight will always be lingering, following the trainer and the gym around, refusing to go away and no aerosol can, or in this case, no good performance(s), can chase it away.