Details are beginning to emerge from the highly-publicized meeting between White and UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones that took place after the UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort weigh-ins on Sept. 21 in Toronto. White was tight-lipped about his conversation with Jones, but did reveal an agreement was reached where the UFC boss would not talk about the 25-year-old champion’s head coach.
“When I sat down with Jon Jones and we talked I made a deal with Jon – so I’m not going to say anything about Greg Jackson,” White told a group of reporters after the UFC on FUEL TV 5 post-fight press conference in Nottingham.
“I will keep my big mouth shut about Greg Jackson. That’s part of my deal with Jones.”
The meeting stemmed from the cancellation of UFC 151 in late August where White put the blame for the event being canceled on Jones and Jackson after the team declined a fight with former middleweight title contender Chael Sonnen on eight days notice.
Jackson reportedly told Jones taking the fight with Sonnen would be the biggest mistake of his career, which influenced Jones to turn down the fight, and in turn caused the UFC to cancel an event for the first time in history.
White has called Jackson a “sport killer” on numerous occasions and has been very, very vocal with his opinions of the Albuquerque-based trainer, saying Jackson is a businessman first and doesn’t truly care about the fighters.
Even though the UFC’s head honcho likely holds the same opinions as he did a week ago, White claims his deal with Jones will keep his negative comments about Jackson private from hereon out.
“I think you guys know my opinion and how I feel, it hasn’t changed,” said White. “I’m just not going to talk about Greg Jackson.”
It remains to be seen if White holds true to his agreement with Jones going forward. If the days of Jackson’s name coming from White’s mouth are truly over, the UFC president’s thoughts are well known. However, White couldn’t leave the topic of his agreement with Jones without giving a final thought and taking one last stab at the 37-year-old trainer.
“It’s not that I dislike the guy, I don’t dislike him at all,” White explained. “It’s just his philosophies and his business – not his philosophies, his business conflicts with my business, that’s the big problem.
“I do believe Jon Jones’ arm would be feeling a lot better right now if he didn’t listen to Greg Jackson,”
“That’s all I’m going to say, that’s the end of it.”