If only Jon Jones was a Capulet and Rashad Evans a Montague could I finally admit that something I’ve learned in 7th grade English literature finally has relevance in the real world. Instead, I’ll front like Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca‘ plays an integral part in my life. That’s right Mr. Hatch, I learned nothing in your class and everyone knew that you downed martinis in the morning before you came into school. We could smell it on your breath. Granted, we’re not your dad, nor is Greg Jackson — so continue to get tanked before class. In fact, I encourage it.
Ben Fowlkes from MMAFighting spoke with Greg Jackson regarding the ‘Rashones Chronicles’ that we’ve so carefully followed since Jon Jones became the new UFC light heavyweight champion. Jackson states that not only does he ‘love Rashad to death’, but both fighters are ‘grown-ass men’ capable of making their own decisions.
“I love Rashad to death. I’m not sure why he’s angry at me. I guess I can see from a perspective, that isn’t really the way it is, why he’s angry, but I don’t have any animosity towards him. I’ve always tried to help him out. I was with him right after he won that reality show all the way to his world title. I’m not sure what it is.”
“The thing with Rashad is, he said he was okay with Jon coming on the team. I felt that Jon did the wrong thing by saying he would fight Rashad. But once they signed to fight, I’m staying out of it. I’m not choosing Rashad over Jon Jones or Jon Jones over Rashad; I’m staying out of the entire thing. Everybody signed on to [Jon] being on the team. It wasn’t like I brought him on with these evil intentions. I bring a lot of training partners on to the team who are in the same weight class. For instance, Donald Cerrone, Melvin Guillard, Clay Guida – all these guys are in the same division.”
“I’m not sure what it is. Maybe [it’s the situation], but Rashad is coming straight at me, [saying] ‘Greg Jackson did this and Greg Jackson did that.’ I’m the one that’s not choosing. I’m staying neutral. I’m not going to tell you you can’t fight. You’re both grown-ass men. I’m not the boss of either of you, and I’m not your dad.”
Props to Greg Jackson for using the the phrase ‘grown-ass men’. I think the last time we heard that was in every Will Smith movie that has been released since 1996. [Source]