When the Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans fight was made, Greg Jackson hinted that he might sit the fight out and watch it from the sidelines. This was because of his long relationship with Evans, who left the camp after Jones became part of Team Jackson. Despite Jackson's statements, I always believed he'd be in Jones's corner for the fight, and now he says that he will indeed corner the UFC LHW champion, but that it won't be fun.
Jackson explained his decision to corner Jones on The MMA Hour, where he said:
"I felt I had kind of a duty to the team.What I mean by that is Jon Jones is on the team, Rashad has left the team and has made it pretty clear he’s not coming back. My personal feeling, if I wanted to be a little selfish, I would say, 'I don’t want to deal with any of it. I don’t want to be there at all.' But it has to mean something to be on a team. It has to mean something, and I felt I had a duty to do that, because Jon’s on the team, so it’s my responsibility to corner him. Even though it’s a really hard decision, I decided to go with it."
He went on to say that cornering Jones against a guy he "loves" is a tough thing to do:
"It’s not fun," he said of the situation. "I wouldn’t call it weird, it’s just not fun. I love Jon to death, but I love Rashad, too. And so it’s not a position I enjoy at all. It’s not something I like, but it something I think I have to do."
Jackson is a great strategist, so whether he corners Jones or not, you can bet that Bones will have a gameplan designed around what Jackson knows about Evans. Still, this fight is likely to be Jones's toughest test yet. Evans knows things about Jones from training with him, so this fight should be a doozy.