Greg Jackson is believed by many to be the best MMA coach in the game. His camp is home to many high level UFC fighters and the home of light heavyweight champ Jon Jones. He gives Bloody Elbow insight on why he feels his camp has been so successful.
Well, the secret is, I have great coaches that are much better than I am, starting with Mike Winkeljohn, going all the way down. I couldn’t do it without them. It’s really a team effort.
There are times when I have group sessions with all the guys, and I also do private lessons for the UFC guys a lot. I just try to give as much as I can. I do go through periods of burnout where I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to get some kind of rest’, and some fighters get upset because they don’t get the attention that they’re used to when I’m going through those periods. A lot of the fighters are very understanding about it, though. Most of the time, I’m pretty good about giving everybody attention and taking care of people.
I would say that more than tight reins and strict discipline, the biggest key to our success is my individual approach with each fighter. Some people respond really well to me yelling at them, and some people respond better to me asking them nicely. I think it comes down to being very cognizant of an individual approach for every single fighter.
The understanding that each and every fighter comes at things a little bit differently, and getting to know them and approaching them in the right way is what makes it happen. I will approach a Cub Swanson differently than I would a Cowboy Cerrone or a Jon Jones. Everybody has their own unique style, and I just need to reflect that in my coaching style.
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