Jon Jones opens his training camp Monday at Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, N.M., with his trainer Greg Jackson calling the shots.
Just like normal. What isn't normal, though, is the history of Jones' opponent at UFC 145: Rashad Evans.
Evans is a former teammate of Jones at Jackson's MMA, and a friend to Jackson. One of the topics debated across the various Internets has been whether or not Jackson would or should corner Jones at UFC 145 on April 21 in Atlanta.
Jackson debated it for a while, and had gone back and forth on the topic in media reports. This past weekend, Jackson decided to be in Jones' corner against Evans.
Jones understood Jackson's dilemma, and last week told Newsday he wouldn't mind if Jackson wasn't in his corner on fight night.
“Him training me leading up to the fight is what’s expected. My job is to fight, his job is to train fighters," Jones said. “He’s said it to me a few times, a good artist shouldn’t need his coach right there, or his master. A good artist should take these different colors of paints and different brushes and learn how to create his own masterpiece. As long as he provides me with some new brushes, just give me a canvas and I’ll do the rest.”