Greg Jackson is one of the most widely known MMA trainers of all time. The American-born has trained some of the biggest names in MMA history. Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre, Holly Holm, and Rashad Evans are some of the former champions that Jackson has trained. Looking at the records of these fighters, it is safe to say that he is extremely good at his job.
Recently, Jackson appeared on Firstsportz’s GLOVES OFF with VARUN, where the legend spoke about his opinions on the Nurmagomedov vs GSP fight that never took place. Jackson mentioned that the fight if it ever happens, will be great and will certainly attract a lot of viewership. He also stated that he had a great amount of respect for Nurmagomedov and his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
Jackson said, “if that fight happened or it happens somehow in the future or whatever. I mean the fans will be obviously overjoyed because what an amazing fight it would be. I have utmost respect for Khabib. I think he’s just an amazing person. I was a huge fan of his dad. His dad was one of the best coaches ever and yeah, it would have been a great fight between those two.”
When asked about who will be the winner of the fight, the legendary coach chose GSP for obvious reasons. “I mean I trained GSP. So, I have to go with my guy. But listen, Khabib is obviously one of the greatest to ever do it and you said correctly he’s a very good person,” said Jackson.
Nurmagomedov vs GSP is one of the most intriguing fights that never actually took place, and it raises questions about how the fight would have turned out.
When Georges St-Pierre revealed his game plan against Khabib Nurmagomedov
Georges St-Pierre and Khabib Nurmagomedov both have an immense amount of respect for each other. St-Pierre was Nurmagomedov’s father’s favourite fighter and he always wanted ‘The Eagle’ to fight GSP. Similarly, Georges St-Pierre has always been vocal about his interest to fight Nurmagomedov. Unfortunately, the fight never happened and Nurmagomedov retired from MMA in 2020.
However, in an interview, GSP opened up about how he would have approached the fight against the undefeated former lightweight champion.
He said, “I would not have been afraid of his wrestling. I would have instigated. I would have forced the fight forward. And that’s how I would have approached that fight, which I believe most of his opponents were afraid of his wrestling because they didn’t have the tools that I have to put him down. In the clinch, I would have tried to disengage. I have many ways to disengage a clinch. I would have wanted to force the fight in a fighting distance, in a shoot-box distance, not in a wrestling distance.”
GSP is one of the most complete fighters to ever grace the MMA octagon, but Nurmagomedov’s grappling is outrageous. It would have been interesting to see if he could submit Georges St-Pierre. It is one of those fights where anybody could have won and that question is what actually makes it an amazing fight to talk about.