When it comes to the role of coaching fighters in mixed martial arts, no one is more associated with success than Greg Jackson.
The Albuquerque, New Mexico, native has played a crucial role in the development of some of the sport’s biggest stars. Alongside his coaching partner Mike Winkeljohn, he has shaped a roster that is filled with champions, contenders and fighters who carry a hefty amount of promise and potential. With Coach Wink’s lengthy track record in the kickboxing realm and Jackson’s resume in submission fighting, the two men came together to create one of the most formidable coaching combinations in combat sports.
While they initially led two separate facilities in New Mexico’s largest city, they eventually decided to combine their talents and bring their focus on professional fighters under one roof, which yielded immediate results. In addition to the hometown talent such as Diego Sanchez, Joey Villasenor and Carlos Condit that began to ascend the ranks, the gym also became home to fighters like Rashad Evans, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Clay Guida and the man who at just 26 years old is already arguably the greatest mixed martial artist of all time: light heavyweight phenom Jon “Bones” Jones.
It wasn’t long before the Albuquerque-based facility became a prominent staple on the MMA landscape. Their fingerprints could be found at every major level of the sport, and the fighters under their banner either held world titles or were on the hunt for them.