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Jon Jones was too busy celebrating victory to remember to check on his rival at UFC 140 © Getty Images
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Trainer Greg Jackson has faced the music and explained why he was heard on camera telling Jon Jones to check on Lyoto Machida and "get some fans" at UFC 140.

Jones rendered Machida temporarily unconscious with a standing guillotine, dropping his rival to the mat at the climax of the fight. He then walked over to his corner to celebrate.

While medics tended to Machida, Jackson was suddenly heard shouting "Jon! Jon Jones! Go check on Machida, get some fans."

The trainer admits his comments send out a poor message, but he insists he was trying to fulfil his role as Jones' MMA mentor by teaching him Octagon etiquette. The problem is, he sometimes fails to express himself accurately.

"I shouldn't have spoken in that way, but that wasn't my intention," Jackson told MMAjunkie.com. "It sounded bad, but moronic s*** comes out of my mouth sometimes.

"What I was saying was, 'Go check on Lyoto,' what I meant was to remember that you're a public figure. There's always attention on you and what you're doing all the time, and there's cage etiquette. There's things you're supposed to do, and going and checking on somebody is what you're supposed to do.

"And now because I'm in military mode and in shorthand mode, I say, 'Jon, go check on Lyoto and go get some fans,' and what I should have said was, 'You're a public figure. There's a way to conduct yourself.' But instead, I shorthanded it."

Jackson's words were interpreted as a callous way to gain favour for Jones, who has increasingly been tagged "arrogant". Jackson, though, insists nothing could be further from the truth.

"That's the point I want to drive home," the hugely-respected trainer said. "Jon is a really good guy. Everybody is just attacking his character because that's what you have to attack when you can't attack somebody's fighting.

"It's not that he was a bad guy. You just literally go crazy. None of these guys outside of the cage could understand that after the fight, you're in the zone, man. It's such an intense camp, especially for Jon, month after month, fight after fight.

"Let's take BJ Penn for an example. He's actually a really nice guy; he walks around licking blood off his gloves all the time. Chuck Liddell is one of the sweetest, nicest guys you'll ever meet, but when he knocks you unconscious, he runs around screaming and pumping his arms. That's not normal behaviour. So my job with Jon is to remind him."

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