Greg Jackson versus Dana White

Piling on Greg Jackson is the new sport within a sport. Following Nate Marquardt's slow-gear performance against Yushin Okami at UFC 122, UFC president Dana White labeled Jackson, Marquardt's coach, as promoting "safety first" among his athletes. Although that's a common goal among fighters, White -- and many fans -- see anyone who comes from Jackson's camp as being infected by some kind of ultraconservative approach.

Tweet, tweet

Don't miss a moment of the latest MMA coverage from around the world. Follow us on Twitter and stay informed. Join »

Forget Marquardt for a second: Frankly, very few fighters can look exciting against Okami. And Marquardt's prior bouts weren't lacking in energy. Is Jon Jones stinking up any arenas? Clay Guida?

There's no question that some Jackson athletes take fewer risks than they might have prior to meeting him. Melvin Guillard looked calm in his last bout; Georges St. Pierre is flirting with becoming a decision fighter. But you'll find plenty of athletes who share the same reservations from other camps, and just as many from Jackson's camp who can be thrilling. Jackson's reputation for this isn't deserved. But if he's reminding his athletes they'll one day have to use their heads for something other than fighting, good for him. There's no reward for losing a record number of brain cells.