Jason Jackson had the duo of Henri Hooft and Greg Jones of Sanford MMA in his corner at Bellator 253, but their actions before the card has led to the coaches receiving a suspension and Jackson receiving a fine.
The coaches received a three month suspension after breaking coronavirus quarantine protocol, while Jackson received only a fine for following protocol procedures.
“It’s erroneous (and) disrespectful to Bellator and the industry in general,” Mike Mazzulli told MMA Junkie. "I don’t care who you are when it comes to a trainer. I wouldn’t expect Randy Couture (to break protocol). I wouldn’t expect (anybody) to do this. It’s a public health issue. They were wrong and that’s what they get.”
According to MMA Junkie, both coaches did not partake in a 24 hour quarantine after their initial coronavirus test, but they and Jackson passed their tests, so they were allowed to participate at Bellator 253.
Mazzulli hopes all ABC members adhere to the suspensions issued to Hooft and Jones.
“I hope all ABC members in the country – well, we have ABC members all of over the world – but in the country will adhere to these suspensions of these two trainers,” Mazzulli said. “We have to set precedent here to show how important it is and make sure you follow the quarantine protocols.”