Donald Cerrone recently came out firing in a verbal assault against camp Jackson-Winklejohn, which lead to responses in support of the camp from Mike Winklejohn, Mike Perry and Diego Sanchez.
Somebody has now sided with “Cowboy” in this feud against Jackson-Winklejohn and that person is former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate.
“This is reminiscent,” Tate said on MMA Tonight. “I feel like we’ve heard this story about this camp before when it was Rashad Evans and him feeling like he was pushed out of the spot with Jon Jones coming in. What I think is not cool, if it had been someone that had been training there like Carlos Condit or someone like that who had been training there a long time and they were gonna fight each other and both had that mutual respect, and mutual foundation at that gym, that’s different. But when the new guy is coming in and he’s like, ‘I wanna fight Cowboy’ and he comes to Cowboy’s gym, I think that the right thing to do by the gym - I think there’s some loyalty that should be towards Cowboy. He’s been there a really, really long time.”
Cerrone has been speaking against the camp for allowing UFC Fight Night Denver opponent Mike Perry to train there before their big fight, while Jackson-Winklejohn supporters say that Cerrone was a selfish teammate.
Tate even believes that Jackson-Winklejohn could’ve stopped the problem before it began by telling Perry to train elsewhere for UFC Fight Night Denver.
“‘This is probably not the camp for you to come in, Mike, because you’re fighting our boy. Cowboy has been with us forever. We’d love for you to come in for the next camp but Cowboy’s our dude,’” Tate said. “That’s how I think. Even though I know Cowboy doesn’t drive there every single day, he doesn’t train at the gym - there are some other reasons I think behind that, I think - that’s just me. That’s how I hope my gym would operate if I was under those circumstances.”
UFC Fight Night Denver takes place on Saturday, November 10 from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado with Frankie Edgar and Chan Sung Jung headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on Fox Sports 1.