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Mike Dolce Says He Doesn’t Understand Why Quinton ackson Slammed Him

January 25, 2013 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Mike Dolce recently spoke with MMAjunkie about Quinton Jackson intimating that Dolce harmed him by forcing him to cut excess weight and experimenting with his diet. Check out the highlights:

On what he did for Jackson: “I did the best work for Quinton, and I’m proud of that.”

On Jackson’s reasons for the slam: “Maybe he’s trying to hype his fight. Maybe it was very tongue in cheek.”

On Jackson’s weight struggles and difficulty working with him: “He wouldn’t do the things in the offseason that I requested of him to keep him healthy so he could perform well. It just became less professional of a relationship, and my phone was constantly ringing. I have other elite athletes. I have so many guys that I currently work with, and my phone is always ringing for new world-class guys. It’s not fair to other people that I can help that really want the help. Quinton, he wanted to win, it seemed. He wanted to look good and win. But he didn’t want that 12-month help like a lot of these other high-level athletes, like Vitor Belfort, Thiago Alves and Nik Lentz – guys like that that really want that coach-athlete relationship.”

On being uncomfortable with changes Jackson made to his camp: “There were changes to his lifestyle and the people around him, and it became increasingly difficult and less professional for me to be involved.”

On his plans to get the problems worked out: “It will be a hug and a conversation. When two people talk face to face, then everything changes. Then the reality comes out. He’s just surrounded by a whole different crew of people, and they’re not bad people, just a different type.”

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