“Cowboy is certainly a little unique in the way he does his striking, and we’ve seen how dynamic Pettis is," Jackson said. "I don’t think it will be typical anywhere. On the ground, on the feet, in the wrestling aspect -- I don’t think it’s going to be a typical fight anywhere just because both of these guys are so talented. It’s going to be one of those fights where you have to fight for small things and try to get the advantage where you can. It’s a real war. I’m really looking forward to the fight. Pettis is amazing. He comes from a great camp, and I think it’s going to be a hell of a fight.”
Cerrone fights Pettis on Jan. 26 at UFC on FOX 6.
“The nice thing about using the ‘Showtime’ kick -- and you never know if he’s got new tricks or not -- but you know it’s coming," Jackson said of Pettis' attack. "If he jumps up there, Cowboy’s going to say, ‘OK, it’s going to come for the head,’ and hopefully he’ll put his hand up or move out of the way. But definitely, the amount of studying that Cowboy’s done -- he says, ‘Oh, I just get in there and fight,’ but he’s actually pretty smart about what he does and I’m sure he’ll be ready for that. But for me, it’s much more of what we can improve on in Cowboy’s game to stop Pettis from kind of having his way. We focused a lot on that.”
Jackson will also be cornering John Dodson against Demetrious Johnson, and he thinks speed will play a factor in the tilt.
“The speed is going to be a factor, I think, for both guys," Jackson said. "Understanding that that’s going to be one of the defining things about the fight -- the pace and the speed -- is very important for a game plan. We’re trying to get John as squared away as we can in the time that we have, and he’s looking really good. We know of course Demetrious will be very, very ready. It’s going to be an interesting, heck of a fight. I don’t know if the UFC has ever had two guys that quick fighting each other before.”