The signing of Jackson immediately adds name recognition to the Wolfslair Academy, whose lone star had been UFC middleweight Michael Bisping. With the UFC promoting shows more frequently outside of the US, fighters like Jackson, Andrei Arlovski and Cheick Kongo have chosen the Wolfslair Academy to prepare for fights in the UK.
Ibarra, who served as Jackson's mentor and trainer up till his loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86 in July, has officially resigned as Jackson's manager. According to Wolfslair co-owner Anthony McGann, the split was amicable.
Jackson will prepare for his UK fights in England with his new team, but will remain in Huntington Beach, California when he's training for fights in the US to take advantage of high-altitude training in Big Bear.