Former UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and his longtime friend and trainer Juanito Ibarra split ways shortly after Rampage lost his title to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86. Both sides have been fairly silent as to the reasons why they ended their relationship, saying only that it was “amicable.” Tito Ortiz, a former training partner of Rampage’s, is telling a different story, one in which Ibarra was taking advantage of the former champion and ripping him off.
“Let me explain this to you because it really pisses me off that Ibarra has done what he has done, he is a thief,” Ortiz told PDG. “I have been running training camps for seven years up in Big Bear California and the most that my camp has cost a fighter to attend is $35,000. Ibarra was charging Jackson $65,000 to go to Big Bear. I don’t understand that! He was being very disrespectful and taking advantage of Rampage. Including travel, training partners, food and lodging, the most ever was $35,000, maybe if you flew in more trainers… 40K. Where did that extra money go that Ibarra was charging? Rampage is really pissed and he feels betrayed that he was taken advantage of and I couldn’t agree more with him. I don’t care if Juanito reads this or hears about it anywhere, he already knows that he is blackballed. I don’t care who you are; fighters work very hard for the money they earn and I feel slighted for even knowing Juanito.”
Rampage announced two weeks ago that he has joined a new team, Wolfslair Academy, which is based out of the UK. He stated that they will not only handle his training, but also his endorsement deals. Wolfslair already trains fellow UFC fighters Paul Kelly and Michael Bisping.