For the past several weeks, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has lived inside the Muscle Pharm facility in preparation for his UFC 135 title fight against champion Jon Jones. Unfortunately for Rampage, it appears the Denver, Colorado gym is infested with a big rat.
The former light heavyweight champ believes Team Jones has implanted a spy in his camp to constantly provide “Bones” with up-to-the minute information. Last week, Rampage concocted a story that his hand was injured. Just hours after revealing the top secret info to his training partners, UFC matchmaker Joe Silva was on the horn with Rampage’s manager to confirm the news.
Anthony McGann assured Silva that his client was healthy, but asked where Silva had heard the fictitious tale. Silva said he received a call from Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa.
“One of my friends was talking to Jon Jones’ manager recently, and Jon Jones’ manager was saying that he knows everything that is going on in our camp,” Jackson told Yahoo! on Monday. “He said he had spies in our camp and he knew everything that was going on. That got me thinking.
“How did he know about my hand injury that fast? It wasn’t on the Internet, and yet he knew about my hand injury right away. The UFC people were in Brazil [for UFC 134], which is why it probably took them four hours to call me. That shows me two things: They have spies in my camp, one, and two, they’re dumb as hell, because they didn’t know how to use the information correctly and to wait. He called right away, running to Joe Silva. Joe Silva called my manager right away.”
Furthermore, Jackson claimed that one day he was practicing his elbow work, and 24 hours later, Jones tweeted that he had to start working on his own elbow strikes.
Coincidence? Paranoia? Either way, Kawa appeared to be amused by the accusations and vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
“I promise to God, I have no spy in that camp,” Kawa said. “It’s completely and totally untrue. There is nothing to it at all. It’s funny he said that, though, because we’ve heard he has had old training partners of Jon coming in to work with him. We don’t care and it’s kind of hilarious he’s doing this.
“But I can guarantee you there is nothing at all that is true about this other than that I called Joe Silva after someone put out a thing on Twitter that Rampage was injured and pulling out. I wanted to know what was up, but it was no more than that. That is it.”
For Rampage’s part, he could care less about what Jones has got going on down at Greg Jackson’s famed gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“I don’t care what Jon Jones is doing, and I don’t care what his game plan is,” he said. “I have zero care. I still have the honor of a fighter and going into battle the right way, not spying on my opponent. I don’t even watch film.”
The good news for Rampage is that he believes he’s discovered who has been spilling the beans. For curious minds that want to know, pretty much everybody, Rampage states he will handle the matter privately and won’t publicly put the rat on blast.
UFC 135 takes place September 24th inside the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The 205-pound title tilt will headline the pay-per-view broadcast.