The biggest talking point leading up to UFC 135’s title fight has been “Spygate”, after Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson’s accused his opponent Jon Jones of having a spy at his training camp in Denver, Colorado in the build up to the bout.
Both Jones and his manager Malki Kawa have repeatedly denied that this was the case and it seemed as if the story was all set to fizzle out until Rampage went as far as to name the person he believes was involved during an interview on ESPN’s SportsCenter earlier today.
Jones was also on the show and when Rampage brought up the subject and claimed that they now knew who it was the champion pressed him to name him.
5thRound.com transcribed what was said next.
“Rampage: The only reason why I won’t tell the world who the guy is, is because the guy did work at MusclePharm, and the guys at MusclePharm found him and they fired him and I didn’t want to bring MusclePharm on top. But the guy did work there at the office at MusclePharm, but the owner of MusclePharm found the guy and fired him.
What’s his name, Anthony?
Anthony (Rampage’s trainer sitting off camera): Leonard is his name.
Rampage: His name is Leonard, and you know Leonard because you sent him K-Swiss shoes and stuff … He’s great friends with your manager.”
The name didn’t seem to register with Jones who continued to deny his involvement and later wrote on Twitter, “Sucks some poor guy at musclepharm got fired over rampages paranoia.”
It seems that there may be some truth to Rampage’s story as some quick research uncovers the fact that MusclePharm’s Executive Vice-President Leonard K. Armenta resigned from the company on September 16th.
“On September 16, 2011, Leonard K. Armenta resigned from his position as the Executive Vice President of MusclePharm Corporation, a Nevada corporation (the “Company”). His resignation was not the result of any disagreements with the Company on any matters relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices,” reads an official statement from the company.
Rampage conducted his entire camp at the new MusclePharm training faciility in Colorado, even going as far as to live full-time at the gym in order to get himself in the best possible shape as he bids to regain the light-heavyweight title.
Incidentally MusclePharm have just been announced as the UFC’s new supplement sponsor, replacing BSN. Some cynics might suggest that this is some sort of a publicity stunt, but that’s hard to swallow as if Rampage’s allegations are proven to be true it doesn’t reflect well on the company at all.