Over the last couple of days a new story-line regarding UFC 135’s main event between Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Jon Jones has emerged.
According to ‘Rampage’ in an interview with Yahoo! Sports he has come to the conclusion that Jones’ camp has got spy’s watching what’s going on his camp.
“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 said. “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, 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.” – Rampage Jackson
Since the accusations were primarily leveled at him, Jones’ manager Malki Kawa has stepped forwards to offer his side of events to Yahoo! Sports.
“I promise to God, I have no spy in that camp. 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.” – Malki Kawa (Jon Jones Manager)
later on the current light-heavyweight champion has also distanced himself from Rampage’s claims via a message on his Twitter account.
“Just so you know, I’m not a person who looks for shortcuts in life. Unlike you, MMA is not something I do because of money. It’s a way of life for me and I would never disrespect the integrity of that. I have way more faith in myself, as well as, respect for the art of fighting to ever stoop that low, thats just bad karma. Believe me or not, I’ve said my part.. hoping you have a safe and healthy finish to your camp..” – Jon Jones
And finally Jackson also took to Twitter to respond to Jones message.
“Yeah I keep it real,I fight 4 $ cause I hate training,but I love giving ass whoopins,and ill b giving 1 on the 24th,btw grow up!” – Rampage Jackson
Truth be told it seems to be a bit of a storm in a teacup really, but if it generates more interest in the fight and increases the likelihood that both men will go to war in the Octagon on September 24th in Denver then I’m all for it.