Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson feels he is the victim of spies in his camp for the second time, by the same Greg Jackson camp that spied on him prior to his Rashad Evans bout. Jackson tells Yahoo! Sports that he had a knee injury that never leaked to the press going into his fight with Evans, yet Evans knew all about it.
“In all my years of fighting, I’d never been punched in the knee before and I never saw anyone punch someone in the knee,.”
Jackson became even more suspicious when a friend had this to tell him.
“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.
On a whim Jackson decided to make up a fake hand injury to see if it would get back to Jones. Sure enough his phone rang from match maker Joe Silva ..
“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. He called right away, running to Joe Silva. Joe Silva called my manager right away.”
“I don’t care what Jon Jones is doing, and I don’t care what his game plan is,” the former UFC light heavyweight champion 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’m not scared about my opponent, asking a lot of questions or worrying about what he’s doing. I don’t even watch film.”
When the alleged spy, aka manager of Jon Jones was contacted with allegations, he had this to say on the matter.
“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.”
Rashad Evans also had this to say regarding his nemesis’ allegations.
“I never heard a thing about it,” Evans said of Jackson’s knee injury. “I heard him talk about it after the fight. I didn’t know about it going into the fight. When I had him against the cage, I kept hitting him in the knee because of how he was reacting, not because anybody told me anything prior.”
“When you’re in a fight, you just go for what you can get a reaction from. I’d punch him in the toe if I felt it was bothering him. We were leaning against the cage and it was really hard to take him down from there. I really couldn’t do much to him and he couldn’t do much to me. I wanted to keep the position and so I didn’t want the referee to break us. So I had to keep looking busy and I saw it was bothering him, so I kept hitting him in his leg. That was it.”
When Jackson was told the response by his adversaries, he was not convinced.
“I don’t care what they see or who they have watching.”
“We all know the story about this guy,” Jackson said of Jones. “He’s going to learn a hard lesson [on Sept. 24]. He’ll see.”
Did Jackson just catch some ‘slippery snakes‘ in the grass, or is the power of twitter spreading knowledge and rumors quicker than a spy in the midst?