MMA  > General MMA  > Is Jone Jones spying On Rampage
August 30, 2011, 12:23 AM
It sure sounds like it. I wouldn't put it past a dbag as big as Jones. From Bloody Elbow:


Quinton "Rampage" Jackson believes there's a spy in his midst. Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson believes there's a spy in his midst. Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

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If Quinton Jackson is to be believed, UFC 135 is starting to resemble Martin Scorsese's The Departed (or the original 2002 Hong Kong film, Infernal Affairs, for those cultured in Cantonese-language film). Jackson told Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole that he believes his camp has been infiltrated by a rat.

The reason? A fan on Twitter warned Jackson that Jones had a spy in his camp. To test out the theory, "Rampage" told his gym about an "injury" to his hand. Four hours later, UFC matchmaker Joe Silva contacted Jackson's camp to inquire about the injury rumors.

Jackson's manager, Anthony McGann, quelled Silva's fears about another injury messing up his plans. When McGann asked Silva who told him the news, Silva responded that he received a phone call from Malki Kawa, Jon Jones' manager.

Kawa spoke with Iole and denied the spy accusations (emphasis mine):

"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."

Malki Kawa follows 64 people on Twitter. Four members of the Bloody Elbow staff, including myself, have no recollection any report about an injury to Quinton Jackson, be it on Twitter or elsewhere.

This isn't the first time Jackson has been paranoid about the integrity of information in his camp. Following his loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 114, Jackson told Fighters Only that he suspected Evans had prior knowledge.

"I remember one other thing he was doing - he was punching me in my knee," Jackson said. "It was weird because I had suffered a real bad knee injury in camp but we kept it secret, we didn't say anything about it and we didn't even tell the UFC. I told my doctor and that was it, he helped me out but I was going to back out of the fight. ... Why was he punching me in the knee though? That's kind of weird - did he find out about the injury? I don't know. Its weird."
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August 30, 2011  07:42 AM ET

Sounds like Road Rage needs to eat something....the spy is from Dana and is tasked with making sure Road Rage consumes more than just energy drinks during training....we don't want another police chase...

August 30, 2011  07:43 AM ET

the funny thing is, Jones hasn't said a thing and is already inside Road Rage's head....

August 30, 2011  01:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

the funny thing is, Jones hasn't said a thing and is already inside Road Rage's head....

Big fan of Jones', eh?

August 30, 2011  01:48 PM ET

or do you just not Rampage much? Either way, you seem very biased.

August 30, 2011  01:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

or do you just not Rampage much? Either way, you seem very biased.

He is a big time Quinton Jackson dissenter, but he really doesn't like anyone.

Except for Lesnar, whom he loves:)

August 30, 2011  08:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

or do you just not Rampage much? Either way, you seem very biased.

I'm not a Bones fan, but I've always found Rampage to be overrated.

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August 30, 2011  09:05 PM ET

Seems kind of odd that he would know something that only Rampage's camp would know. Wouldn't put it past Jones to try something like this.

August 31, 2011  07:50 AM ET

interesting how quickly everyone jumps on board with a bunch of unsubstantiated claims from a paranoid ****....there is no reason to think Jones has someone inside Road Rage's camp anymore than there is reason to think that someone in Road Rage's camp told someone outside of Road Rage's camp about it....like a family member or a bar buddy, someone they never thought of as a possible leak....and then THAT person who has no affiliation with either side mentions it to someone else....etc...just like how MOST rumors tend to spread....

August 31, 2011  07:52 AM ET

If Road Rage has Jones' former training partners coming in to help him train, are they considered part of his camp? Perhaps Road Rage INVITED people that are more loyal to Jones into his own camp....

August 31, 2011  08:20 AM ET

But if someone was spying on you during a close training work out, wouldnt you know? Rampage is my guy but I think he might be a little paranoid on this one. I hope he wins the title one more time before retiring. Rampage is good for the sport and he brings a lot to the table.

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September 1, 2011  12:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Seems strange that literally a few hours after Rampage told his team that he had a hand injury Jones and his management find out. Then the manager says he saw a tweet about it, and there was never a tweet sent. Jones is a liar and a fraud.

OR, Road Rage is a liar....there is nothing to substantiate that he ever secretly passed around a rumor....for all we know, he intentionally told someone knowing they would pass the info along, just so he could fabricate some WWE style hype...perhaps Road Rage is the one that actually put the info out there into public domain for Jones' camp to hear about it...

 
September 1, 2011  12:05 PM ET

I don't know much about Jones, but I DO know that Road Rage is a POS....and that is HIM, not just his fighting...

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