Earlier today former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson accused current 205lbs. kingpin Jonny “Bones” Jones of planting spies in his camp ahead of their September 24 meeting. Jackson levied a similar claim at Jones’ former stablemate Rashad Evans following their May 2010 clash, a claim which Evans has vehemently denied.
Having grown paranoid following the situation with Evans — where Jackson believed Suga targeted a knee injury of his during the fight, even though he went to lengths to keep that news from the media — Jackson spread a false rumor to only a select few of his training partners that he had injured his hand and shortly thereafter, he got a call from UFC matchmaker Joe Silva inquiring about the injury. Silva was tipped off by Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa.
Kawa has since stated that he heard of the rumor on Twitter and reached out to Silva in order to find out the truth. Jones himself took to his own Twitter page today to respond to Jackson’s claims.
“@Rampage4real 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,” wrote Jones. “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..”
Jackson and Jones are scheduled to square off in the main event of UFC 135, which is to take place at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.