Former UFC light heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will attempt to get his belt back when he faces current kingpin Jon Jones later this month at UFC 135.
Earlier this week, Jackson accused Jones of planting a spy into his camp after planting a fake rumor that he had injured his hand, only to have Jones’ manager Malki Kawa contact UFC matchmaker Joe Silva shortly thereafter to inquire about the seriousness of the injury. Jones and Kawa have both denied the allegations, but Jackson is unswerving in his belief. During an appearance on MMAFighting.com’s The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Jackson explained that he doesn’t care if Jones has a spy in his camp, because it won’t help him any come fight night.
“At the end of the day, I don’t care,” Jackson said. “I’m very confident in this fight. You guys have no idea. A lot of people have counted me out in this fight, and I love it. I’m happy. It’s like when I fought Chuck Liddell to get the title. No one counted me in. I’m OK with it. Jon Jones can set up camp and watch me train, for all I care because he won’t be able to stop what I’m going to do to him.”
Jackson revealed that he has ideas of who the spy could be, but that he won’t call that person out. His mind is on the impending bout with Jones, for which he maintains that he’s training hard.
“I don’t care about this spy in my camp,” he said. “He, she or it can keep watching me, whoever it is. I’m training hard. I’m very confident. It ain’t no secret that I’m going to try to throw these hands on Jon Jones. I’m pretty sure one, two, or three of my punches are going to land. I’m going to make them count every time they do. I’m just training my ass off for anything.”
Jones and Jackson will do battle on September 24 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.