Rashad Evans threw punches at the knees of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson when the two rivals met at UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans in May of last year.
“Rampage,” who is preparing to meet UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones later this month at UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage, made claims that Jones had a spy in his camp, something he also claimed Evans did.
Now, through his manager, Evans is laughing off the claims.
“This whole thing is funny, it’s drama,” Glenn Robinson, Evans’ manager at Authentic Sports Management, told MMAWeekly Radio. “It’s going to be an interesting fight between Jon and Quinton. Either way, we don’t really care who the winner is, but it’s going to be an interesting fight and a good fight for the fans.”
Evans is the No. 1 contender, meaning, barring any injuries or other unplanned setbacks, he will meet the winner of Jones-Jackson sometime in 2012.
As for the knee-punching remarks, Jackson, who did injure the knee during training camp, believes someone let Evans know ahead of their fight.
“Rashad laughed, he thought it was so funny,” Robinson said. “He said, ‘I hit him in the knee cause that’s where I could reach at that moment.'”
Earlier this week, Jackson called out a mole in his camp that was revealing information to Jones after the champion posted several messages on his Twitter account that led many to believe he knew what Jackson was working on.
Since that time, both Jones and his manager, Malki Kawa, have denied knowing anything.
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage takes place September 24 from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.