Some say that just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean that everyone’s not out to get you.
When Quinton “Rampage” Jackson levied the accusation that impending opponent Jon Jones’ team had planted a spy in his camp, many wrote it off as histrionics. Jackson and the closest members of his team have stuck to their guns though, confident in the results of their fake injury ruse; having developed suspicions of foul-play while training for Jones’ old training partner Rashad Evans, Jackson planted a rumor that he had injured his hand, only to have Jones’ manager Malki Kawa phone UFC matchmaker Joe Silva to inquire about the injury shortly thereafter.
Though Jones and his manager have brushed the incident off, Jackson’s team remains insistent and have now revealed that they believe they’ve actually pinpointed the champion’s mole.
“We found who we think the spy is,” Jackson’s longtime friend and training partner Tiki Ghosn recently told FightLine.com. “Somebody was definitely running back and telling information.”
Ghosn also pointed out that the Jones camp has simply not offered a strong enough rebuttal to be taken serious.
“They don’t have an explanation for it, which is fine,” he said. “That was a fake hand injury… you find out about the hand injury and you’re calling Joe Silva asking if the fight’s still on. And they say they heard this on Twitter? Come on.”
Though they’ve remained diligent in their attempts to identify the spy, Jackson’s camp isn’t all that worried about what Jones and his team may have learned by planting a mole, since they believe that it won’t make any difference on fight night.
“It really doesn’t matter,” Ghosn said. “Like Rampage said, this camp, every single coach is coming in confident, Rampage is coming in confident. He knows what he has to do, he knows he wants his belt back. I’ve known Rampage for 10 years now, and by far, this is the best camp he’s had. This is BY FAR the most motivated he’s ever been; he’s living in the gym.
“I know Rampage, he’s made money over the years, he got a little spoiled,” he went on. “He’s gotten a little high maintenance. He’s definitely humbled himself, he’s living in the gym, he wants his f***ing belt back and he’s going to get it back.”
Jackson will attempt to reclaim the UFC light heavyweight title when he meets Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 135 this Saturday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Check back on FightLine.com that night for our live, ongoing coverage of the event.