Spygate is no longer just a term used when talking about the New England Patriots and the NFL.
Now, Spygate has hit the sport of MMA with light heavyweight contender Quinton “Rampage” Jackson recently breaking the news that he believed something was afoul in his camp, and a spy was in his midst.
Jackson says in an interview with MMAWeekly.com content partner Yahoo! Sports that he released information about a false injury to see if the news would leak out of the training room and into the public. Sure enough, a few hours later, UFC matchmaker Joe Silva was calling Jackson’s manager, Anthony McGann, to inquire if he had indeed suffered an injury.
The former UFC champion went as far as to state that he believes current titleholder and upcoming opponent Jon Jones and his manager have somehow contracted a spy to get information from his Colorado-based camp. Rampage and Jones are set to square off at UFC 135 on Sept. 24 in Denver.
While Jones and his manager Malki Kawa have vehemently denied any wrong doing, and essentially laughed off the idea that they would spy on Jackson or his camp, Rampage still believes something was rotten in the state of Denmark.
This wasn’t the first time Jackson believed that something could have been amiss in his camp. Prior to his fight with Rashad Evans at UFC 114, Jackson suffered a knee injury, but was lucky enough to hide the ailment and keep it from becoming public knowledge before the fight.
However, during the match-up, Evans punched Jackson in the same knee that was injured, and it led him to believe that maybe someone was leaking information even back then.
“In all my years of fighting, I’d never been punched in the knee before and I never saw anyone punch someone in the knee,” Jackson said when speaking to Yahoo! Sports.
Since the story broke, everyone has been curious if Jackson has a point or if he’s just being paranoid?
The other fighter he accused of possibly spying on him thought the entire idea was pretty hilarious.
“Rashad laughed, he thought it was so funny,” Evans’ manager, Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management, told MMAWeekly Radio. “He said ‘I hit him in the knee cause that’s where I could reach at that moment.'”
Like a lot of people looking at the situation, Robinson believes Jackson’s claims are just a way of stirring up some controversy as the fight draws near. What matters to Evans however, is getting the winner when the fight is over.
“This whole thing is funny, it’s drama,” Robinson stated. “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.”
If spygate MMA did anything, it certainly seems to have at least made former teammates Rashad Evans and Jon Jones agree on one thing… they don’t need a spy to get ready to face Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.