Malki Kawa: Rampage spy accusations are an attempt to distract Jon JonesPosted on September 1, 2011, 10:49 AM by Joey Santosus
Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones' manager, Malki Kawa, is speaking out in response to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson's allegations that there is a spy among his teammates reporting back to the champ.
According to Kawa, who issued a statement to MMAJunkie.com, Jackson's claims are nothing more than an attempt to distract his client, Jones, and build hype ahead of UFC 135.
"While Mr. Jackson finds it inconsequential that information of this variety may be on the Internet, it is still my job as a manager to follow up on this information with the UFC," Kawa stated. "I am sorry that Mr. Jackson feels that he has someone in his camp that is calling other people with sensitive information within his camp. He is unwilling to state who this 'spy' is, but is more than happy to attempt to damage other reputations in his wake. This leads me to believe that Mr. Jackson is simply looking for a way to create a distraction or create more pre-fight hype."
Jackson, however, who told Yahoo Sports! earlier this week that it took less than four hours for news of his fabricated injury to make its way to Jones' camp, is not convinced by Kawa's account of how he became privy to this information.
"Come on," he said. "Think about it. If that was on Twitter, that would have been big news. Me pulling out of the fight with Jon Jones? That would have been big news already. So you can just tell that he's lying, he's full of s---, and he's dumb."
Jones, meanwhile, has remained relatively short in his response to the accusations, insisting via Twitter that he would never disrespect the integrity of the sport by looking for such shortcuts.
"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," Jones wrote. "It's a way of life for me and I would never disrespect the integrity of that."
Nevertheless, Jackson has not sustained any serious injuries and is currently preparing for their September 24th title fight from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Jones vs. Jackson will serve as the UFC 135 headlining bout, while Welterweights Matt Hughes and Diego Sanchez will go head to head in the co-main event.