MMA News: "Rampage" Jackson Finds a Spy, "Shogun" Rua and More

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Quinton Jackson claims a fan on Twitter told him there was a spy for Jon Jones in his camp, so he decided to make up a fake hand injury and spread the word in camp to see if it would get out. Rampage said it only took four hours before his camp heard from UFC matchmaker Joe Silva, who said he heard the news from Jones’ manager Malki Kawa.

“One of my friends was talking to Jon Jones’ manager recently, and Jon Jones’ manager was saying that he knows everything that is going on in our camp,” Jackson said. “He said he had spies in our camp and he knew everything that was going on. That got me thinking. How did he know about my hand injury that fast? It wasn’t on the Internet, and yet he knew about my hand injury right away. The UFC people were in Brazil, which is why it probably took them four hours to call me. That shows me two things: They have spies in my camp, one, and two, they’re dumb as hell, because they didn’t know how to use the information correctly and to wait. He called right away, running to Joe Silva. Joe Silva called my manager right away.” Kawa would flat out deny that, and say he saw it on Twitter, and that he wanted to make sure the rumors were false. Rampage followed that up with, “Come on. 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 [expletive], and he’s dumb.”

It does seem kind of odd that Jones’ manager would find something out that no one outside the camp would know. And so quickly too. I wouldn’t put it past Jones’ team either. Jackson could just be paranoid, but it does seem fishy.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua told iG Rio de Janeiro that he’s working towards a rematch with Jon Jones. “It’s a goal of mine; a rematch with Jon Jones. Of the five losses in my career, I have won three rematches. Only one of them won’t happen, which is the loss against Babalu. Today he’s part of the team, so this fight won’t happen. But, of the rest, I have won three. Now it’s only Jones who’s left.” Shogun will have to defeat at least two more fighters to get that shot. He looked horrendous in their first match-up. I couldn’t understand what he was doing.

After his knockout win over Brendan Schaub, Antonio Nogueira has his next opponent in mind. “I’d like to fight Frank Mir. I want to fight UFC Japan. I’d like to fight UFC Canada, which will happen later this year. Fighting Frank Mir is something I’d love to do. I’m motivated to fight him.” I’ll watch it. Mir’s not doing anything, as far as I know. Unless they are saving him for Brock Lesnar’s return…

According to Dave Meltzer at, the UFC debut on Fox with a one hour Prime Time special on Sunday, October 30, immediately following the NFL post-game show, and is expected to highlight the November 12 event. This will definitely get more eyes to their debut show. Right after anything football related is a bonus. I just hope the people who are talking about it know what they are talking about.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told the media on Tuesday that the Heavyweight Grand Prix winner not be crowned a champion, and that no decisions have been made on what to do with the Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Titles with Alistair Overeem’s departure and what is likely to be the loss of Dan Henderson. Just one of the many signs that Strikeforce will be closing it’s doors come February 2012.