LAS VEGAS - MAY 28: UFC fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson speaks to the crowd about his fight against UFC fighter Rashad Evans at UFC 114: Rampage versus Rashad at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on May 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Just days ago, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson accused current Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones of planting a spy in his training camp to get a first hand look at how "Rampage" is preparing to fight "Bones" at UFC 135 on Sept. 24 in Denver, Colorado.
His evidence was rudimentary at best, hugely speculative at worst. After all, he made similar claims against Rashad Evans before their UFC 114 bout in May 2010, claims that were never proven and have since been long forgotten.
Of course, Jones, as well as his manager, Malki Kawa, has emphatically denied all accusations, citing his faith in himself and respect for the art of fighting. Shortcuts? Jonny Bones don't need no stinkin' shortcuts.
Ultimately, the entire situation has only served to help promote what was already set to be one of the biggest fights of the fall.
Jackson may never know whether or not there is a mole in his camp and really, he doesn't care. Or at least that's what he told the MMA Hour today:
"At the end of the day, I don't care. I'm very confident in this fight. You guys have no idea. A lot of people have counted me out in this fight, and I love it. I'm happy. It's like when I fought Chuck Liddell to get the title. No one counted me in. I'm OK with it. Jon Jones can set up camp and watch me train, for all I care because he won't be able to stop what I'm going to do to him. I don't care about this spy in my camp. He, she or it can keep watching me, whoever it is. I'm training hard. I'm very confident. It ain't no secret that I'm going to try to throw these hands on Jon Jones. I'm pretty sure one, two, or three of my punches are going to land. I'm going to make them count every time they do. I'm just training my ass off for anything."
Jackson earned his shot at the 205-pound crown by beating the brakes off Matt Hamill and sending "The Hammer" well on his way to early retirement. This after taking out Lyoto Machida in a close decision in Nov. 2010.
It may not have been the most impressive way to earn a title shot against a man the mixed martial arts world thinks unstoppable but consider the similarities in his first light heavyweight title fight back in 2007.
"Rampage" was unimpressive on his way to the crown and was counted out when he was given his chance. He made it count, though, and walked out of Las Vegas the light heavyweight champion.
Will he do the same in Denver?
Spy or no spy, he thinks so. Watch out for them bungalows.