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Cat--Smasher
09-08-2011, 05:58 PM
Chael Sonnen on Rampage-Jones Spygate: 'This Whole Thing Is Ridiculous'

"It's silly," he said. "That's why I'm saying this whole thing is ridiculous. Look, I posted my entire training sessions live on the internet at Athletebay.com. The whole world could log in and watch Yushin [Okami] and I spart. Oscar de la Hoya holds open workout sessions. 'Sugar' Ray Leonard did this, 'Iron' Mike Tyson did this. And then some other guys like to be private. Floyd Mayweather won't let you watch him spar. Randy Couture had an open door policy. 'Come on in.' Dan Henderson's got an open-door policy. It's no big deal.

"But it's a mental thing," he continued. "If Rampage wants to be Mr. Private, and that's how he feels better, then let him. Tito [Ortiz] is the same way. Tito doesn't let guys watch him. I don't really get it. What could you possibly learn? A guy's got a couple hands, a couple feet and he's going to use them all in the ring. I don't know. I truly don't know. And if you're opponent wants to worry about you and what you're going to do, then he's not thinking about himself and what what he's going to do, and that's what really matters. So the whole thing was silly, but it was a major opportunity ... and the Jones camp ruined it."

"As I understood it, Rampage actually canceled a workout over this whole thing," he said. "He puts out, 'Oh man, my hand's hurt.' This was his way of pulling the mole out. 'Oh, my hand's hurt, I can't work out.' He actually skips the workout to see if that information gets back. It does come back to him. If you're Jon Jones, why would you not keep that going? Why would you possibly stop that?

Secondly, even if it wasn't true that Jones had a spy, the denial doused water on the story's sizzle. Jones' manager Malki Kawa originally denied the accusation by saying, "I promise to God, I have no spy in the camp."

Later, he said Jackson was simply trying to "hype the fight" with the claims. In Sonnen's mind, the extra attention that would have resulted from any prolonged back-and-forth would have meant more eyeballs on the fight, and more dollars. Instead, the dispute was extinguished.

"Look Malki, if you're at all a trustable guy, you don't need to swear on God," Sonnen said. "Just tell him it didn't happen. Unless you have an extremely guilty conscience, and an extremely poor track record, all you need to say is your piece. You don't need to bring God into it, and all these other things.

"And then he breaks the cardinal rule and says Rampage is just hyping a fight," he continued. "Well, gee Malki, if he is, and you're part of that fight, why would you stop him? You stupid son of a ... I would have fired him for using the word 'hype.'




Chael Sonnen on Rampage-Jones Spygate: 'This Whole Thing Is Ridiculous' (http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/09/08/chael-sonnen-on-rampage-jones-spygate-this-whole-thing-is-ridi/)

0mega1
09-08-2011, 06:02 PM
"And then he breaks the cardinal rule and says Rampage is just hyping a fight," he continued. "Well, gee Malki, if he is, and you're part of that fight, why would you stop him? You stupid son of a ... I would have fired him for using the word 'hype.'

never thought i'd say this but.... he makes a valid point.