Cheick Kongo. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Two weeks after training partner Quinton “Rampage” Jackson officially joined up with the Wolfslair Fight Team, UFC heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo has ditched Juanito Ibarra as his manager and done the same according to a report by Yahoo! Eurosport.
Kongo will join Jackson along with new teammates Michael Bisping and Paul Kelly at the England-based gym, which is only a few hours away from his current home in his native country of France.
“With Mike [Bisping] fighting so often in America, we made a lot of great friends,” Wolfslair co-owner Anthony McGann said. “Quinton had a split from his coach and he knew what a good job we did with Bisping so it was a natural move for him.
“His old management weren’t on great terms with the UFC. It was the same with Cheick. He was having some problems negotiating his new contract with the UFC and was looking for somewhere to train so it was an easy decision for him to join his mates.”
Quinton Jackson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
If you haven’t read Josh Gross’ latest piece on all of the drama involving Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, I suggest you check it out. Many quotes concerning Rampage’s behavior come from an unidentified source and shed some light on all of the strange thoughts that were apparently going through his head in the days following his now infamous high-speed chase from police in California earlier this month.
The article even mentions that Rampage relieved Juanito Ibarra of his services following the loss of his UFC light heavyweight title to Forrest Griffin on July 5th. The move seems odd considering that it was Ibarra that revamped Jackson’s game and catapulted him to the top of the UFC after floundering during his final years in PRIDE. On the other hand, Gross’ source mentions that the firing has something to do with money, giving current rumors floating around concerning Ibarra possibly stealing from Rampage a bit more validity.
However the most disturbing part is the possibility that the UFC may be planning on rematching Rampage against Wanderlei Silva in November:
As an Aug. 15 court date approaches for the 30-year-old father of four, a search for a new representation is underway. And, though he is only two weeks removed from an incident that allegedly sent pedestrians scurrying for their lives, the UFC is said to be interested in a November return for Rampage with a third fight against Silva.
I don’t know about anyone else, but this kind of makes me angry a little bit.
Forrest Griffin, by Becky Bollom on Flickr
The main bout of UFC 86, Forrest Griffin vs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, is still the talk of the MMA world.
Sherdog weighs-in on the general displeasure of the decision and possible rematch, along with fighters’ opinions on who won the fight. An official count wasn’t made, but giving it a casual read, it does seem that most think Griffin won the fight.
The number one reason for Griffin not winning - and notice it’s not written Jackson winning or even Griffin losing - is that “you have to beat the champ”, a quote from Jackson’s coach Juanito Ibarra, some fighters, and even readers of this site. The concept is well understood, but scoring systems don’t change for championship fights and champions don’t get awarded bonus points (although we’ve all seen some fights where it seemed like they were). The UFC does increase the number of rounds for a title fight, but that’s the lone rules change, and no scoring changes come along with that. Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports has similar thoughts.
Griffin’s win made him the highest paid fighter of the night according to MMA Weekly. The $150k win bonus helped him top former champ Rampage. The two also were awarded fight of the night bonuses of $60k. The third highest paid fighter wasn’t even on the main card. Gabriel Gonzaga, who defeated Justin McCully on the preliminary card, received $100k with the win bonus.
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