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Tito Ortiz hits Rampage Jackson with sledgehammer after rejecting offer (Video)

TNA Wrestling and Bellator MMA have combined forces to help promote Spike TV’s newest personalities, and they’re doing a good job of creating a buzz leading up to the Nov. 2 pay-per-view bout between ex-UFC stars Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson.

Tito Ortiz hammerTwo weeks ago, Ortiz was revealed as TNA’s August 1 warning. On Thursday at TNA’s Impact Wrestling Hardcore Justice event, Rampage offered Ortiz a chance to join the Main Event Mafia, telling him that he was needed to fill Kurt Angle’s spot. Ortiz turned on Jackson and “hit” Rampage with a sledgehammer to help Bully Ray beat Chris Sabin to regain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. By the end of the show, it looked like Ortiz was partnering up with the rival Aces & Eights.

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Chael Sonnen, Rampage Jackson trade hilarious trash talk

Back in October, when Chael Sonnen challenged Anderson Silva in front of the entire world, he upped the ante by throwing in a surprising “loser walks” wager.

“Anderson Silva, you absolutely suck,” Sonnen said after manhandling Brian Stann at UFC 136, an event in which Silva was in attendance. “I’m calling you out Silva, but we’re upping the stakes. I beat you, you leave the division. You beat me, I will leave the UFC forever.”

Silva agreed to the fight, although Sonnen later backed off on his offer. But one devastating Silva knee to the chest (face?) and a TKO loss later, Sonnen still remains part of UFC even though he’s reportedly considering retirement. However, Rampage Jackson is holding Sonnen to his word.

“He sucked … he should stick to his promise to leave the UFC,” Jackson told MMA Elite. “He should go somewhere where people like his interviews and love the way he is, the way he talks s**t on everybody. I can’t stand that boy. F*** Chael.”

Of course Sonnen found out about those remarks. And of course the arguably biggest s-talker in the history of UFC wasn’t going to bite his tongue. Here’s his awesome rebuttal (via MMA Mania):

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Rampage Jackson reportedly says UFC doctor recommended he get testosterone therapy for fight

Rampage Jackson says he was injured leading up to his UFC 144 fight against Ryan Bader and that he nearly pulled out because of all his medical problems. However, he says he saw a UFC doctor who recommended he get testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to heal so he could keep the fight date. Rampage says he followed the instructions, took the TRT, and that it made him feel great.

“I never had surgery in my life. But I hurt this knee back in college, I hurt it before I fought Rashad and so I knew it was the same injury… a lot of fights when I am injured I don’t tell anybody but the UFC knew this time because my doctor works for the UFC,” Rampage told Fighter’s Only magazine. “It’s good that the UFC knew because they look after you, they take care of you even if its just in training. Pride didn’t do that.

“I almost pulled out but then I went to see the doctor and he told me to talk to an age-management doctor. So I went and talked to them and they tested me and said my testosterone was low; they prescribed me testosterone, to bring my testosterone levels back up to levels where I can be like … so that I am the same as young people, like when I was 25, and it would help build my knee up,” he said. “I hurt my knee like a month ago and I only did three shots of testosterone but it put a lot of weight on me, a lot of muscle on me but it healed me knee up good enough to where I could fight.

“It was hard for me to train, it takes time to heal, I couldn’t do certain things, but this was my first time ever using testosterone. I took what the doctor prescribed to me and I went to the pharmacy… I gave myself small doses and that **** immediately changed me, that’s why I am saying now I am not going to retire. I am not gonna retire no time soon, it’s just unfortunate that I got this injury.”

Based on those comments, you can clearly see how beneficial TRT can be to fighters. Now there’s another serious concern beyond a UFC doctor recommending a fighter get testosterone replacement therapy — Rampage says the UFC told him several fighters are probably using TRT but just keep it quiet.

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Ron Artest Wants to Box Rampage Jackson

Ron Artest will do almost anything for attention, and that includes faking news about the lockout being over. The Lakers forward has long expressed a desire to try out different sports when he’s done playing basketball. He said last year that he wanted to try football, and he’s said for a long time that he wants to box after his NBA days are over.

Well Metta World Peace went on a tweeting-for-attention binge Sunday, and at one point said “I will challenge anyone heavyweight over 240 to a boxing fight. Not UFC. Boxing in the ring!! Come get your face ko’d!”

At first, Metta talked about facing street fighting legend, Kimbo Slice. Mr. Peace was certain to point out that he will only box someone, not face them in an MMA match. When the name Jose Canseco came up, Artest brushed it aside saying he needs more of a challenge. We agree; Canseco’s lost to a 60-year-old man. But then the name of UFC fighter Rampage Jackson came up, and Ron Ron said he’d take that fight, as long as it were in the boxing ring.

On Tuesday, it appeared as if a charity fight was going to be arranged. Both Rampage and Ron Ron seemed into it, but then something must have come up because Peace’s tune changed.

“Come on UFC ! Don’t block me and Rampage’s fight for charity!” Artest wrote on Twitter, implying that a contractual roadblock might stand in the way of a charity bout.

I know Mr. Peace is really angling for this thing to happen, but I’m guessing he’s bargaining for more than he can handle. Jackson is a professional fighter. Artest, despite his best efforts on the court to show us otherwise, is a basketball player. This probably would not work out well for him.

Jon Jones Tells Rampage Jackson He Wouldn’t Stoop to Spying on an Opponent

Jon Bones Jones is defending himself against accusations that he has a spy in Rampage Jackson’s camp. Writing on Twitter Tuesday, Jones addressed Jackson, taking a shot at him in the process.

“Just so you know, I’m not a person who looks for shortcuts in life,” Jones wrote to Rampage. “Unlike you, MMA is not something I do because of money.”

Jones’ tweet is a reference to Jackson who left the sport to act in The A-Team remake. He continued to defend himself to the public, adding “[MMA is] a way of life for me and I would never disrespect the integrity of that. I have way more faith in myself, as well as, respect for the art of fighting to ever stoop that low, that’s just bad karma.” Jones went on to wish Rampage a successful camp.

It’s important to note that Jackson didn’t accuse Jones of spying on him but rather his manager. But as Rampage pointed out, a manager’s actions reflects upon the fighter. Besides, that’s no excuse — if a fighter who’s so concerned with integrity knows his team is spying, wouldn’t he tell them to stop? That’s what one would figure.

Rampage Jackson Accuses Jon Jones’ Camp of Spying on Him

We have a scandal on our hands in the MMA world and it centers around potential moles. Rampage Jackson told Yahoo! Sports he believes there’s a rat in his camp who’s been leaking information to opposing fighters. Rampage cited several examples making him believe Jon Bones Jones, his UFC 135 opponent, is spying on him.

Rampage says he first became wary of a spy during his UFC 114 against Rashad Evans. Evans beat Rampage in a unanimous decision and won the fight pretty easily. What surprised Rampage was the way his injured knee was repeatedly punched by Evans. Rampage never had an opponent punch him in the knee, and there was no public announcement of a knee injury that would make Rashad want to attack it.

Evans says he punched Rampage’s knee because he could tell it was a point of weakness, but he says he picked that up during the fight, not because of inside information. Rampage found the knee punching strange, but he didn’t do anything. It wasn’t until he received a Twitter message from a fan saying there was a spy in his camp that he considered it a legitimate possibility. The sly fighter decided to test it.

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Rampage Jackson Tries to Punk Ariel Helwani Again (Video)

Rampage Jackson sat ringside for the UFC on Versus 4 Sunday night and provided some analysis on TV afterwards. After breaking down the win by his training buddy Cheick Kongo, Rampage was asked about his rumored upcoming fight with Jon Jones. That’s when he rekindled his issues with reporter Ariel Helwani. Check out the video:

Rampage is frequently a character full of personality during interviews and he often crosses the line. He got into it with Helwani during a pre-UFC 130 interview after being upset with the way a previous radio interview went between them. The guy may be entertaining because of his spontaneous and wacky personality, but he needs to cool it with Helwani.