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Did Rampage name-drop his UFC-friendly doctor?

By Zach Arnold | March 16, 2012

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When we last focused on the UFC/Rampage disastrous PR battle, we focused on Rampage’s latest Twitter game regarding why he won’t be fighting Mauricio Shogun any time soon. The stakes have been raised further.

The reliable Brent Brookhouse has an update about a 45-minute interview that Rampage Jackson did with Karyn Bryant (yes, they’re back together for another interview). Rampage did a PR blitz yesterday with a few MMA media types, supposedly.

Anyhow, click on Brent’s link to read quotes Rampage said about testosterone usage during the 45 min interview. Rampage is changing his tune about the T level numbers and this time he’s name dropping his doctors.

Rampage told Bas that his T level supposedly was 420 ng and that his ‘age management’ doctor put him on a program to get it to 600 ng, although Rampage wanted to do 800 ng but the doctor allegedly told him that he didn’t want him ‘to get into trouble.’

In Rampage’s comments to Karyn Bryant, he’s talking about Cheick Kongo ‘naturally’ being an example of someone with ‘1100 ng of T.’ So, Rampage says in his comments that he viewed using testosterone as a ‘level playing field’ issue.

The more he opens his mouth, the worse it gets.

During the interview, Rampage name-drops his sports doctor — “Dr. Kessler.” One quick online search pops up the following:

This is Dr. William Kessler, labeled as “The Orange County Fight Doctor” for No Limits MMA.

Here’s the information included for this video at Youtube:

1962 Barranca Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92606
949.251.8880
949.251.8822 fax

No Limits Sports Rehabilitation & Chiropractic specializes in: Sports Injuries, Massage Therapy, Neck / Back Pain, Knee / Shoulder Pain, Wrist / Hand / Elbow Pain, Headaches, Physical Therapy, Cold Laser Therapy, Decompression, Auto & Work Injuries, Exercise / Stretching Techniques, Disc Herniations, Post Surgical / Preventative Therapy, High School Physicals, Joint Stiffness, Muscle Spasms, Pinched Nerves, Tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Referral Service for X-Rays, MRI with Discount Rate, Bracing, Treatment of Contusions, Sprains / Strains, Mouth Guards, Orthotics, Mechanical Traction Table

Notice the pictures of Dr. Kessler and Rampage?

Dr. Kessler doesn’t seem to be too camera shy. He even has a Facebook page. And what can you find on that FB page?

An article from last January penned under Dr. Kessler’s name about Rampage. Love those car pictures, don’t you? Look at the happy Rampage & Dr. Kessler.

So, back to Rampage’s new comments to Karyn Bryant for a second — he backs up earlier claims by saying that the UFC pays Dr. Kessler because Dr. Kessler supposedly bills them. Furthermore, he tried to explain how Dr. Kessler led him to a “Russian” doctor named “Dr. K” for ‘age management.’ Who is Dr. K?

Stay tuned.

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16 Responses to “Did Rampage name-drop his UFC-friendly doctor?”

  1. Norm says:

    Zach, I suppose there will not be any apology to Dr. Davidson, who you wrongly assumed was the one “taking care” of Rampage?

    • Zach Arnold says:

      I did not state that he was the one who ‘took care’ of Rampage.

      I have linked to past articles in which I’ve discussed how he has handled medical issues for the UFC such as Anthony Johnson’s weight cut problem, Matt Hamill’s staph infection, and then when Josh Gross tried to interview him regarding Nate Marquardt/TRT usage while fighting in Germany.

      Dr. Davidson is hired by the UFC reportedly as an independent contractor and does regulatory/medical work for them. He and Marc Ratner are important cogs for the UFC on this front. To not point out the obvious would be foolish.

      Why foolish? Rampage fought at UFC Japan while using T. Who regulated that event? The UFC did. That’s Marc Ratner and company. So, somebody had to approve of Rampage fighting on that show while using T. It’s convenient how you easily left this out.

      The more Rampage opens his mouth, the more questions there are to be raised that are legitimate. Like I said yesterday, I have an opinion that Rampage could go all martyrdom-mode here and spill the beans on people who are not looking for the spotlight.

      • fd2 says:

        This opinion depends on Rampage having beans to spill, which frankly seems unlikely.

        Ed — He’s certifiable, no doubt. Wonder if T has him more aggressive?

  2. Hans says:

    This is interesting, since most sources I have seen only consider testosterone levels to be low if they are under 300. How is raising levels of a powerful hormone by 150-200% not “performance enhancing”? I have to agree with you that this will develop into the biggest scandal in the modern era of MMA.

    • Zach Arnold says:

      Rampage now trotting out the ‘level playing field’ argument to me is the biggest sign yet that he can’t stick to one PR strategy about this.

      First, he claimed his doc led him to an ‘age management’ doc to get T to heal his knee. He then says his knees are feeling better this week, only to come back after UFC announced he would fight Shogun that suddenly both of his knees need surgery after getting an MRI done… but then he admits on Twitter that he will fight on his own terms and against who he wants.

      Now we’ve gone from “T will give me 10 years on my career” due to healing to now saying, hey, other guys are more naturally muscular, so why shouldn’t I get T for a ‘level playing field’?

      Having Sonnen go on Spike and go in public forums to talk about the T issue is not what Zuffa wants at all. Rampage and Sonnen as the face of T usage in MMA is bad news.

      • EJ says:

        In your world it is, but in the real world it’s meaningless. Rampage has no credibility even with his own fans, they know anything he says has to be taken with a huge grain of salt.

        And let’s not go over the Sonnen case again Zach, that should have been the story you went on and on about by exposing the hypocrisy and idiocy of the current AC but you didn’t.

        Instead all you did was take out your dislike of the guy in passive aggressive ways exposing yourself on that subject. But now you want to waste time on this non-story?, you really must be desperate or bored.

        • The Gaijin says:

          Sonnen cheated, lied (badly) and got busted…they made an example of him because he tried to drag 5 other people down with him, including an AC commissioner…he wasn’t even a good cheater since he still pissed hot and lost the fight, what a rube.

          Get over it already.

        • EJ says:

          The only ones who need to get over it are you and Zach considering how obssessed delusional both of you are when it comes to the guy.

        • The Gaijin says:

          “obssessed delusional” …

          Take a long hard look in the mirror brah. If there’s anyone that’s “obsessed delusional” (whatever the hell that means) about this is you, constantly defending the guy with the weakest arguments ever and completely trying to carpet bag on the topic totally skewed angles and flat out false claims. You and that bimbo that was trying to get some publicity for her shitty blog/web interviews should get together and write a letter or something.

  3. Megatherium says:

    Chael cheated and he STILL lost!! LOL

  4. Megatherium says:

    Does anyone know if Chael is licensed to fight in Nevada or California yet or is ZUFFA still commission shopping their marquee heel?

    Anyone?

    • The Gaijin says:

      Still commission shopping (or fighting in Brazil).

      But frankly, the CSAC has licensed Barnett so I don’t know how they wouldn’t license anyone else. NSAC will be another story, so not sure how that’s going to play out.

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