By Zach Arnold | March 18, 2012
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- Rampage suddenly says the magic of T isn’t helping his knees
- How UFC can play the testosterone card against Rampage
- Testosterone capitulation: The UFC, Rampage, & Fighters Only
- Rampage’s exquisite timing in making his ‘final stand’ against UFC
- One enemy too many: UFC testosterone narrative backfiring
- Mood swings: Rampage rages against UFC
- Rampage Jackson admits TRT usage, claims his doctor works for UFC
- Five questions the media should ask about UFC testosterone story
- Victor Conte: Ongoing testosterone fiasco will haunt UFC; Dave Meltzer says Bristol Marunde fought on Strikeforce show w/ TUE for testosterone
When we last joined you on the Rampage/UFC saga, Rampage was doing the media rounds on Thursday and managed to create more trouble. This time, he apparently name-dropped his sports doctor — which appears, based on photographs & postings on his own web site, to be Dr. William Kessler (chiropractor) who works with various MMA fighters.
- Rampage continued making claims that Dr. Kessler allegedly bills the UFC and that supposedly the UFC pays Dr. Kessler.
- In the now infamous Fighters Only interview, the interview attributes comments to Rampage saying that his doctor supposedly tells UFC what is going on regarding his health.
- Rampage continued defending his usage of testosterone and once again claimed that his doctor (Dr. Kessler) led him to a “Russian” age management doctor, where he ended up with the prescription for testosterone. Rampage has claimed that he pays for the T prescription out of his pocket as opposed to billing the UFC for it.
Rampage’s comments have raised key issues regarding Testosterone usage in MMA and also the role of doctors & alleged relationships with the UFC. This is his own doing, for better or for worse, and Rampage clearly thinks he’s on the right end of this PR battle.
With that as the latest background, fighter agent Mike Kogan has had enough of Rampage’s act. Here’s what he posted on Twitter on Saturday night:
Mike raises an interesting angle to the current UFC/Rampage crapfest and that’s which fighters supposedly get their doctor bills paid for and which ones don’t. Given the current Zuffa ‘insurance policy’ plan and King Mo’s struggles with medical bills, you could see why Mike is frustrated for his client. How effective are the insurance policies for fighters in terms of what gets covered and by what criteria? There’s that debate. Then there’s the debate as to whether or not certain doctors are getting preferred status or not, plus the cash or insurance payment angle to this story.
Of course, it should be duly noted that there’s bad blood now between King Mo & Rampage. Mo also has an upcoming hearing in Nevada on the 27th regarding his failed drug test.
There’s a million questions that can be asked now given that Rampage claims Dr. Kessler supposedly led him to an age management doctor which resulted in a prescription for T, combined with the fact that Rampage fought at the UFC Japan show — an event that the UFC ‘regulated’ on their own. Who in Zuffa allowed Rampage to fight on T via a Therapeutic Use Exemption (if there was one in the first place)?
As far as where the heat will go in regards to the current UFC/Rampage PR battle, count on Rampage getting the majority of the heat from those inside the business. He’s an easier target and he’s not feared like Zuffa is. Zuffa’s the only game in town, so fighters & agents are grateful for whatever they can get. Rampage complaining about his current situation is rubbing people the wrong way, which is entirely the opposite of what he is trying to accomplish with his current PR campaign against the UFC.
For now, I’ll close with a quote from Chris Barton: What kills me about this thing is that there is apparently a horrible disease running rampant through the MMA community wrecking all of these poor fighters “natural testosterone levels”. When will we ever find the culprit!?
On a related side note, The New Scientist has an article out today about the future of drug testing. Hint: not blood or urine testing. Try ‘muscle biopsy.’