The Sunday Morning Rumor Mill

The Sunday Morning Rumor Mill

The first Sunday Morning Rumor Mill on the new site, and after one of the most historic nights in MMA history. This week's SMRM is Anderson Silva heavy, as many of you would expect. I know many of you are still trying to grasp on to some sort of understanding after the wake of Chris Weidman's KO over The Spider. Well, don't read this feature for any closure. In fact, this is just going to bring more questions than it will answers.

So check out this week's edition of the MiddleEasy Sunday Morning Rumor Mill, and enjoy the few hours you have left until you're forced to go back to work.

.This week's rumor mill would be meaningless if we didn't discuss Anderson Silva and him intentionally losing to Chris Weidman at UFC 162. One theory states that Anderson Silva was simply tired of defending the title and in order to do other things with this combat sports career (like boxing Roy Jones Jr.) he needed to lose a fight to lower his status in the MMA world.

.Another interesting theory regarding Anderson Silva losing is that Silva was consulted before the fight to take a dive in order for Chris Weidman to be the champion and place further pressure on New York legislatures to legalize MMA in the state.

.An Instagram picture was recently released of Nick Diaz claiming he wants to fight again in the UFC. That picture (and corresponding message) is rumored to be released by Nick Diaz's ex-girlfriend, not him.

.Apparently if Anderson Silva successfully defended his belt at UFC 162, Roy Jones Jr. was going to enter the cage and challenge Anderson Silva to a match. Unclear as to what 'match' it was, but it's safe to assume it would have been boxing.

.Not really a rumor, more like a confirmation that I'm probably not supposed to tell you guys. However, as of last night, EA Sports will alter Anderson Silva's stats in the upcoming EA UFC game being released next year.

.Not only Vitor Belfort, but Michael Bisping blew up Dana White's cell phone asking for a title shot against Chris Weidman.

.Someone allegedly bet $1 million on Chris Weidman last night and Las Vegas is investigating it.

Last modified onSunday, 07 July 2013 20:31
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+18 # synthsis 2013-07-07 20:29
Quote: further pressure on New York legislatures to legalize MMA in the state.
New York already has one champ in that buffoon Jon Jones. That hasn't done squat to get MMA legal in NY.

I like the conspiracy that now that Ando has lost he can pursue his dreams of being on Brazilian Dancing with the Stars in his down time.
+12 # Stgutfree 2013-07-07 20:35
I'd watch that.
-1 # America 2013-07-08 18:44
UFC needed a White Champ.
-1 # SST 2013-07-09 19:48
He's going to finally start that car wash business he's always dreamed of.
+35 # Stgutfree 2013-07-07 20:32
Vitor vs Weidman, whoever wins Jesus will get the credit
+17 # Master Bader 2013-07-08 00:59
To whoever loses that fight, "Sorry, Jesus doesn't love you as much as the other guy. You should pray harder."
-8 # CAINtheBULL 2013-07-07 20:39
Did we all see Anderson break up with the UFC last night? No.

Anderson got caught clowning - Kid Nate
0 # SST 2013-07-09 19:49
can't believe you're reposting BE quotes.
0 # CapoRock8732 2013-07-07 20:43
That second rumor is stupid. Jon fucking Jones live in NY but Chris Weidman being champ is going to make NY change its mind. Dumb
+32 # MediocreThreat 2013-07-07 20:59
Guys, remember when we didn't get a SMRM for like 100 Sundays? Even if a conspiracy rumor is "dumb" let's pretend it's the greatest thing since Kimbo Slice so that Zeus keeps putting them out.
+4 # CapoRock8732 2013-07-07 21:08
Im just saying the idea of it effecting NY legislation is absurd. Zeus is prob just reporting the rumor and not coming up with it himself and for that I thank him. Long live the SMRM!
+14 # CapoRock8732 2013-07-07 20:46
Also Bisping asking for a title shot is also stupid. He should try to win 3 fights in a row before asking. Hell even winning 2 fights in a row would be an accomplishment for Bisping.
-15 # w0rg 2013-07-07 21:00
Are you retarded? Bisping has strung together really long winning streaks in the past and was riding a 4 fight streak into his fight with Chael, just because you don't like him doesn't mean he sucks.
+20 # CapoRock8732 2013-07-07 21:06
Well its not 2011 anymore and hes 2-2 in his last 4. UFC been trying to hand him a title shot but he can't win 2 fights in a row
-9 # w0rg 2013-07-07 21:19
He lost two fights to two guys who are the best in their division, Bisping can beat anyone outside of the top 3
+24 # CapoRock8732 2013-07-07 21:52
Quoting w0rg:
He lost two fights to two guys who are the best in their division, Bisping can beat anyone outside of the top 3

You said it yourself, he cant beat top 3 guys so why the fuck would you give him a title shot??
+1 # AngusPunisher 2013-07-08 17:35
8) Yet he lost to Wand who was maybe top 10 at the time :lol: :D :lol:
+7 # Nuked 2013-07-07 23:06
And of that 4 fight streak who was ranked top 10?
+8 # CapoRock8732 2013-07-07 21:02
Someone allegedly bet $1 million on Chris Weidman last night and Las Vegas is investigating it.
"Pay that man his money"- Teddy KGB
+1 # Angela 2013-07-07 21:26
Anderson theories aside: the Diaz thing is just weird. Why doesn't he erase the pics of her? Just strange and strains the bonds of credulity.

I want to see Diaz fight again and wish him well, but if there is even a scintilla of truth here, then the drama in his life is clearly more important for him to deal with.
+2 # jake shields 2013-07-07 21:39
+12 # AFrontKicktotheFace 2013-07-07 22:30
UFCs downfall was signing the FoX deal. We all know what kind of shit goes down with that network, one of the dirtiest networks if not THE most in the business.

NFL is shady as fuck. Even NBA and NHL are shady as fuck. (not FoX affiliated I know). No reason to think UFC doesnt fall into the category as well, especially now. Olympics, Soccer etc etc..I have a feeling this is the way of all major sports. Big business, no reason to think otherwise.

This is not to say the WHOLE show is scripted, but there can definitely be minor ''hiccups'' to ''shake'' things up or achieve a specific goal. In the NHL and NBA its questionable reffing that seem to push or pull certain teams away or towards the finals etc. people bitch for a day and everyone moves on, but you know one team just got fucked. We just accept it. Im not even saying the UFC is necessarily responsible for anything yet (although there are plenty of questionable things that need to be discussed), but it is an individuals game, not a team sport. Anderson Silva is just crazy enough to be up to something. He clearly fights with no fear, fucks with his bosses, with the media...if anyone is capable of being up to something, its this guy. Too many strange coincidences, and the uneasy feeling that pretty much 99.8% of the people who were watching last night got. Peoples spidey senses are tingling for a reason imo.

One thing I can say though, intentional or not, this is why I am so intrigued and love Anderson so much because even in defeat, he goes out on his Shield. No fear. The guy is gun-slinger (although he clearly didnt use his arsenal last night) and showed absolutely no fear in asking another man to PLEASE punch him in his face with his hands in his pockets. Thrilling non-the-less, WHOEVER you were rooting for.... Nobody else in MMA does this shit (the Diaz bros dont count because they are not on the same level)....

...Or if you prefer, you can sit there in awe and watch your champion rotate like a frog on top of inferior opponents and show zero finishing abilities. If thats your thing, all the power to you. Ill stick with the real GOAT. The man with one shot kill abilities and cat like reflexes and balls of steel.

I am skeptical about last night though, but it doesnt change how I feel about Anderson, and am comfortable with the loss in retrospect because Silva went against the grain, challenged himself and showed NO fear in doing so, and was gracious in defeat and cool as a cucumber afterwards as well. Very strange individual. I think in due time, little details will be revealed as to what the fuck happened last night.
+2 # Master Bader 2013-07-08 01:04
You're right about the Fox deal. Kinda makes sense. Chris Weidman, all-American champion, would look great on a Fox card to attract new fans. He's very marketable in that sense compared to Silva.
-2 # Brick House 2013-07-08 07:49
Dude, if Silva isn't marketable, why the hell would Nike sign with him??? OF COURSE the dude is marketable! People love "GOATs," and they love and hate indestructible athletes. One side watches them to keep winning, and the other are waiting for them to fail... either way it's huge for capitalism. Take Ali for example, I remember in many parts of the US where Ali was HATED!

The good and the bad sell just as equally....

Weidman fought the man, not the myth, and came out on top. Grow up and accept that Silva is human.
-2 # SST 2013-07-09 22:08
LOL! Cry me a river f3gget. Silva was done after the Maia fight fool! He could have been the GOAT by going up in weight and cleaning out the LHW division, but NOOOOO he wanted to dance around like a f#gget, not fight, and give up, duck gsp and jj.
+7 # Fatty_Sam86 2013-07-07 22:31
Has anyone figured out how to browse through old stories/posts?
+25 # no 2013-07-07 22:50
this new website is fucking ass.
0 # Fatty_Sam86 2013-07-08 10:36
I don't mind it. Just gotta get used to it. But old stories would be kosher.
0 # SST 2013-07-09 22:10
fatty, click the fighting tab (upper left side of page) at the top of the page. i will sort of revert back to the old site format where you can page through old articles.
+4 # mark kerrs dignity 2013-07-08 00:10
Why, why must you change the site? What was wrong with the old one? This really blows on my cell phone. Fml. Thanks for the rumor mill though. War hammer house!
-3 # seanward 2013-07-08 00:22
So Anderson Silva gave up his winning bonus, (400000)?????? And instead of being submitted, he decided to get knocked out and sustain a concussion, or possibly risking even worse injury?
He also decided to risk his reputation and possible legal problems for fixing a fight, Instead of simply walking away undefeated, when he grew tired of being champion?
He figured it would be better to tarnish his reputation, and undefeated status, making his brand worth less, than to simply vacate the belt????

He lost... Plain and simple. Weidman won on the cards, the ground, and knocked Silva into unconsciousness on the feet. All facts.
And no amount of belly aching is going to change it.
No dive, no fix, just a good left hook Silva didnt expect, by a really good fighter way above bonnars caliber.
+12 # AFrontKicktotheFace 2013-07-08 01:49
You seem to be ignoring the fact that if Anderson just ''walked'' away from the belt to pursue other challenges....t he belt would be considered a joke. And the UFC would look like a joke for having a paper champion while the real champ is pursuing other fights. You yourself sound exactly like the type that would jump all over his ass for ''not doing his job and defending the belt''.

Dont you find it strange that Anderson predicted a Weidman victory in his ''ideal scenario'' PRIOR to the fight, and said the exact same thing AFTER the fight and decided to drop his hands like usual YES, but with ZERO counter-strikin g? This isnt just anybody man. Odds being very even, every employee coincidentally predicting the outcome, Anderson accepting defeat prior to the fight and saying hes comfortable with it then showing up and allowing a man to punch him repeatedly in the face with no resistance...le tting Weidman hold the belt at the presser. That is a LOT of coincidences is all im saying.

When has he ever done these things? I have no clue what exactly, but SOMEthing weird happened last night. I think even Weidmans corner felt it, including everyone I know who watched the fight. I dont think even you feel 100% at ease about the victory. I just cant see how. Anderson didnt fight. But he sure as hell made it exciting and went out like a gangster.

I agree with what SystemOL says below me to be honest. But if Anderson comes back and fights like Anderson again, I think that will speak volumes about last night. For now, its the haters time to shine and spew cum all over the internet. Theyve been holding that shit in for 7 years now. They can bust all the nuts they want to that hollow victory.
+1 # lol, sound like 2013-07-08 06:05
KENNY, you're obsessed with a single fighter to a point that is crazy.

You're Kenny 2
+3 # AFrontKicktotheFace 2013-07-08 14:13
Im more like fuckandersonsil va......but in reverse.
-2 # Hippononymous 2013-07-08 21:53
you are a piece of shit, but this is the funniest (or only funny) thing you have ever said on here
-2 # SST 2013-07-09 22:14
silva hasnt fought like anderson silva since lee murray rang his bell.
+12 # SystemOL 2013-07-08 00:30
I still think a better rumor concerning Andy is that he was tired of his opponents leaving their balls at home under the sink. Everyone was so afraid of him that it got too easy for him to clown around and watch people do nothing in response, further enlarging his persona.

He pushed the limits as far as they would go until he finally realized that getting knocked out was the only way to get people to lower their expectations so he could get some decent competition again.

Much better rumor.
+21 # Sherko 2013-07-08 04:47
I heard a rumor that Anderson lost because he got punched in the face.
0 # blue corner 2013-07-08 08:12
shame he couldnt have lost to chael sonnen - now that would have been an epic rubber match - a mutch bigger PPV seller than silva vs weidman - although no one would have suspected chael of knocking him out
+5 # Youza 2013-07-08 08:54
Seriously this new site really sucks.

Not user-friendly at all.

+5 # Deez Nutz 2013-07-08 09:09
I'm glad to hear that EA will be adjusting Anderson's statistical data (punches thrown/landed, win/loss record etc.) based off his last fight. I mean, I expect statistical data to be updated and accurate for all fighters so the AI act more like they do in real life.

Now, if I were to hear that they were adjusting Anderson's ATTRIBUTES (chin, punch power, kick reach etc...) based on one performance, that would be something I'd be a little concerned about. Thankfully though it sounds like they are only adjusting his stats and that's a good thing!
0 # HannibalKing3 2013-07-08 10:10
Fedor never lost to a newbie that was only 9-0. Hes still the G.O.A.T.
0 # jorge 2013-07-08 16:31
olha o site

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