From Tokyo to San Jose the Sunday Morning Rumor Mill never sleeps. With Bellator and UFC shows on the same weekend your friendly neighborhood rumor mill kicked into it’s nth gear.
Is Bellator having their best year in company history? How does the UFC rebound from a year with so far no McGregor, Rousey, Diaz or Lesnar octagon fights? Where do boxing and WWE fall on the combat sports’ happiness scale? The final quarter of 2017 may answer all these questions and more if some rumors track to the finish line.
As always these are rumors that have been talked about behind closed doors between MMA higher ups, so take them as MMA rumors.
Before your scheduled Sunday mediation time where all you do is replay all pride fights in your head, sit crisscross applesauce and ease your mind with some Sunday Morning Rumor Mill breathing exercises.
- Huge if true, but rumors are picking up that the UFC is trying to book Conor McGregor versus Nate Diaz part three for the end of 2017 or the first quarter of 2018. Most of the scheduling depends on what date Team McGregor wants; the UFC’s New Year’s Eve weekend, Super Bowl weekend of the first week of March (AKA the anniversary of Conor-Nate 1) have all be put on the table.
- Also it looks like when McGregor and Diaz step in the cage again it will be at 155 pounds and for the UFC lightweight title
- Stop if you heard this before but rumors are once again popping up that Cris Cyborg and USADA are having problems. Hang tight and don’t be surprised if more news of Cyborg vs. USADA officials leak out over the next few weeks. No word if this has anything to do with Cyborg’s talk of wanting to take on a boxing match
- In the middle of talks for their next big TV contract, rumor is the UFC’s most likely broadcast home will be across multiple networks. UFC officials are reportedly pitching their league like the NFL or NBA where games are aired on more than one network, sometimes even at the same time. This tiered approach to shopping the UFC’s next TV contract may be in lieu of one major network paying the company their multi-million dollar target
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