New Stipe contract, Khabib to 170, Bones update and more in the Sunday Morning Rumor Mill
Welcome to the Sunday Morning Rumor Mill fold. In case you didn’t notice the final four months of 2017 is an all you can eat MMA buffet of events. Starting on September 9th the UFC alone will hold 15 live events before your personal sun dial clicks over to 2018.
In December, the UFC will somehow hold five cards in a 31-day span. It’s not too late to start your own personal training camp from now until the end of the year to prep yourself for a full schedule of MMA goodness as Fall turns into Winter.
As always these are rumors that have been talked about behind closed doors between MMA higher ups, so take them as MMA rumors.
The MMA world deserves itself a three-day weekend. Before you down some BBQ, a frosty cold beverage and jump in a body of water, give the Sunday Morning Rumor Mill a fist bump to acknowledge the long road ahead.
- UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is still in the midst of contract talks. Rumors are Miocic is healthy and ready to fight but his team and the UFC are far part on numbers. A rematch with Alistair Overeem has been tangled in front of Miocic as the heavyweight champion continues to call out boxers on social media
- With his return likely at an UFC event in December, Khabib Nurmagomedov is angling for the biggest return fight possible. Rumor is the UFC still feels burned by Team Khabib from his last minute weight debacle. With Khabib being boxed out of an immediate title fight upon his return the UFC may encourage him to take a fight at 170 pounds as a way to build him back or penalize him
- Sources within Jon Jones camp are now more confident than ever that his USADA suspension will be reduced in some way. Despite the newfound confidence, in all likelihood a smaller sentence would still leave Jones on the shelf for at least one year.
- Huge if true, but early numbers are circulating that Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have in fact shattered the pay-per-view numbers set by Mayweather vs Pacquiao. Internal numbers from the Mayweather Promotions, Showtime and the UFC show that even after refunds the crossover event did more overall money than any other combat sports PPV to date
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