The Sunday Morning Rumor Mill

There’s something about a San Jose Strikeforce fight weekend that makes the MMA media act like kids in a Toys R Us. It was great meeting all of you, including the random person that told me they had a robotic arm from the year 2094. I hope you never get that thing confiscated by the US government. Last night, we ran into Mayhem Miller who claimed that he doesn’t like when we do the Sunday Morning Rumor Mill. Judging from the numbers, there are thousands of you out there that love this weekly spot, so without further hesitation — welcome to the Sunday Morning Rumor Mill, homie.

  • After the Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II card, Nick Diaz was walking in the hallway of the HP Pavilion to attend the post-fight press conference. Simultaneously, the guys at Showtime was ushering Mayhem Miller out of the post-fight press conference in order to prevent another Strikeforce: Tennessee. From what I was told, Mayhem was supposed to exit out of the post-fight press conference doors and take a right, while Nick Diaz was going to enter the room in the opposite direction. In short, both fighters would have never crossed paths if this initial plan actually worked, however things sort of ‘screwed up’. As Mayhem Miller was walking down the corridor, he abruptly turned around and walked the other way. As the two were approaching each other, things seemed to be somewhat civil. Out of nowhere, Nick Diaz launched a water bottle directly at Mayhem’s face — almost at point-blank range. It hit Mayhem directly in the face, water exploded everywhere and Miller looked stunned. Security got in-between the two and Nick Diaz held his arms up and said ‘Come on you fat [expletive]!‘. He then tried shoving the security away to get close to Mayhem while screaming ‘Let’s do it right now!‘. Nick Diaz managed to get within swinging distance, and then more security jumped in and held back Nick and finally got him to walk in the opposite direction, towards the post-fight press conference room. This altercation happened outside of the locker rooms. This is not a rumor, it’s 100% true.
  • Kawajiri vs. Kitaoka will probably go down at Dynamite!! 2010.
  • There was a guy on the UG that made some rather outrageous claims regarding WEC/UFC, so in order to stay true to the rumor mill format, I will let you guys know what they are, starting with the rumor that the UFC is looking to leave Spike TV and hop aboard NBC/Universal. Apparently, that’s the reason why the UFC is now on Versus.
  • The UFC will absorb the lightweight talent of WEC and the organization will be kept around to contend with Bellator.
  • This same guy also claims that Urijah Faber will be a coach on The Ultimate Fighter in 2011.
  • The UFC may debut on NBC as early as the 2nd quarter of 2011 (sounds rather ridiculous).
  • Alistair Overeem will be in the UFC by 2011 (another rather ridiculous claim).
  • Versus will most likely be rebranded to NBC Sports.
  • And finally, the UFC shows this year were ‘stress tests’ to see if ZUFFA can handle the new NBC TV deal which they plan to roll out in 2011. We also could see the UFC on G4 TV sometime next year. Personally, I don’t believe any of this stuff, but it’s a rumor nonetheless.
  • There was a huge judging error in last night’s Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II.
  • The Japanese camp, U-File, vs. Sengoku may happen at Dynamite!! 2010.
  • Don’t be surprised if you hear EA Sports announce they are creating a K-1 game for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 in a few months.

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