The Sunday Morning Rumor Mill

It’s unfortunate that the entire MiddleEasy crew was busy getting content for the duration of Saturday night. We couldn’t deliver our trademark post-fight articles after the major fights, mostly because we were trying to nab every morsel of video we could from Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson in Ohio, and Bellator 35 in California. Through hours of rigorous work, we placed both events in a juicer and squeezed out enough content to satisfy your MMA thirst for this past weekend. That’s a hell of an allusion to drop on you guys this Sunday evening, both for the sake of consistency, we will still refer to this article as ‘The Sunday Morning Rumor Mill’ — because we’re temporal lunatics.

  • Cox Cable has dropped HDNet from their channel lineup. Incidentally, Strikeforce will not air anymore preliminaries on HDNet.
  • Even though he agreed to show up, Nick Diaz was nowhere to be found at his autograph signing this past Saturday at the Arnold’s. Diaz was also scheduled to appear at the post-fight press conference for Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson but didn’t appear.
  • After Feijao’s loss to Henderson, Anderson Silva kept emphasizing something to Feijao about the face-plant he made at the end of the fight. Pedro Rizzo also joined in, however it seemed ‘good-natured’.
  • A few people at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson claim that Liz Carmouche tapped when in a guillotine against Marloes Coenen.
  • Let’s just say Jay Hieron had to put his significant other verbally ‘in-check’ after ‘completely acting up’ after his Bellator victory over Anthony Lapsley at Bellator 35.
  • Even though Jens Pulver grabbed a win this weekend at Chicago Cagefighting Championships, he’s undecided if he will retire on a two-fight win streak.
  • Bigfoot Silva sat three seats away from Josh Barnett. The entire evening at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson Bigfoot traded stares with Barnett, and apparently wanted to exchange words with him. Josh ignored Bigfoot.
  • Greg Jackson and Martin de Jong also exchanged words at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson.
  • Despite the stories that ran last week, Ryan Bader did not call out Tito Ortiz. He also seems concerned with the lack of light heavyweight depth in the UFC.
  • Dan Severn was a body-paint model at the Arnold’s. Strange, yes.
  • If Satoshi Ishii wins his upcoming Strkeforce Challenger’s bout on April 1st, expect him to be immediately thrown in the Strikeforce title mix.
  • People associated with FEG and Real Entertainment believe the UFC is ‘disrespecting’ Japanese fighters be placing them on unaired prelims and ‘Facebook’. Therefore, notable executives in the world of Japanese MMA are more inclined to work with Strikeforce.
  • Bjorn Rebney is talking with Maximo Blanco to get him into Bellator, but nothing has been signed yet.
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