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The Sunday Morning Rumor Mill

The Sunday Morning Rumor Mill

Before we go on with today’s Sunday Morning Rumor Mill, let me reiterate that I’m not some magical soothsayer that has some arcane MMA knowledge. All I do is compile rumors from the week and place them in this article. I don’t know what’s going on with Nate Marquardt. I saw him at UFC 100 and we had a conversation about the tricks casinos use to get people to stay in their facility. That’s the extent of my relationship with Marquardt. Ultimately, I hope that Nate Marquardt has success in his career — wherever he continues it. Now, on to the Sunday Morning Rumor Mill.

  • Nate Marquardt was cut from the UFC due to a prexisting condition that he tried to hide from the athletic commission. The commission discovered it, alerted Dana White and due to Marquardt’s previous knowledge of the condition, he was fired for trying to ‘pull one over’ on the UFC.
  • Nate Marquardt was cut from the UFC because it was perceived that when he was medically ineligible to fight, he ‘sabotaged’ future television negotiations and, in short, the UFC didn’t appreciate it.
  • Nate Marquardt was cut from the UFC due to some sort of ‘treatment’ that the UFC was aware of. Marquardt allegedly abused this therapy, the levels were too high and the commission pulled the fight.
  • Paul Daley vs. Tyron Woodley is verbally agreed on and it will be for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title.
  • The ‘altercation’ that occurred between Ken Shamrock vs. James Toney was a previously agreed upon publicity stunt to garner interest in the fight.
  • Another rumor is that James Toney and Ken Shamrock have agreed to ‘let’ Toney win by submitting Shamrock with a knee bar.
  • Before Mark Pavelich decided to sell MFC, two Canadian promotions were going to ‘team-up’ in order to ‘take down’ MFC. Now that MFC has forfeited their position in Canadian MMA, there will be no need for this.
  • Spike TV’s attempt to counterprogram UFC on Versus 4 is exactly what you think it is.
  • One of your favorite MMA commentators will be moving to a new organization in Asia within the end of the year.
  • Crazy rumor, but I was told that preliminary talks with Royce Gracie have begun in order to fight Sakuraba in Japan on Dynamite!! 2011. Earlier last week, Sakuraba stated that he would be interested in participating in a future DREAM show.
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