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The Sunday Morning Rumor Mill

The Sunday Morning Rumor Mill

Whenever you’re waiting for the Sunday Morning Rumor Mill, just keep in mind that I live in Hollywood, California — which is so obviously located in the Pacific Standard Time Zone. So what may be afternoon for you is still morning for us west coasters. Also, picture me passed out on my sofa, slightly hung over, fully clothed from last night with a frozen pepperoni pizza unwrapped and sitting on my kitchen counter. Sure I had every intention to put it in the oven and have a tasty snack while I watched this weekend’s episode of Project Runway, but the allure of horizontally positioning myself on my sofa was just too strong. I couldn’t fight it, nor should you. Enjoy the Sunday Morning Rumor Mill.

  • Former M-1 executive, Jerry Millen, continues to insist on Twitter that ‘UFC has a big problem.’
  • It appears that even though we wrote an article on the current ‘Beef Saga’ in Thailand, it’s not even close to over yet. We’ve been told by a very close source that allegedly Ray Elbe organized a drug raid on Phuket Top Team. Thai authorities were also allegedly ‘paid off’ to arrest people and the authorities ‘found’ illegal weapons within Phuket Top Team and apparently a pregnant woman (who will not be named here) was thrown in jail under false pretenses. Her family plans to retaliate against the person responsible for this, who some people believe to be Ray Elbe.
  • In Chael Sonnen’s post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani, he mentions that he ‘has his reasons’ to believe that an Anderson Silva rematch is planned for Super Bowl weekend, insisting that he ‘knows something’ that we don’t. Well, as of right now, nothing is planned for Sonnen on Super Bowl weekend, let alone a rematch between Sonnen and Silva. It was all wishful thinking from Chael, However, according to a recent Dana White interview from USA Today, it looks like Chael Sonnen may be influencing Dana White. In short, Chael’s wishful thinking may actually be working.
  • It appears that even though it was rumored that Eddie Alvarez vs. Shinya Aoki is slated for a future DREAM event, it appears that Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney may prevent this fight from taking place.
  • Road FC and Dare Championship’s new partnership deal may also come with a new TV deal for the South-Asian region.
  • While the NBA season is on hiatus, it appears that a large number of Los Angeles NBA players (Clippers and Lakers) have been secretly enrolling in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu in West LA. If you’re in the area, I’m pretty sure you can catch ‘Metta World Peace’ trying to learn a gogoplata inside the gym.
  • DREAM is still wrestling with the idea of having a one-night, open-weight women’s tournament on New Year’s Eve. Three names that have been mentioned are Amanda Lucas, Miwa Asao and I’ve been told that DREAM execs want to get Gina Carano in the event.
  • Dan Quinn appears to still be in the process of assembling a fight with Jose Canseco.
  • Mark Pavelich has issued a challenge to fight Dana White in a boxing ring, claiming that he is an ‘above average’ boxer.
  • A UFC accredited MMA news source has been advised not to use the term ‘Blackzilians’ to describe the Florida MMA group which includes Rashad Evans, Bigfoot Silva, Jorge Santiago, Michael Johnson (and a few others that I’m missing). It’s important to note the company the site is owned by advised them not to use the term, not ZUFFA.
  • It’s rumored that Ken Pavia sold his ‘MMA Agents’ business for the price tag of $190,000.
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