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The Sunday Morning Rumor Mill

The Sunday Morning Rumor Mill

I composed this article Saturday night because I didn’t want to get slapped by this daylight saving nonsense this morning. So we get an hour added to our lives for doing absolutely nothing? Is that how the universe works nowadays? Damn, it doesn’t even try anymore. Now that you suddenly have an extra hour to recover from your Saturday night hangover, enjoy this week’s edition of The Sunday Morning Rumor Mill on MiddleEasy — a place where it’s always morning.

  • According to Dave Meltzer, UFC agreed to not push the ‘UFC on FOX’ during the UFC 138 broadcast because Spike agreed not to push their counter-programming ‘Junior Dos Santos/Cain Velasquez’ special against FOX.
  • The Shinya Aoki vs. Eddie Alvarez fight has been on the horizon for some time now. Initially it was scheduled to go down in Japan at an upcoming ‘DREAM’ event, possibly even the newly announced ‘DREAM New Year’s Eve’ event. However, with the aid of a well-known figure in the MMA industry, the fight was organized solely for Bellator.
  • It’s rumored that Ariel Helwani will give somewhat of a ‘tell all’ on his ‘The MMA Hour’ this Monday regarding the purchase of MMAFighting by SBNation.
  • It appears that Takanori Gomi will be fighting on UFC on Japan.
  • Despite the rumors that have been going around since ProElite aired last night, Paige Chapman, otherwise known as the ‘porn star ring girl‘ is still employed by ProElite.
  • Shinya Aoki will most likely be fighting on ONE FC’s first card of 2012.
  • Reports are premature, but Showtime Sports is paying attention to the recent events of K-1 in hopes of featuring kickboxing on the network, essentially replacing their ‘MMA’ sports slot once the Strikeforce deal is finished.
  • The Federal Trade Commission seems to still be silently investigating ZUFFA. Apparently, the FTC has been interviewing the owner of one particular nutritional beverage company (not Xyience) along with a few other past/current owners of MMA promotions. It’s rumored that the investigation will go public at some point in Spring/Summer 2012, however by now it’s no longer a secret.
  • Pretty silly rumor, but I’ve heard from a reliable source that Nick Diaz plans to exploit GSP’s fear of aliens by showing up to the UFC 143 press conference/weigh-in wearing an alien mask.
  • It appears that Daniel Herbertson is the first person to be released from MMAFighting since the buyout by SBNation.
  • Don King has made it apparent that he wants to dive into the MMA industry and go head-to-head with Dana White. It appears that Don King will cut a few promos in the Los Angeles area this month, but we’re not sure for what.
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