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The Sunday Morning Rumor Mill

The Sunday Morning Rumor Mill

There’s nothing I want to do more than to crawl back in my bed and hibernate from the rest of the world for the remainder of the day. I have tons of emails to answer, articles to write, but if it were up to me, the light switch on the universe would be turned off for the next few hours. As always, I feel obligated to deliver the Sunday Morning Rumor Mill on an actual Sunday morning. It’s rare when it happens, but when it does, it’s like the multi-colored sprinkles on top of your MMA doughnut. Enjoy.

  • It would be silly to say that MiddleEasy is in talks with a large network to get Tim Kennedy a cooking show. Well, just call me silly.
  • There’s a rumor going around (along with a superfluous amount of evidence that I will not look at) that states at some point in his career, Jamie Varner was defeated by a somewhat famous gay porn star in a professional MMA bout.
  • For their September 10th show in Birmingham, BAMMA tried to construct Bobby Lashley vs. Dave Batista, but the fight never materialized.
  • Hatsu Hioki, Cung Le, Siyar Bahadurzada were all fighters BAMMA was interested in to compete at BAMMA 7.
  • EA MMA 2 is not dead.
  • TUF auditions are on December 5th in Las Vegas, with the rumored TUF coaches being Dominic Cruz and Urijah Faber.
  • The rumors are true, King Mo is training with Lyoto Machida in order to prepare him for Jon Jones.
  • Nick Diaz has accepted the offer from Floyd Mayweather Sr. to help him train against Georges St. Pierre.
  • I’ve been saying it for a while now, but it appears One FC is organizing a female tournament for 2012. The rumors I’ve heard states it will be an openweight tourney, which would be pretty wild if true.
  • Judging from what I’ve personally witnessed over the course of about four months, Dave Meltzer is the most powerful person in MMA media.
  • A few weeks ago, Forrest Griffin made a ‘rape joke’ on Twitter and received the backlash of most of the MMA community. Forrest then apologized for his statement, visited the Rape Crisis Center and made a donation to the organization. It appears Griffin’s actions were on his own accord, the UFC did not force him to apologize or donate.
  • Just want to get this out of the way, MiddleEasy will not be posting the picture of Eric Prindle’s swollen testicle from last night’s Bellator. If you’re into that sort of thing, check his Twitter account.
  • Gary Goodridge has recently been hospitalized, allegedly due to brain damage he sustained in the past.
  • According to Zach Arnold, Japan has some serious, ‘Enron-level’ scandals going on in the MMA scene.
  • A huge ONE FC announcement will be made Sunday night in the US (Monday morning in Singapore). I’m guessing it has to do with their co-branded DREAM/ONE FC NYE show.
  • Chris Leben, Brian Stann and Alan Belcher were all possible opponents for Minowaman at UFC in Japan.
  • There seems to be a concerted effort by two individuals to ‘expose’ BAMMA. Not sure if these two individuals are disgruntled ex-employees, but they definitely seem to be getting the word out.
  • Chael Sonnen recently made this statement towards Arriany Celeste: “We only had one and that was Chandella. The other was the IQ card girl. Arianny kind of walks around and holds up her latest test score. One time when there was a title fight, she got all the way up to five and we were very proud of her.” Apparently Sonnen’s disdain for Celeste goes back to an after-party nearly a year ago when Celeste and Sonnen exchanged words.
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