The Sunday Morning Rumor Mill: The Thursday Morning Edition

I’ve traveled across the world twice in about a week, so technically in some long-forgotten timezone I crossed over in the Pacific — it’s still Sunday morning. The truth is I always intended to bring you guys an official MiddleEasy Rumor Mill last Sunday, but I was literally time traveling throughout the day, thousands of feet in the air. A few days have gone by and there’s far too many rumors to wait until next Sunday. Therefore, it’s time for a Thursday morning edition of the Sunday Morning Rumor Mill, since time means absolutely nothing here at MiddleEasy. Enjoy.

  • Bobby Lashley was offered $50,000 (with no win bonus) to fight Alistair Overeem at Dynamite!! 2010. Bobby turned the fight down with the belief that a Lashley vs. Overeem bout could net him a $1,000,000 pay day. Todd Duffee stepped in for roughly the same amount.
  • Chandella Powell was released from the UFC yesterday due to not disclosing her former alias, ‘Mariah Ashton,’ a softcore internet porn star. No pictures will be provided here on MiddleEasy, but I’m sure all of you know the inner-science of Google.
  • Just before One FC 2 last weekend in Jakarta, Indonesia, Bob Sapp refused to get on the bus with the roster of fighters participating in the event due to a few demands he had for One FC. It seems that Bob Sapp had a exhibition wrestling match in Japan a couple days after the One FC event. Sapp insisted that One FC should pay for a ticket or he wouldn’t show for his fight with Rolles Gracie. After much deliberation, One FC accepted to pay for the plane ticket if he agreed to come out of his hotel room and participate in the One FC 2 event. Bob Sapp then insisted that One FC upgrade the fight to first class in order for him to agree to fight Rolles Gracie. After a couple hours, the issue was sorted out and Bob Sapp showed for the event.
  • A prominent MMA camp based in California was threatened with a lawsuit by ZUFFA for broadcasting PPVs in their gym in 2011.
  • Remember Razul Mirzaev? He was that Russian lightweight prospect that signed to Bellator and within the same week was charged with one-punching a nineteen-year-old to death at some club in Russia. It appears he was released from jail on a $3,000 USD bail and the charges were significantly reduced. Apparently he went from ‘intentional grievous harm’ to ‘causing death by negligence’ which only holds a maximum sentence of two years in prison. Apparently Mirzaev will receive time he’s served in prison (since August 2011) and he will most likely be released in less than six months. It appears that some Sambo friends in high places pulled some legal strings for him. Looks like Bellator will finally upgrade their lightweight division after all.
  • I’ve been told that the entire Ultimate Chaos event in Biloxi, Mississippi from the summer of 2009 was rigged. Din Thomas not fighting Javier Vasquez was apparently intentional and the promoter stacked the odds in favor of Bobby Lashley to win. I’ve also been told that Lashley is still owed $175,000 from the promotion.
  • At Immortal Kombat II in Houston, Texas last month, Cyborg Santos was cornering his little brother, Agrimar “Cyborguinho” dos Santos. It appears that in an attempt to get his sibling hyped for his upcoming fight, he unintentionally (or perhaps intentionally) injured his little brother in the process. The fight was called off and his opponent, Andres ‘The Creep’ Quintana, got on the microphone and said ‘sometimes these things happen in MMA.’
  • Hector Lombard vs. Mamed Khalidov is still heavily rumored to go down at KSW 19 or 20.
  • It’s rumored that Authentic Sports Management (the company behind the Blackzillians) is paying Alistair Overeem to ‘sign’ with the camp to increase the quality of their fighter portfolio. Overeem’s camp has denied these claims.
  • Apparently Eddie Alvarez has been trying to turn down his Bellator fight with Shinya Aoki for nearly a month now. Eddie’s argument is that he wants a ‘come back’ fight before taking on top-tier competition. However, before his loss against Michael Chandler, Alvarez agreed to fight Shinya Aoki at some point in 2012. It appears Bjorn Rebney is just holding Eddie Alvarez to his previous agreement.
  • Wolfslair is slowly disbanding as an MMA camp.
Published on February 16, 2012 at 8:50 am
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