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This Sunday Morning Rumor Mill was written at a time that was not Sunday morning. Of course that brings up the question: if a Sunday Morning Rumor Mill isn't written on a Sunday morning, then is it really a Sunday Morning Rumor Mill?

Of course it is, now stop asking me silly questions that are psychically transported into my head. The SMRM had a couple weeks layoff, which can solely be attributed to a lack of sustainable content. However we're back with a new edition, so enjoy and remember the SMRM reflects rumors that are heard within the MMA industry and they do not necessarily reflect fact.

.Bellator has been/will be grooming Joe Warren as a real star in the promotion, so it was a massive setback when he couldn't compete at Bellator 98.

.Apparently Bellator was offering lucrative contracts to guys they knew Joe Warren could beat in order for him to be the Bellator champion yet again. The matchmaking was designed for Warren to win the tournament as well.

.I've been told by someone working within ZUFFA that UFC's decision to expand into Asia and put an office directly in Singapore was in part attributed to ONE FC claiming they and UFC have a 'duopoly' in MMA, with UFC controlling the Western market and ONE FC controlling the East. The UFC believes they control all markets, and they want to illustrate that point going into 2014.

.The UFC has been discussing moving into Russia, via a headquarter in Poland. Yeah, I thought that didn't make sense either.

.Spike TV has a desire to get into the boxing industry through a reality show not unlike Mark Burnett's 2005 'The Contender.'

.Mirko Cro Cop has been pitching Joe Silva a return to the UFC with his first fight being against Mark Hunt that is dependent on if he can get five consecutive wins in MMA.