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MMARising: Matchmaker Rich Chou Is No Longer With StrikeForce

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This is per their twitter account. Rich Chou is/was StrikeForce's matchmaker and Scott Coker's protege. I couldn't find any additional details. Considering the difficulty StrikeForce had in putting together matches, I'm sure that some will say that if he was fired it was justified, and I don't know the situation well enough to make a judgment on that. However, this is pretty significant that Coker wasn't able to keep this guy's job, when they were supposedly very close.

Wall Street Journal Profiles Jon Jones, Secures Epic Victory via Jinx for Shogun Rua

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The Wall Street Journal profiled Jon Jones, identifying him as a potential 'Transcendent Star' for the sport. This officially completes the cosmic jinx that will allow Shogun to beat Jon Jones by brutal TKO. The UFC is already running a TV special devoted to Jones. It's as if the whole world is already celebrating his victory. Well, my sources are telling me that the MMA Gods will turn UFC 128 into the second coming of the Jake Shields/Dan Henderson Strikeforce fight, where the ignored underdog champion gets the last laugh.

How the Zuffa lawsuit against Bellator and Ken Pavia brings back memories of TNA's early woes

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With the UFC and WEC's parent company Zuffa LLC filing a lawsuit against The Bellator Fighting Championship and agent Ken Pavia that alleges corporate espionage, I'm reminded of a similar story from 8 years ago (which is also covered in great detail in Jerry Jarrett's book about the early history of TNADerek Burgan's review of the book is also worth reading).  When TNA first launched with its $9.95 weekly PPV concept (in lieu of trying to secure a national TV deal in some form), they hired PPV consultant Jay Hassman (referred to as "Jay Haussmann" in Jarrett's book), who was a Vice President in WCW, running their PPV department.  At the same time, Hassman was working for Team Services, which worked with WWE in distributing their Fanatix PPV series, but TNA didn't know that.

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