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Roy Jones Jr. Close to Fighting Anderson Silva ... Just Needs Dana's OK

1/22/2018 12:35 AM PST
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Roy Jones Jr. says a super-fight between him and Anderson Silva is ON ... as soon as they get Dana White's blessing. 

RJJ tells TMZ Sports he's already met with Anderson, and has a group of investors prepared to hammer out the details ... and the only thing holding up the scrap is Dana giving Silva the green light to fight outside the UFC. 

"Anderson wants it, I want it, so the only obstacle is Dana giving him the OK," Roy said.

Roy says that since Conor McGregor was allowed to have a one-off boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, Silva -- one of the sport's all-time greats -- should get to also.

FYI, we asked Silva if he'd take a non-UFC fight earlier this week ... and he didn't say no.

 

Floyd Mayweather Channels Inner Putin For Topless Horse Ride

1/16/2018 11:47 AM PST
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Privyet. 

Welcome to "Grown Men on Horses Without Shirts" ... starring Floyd Mayweather

Remind you of anyone? Us too ... 

The boxing superstar saddled up for a topless ride on the beach (unclear which beach) -- while rockin' a pair of denim jorts and pink socks. 

It's definitely a fashion statement -- just not sure what he's trying to say. 

One thing we do know ... Putin's gonna LOVE it! 

Oscar De La Hoya Yo, Dana White ... Let's Do Business

1/12/2018 1:10 AM PST
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Move over, Floyd Mayweather ... Oscar De La Hoya says he's the guy to partner with Dana White to book "the biggest fights" in boxing -- if the UFC prez will give him a damn call!

You've probably heard -- Dana says he's gonna promote boxing in 2018 ... and told us he's meeting with the sport's more powerful people (including Floyd) to make it happen.

But one guy he hasn't hit up is Oscar -- and De La Hoya doesn't seem too happy about it.

"It's surprising he wants to get into boxing and hasn't gotten a hold of the biggest promoter in the sport," DLH told TMZ Sports out in L.A., where he was promoting his Casa Mexico tequila.

But Oscar -- who we shot earlier this week -- says he's still open to doing business ... unless White wants to play hardball.

"It's gonna be very hard to try and do what he did with the UFC because there's a little company by the name of Golden Boy Promotions is in the way." 

Oscar De La Hoya Off the Hook In DUI Case

1/10/2018 8:02 AM PST
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Big win for Oscar De La Hoya ... the boxing legend's DUI case has officially been dismissed, TMZ Sports has learned. 

We broke the story ... Oscar was pulled over for speeding in Pasadena around 2 AM on Jan 25, 2017 -- and when officers approached his vehicle, they believed he was under the influence. 

Cops say Oscar also bombed a field sobriety test. He was charged with 2 counts of misdemeanor DUI -- but pled not guilty to both. 

Oscar's attorney later filed a motion to dismiss the case and on Jan. 9, it was granted by a judge -- which means he's out of the woods. 

It's a big deal considering Oscar was facing up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted. 

'Bleed for This' Boxer Calls BS on Brutal Assault ... 'I'm the Victim!!!'

1/2/2018 2:11 PM PST
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Former boxing champ Vinny Paz -- the inspiration for the Miles Teller movie "Bleed for This" -- says he's the real victim in a VERY violent incident in Rhode Island. 

Here's what we know ... cops responded to a home in Providence early Tuesday morning -- where witnesses claimed the 55-year-old pummeled another man during a dispute over money. 

Witnesses told police Paz had accused the other man of stealing $16,000 from him -- and that's what started the attack. 

Paz, however, is calling BS on the allegations -- tweeting, "I'm the victim." He didn't go into any further detail. 

The other man was hurt pretty bad though ... cops say he was hospitalized with broken teeth, a black eye and bite wounds. 

Cops told the AP they're still looking to speak with Vinny directly to get his side of the story.

Paz was 50-10 as a pro boxer -- but he's most famously known for bouncing back after a bad car accident in the early '90s left him with a broken neck. 

Bob Arum To Dana White: You Need Boxing to Save Your Ass!

1/2/2018 9:59 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Another round in the Dana White vs. Bob Arum mega-feud ... this time, it's the legendary boxing promoter throwing major shade at White for his plans to get into boxing in 2018. 

Arum tells TMZ Sports he welcomes the UFC honcho into the boxing community ... but then he fires this shot ...

"By coming in the business, he is really admitting that boxing is the more popular sport. And in order to keep his company alive, he has to go into the boxing business."

Of course, White hates Arum's guts -- and has been ripping him apart for years ... previously calling Bob the "biggest dirtbag in all of sports." So, no love lost here. 

Still, Bob says he thinks Dana could be successful in the boxing business -- and gives him a real chance to make the Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder fight happen. 

"If he puts up enough money, he certainly will land the fight," Arum said. "It's all a question of the money ... particularly in the heavyweight division."

You might remember -- Dana spoke with TMZ Sports last week, and told us Joshua was his #1 target ... and he's meeting with major players like Floyd Mayweather to help his cause.

For now, AJ's slated to fight Arum's guy, Joseph Parker ... and Bob ain't convinced that Anthony's "glass chin" will survive the scrap.

UFC's Khabib Nurmagomedov Hell Yeah, I Rooted for Drago ... in 'Rocky IV'

12/29/2017 12:45 AM PST
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UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov just made himself Public Enemy #1 to all the Rocky Balboa fans across the country ... telling TMZ Sports that he's Team Ivan Drago!

Disclaimer: Khabib is 100% Russian ... which almost makes it OK that he rooted against the Italian Stallion in "Rocky IV." Almost.

"He’s from Russia. He's from USSR. Of course I support him," Nurmagomedov -- who's fighting this weekend at UFC 219 -- told us while out in Century City, L.A.

FYI, Drago (and his spawn) are playing a BIG role in "Creed 2" ... but no word if they're gonna avenge the brutal 'L' that Rocky handed Ivan back in the day.

Bonus: Khabib wasn't too happy with Russia's ban from the 2018 Winter Games ... and dropped some pretty serious shade on the International Olympics Committee. 

Dana White Floyd's Not Fighting in UFC ... Meeting's About Boxing!

12/28/2017 1:11 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Dana White's meeting with Floyd Mayweather's team is NOT about getting the boxer into the octagon -- it's about getting Dana White into the boxing biz ... so says Dana himself.  

White tells us ... he's gunning to promote boxing in 2018 --  but he's not targeting a Floyd vs. Conor McGregor rematch. He thinks Conor needs to focus on defending his UFC lightweight belt. 

Instead, White says he's looking to put together boxing superfights (in addition to his UFC duties) involving some of the best pugilists in the world ... starting with heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua

"I think he's the most marketable fighter in boxing right now," White says. 

We asked White if he's the guy who can get an Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder fight done -- he didn't say no. 

Fingers crossed ... 

Dana White Meeting with Mayweather's Camp ... Possible UFC Fight

12/28/2017 8:29 AM PST
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Dana White says there's still a very real chance Floyd Mayweather gets in the octagon for a UFC fight -- and he's meeting with the boxer's camp later today. 

The UFC honcho appeared on "Undisputed" on FS1 and told Skip and Shannon not to rule out a Mayweather fight in 2018. 

White says he initially didn't think the Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match would happen either -- but that came to fruition ... so anything's possible. 

White says he's not sure if Floyd will personally attend the meeting today -- but his crew will be there. 

How would Floyd do in MMA? White says he thinks Floyd would lose QUICKLY. 

White also says Conor McGregor wants a boxing rematch with Mayweather "really bad" because he wasn't happy with his performance. 

White also dropped this -- "I'm interested in getting into boxing in 2018."

Stay tuned ... 

Floyd Mayweather Not Dating Nikki Baby ... 'Just Associates'

12/27/2017 7:00 AM PST
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Floyd Mayweather is NOT in a committed relationship with 'Love & Hip Hop' star Nikki Baby ... so says the boxer's rep who tells TMZ Sports, "they're associates."

Floyd and Nikki have been friends for a while -- and ignited dating rumors after a flirty Instagram exchange that was captured by The Shade Room

But when we reached out to Floyd's rep, Mayweather's camp shot it down saying when it comes to reports of dating, it is "not true."

Don't get it twisted, they're clearly friends and cool with each other -- but no official romantic relationship. 

Sylvester Stallone Drops 6 Figures ... On Iconic 'Rocky' Statue!

12/27/2017 6:37 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Yo, Adrian ... Sylvester Stallone just bought the backup "Rocky" statue from "Rocky III" -- and all it cost him was $400,000!!!

It's a great story -- the statue was one of two Rocky statues made by the original artist, A. Thomas Schomberg. The original was used in the movie and is now on display in Philly. 

The backup had been on display for years in the San Diego Hall of Champions, but that place closed down so the Rocky #2 statue hit the auction block last month with SCP Auctions. 

A rep for SCP could only tell TMZ Sports ... the 9-foot tall, 1,800-pound piece was sold for $403,657 to a new customer (through a buyer) and the statue was shipped to L.A. 

Fast forward to Christmas Day -- when Sly and Arnold Schwarzenegger posed in front of the statue at Stallone's house! A source connected to the auction confirms Stallone was indeed the mystery buyer. 

So, Rocky has been reunited with Rocky ... just in time for "Creed II."

Justin Bieber Goes Full Neymar Nutmegs Dude In Soccer Game

12/22/2017 9:33 AM PST
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Justin Beiber's out at UCLA looking like rec league Neymar -- dribbling circles around his opponents and straight NUTMEGGIN' a dude!!

It's more impressive feats of athleticism from Bieber ... who's also flashed talent on the ice, on the court and in the boxing ring. 

At this point, Bieber SHOULD be a great athlete -- when he's not singing, dancing and nailing chicks ... he's training with some of the biggest athletes in the world ... from Neymar to Floyd Mayweather

Face it, dude's good. 

Freddie Roach Shuts Down Pacman vs. McGregor ... 'It's Not True'

12/22/2017 7:32 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Manny Pacquaio's team is publicly shutting down any talks of a Conor McGregor boxing match -- with Pacman's trainer Freddie Roach telling TMZ Sports it just ain't happening. 

Freddie told us he's personally spoken to Bob Arum (Manny's promoter) -- who'd have to sign off on the match along with Dana White -- and Bob shot down the rumors.

"I talked to Arum and Arum says it's not true," Roach said outside Craig's in L.A.

Freddie did tell us the 1 guy he'd like to see Pacquiao scrap with ... and also DESTROYED Manny's old rival, Floyd Mayweather, for even considering a UFC fight.

"He's gonna get his ass kicked ... he's a f**kin' old man."

FYI, Conor told us he wants to return to MMA last week.

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