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UFC's 1st 'Superfight' Belt Hits Auction Block ... Gracie vs. Shamrock!!!

1/19/2018 7:05 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Great news for rich UFC fans -- the iconic "superfight" belt from UFC 5 is about to hit the auction block ... and you can add it to your mantel if you're willing to drop a small fortune!  

Backstory -- UFC legends Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock threw down to crown the company's first ever superfight champ back in '95 ... but their 36-MINUTE bout was declared a draw, so neither of 'em took home the gold.

Now, Goldin Auctions -- consigning the strap for a collector who got it from UFC co-founder Art Davie -- is bringing it to a bid ... and expects it to go for $25k-$100k (if not more).

G.A.'s founder Ken Goldin tells TMZ Sports -- "It's the most significant UFC item ever to be auctioned" ... so expect a lot of action before bidding ends on Feb. 17.

'Wind River' Star Kelsey Asbille Said Chow to Last Name Because ... Hollywood's a Tricky Place!!!

1/19/2018 6:58 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"Wind River" star Kelsey Asbille straight-up blames Hollywood for having to change her last name from Chow ... it was the only way to survive in this town.

We got Kelsey at LAX Thursday and asked her why she changed her last name. Kelsey's pretty straight forward -- "Chow" woulda pigeonholed her to limited roles ... AKA playing the Chinese woman role.

Kelsey changed her last name in 2017 to Kelsey Asbille and landed "Wind River" ... in which she plays a Native American. She says that ain't problematic at all ... and explains why.

Wahlberg, Duhamel & Reigns Not in DEA Crosshairs Over Alleged Steroid Ties

1/19/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel and WWE superstar Roman Reigns don't have to worry about a DEA probe into their alleged ties to a steroid dealer ... because the law is on their side.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the 3 celebs -- who were named in a phone interview of imprisoned steroids dealer, Richard Rodriguez -- won't be investigated by the DEA because the agency doesn't target alleged buyers of illegal drugs.

Instead, the DEA focuses its efforts on going after kingpins like Rodriguez -- along with other traffickers, manufacturers and distributors.

As we reported ... Wahlberg, Duhamel and Reigns were all accused by Rodriguez of using aliases to purchase 'roids. Reigns has denied the allegations, and says he has no idea who the dude is. Wahlberg has also said the accusations are false.

Rodriguez is currently facing charges for conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and money laundering.

Kris Jenner Stocks Up for 3 New Grandkids With Major Stroller Binge

1/19/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Kris Jenner really is the super (rich) grandma we all wish we had ... 'cause she dropped close to $10k to make sure her 3 new grandkids will be strollin' in the dough.

Kris recently picked up 5 new pricey-as-hell baby strollers for Kim, Khloe and Kylie's kids -- all of which are valued at nearly $11,000 total ... even though she only spent around $8k.

Sources tell us Kris recently purchased 3 Silver Cross Balmoral Prams -- 2 black, 1 white -- at the Couture Kids baby store on Robertson Blvd. in WeHo, which cost $2,699 each. That's $8,097, if you're counting.

We're also told she was gifted 2 Silver Cross wave strollers, which normally cost $1,299 each. Sources say they were shipped out to Kris Thursday ... she put in her orders and requests at least 3 weeks ago.

As we reported ... Kris didn't skimp on baby gear for Kim's newest little girl. Looks like the other babies-to-come are getting the same treatment.

'Moonlight' Star Jharrel Jerome 'Get Out' May Lose at Oscars Because of Trump

1/19/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"Moonlight" star Jharrel Jerome is fearful ... in the world of Donald Trump, black-themed movies may not stand a chance at the Oscars. 

We got Jharrel Thursday at Salt Lake City International Airport and he seemed disheartened at the chances of "Get Out" winning ANYTHING at the Oscars ... and it sounds like he blames it on Trump and the worsening racial tensions in the last year. 

"Get Out" was shut out at the Golden Globes and he worries Jordan Peele's film may suffer in the current climate. 

Our photog also asks whether nominating black-themed movies might be a ploy to pay lip service to the films with no intention of bestowing awards on them.

WWE's Alexa Bliss Hey Ronda Rousey ... BRING IT!

1/19/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

WWE Raw women's champ Alexa Bliss ain't sweatin' Ronda Rousey -- in fact, she's got a message for  the UFC legend ... "I'm not worried."

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Ronda recently had dinner with Triple H and it seems like a deal to bring her to the WWE is imminent. 

So, when we saw Bliss at LAX, we had to ask if she was scared Ronda would be coming for her belt

"Please, I'm a fighting champion," Bliss said ... "I'm not worried about anybody taking my belt."

As for the rumors Rousey could make her debut in the first ever women's Royal Rumble match -- Alexa addresses those, too. 

Hard Candy Pulls #MeToo Trademark After Backlash

1/19/2018 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

That was quick ... Hard Candy is dropping its push to trademark #MeToo for cosmetics after getting some serious backlash over the move.

TMZ broke the story Wednesday ... if the application was approved, Hard Candy would put the #MeToo on some of its products, but also intended to donate revenue to the movement. But CEO Jerome Falic now tells us ... the project didn't go over well with some customers.

Angry reactions on social media included claims the company was trying to glamorize, commercialize and capitalize on rape culture. 

Falic says they abandoned the application based on the response from the public. Still, he says they were going to donate 100% of profits from the #MeToo sales, and "our objective was to bring greater awareness to this important and long overdue movement." 

He adds, Hard Candy will continue to support "the work of this watershed movement and other causes that respect the dignity of women and all people."

Gianni Versace Real Crime Scene Less Chaotic ... Than Portrayed on 'American Crime Story'

1/18/2018 4:43 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Gianni Versace's crime scene wasn't nearly as chaotic as FX's 'American Crime Story' portrayed.

Carlos Noriega -- a former lieutenant in charge of the Violent Crimes Unit for Miami Beach PD -- tells us he was the 4th person to arrive on the scene back in 1997.

He says contrary to what 'ACS' portrayed on Wednesday night's premiere episode, a tourist did NOT sneak past an officer to dip a Versace magazine ad into his fresh blood ... and then get off scot-free. Noriega says that would never happen ... and, frankly, couldn't have.

Instead of taping off a tiny perimeter around the crime scene like 'ACS' depicts, Noriega says cops taped off a much wider area around Ocean Blvd. -- and any people standing around were quite far away. He also says there weren't that many spectators on day 1.

FX had a disclaimer on the show telling viewers the series was based on true events, but that some of their depictions were "combined or imagined for dramatic and interpretive purposes."

BTW ... the whole magazine ad thing was reported in a Newsweek article back then -- an account that was never confirmed. 

'Love & Hip Hop' James R.'s 'Bah Gurl' Track Triggers 'Bad' Lawsuit

1/18/2018 6:57 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

James R. -- a newcomer on this season of "Love & Hip Hop" -- jacked a song that doesn't belong to him and is trying to pass it off as his own -- including on the show ... according to a new suit.

Music producer Luis Vargas is going after James R. and Viacom -- which owns VH1 -- claiming 'L&HH' used his song "Bad Girl" on 2 episodes of season 8 so far ... but the show has no right to do that.

Here's the backstory -- Vargas says he signed James R. to his label, Bully Sound Records, last year, and together they made "Bad Girl" ... but Vargas' company owns the rights to the track.

Vargas claims James R. tried to part ways with Bully and take "Bad Girl" with him, but when they couldn't work out a deal ... Vargas says James R. just jacked the song and changed the name to "Bah Gurl."

According to the docs ... James R. appears on 2 eps. of this season VH1's show making an unauthorized music vid for "Bah Gurl" and having a release party for it. To make it worse -- he claims James R.'s promoting the jacked version of "Bad Girl" online, as well.

Vargas is suing for damages ... which he believes are more than $1 million.

We reached out to Viacom and James R. ... so far no word back.

Brooke Hogan Dad Would Kick Ass as Senator But I Want Him in the Ring

1/18/2018 4:55 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Brooke Hogan's not exactly jumping for joy at the prospect of her dad running for Senator -- but only because she thinks his heart's really in the squared circle ... of wrestling, not politics.

We got Hulk Hogan's daughter Thursday outside the Sally Hershberger salon in L.A. -- and much like her father, she's confident he'd be a winner if he chooses to run for U.S. Senate.

She says he'd be great at bringing people together, and firmly believes everything he's gone through the past few years would prepare him for Washington.

Like Roger Stone, Brooke agrees candidate Hogan could overcome past scandals. However, like millions of fans, she'd prefer to see Hulk in a wrestling ring.

Ex-NYG Star Derrick Ward Accused of Brutality Against Wife

1/18/2018 4:16 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Former New York Giants running back Derrick Ward threatened to kill his wife and physically attacked her ... so she claims in new legal docs.

Naomi Lee Allen-Ward just got a restraining order, claiming Derrick has been verbally, emotionally and physically abusive toward her.

She gives several instances in her docs, including one where she says he was schooling her daughter about scuffed shoes and she chimed in to help calm down the situation. She says he responded, "You always have to f***ing say something! I hate you! I'll kill you! I don't care if I go to jail."

In another instance, during an argument in October of last year, she says he lunged toward her, poked her in the face and put his hands around her throat, saying, "You're so f***ing stupid."

She says she's been on the receiving end of monthly outbursts since their relationship began 9 years ago, but he became physically abusive over the last year. She says he shoves her, punches walls, breaks objects ... all in front of their children.

The restraining order requires Derrick to stay 100 yards away from his wife and children. 

We reached out to Ward ... so far, no word back.

Eli Roth 'Cancel the Super Bowl' ... Nobody Beats Brady

1/18/2018 2:48 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Eli Roth's got a grand idea for the NFL -- CANCEL THE DAMN SUPER BOWL ... 'cause no squad's got a chance in hell of overthrowing Tom Brady and the Patriots dynasty. 

"It's over! Just give him the title! Brady's the GOAT," Eli told TMZ Sports outside Craig's in L.A.

The horror film guru clearly ain't impressed by the Eagles, Vikings and Jaguars -- who his Pats play this weekend -- so why waste time delaying the inevitable??

Hey, he said it, not us.

Meek Mill Someone Shot Me at Your Concert So I'll Take a Shot at You in Court

1/18/2018 1:50 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Meek Mill is responsible for a fan getting shot at one of his concerts ... so claims the fan who is now suing him.

The concert in question went down December 30, 2016 at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT.  Two men died from the gunfire and 2 others were injured.

Dylan Thomas was shot in the leg, and claims Meek's responsible because he was the man in charge. Thomas goes on to say there has been violence at previous Meek Mill concerts, so he should have known the real possibility of more violence existed and therefore should have had more security. 

The incident went down after the concert in a parking lot on the premises.

The lawsuit also names Roc Nation as a defendant, alleging it allowed "thugs" to remain on the premises after they had exhibited disorderly, disruptive, argumentative, angry, and/or agitated behavior.

Meek had been previously sued by the family of one of the men who died, who claimed that the presence of "thugs" incited the violence. Meek responded that the "thug" fan reference in that lawsuit was racist. 

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