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RZA Russell Spit At Azealia ... But She Was Out of Her Mind

10/20/2016 12:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

RZA has broken his silence ... condemning Azealia Banks for the confrontation with Russell Crowe ... claiming Russell was simply trying to prevent her from intentionally cutting another guest with a glass.

RZA came on "TMZ Live" and told us ... Russell did indeed spit at Azealia like she claims, but he didn't choke her ... nor did he hurl the n-word. He also said she was out of control and violent ... and hinted she was wasted.

RZA says he told cops the same story he told us. Azealia has filed a battery report with the BHPD.

Tito Ortiz Chael Sonnen 'Ruined Me' in College ... It's Time for Revenge

10/20/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tito Ortiz says he's been DREAMING about revenge on Chael Sonnen for roughly 20 years ... ever since Chael "ruined" him during a college wrestling match ... and the time for payback is now.

Tito tells TMZ Sports ... back before they became MMA superstars, the two faced off when Tito was wrestling for Cal State Bakersfield and Chael was an Oregon Duck.

Tito says Chael caught him in a headlock and pinned him, and it "ruined me" -- leaving him wondering if he'd ever get a shot at redemption.

Well, now the time has come ... because the two are facing off at Bellator 170 in January and Tito says he's simply going to bash Sonnen's face in.

Check out the clip ... Tito also warns Chael to stay off the "juice cocktails" because he doesn't respect cheaters.

Azealia Banks No More RZA Biz ... He Betrayed Me!!

10/19/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1018-azealia-banks-rza-tmz-01Azealia Banks is pissed at RZA for not defending her when Russell Crowe threw her out of his party, and says she's cutting him off for good ... personally and professionally. 

Sources close to Banks tell TMZ ... she'd been negotiating a deal to sign with RZA's record label for the past 3 weeks. We're told RZA's rep called her this week about closing the deal, and she made it clear ... the deal is OFF.

RZA -- who invited Azealia to the party -- doesn't seem to be losing any sleep over it. His camp insists she's "full of it" when it comes to the events in Crowe's suite, and she was squarely in the wrong.

Oscar De La Hoya Hopkins' Next Fight Is 100% His Last ... I'm Making Him Promise

10/18/2016 4:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

52-year-old Bernard Hopkins is jumping back into the ring one last time ... and it's really ONE LAST according to his boss, Oscar De La Hoya ... who says he's making BH promise to hang 'em up FOREVER.

Oscar joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show and announced Hopkins' final fight to the world ... a brawl with 27-year-old knockout artist Joe Smith Jr. set to go down on December 17th.

Question is ... is it REALLY over? Hopkins has been known to beat the hell out of guys half his age ... take some time off ... then beat the hell out of guys half his age again.

De La Hoya says this it it ... telling the crew "I'm having him sign some kind of proclamation saying it's his last fight, at 52 years old, this should be the last fight for him."

Check out the clip ... and watch "TMZ Sports" weeknights on FS1.

Cris Cyborg 'Ronda Rousey Has No Balls' (Metaphorically, Of Course)

10/18/2016 10:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ronda Rousey doesn't have the testicular fortitude to take on Cris Cyborg ... so says Cris herself, who makes it clear she's talking about huevos in the metaphorical way. 

Cyborg is pissed that Ronda agreed to fight Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in December instead of her -- and says it's because Rousey simply lacks the "balls."

"Same way you talk to guys, you have to have the balls," Cyborg said. 

"She speak a lot of things about me ... and why she don't fight with me? Man, she don't have (the balls)."

"And I know girls, of course, she don't have (balls) ... but when you speak about someone, you have to go, 'No, f*** that. I'm gonna fight her."

Tito Ortiz Ronda Rousey's Afraid of Cyborg ... She'd Destroy You!

10/18/2016 6:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tito Ortiz says Ronda Rousey is SCARED ... claiming she's too afraid to fight Cris "Cyborg" Justino because she knows what would happen. 

The UFC Hall of Famer was at the ArcLight theater in Hollywood when he went in on Ronda ... essentially saying what Cyborg's been saying for months -- that Ronda's afraid. 

In fact, Tito doesn't think Ronda will get past Amanda Nunes either ... saying there's a 300% chance Rousey takes the L. 

Russell Crowe & Azealia Banks Alleged Spitting in Security Cam Range

10/18/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1017-azealia-banks-Russell-crowe-tmzRussell Crowe and Azealia Banks' scuffle spilled into a hotel hallway, where it was likely caught on video -- and both sides think the footage will support their version of events ... TMZ has learned. 

Banks insists Crowe choked her while removing her from his Beverly Hills Hotel suite, and then spit on her in the hallway. We're told there are security cameras in that hallway.

Azealia claims the video will show the choking and spitting. It's unclear how much of the incident was captured, but law enforcement sources tell us they will be checking out the footage. Bev Hills PD launched an investigation after Banks filed a battery report.

If the incident was recorded, we're told Russell's camp would be thrilled because they think it will show Banks is lying through her teeth.

We're told police are still trying to interview Russell and Azealia.

Oscar De La Hoya Bears Vs. Jags Brawlers Sucked ... 'Learn How to Fight'

10/17/2016 4:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Bad news for the guys in the Bears vs. Jaguars fan fight -- Oscar De La Hoya thinks you all suck at violence. 

The legendary boxer joined the guys on "TMZ Sports" and weighed in on the fan brawl that took over in the Internet on Monday ... and one thing's clear -- nobody's getting a Golden Boy contract. 

You gotta check out Oscar on the show Monday (airs on FS1) -- he also makes a pretty big announcement about a boxing LEGEND. 

Don't miss it -- "TMZ Sports" airs weekdays on FS1. 

Azealia Banks Russell Won't Apologize So She Goes to Cops

10/17/2016 10:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1017-Russell-crowe-azealia-banks-tmz-03The Russell Crowe-Azealia Banks feud is now in the hands of police after the rapper filed a battery report over their fight in his hotel suite.

Sources connected to the case tell us ... Azealia went to Bev Hills PD Sunday afternoon after demanding Russell apologize for the incident, where he physically removed her from the room. We're told Crowe's reps said he wouldn't say sorry, because he insists he did nothing wrong.

TMZ broke the story ... Azealia allegedly made bloody threats during Crowe's dinner party. He bear-hugged her out of the room when Azealia grabbed a glass and cocked it back.

She claims he also choked her, spat on her and used the n-word while 86ing her from the party. 


Chicago Bears Fan Attacks Jags Fan After Game ... Beatdown Ensues

10/17/2016 9:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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What happened when a smack talking Chicago Bears fan tried to fight a Jaguars fan after the game on Sunday?

Basically, the same thing that happened on the field. 

In some pretty insane footage shot while people were leaving the stadium, you can see a Bears fan in a Matt Forte jersey (weird since he's a Jet now) talking all sorts of crap to a Jags fan. 

When the Jags fan asks if he "gets down" -- the CHI fan socks him in the face. Brawl ensues. "Forte" gets kicked in the head. Crazy stuff. 

We called cops to find out if anyone got arrested and the short answer -- no. 

We're told police were contacted about a battery in progress that sounds like this particular fight -- but by the time they got to the area, they couldn't locate victims or witnesses. 

Cops say a battery victim did file a police report later that day -- but the report was so vague and "offered no details" ... so it's unclear if that guy was in this fight. 

The bigger question ... why are people fighting over teams with a combined 3 wins? 

Russell Crowe Tosses Azealia Banks Witnesses Say She Made Bloody Threat

10/16/2016 8:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1016-Russell-crowe-azelia-banks-tmz-gettyRussell Crowe bounced rapper Azealia Banks out of his hotel suite when she turned into the "plus one" from hell and threatened to cut his guests and watch them bleed ... according to multiple witnesses.

The bizarre incident went down Saturday night at Russell's room at a Bev Hills hotel, where he'd invited about 10 people over to have dinner and listen to music. One of his guests was RZA, who brought Azealia along. 

According to eyewitness accounts the trouble started when Azealia laughed out loud at Russell's music selection, and then called him and at least one other guest, "boring white men." We're told a female guest jumped to Russell's defense and suggested Banks pipe down.

Instead, we're told she made an insane speech/threat to Crowe and the woman ..."You would love it if I broke my glass, stabbed you guys in the throat, and blood would squirt everywhere like some real Tarantino s***." Then for good measure, witnesses say she dropped a few n-bombs ... yet Crowe remained surprisingly calm.

We're told Azealia reached for her glass, cocked it back ... and that's when Russell had enough -- he grabbed her in a bear hug and carried her out of the suite. He then called hotel security guards who removed Azealia from the grounds.

Azealia posted a different version of events, claiming Crowe called her the n-word, choked her, threw her out and spit on her. 

We're told at least 4 of the guests/witnesses gave statements during the investigation, and all 4 used the word "erratic" to describe Azealia's behavior. For the record, we're told ... even RZA says she used the n-word, not Russell.

Green Power Ranger I Still Wanna Kick CM Punk's Ass ... Let's Make It Happen

10/15/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

That ass kicking at the hands of Mickey Gall won't save CM Punk from the Green Power Ranger ... 'cause Jason David Frank says he's still itching to put his superpowered boot across Punk's face.

We got the 7th degree black belt (that's right, the Green Ranger could legit kick your ass) -- out in NYC and he told us he's talking to Bellator about a fighting contract ... and Punk is his main target.

You might remember he called Punk out some time ago only to be mocked by the former WWE star ... but that might've changed since CM got served a little humble pie in the Octagon.

Check out the clip -- Frank is serious ... and now that CM Punk's future in the UFC is up in the air ... it might not be the worst idea to step in with JDF ... as long he promises not to morph.

Conor McGregor 'Very Excited' Rousey's Back 'I Hope I Inspired Her'

10/14/2016 3:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Conor McGregor's PUMPED for Ronda Rousey's long-awaited UFC return ... and hopes he inspired the MMA star to get back in the Octagon after her devastating loss to Holly Holm.

McGregor did a Q&A with The LAD Bible on Facebook ... where he talked Ronda's upcoming fight against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.

"I'm very excited. It's good to finally see her back ... I hope she took inspiration on how I came back from my defeat and I wish her all the best."

(McGregor lost to Nate Diaz ... before avenging the loss at UFC 202)

Check out the clip ... McGregor also weighs in on the creepy clown epidemic (clowns, don't go near Conor) and the possibility of fighting Floyd Mayweather.

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