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Sergey Kovalev I'm a Changed Man ... 'God Saved My Life'

11/24/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Sergey Kovalev says God saved him from a potentially deadly accident -- and now, he's vowing to show fans the "real Krusher" in his return fight this weekend.

"I said very big thanks to the God for save my life," Sergey told TMZ Sports. "I still healthy, and now he gave me opportunity again."

FYI, the boxing star recently revealed he got into a crazy car accident in Russia after his back-to-back losses to Andre Ward -- skidding into a dense forest off a 2-lane highway ... but miraculously avoiding direct impact with any trees. 

Kovalev told us that close call led him to a monastery in Greece -- where he got clean in the body and mind, and got over his gut-wrenching defeats at the hands of Ward.

So -- expect a new-and-improved Krusher when he faces Vyacheslav Shabranskyy on Saturday.

UFC's T.J. Dillashaw Man Up & Fight Me, Mighty Mouse ... Don't Be Scared, Homie!

11/24/2017 12:25 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

T.J. Dillashaw wants to fight Demetrious Johnson so bad, he's stepping his trash-talk game up to Nick Diaz levels to put the UFC pound-for-pound king on notice.

"Don't be scared ... man up, let's do it," T.J. told TMZ Sports out in L.A. 

Dillashaw's been chasing Mighty Mouse the whole year -- and says DJ's time at the top is almost up since that's the only fight he wants. 

The UFC bantamweight champ told us Mighty Mouse should be pumped for the scrap too -- 'cause he'd actually be able to sell tickets for once!! (Burn.)

As for how the fight would go ... T.J. told us it "definitely" could be LIGHTS OUT for Demetrious.

Cris Cyborg Hard Boxing Sesh w/ Mia St. John ... Prep for Holly Holm!!

11/22/2017 2:06 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

UFC superstar Cris Cyborg’s got a secret weapon for her fight against Holly Holm -- boxing legend Mia St. John -- and TMZ Sports has footage of their intense sparring sesh. 

Cyborg and MSJ traded shots for four 2-minute rounds at the RVCA gym in L.A. ... and you can tell they were taking it seriously -- even though Cris and Mia agreed not to go full beast mode before they stepped into the ring.

St. John actually faced Holly in a 2005 pro boxing match ... and even though Mia lost, we're told she was sharing tips on how to beat Holm with Cyborg.

After the gloves came off, MSJ told us -- "If Cris lands one solid punch, it's over for Holly."

If you're wondering why these 2 got together ... Cyborg's hitting up Mia's charity event on mental health awareness next weekend. 

Pretty crazy to see these legends team up -- especially considering St. John recently called out Cris for a Playboy Mansion fight!

UFC's Frankie Edgar I Broke My Face ... And It Frickin' Sucks

11/22/2017 12:09 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

UFC star Frankie Edgar says he's still bummed out after breaking a bone in his face ... but not 'cause it actually hurt or anything.

Frankie was lined up to fight featherweight champ Max Holloway at UFC 218 next weekend, but had to pull out a couple weeks ago after his orbital bone was cracked in a sparring sesh.

Edgar says the pain of missing his title shot is WAY worse than the pain from his broken eye bone. 

"It's not bad -- the timing's what makes it worse. As far as timing, what's on the line, it's one of the worst I've dealt with," he told TMZ Sports.

Frankie guarantees he'll get the gold when he's back to being healthy ... and in the meantime, he's keeping busy with charitable events -- like a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway put on by Eat Clean Bro in New Jersey.

Props to Edgar -- and HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!!!

Wilder vs. Joshua Fight Negotiations Are Happening ... Deontay Confirms

11/19/2017 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Deontay Wilder says official negotiations to get him and Anthony Joshua in the ring are "most definitely" underway ... and it's only a matter of time before the world's top 2 heavyweights throw down.

"My people have met their people and they're actually gonna meet again as well, too. It's getting closer," Wilder told the guys on the TMZ Sports TV show.

But there's a catch -- Deontay says Joshua is probably gonna take "a warm-up fight" to get ready for that action ... so it might be a minute before the Bronze Bomber gets his shot at the unified world champ.

But no matter how long he's gotta wait, his message to Anthony's the same -- "Stop being scared and just agree to the fight."

T.J. Dillashaw Hey, Cody Garbrandt ... Van Damme Can't Save You

11/19/2017 12:25 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

T.J. Dillashaw says Cody Garbrandt can get as many lessons from Jean-Claude Van Damme as he wants ... 'cause not even "The Kickboxer" can make him the better fighter. 

We told the T.J. -- the UFC bantamweight champ -- about sensei JCVD's trip to Cody's training center in Sacramento ... where he schooled Garbrandt, Urijah Faber and other fighters on the art of the kick.

Dillashaw thought that was pretty cool, but straight-up laughed at the idea of Van Damme actually helping his hated rival -- saying Jean-Claude doesn't know a damn thing about their sport!!

"I don't think Van Damme's gonna bring any wisdom into MMA fighting," T.J. said. 

WWE's The Miz Forget Brock Lesnar ... I'm a Waaaaay Bigger Deal

11/19/2017 12:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Brock Lesnar's good and all ... but he ain't an MVP WWE superstar like, say, THE MIZ -- this according to The Miz.

Here's the deal ... we got Miz chillin' in the Big Apple, and asked him to pick the winner of this weekend's "Survivor Series" main event -- Lesnar vs. A.J. Styles

Miz went with Brock 'cause they wrestle on the same show -- "Monday Night Raw" -- but made 1 thing very clear ...

"He is on Raw ... I am the whole show."

Video evidence says otherwise, but hey -- Miz gonna Miz.

Conor McGregor He's a Boss, Don't Punish Him ... Says Kimbo Slice's Son

11/19/2017 12:05 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

All the Conor McGregor haters can take a seat ... 'cause Conor was just being a boss when he WENT OFF inside the cage last week -- so says Kimbo Slice's son.

"Baby Slice" fought at the Bellator Dublin event where McGregor got violent with MMA officials ... and says the UFC mega-star should get a pass for his outburst.

"I think that was pretty funny, man," Slice told TMZ Sports. "C'mon. We was in his hometown, his city. He probably felt invincible, think he can do what he wanna do. Probably can there."

FYI, Conor issued a "sorry not sorry" apology on Tuesday ... and no official punishment's come down from the UFC -- yet.

Stay tuned ... 

Ex-CFL Player's Mom My Son's Stuck in China, Too ... Help Us, Trump!!

11/18/2017 12:08 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump's work in China isn't done yet ... 

The mother of an ex-Canadian Football League player -- who's now locked up in China -- is hoping POTUS can work his magic again and bring her son home, too. 

30-year-old Wendell Brown -- a former LB at Ball State -- was coaching an American football team in Chongqing, China last year when he was involved in a bar fight and arrested. 

Brown claims he was attacked and was forced to defend himself. He claims several witnesses corroborate his story. 

Still, he was locked up in a Chinese prison and put on trial. Brown is still behind bars while waiting on the verdict ... despite the fact the trial concluded back in June. 

Now, Brown's mother Antoinette says she hopes President Trump will get involved the same way he did when LiAngelo Ball and the UCLA basketball team needed his help.

"My message to President Trump is I pray you have enough compassion to help me with my innocent son that's detained in China."

Antoinette says her son has never been in trouble with the law before -- and she wants him to get home to his 10-year-old son who misses him. 

"It's been hell," Antoinette explains. "My son is like one of my closest friends."

Wendell's family has created a GoFundMe page for child care and other financial emergencies.

Tyron Woodley to Nate Diaz: I'll Smash You With a Jacked Up Shoulder!

11/17/2017 2:16 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Nate Diaz ain't gonna like this ... 

Tyron Woodley says he's so confident he'll beat Nate's ass if they clash at UFC 219 next month ... he's willing to fight him with a busted shoulder!!!

"If there's any fighter that I think that I can fight with my shoulder not 100% ... it's that dude," Tyron said on "The Hollywood Beatdown" on the TMZ Sports YouTube channel. 

Tyron is rehabbing a labrum tear -- but says he's not worried about it one bit. 

There's A LOT more -- Tyron talks about the money he thinks he and Nate can rake in from the fight ... and why he's not even a little bit scared of Nate's famous Stockton Slap. 

Woodley also tells us if snorting workout powder is a real problem in the bodybuilding community after the death of Rich Piana

Plus ... Tyron gives props to Trump???? Yep. 

Nate Diaz Hits MMA Training Center With Tyron Woodley Fight Looming

11/17/2017 6:46 AM PST
Breaking News

After Tyron Woodley called him out Thursday, Nate Diaz went to his brother's MMA studio in Stockton, CA begging the question ... is he finally gonna take the fight?!?! 

Woodley announced on "The Hollywood Beatdown" that he already agreed to fight Diaz at UFC 219 in Vegas on Dec. 30 ... but he was waiting on Nate to sign his contract. 

Nate's been radio silent ... but he popped up at the Nick Diaz Academy where a jiu-jitsu class was in full effect. 

Unclear if Nate was participating in the training or just hanging out with his bro. 

One thing's for sure -- Woodley doesn't think ANY amount of training will save Nate if they do face off in the Octagon.  

Tyron Woodley Accepts Nate Diaz Fight 'Sign the Contract Already!'

11/16/2017 11:48 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tyron Woodley says a showdown with Nate Diaz at UFC 219 is "50% complete" -- and the only thing that's holding it up is "scared" Nate Diaz. 

"All you gotta say is 'Yes,'" Tyron said in a message to Nate on "The Hollywood Beatdown" show ... "Put the ink to the paper and we done."

Tyron says he's ready and training for the Dec. 30 fight in Vegas ... and says he honestly believes Nate is scared to fight him.

"Guys in our sport bump their gums quite a bit and they get you to think they're these huge tough guys ... they're these gangsters that they'll fight anybody, anytime."

"And then when you get in front of a person like me ... the crickets start to come out. They don't really wanna fight."

Tyron says it happened with Michael Bisping, Georges St-Pierre, Conor McGregor and Nick Diaz.

"Now it's happening with baby brother [Nate] so I guess it's in the bloodline."

There will be a LOT more tomorrow when the full episode of "The Hollywood Beatdown" drops on the TMZ Sports YouTube page

NFL's Jarvis Landry Dom. Violence Video Released Shows He Pushed Baby Mama

11/16/2017 7:46 AM PST

TMZ Sports has obtained the video at the center of the Jarvis Landry domestic violence investigation -- which shows the Miami Dolphins WR pushed his baby mama while their 4-month-old child was in the back seat. 

Landry's rep tells TMZ Sports the contact was not a push but rather "incidental contact" during an argument. Nothing more.

The footage was captured by a surveillance camera on April 1 -- showing Landry confronting the woman in the parking lot of his Florida apartment complex.

You can see Landry initially push the woman -- she falls back into her car. Landry then snaps his arm at her and it LOOKS like he was trying to slap her.

The video was blurred by police -- but cops say in the raw version it's clear Landry did NOT slap the woman and was only trying to snatch a cell phone from her.

The woman had initially told police after the incident that Landry battered her. Landry initially told cops he never battered her and claimed she had "hit my body" and got back in the car.

But the video clearly contradicts that.

The woman later changed her story -- telling investigators she was just emotional from having a kid and insisted she "exaggerated" the facts during the initial call with police. 

Officials ultimately believed the contact was an accident and decided NOT to press domestic violence charges against Landry.

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