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Shannon Briggs Inking Deal to Fight Klitschko ... 'It's Going Down!'

11/24/2015 3:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


2-time heavyweight champ Shannon Briggs just told "TMZ Sports" hes' FINALLY getting his fight with Wladimir Klitschko ... after roughly TWO YEARS of chasing the guy down around the globe!

Briggs joined the guys on "TMZ Sports" (airs Tuesday at 9PM PT on FS1) -- and said he's been in negotiations with Wlad for the past couple of weeks ... and they're finally bringing it in for a landing. 

Briggs has literally traveled the globe trying to goad Klitschko into a fight -- picking fights with the guy on land, on sea ... and in the middle of restaurants

So, how did he finally get Wlad to meet him in the ring? 

Make sure to watch "TMZ Sports" tonight for the whole story. 

UFC's Bruce Buffer Hollywood Distracted Ronda

11/24/2015 9:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ronda Rousey didn't just have a lot on her plate when she was gearing up to fight Holly Holm -- she had a "full table" with movies, a book and endless PR work ... so says UFC announcer Bruce Buffer

Bruce -- the voice of the UFC -- wouldn't go as far to blame Ronda's loss on all of the distractions ... but he admits you can't give 100% of your focus to the Octagon with so much going outside of it. 

So, what'll happen if Ronda cuts out all of the other stuff and dedicates ALL OF HER LIFE to beating up Holly in the rematch

Check out what Bruce has to say -- dude says the result could be one of the scariest things ever.

Oscar De La Hoya I Would Fight Mayweather ... If I Was 5 Years Younger

11/18/2015 2:53 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Oscar De La Hoya says his strongly worded attack on Floyd Mayweather is NOT a publicity stunt to get Floyd in the ring ... saying he's NOT planning on a rematch because he's too old. 

De La Hoya appeared on "TMZ Sports" on FS1 on Tuesday -- and we asked if he's afraid of meeting Floyd in the streets after blasting the guy as boring and saying boxing is better off without him. 

The Golden Boy says he WOULD be down to scrap with Floyd ... if there was a way to turn back the clock -- but says for all intents and purposes, his fighting days are over. 

We also asked Oscar about his $100,000 bet with Jay Z over the Canelo Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto fight this weekend ... and De La Hoya made it clear, he wants Hova's money bad ... for a really good cause. 

Check out the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1 ... weekdays at 9 PM PT and Wednesdays at 9:30. 

Ronda Rousey I'm Ashamed Of My Face

11/17/2015 8:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ronda Rousey doesn't want anyone to see the damage Holly Holm did to her face -- taking drastic measures to cover up as she arrived back in L.A. moments ago.  

Besides rocking a hood over her head, sunglasses on her eyes and draping her hair over her face ... Ronda also used a pillow to mask her mug as she walked through LAX. 

Ronda's boyfriend Travis Browne was with her ... but neither Ronda nor Travis were in the mood to talk. 

It's a pretty sad video ... Ronda like we've never seen her before. 

As we previously reported, Dana White told us Ronda was depressed and bummed out about the loss -- but vows to return to the UFC for a rematch. 



Laila Ali on Ronda Rousey Real Champs Don't Get Beat Like That!

11/16/2015 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"In order to be the best in the world, you definitely don't EVER get beat up like that in your prime, period." -- Laila Ali on Ronda Rousey


It's pretty clear from this video Laila Ali doesn't like Ronda Rousey -- telling TMZ Sports she hopes Ronda turns down a rematch ... 'cause Holly Holm is just going to BEAT HER ASS AGAIN!!!

The video is pretty amazing and Laila is just like her legendary father -- completely unafraid to speak her mind.


Donald Trump I'm Glad Rousey Lost 'Not a Nice Person'

11/16/2015 6:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Seems Donald Trump and Laila Ali have something in common -- 'cause he also HATES Ronda Rousey ... saying he's glad she got thumped up! 

Trump went to Twitter and wrote, "Glad to see that @RondaRousey lost her championship fight last night. Was soundly beaten - not a nice person!"


Of course, the beef could stem from the fact Ronda endorsed Bernie Sanders for president earlier this month -- and ripped Trump along the way. 

Back in August, she told CNN ... "I wouldn't vote for [Trump]. I just really wouldn't trust the guy with running my country, that’s all ... I'm not really going to get into specifics of it, but, I mean, I don't want a reality TV star to be running my country."

Donald did have some nice things to say about one athlete this weekend -- Trump supporter Tom Brady -- saying, "Tom Brady just did it again. He is not only a great guy, he is, without question, the BEST quarterback!"

You back Trump -- he backs you. 

Geno Smith Teammate Calls BS On Fight Claim ... IK Punch Was About Money

11/12/2015 11:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1112-smith-enemkpali-getty-01Geno Smith's claim that IK Enemkpali's jaw punch WASN'T about money is a LIE ... that's according to a NY Jets player who witnessed the attack ... and says he heard IK talk about the cash.

Smith recently spoke out about the incident ... saying the idea the fight was about $600 he owed IK after flaking on a football camp appearance is "the biggest misconception in America."

TMZ Sports talked with a respected Jets veteran on the condition of anonymity ... and he says Geno's statement simply doesn't jive with what he saw and heard that day.

"Geno just saying that sh*t 'cause he don't wanna look bad."

Our source says IK was fuming about Geno's no-show even before the fight ... and personally heard him mention the money as the two men were being separated.

"IK was clearly upset about him not showing up to the camp. IK was talking it up to everyone at the camp that Geno was gonna be there."

Here's the blow-by-blow: 

"So IK approached Geno about it in the locker room. he was clearly frustrated, and they were yelling at each other. And Geno said he didn't wanna talk about it, and kinda turned around, and that's when IK sucker punched him. Then we were pulling them apart, and then IK was like, 'You owe me money!'"

By the way, if Geno is lying ... it wouldn't be the first time -- remember the plane incident of 2014?

Azealia Banks Investigated for ... Security Guard Beatdown

11/10/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Azealia Banks is the target of a criminal investigation for allegedly pounding on a security guard who was kicking her out of a club, and it's all on video, obtained by TMZ.

Banks and her crew were partying at Break Room 86 in L.A. late last month when she allegedly became unruly and security told her to leave. As Banks approached the front door, security claims she tried pulling the fire alarm.

A security guard grabbed Banks as she was messing with the fire control valves, and that's when Banks and her crew jumped the guy.

You see in the video ... Banks is on top, pounding away.

LAPD has opened a criminal battery investigation.


Lakers' Lou Williams Victim In Vegas Battery ... Cops Say

11/8/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

L.A. Lakers player Lou Williams was NOT the aggressor in a Vegas fight that landed him in handcuffs, he was the VICTIM ... this according to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department.

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Williams was placed in handcuffs and slammed up against a police car in front of a Vegas casino in September -- while trying to tell cops he did nothing wrong. 

Now, the LVMPD tells us ... cops had responded to a call about a fight at that location -- and when they arrived, the situation was heated, and they detained Williams while they investigated. 

A short time later, cops say they learned Williams was in fact a victim -- so they let him go. Williams told police he did NOT want to press charges. 

A rep for Williams had no comment. 

Holly Holm I'M RIPPED ... And Ready for Rousey

11/6/2015 12:53 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1106-holly-instagram-01NO TURNING BACK NOW!!! 

UFC star Holly Holm is about to board a plane to Australia ... where she's set to take on Ronda Rousey next weekend ... and we gotta say, she looks like she's been training her ass off!

Holm just took this photo after her last hardcore training session and wrote -- "Time to head to Melbourne this evening. What a journey already and the fight is still to come. I love my life and this journey I am on." 

Rousey and Holm are set to battle in Melbourne on Nov. 14th. 

Break a leg (or don't).  

Chris Brown Woman Hospitalized After Alleged Security Beatdown

11/5/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1103-chris-brown-getty-instagram-01Chris Brown's posse is accused of beating a woman so badly at a Vegas party she was hospitalized for whiplash. 

Jakaria, a 28-year-old insurance agent, tells us she was hanging with Brown and his crew early Sunday at Palms Casino Resort. She says everyone had to leave their phones with his security, and when she went to pick up her 2 phones, his team thought she was trying to steal someone else's.

That's when Jakaria says Brown's security guard got violent, grabbing her by the hair, shaking her around and throwing her to the ground. She says the guard tried to stomp on her but someone mercifully stepped in.

Jakaria says she got home but realized she was in bad shape so she called an ambulance. Doctors told her she had whiplash. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ cops took a battery report and they're looking into the incident. 

Michael Lohan Cleared of Criminal Child Abuse Kate's Allegations Unsupported

11/4/2015 12:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Cops have cleared Michael Lohan of criminal child abuse, despite Kate Major's assertion he struck one of their kids.

Kate told child services Michael choked her on Oct 11 during an argument and slapped their son in the face. 

Kate showed cops a video she shot during the argument ... according to the police report, the video did not prove Kate's assertion that Michael struck their son. We're told Michael also played audio for cops in which Kate acknowledged he never struck their kid.

TMZ broke the story ... the kids were taken by child services because of the hostile environment they were living in with Michael and Kate ... and the bitter arguing in the video helped prove the point.

Cops were called again to Kate's house just a few days later on Nov 2 after she said Michael came banging on her door. You can hear from the 911 call ... it seems Kate was scared for her life.  

Michael's mother currently has custody over the couple's 10-month-old and 2-year-old after a judge's ruling on Tuesday.

'Real Housewives of ATL' Ex-NBA Player In Physical Altercation ... Cops Called

11/4/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1103-glen-rice-jr-getty-01There was real life drama during a recent 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' shoot -- with a troubled ex-NBA player allegedly knocking one of the women to the ground ... multiple sources tell TMZ Sports

It all went down at a home in Miami back in September, where ex-Washington Wizards player Glen Rice Jr. was involved in a scene with Tammy McCall Browning

FYI -- Glen is the same guy who was recently arrested in ATL after being shot in a dispute at a restaurant owned by T.I.

Our sources tell us ... producers brought Browning in to test her for a full-time gig on the show ... and she brought Rice Jr. because she thought it would help her chances. But things took a turn for the worse when they began drinking -- with the ladies complaining to producers that Glen was getting aggressive and making the women uncomfortable. 

We're told Tammy went to ask Glen to leave -- and as one source says, "He lost it." Our sources say Glen went to confront one of the housewives -- and Tammy tried to get in the way to stop him -- but he wouldn't stop and knocked her to the ground. Tammy smacked her head pretty hard and began to cry. 

We're told the whole thing was captured on video ... in fact, footage of Tammy reeling in pain was used in the promo for the new season. 

Tammy was eventually taken to the hospital for evaluation -- where doctors determined she was fine, no concussion. But later, Tammy and Glen returned to the home -- where the housewives made it clear Glen wasn't welcome. An argument ensued and cops were called to the scene. 

Things eventually calmed down -- no one was arrested -- and Glen left without further incident. But our sources say Glen was told he was NOT welcome back and Tammy did not get a featured role on the show. 

We reached out to Rice for comment -- so far, no word back. 

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