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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.

Kanye West That Rant Wasn't About Drake ... Or Anyone in Particular

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

1018_kanye_west_tmzKanye West's onstage rant about other rappers copying his style -- from his sound to his stage -- wasn't about anyone in particular ... even though there were indications it could have targeted Drake.

Sources close to Kanye tell TMZ the rapper's Edmonton outburst this weekend was just 'Ye being 'Ye ... the call-out was to all the younger guys coming up in the rap world who Kanye feels rip him off on the reg.

We're told none of the speech was about Drake -- in fact, our sources say 'Ye's got nothing but respect for him -- and there's still talk about them doing music together.

So, what seemed like an angry rant was really just Kanye pumping up the crowd, we're told. He should be happy, anyway ... his 'Father Stretch My Hands' just hit #1 on Urban Radio.


Lindsay Lohan Sealing the Deal ... We're Biz Partners Who Happen to Kiss

10/17/2016 7:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1017-lindsay-lohan-dennis-papagerglou-greece-kiss-WENN-01Lindsay Lohan keeps calling him just a business partner/dear friend, but photos say otherwise.

LiLo was swapping spit over the weekend with Greek restaurateur Dennis Papageorgiou at Bouzoukia nightclub in Athens. He's the money behind LOHAN ... the new club he and Lindsay opened in Athens Saturday night.

Most people shake hands to close a deal. Lindsay is ... different. 

Kanye West Quit Jacking My Show ... Drake?

10/17/2016 6:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kanye West has had enough of getting robbed ... which is why he's ranting about other rappers -- like, possibly Drake -- jacking his floating stage.

Kanye went off during his show in Edmonton this weekend, and screamed out, "This the original! Accept no imitations!" As he marched around his floating stage ... he went on to accuse performers of stealing all sorts of ideas from him.

He never mentioned anyone by name, but it's worth noting Drake floats through parts of his shows, but he's been doing that for a while now. Maybe 'Ye just found out?

Move over, Meek Mill! New beef?  


Bill Cosby Accuser We Helped Trump's 'Victims' Come Forward

10/17/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

One of Bill Cosby's accusers says she and all the other women who have spoken out against the comedian empowered Donald Trump's alleged victims.

Sarita Butterfield -- a former Playboy model who claims Cosby groped her -- scoffs at cynics who think it's all too coincidental for these women to come forward on the heels of the election.

And Butterfield urges the women to hire the attorney she thinks is the greatest legal eagle since Brandeis.

Donald Trump Accuser's Story of 'Disappearing' Airplane Armrest Rings True

10/15/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1014-donald-trump-jessica-leeds-tmzDonald Trump's camp claims the center armrest separating him from a fellow passenger is the smoking gun proving she's a liar ... but we did some digging and she's on solid ground.

Jessica Leeds claims she was sitting next to Trump on a flight from Dallas to NYC in 1979, when he got all handsy with her. She says all of a sudden the center console disappeared, and that's when the under-the-skirt groping began.

Trump's camp claims her story doesn't hold water, because the center armrest in first class was fixed -- not removable.

Leeds claims she was on a Braniff Airways Boeing 707, but we contacted Ben Cass, the founder of the Braniff Airways Foundation, and he says 707s were not in service from Dallas to NYC in '79.

Cass says the plane was actually a Boeing 727, and the armrest was indeed removable by simply pulling it vertically.

1014-Braniff-727-First-ClassThe armrest was held in place by pegs and Cass said it would take only 2 seconds to lift it off. 

We also got hold of the Braniff International Flight Attendant Manual, which makes it clear ... the armrests, just like Leeds said, could disappear.


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.

Lyoto Machida's Coach MMA Can Save Greg Hardy's Life ... I'd Love To Train Him

10/14/2016 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former NFL star Greg Hardy is finally getting support from someone in the MMA community ... and it comes from one of the best trainers in the business ... Kenny Johnson.

Kenny's trained stars like B.J. Penn, Jose Aldo and Anderson Silva. So when TMZ Sports ran into him at Black House MMA Gym ... we asked if he'd be interested in bringing Hardy on board.

"I would not judge the past of a man if he's trying to better his present."

KJ went on to say, "With him wanting to make the transition over to MMA ... hey man, Black House, we're open. Call me ... we'll train."

This comes just days after Jay Glazer and Luke Rockhold bashed the troubled former Pro Bowler ... saying there's no room for Hardy in the sport.

Johnson clearly disagrees.

"A lot of people are being real harsh on the guy. They're choosing to focus on the past of a man, rather than the future."

Check out the clip.

UFC's Luke Rockhold Greg Hardy's So 'Far Lost' He Doesn't Deserve To Fight

10/14/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UFC superstar Luke Rockhold is BLASTING Greg Hardy and anyone considering training the ex-NFL star ... saying, "it's crazy to think that someone would actually train this guy."

Rockhold joined the "TMZ Sports" TV show ... when he was asked about Hardy's plan to hang up his cleats and fight mixed martial arts. 

Luke absolutely goes in on Hardy ... calling the domestic violence accusations against him "beyond anything of what a normal human is capable of."

FYI -- Hardy was convicted of domestic violence in '14 ... before the guilty verdict was dismissed after the accuser stopped cooperating with authorities.

Check out the clip ... it's clear Rockhold vehemently feels Hardy has no place in MMA.

Be sure to watch the full interview (Luke also weighs in on Ronda Rousey's comeback) Friday at 8:30 PM PT on FS1!

The Game to Judge Let Me Tell the Jury My Sexual Assault Accuser Was a Whore

10/14/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1013-the-game-tmz-01The Game's asking the judge in his sexual assault case to make his accuser's sexual history fair game ... history that allegedly includes prostitution.

The rapper's legal team is opposing Priscilla Rainey's request to prohibit them from raising issues about her alleged past in the trial, which she claims is only meant to inflame the jury and victim shame.

But Game's team just filed legal docs claiming her history is a direct reflection of her credibility ... specifically allegations she was a prostitute and engaged in a "promiscuous" lifestyle. He also wants the jury to know she allegedly spent time in a mental institution.

Game also wants the jury to know she's allegedly been arrested for theft.

TMZ broke the story ... Rainey sued Game for $10 million accusing him of sexually assaulting her while she was a contestant on his reality show, "She's Got Game." She claims he put his hand up her skirt and rubbed her vagina and buttocks.

Donald Trump Accuser He Grabbed My Breasts ... Kissed Me 'Wherever He Could Find A Landing Spot'

10/13/2016 6:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The woman who accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her on a plane claims he was all over her for 15 minutes, but she says there was a clear breaking point.

Jessica Leeds came on Anderson Cooper's show Thursday night and gave a blow-by-blow of what she said went down.

Trump says she's a liar and vows to sue The New York Times for posting it.

Leeds also says she saw Trump at an event a few years after the alleged incident and he remembered her ... in terms she says are too gross to mention.

Donald Trump He Was Never Vulgar with Me ... Says Ex-Beauty Queen

10/13/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former Miss Teen USA Katie Blair says Donald Trump is far from the sleazy guy he's being made out to be ... based on her experiences with him on TV shows and pageants.

Katie was Miss Teen USA '06 and Miss CA USA '11 ... and Trump owned both pageants at the time. We talked to her about her interactions with the boss, and while she admits there were plenty of situations for him to leer ... she insists it NEVER happened.

Katie says anyone who's had any experience with live TV would know there's an obvious reason why Trump couldn't have done many of the things some other pageant contestants have accused him of doing.

Check out her take on Trump -- who stood by her during her scandal with former Miss USA Tara Conner. Katie's clearly got his back when it comes to his ethics.

As for whether he's got her vote? Katie's made her decision, though it's hardly a ringing endorsement.


UFC's Sage Northcutt Mickey Gall Wants to Break My Bones??? ... 'That's Funny'

10/13/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UFC rising star Sage Northcutt doesn't seem fazed by Mickey Gall's violent smack talk -- laughing off his bone-breaking threats as pure comedy ... while training with UFC champ Tyron Woodley.

As we previously reported, Gall threatened to "hurt [Sage] bad" when they face off at UFC on FOX 22 in December .. adding, "I'm gonna break his bones."

Since Tyron and Sage are friends, we hit up the champ to find out how Northcutt's preparing for the fight -- when Super Sage made a surprise appearance and reacted to Gall's comments personally.

Check out the clip ... it's clear Tyron thinks Mickey may have bitten off a little more than he can chew.

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