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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.

UFC's Josh Samman Died from 'Probable Drug Overdose' ... Medical Examiner Says

10/18/2016 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1017-josh-samman-gettyUFC fighter Josh Samman's official cause of death has been listed as "probable drug overdose" ... this according to the Broward County Medical Examiner. 

Samman and his roommate Troy Kirkingburg -- an MMA ring announcer -- were discovered in a Florida apartment on September 30th.

Kirkingburg was pronounced dead at the scene. Samman was hospitalized for several days but ultimately passed away on October 5th

The Medical Examiner says an autopsy was conducted on Kirkingburg and showed that he died from a massive accidental drug overdose. 

We're told he tested positive for Xanax, cocaine, heroin, and ethanol (alcohol).

His official cause of death is being listed as "multi-drug toxicity."

Regarding Samman ... the M.E. tells us, "We do not have any specimen on Mr. Samman due to the length of his hospitalization."

"His cause of death is probable drug overdose based on the circumstances and hospital drug screen that was positive for drugs, but we could not confirm this as they only hold specimens for three days."

Kimbo Slice's Son I Love Antonio Brown's Cleats ... Now Go Ball Out!!

10/15/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Antonio Brown's tribute to the late Kimbo Slice just got the stamp of approval from Kimbo's son ... who says he's proud to see his father honored in such an awesome way.

TMZ Sports spoke with Kevin Ferguson Jr. -- a.k.a. Baby Slice  -- about the kicks ... and what it means to him to have one of the NFL's best show love to his pops.

"It feels good, man ... it lets me know that my dad touched a lot of people."

The clip's pretty cool ... Kevin has a message for Brown. He also previews his pro MMA debut at Bellator 162 next week ... and it doesn't sound promising for the dude steppin' into the cage with Baby Slice.


Greg Hardy Haters Gonna Hate ... I'm Still Getting MMA-Ready

10/14/2016 2:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1014-greg-hardy-twitter-01Greg Hardy's already getting his hands up-to-date for a career in mixed martial arts -- despite the backlash against the ex-Cowboys defensive lineman joining the sport.

Hardy posted a pic of himself working the mitts with a sparring partner. Word is he's training somewhere in the Dallas area. 

As we've reported ... there's been a big push from several people in the MMA world to have Hardy blackballed from the sport, due to his domestic violence conviction.

Looks like he's undeterred by the hate.

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!

UFC's Amanda Nunes 200% Chance I Beat Ronda Rousey ... I've Been Waiting for This

10/13/2016 9:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UFC champ Amanda Nunes is GUARANTEEING VICTORY over Ronda Rousey -- telling TMZ Sports there's a "200% chance" she wins the fight. 

We just spoke with the reigning bantamweight queen who says she's extremely grateful to Ronda for taking the fight -- but wants her to know ... she's about to get destroyed. 

"This is the moment I've been waiting for," Nunes said. 

"I've been training for Ronda Rousey since my first fight in UFC."

Nunes says she knows every single thing that Rousey will throw at her when they face off at UFC 207 on Dec. 30th ... and when it comes to judo, Amanda says she's the superior talent. 

Check out the clip -- Nunes is clearly fired up and ready to go. 

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.

Jay Glazer Blackball Greg Hardy from MMA (VIDEO UPDATE)

10/11/2016 1:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


2:03 PM PT -- Here's video of Jay speaking to TMZ Sports about the situation ... and explaining why Hardy will NEVER be allowed to set foot inside of his gym. update-grey-gray-barGreg Hardy doesn't deserve "the privilege" of competing in MMA and should be BANNED from the sport ... so says Jay Glazer who's calling for his fellow MMA coaches to blackball the ex-NFL star. 

"I would be incredibly disappointed in any of my fellow MMA coaches and any promoters if they took Greg Hardy in and taught him a shred of our incredible sport," Glazer tweeted. 

"Competing in any sport is a privilege, Greg Hardy should not be granted the privilege."

Glazer makes it clear his beef stems from Hardy's 2014 domestic violence conviction -- when he was accused of beating the crap out of his ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her. 

Hardy appealed the conviction -- and the case was dismissed when his accuser stopped cooperating with prosecutors. 

"Many of us train women in self defense specifically to help protect vs domestic violence," Glazer said ... "Me and all my coaches at @Unbreakable do and take great pride in that."

"There are many beautiful arts taught in our sport, none of which should be afforded to him."

Glazer trains a bunch of huge MMA stars at his Unbreakable gym in L.A. -- including Luke Rockhold and Chuck Liddell. 

Herschel Walker I Still Stand With Trump 'Everybody Does Stupid Things'

10/11/2016 1:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Herschel Walker says the unearthed Trump Tapes have NOT scared him away from his former 'Celebrity Apprentice' boss -- telling TMZ Sports he stands firmly with The Donald

Walker has been a staunch Trump supporter from the beginning -- but with G.O.P. heavyweights like Paul Ryan and John McCain running for the hills, we asked the ex-NFL star if his position has changed. 

In a word, no -- in fact, he seems even MORE passionate about Trump. 

"Okay, Donald says stupid stuff. He do stupid things. I've done stupid things. Everybody's done stupid things. But what are you gonna do right now? Where are you at right now? Hillary Clinton, where are you at right now?"

UFC's Stipe Miocic Rooting for Greg Hardy ... But I'd Whoop That Ass

10/11/2016 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic has a warning for Greg Hardy -- MMA is tougher than you think ... "it's not just something you pick up off the street."

With the ex-NFL star announcing he's pursuing a career as a heavyweight MMA fighter, we went right to the top guy to get his take. 

Long story short ... Miocic says he'd beat Hardy down if they ever faced off in the Octagon -- but says he's not counting Hardy out as a fighter

"Stranger things have happened," Stipe said when asked if he thinks Hardy could be a contender. 

"I wish nothing but the best for him. I hope he trains hard and gets better. And uh ... we'll see."

Greg Hardy I'M AN MMA FIGHTER NOW ... NFL Career 'On Hold'

10/11/2016 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1011-greg-hardy-getty-tmzEx-NFL star Greg Hardy says he's transitioning from football to MMA -- and plans to take a REAL heavyweight fight in 2017. 

Hardy spoke with and said, "I'm very focused and excited to start my MMA career."

"I'm going to do this the right way, I can assure you of that."

The 28-year-old was regarded as one of the best defensive players in the NFL before a series of off the field issues derailed his career ... including a domestic violence conviction (which was eventually dismissed) and a drug arrest

Hardy's camp says he currently weighs around 285 lbs and should fight as a heavyweight in 2017. 

"I'm fully committed to being as successful as I can be in this sport."

Conor McGregor Fined $150k ... For UFC 202 Presser Melee

10/10/2016 11:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1010-conor-mcgregor-nevada-seal-TMZ-02Conor McGregor was just hit with a $150k FINE and 50 hours of community service for firing water bottles at Nate Diaz during the UFC 202 press conference.

UFC honcho Dana White joined "TMZ Sports" the day after all hell broke loose at the presser and said "they're both getting punished."

Today was the day ... 'cause the Nevada State Athletic Commission met this morning in Las Vegas to determine what punishment McGregor would face.

The outcome? Conor has to pay a $150,000 fine (5% of his UFC 202 purse) ... and do 50 hours of community service. He also agreed to participate in an anti-bullying PSA.

Nate Diaz -- who also faces punishment -- had his hearing postponed.

Stay tuned ...

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