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UFC Star Khabib Nurmagomedov I Don't Fight Bears Anymore ... IT'S LIONS NOW

11/28/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Rising UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov is FREAKING INSANE!!!!

Don't believe us? Listen to the man himself casually describe to TMZ Sports how he SPARS WITH LIONS as part of his training.

You heard us ... lions, like Simba and Mufasa except real and not animated ... meaning totally capable of ripping your face off at any minute.

He's conquered the wild before ... there's actually video of him wrestling with bears as a child ... but good news for all you Smokey's and Yogi's out there, KN says he's moved on to lions permanently.

If he's being serious (he can't be, right?) ... the rest of the UFC is in serious, serious trouble.

UFC's Mickey Gall I Respect CM Punk But He Shouldn't Fight UFC

11/27/2016 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

If CM Punk wants to fight again ... he should take his talents somewhere OTHER than the UFC ... so says the man who beat his ass, Mickey Gall

Gall is gearing up for his big showdown with Sage Northcutt at UFC on FOX 22 in December ... a fight he asked for after defeating CM Punk at UFC 203. 

Couple things ... 

1) Gall fires back at Sage's training partner, Tyron Woodley, who said Mickey bit off more than he can chew.

2) He delivers some health advice to CM Punk, who recently said he wants a 2nd fight in the UFC -- don't do it. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov I Wanna Torture Conor McGregor 'I'm No Eddie Alvarez, Tyron Woodley'

11/24/2016 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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UFC rising superstar Khabib Nurmagomedov says he wants to HUMILIATE Conor McGregor -- and vows to "finish his hype" forever if Dana White gives him the chance. 

TMZ Sports spoke to the fighter (who's currently in Russia!) and he explained the fight isn't about the money because "I have a lot of money."

Khabib says Conor simply rubs him the wrong way -- and he wants to punish the Irish superstar ... badly.

"I want to take him down, speak with him, slap him, make him nervous ... like, 'Hey, get up! Let's go! Where is your boxing?' ... play with him and make him give up. This is what I want."

"But I don't want to finish him 1st round, 2nd round, 3rd round ... I want to fight with him for 25 minutes like 5 rounds and I want to make him look very bad. And finish his hype."

Khabib also describes a backstage confrontation with Conor at UFC 205 -- and says he's no Eddie Alvarez or Tyron Woodley ... and would've destroyed CM on the spot if he hadn't retreated. 

There's more ... Khabib also explains why he no longer gets into street fights (spoiler: it's because he's afraid he might kill someone). 

Good luck with that, Conor ...

Andre Ward I Sparred With The Diaz Brothers ... Dudes Can Box With Anyone

11/19/2016 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Andre Ward has a great big NOT SO FAST for anyone who thinks UFC guys can't hang with pro boxers ... saying he actually sparred with Nick and Nate Diaz, and the dudes can throw hands ... FOR REAL.

Ward's in Vegas getting ready for his PPV throwdown with Sergey Kovalev on Saturday and took a little time to talk to TMZ Sports before the two lock horns.

Of course, we asked him who he'd pick in a mega-fight between Conor and Floyd ... and while he made it clear Floyd has the edge in a boxing ring, he told us he knows FIRSTHAND how hard UFC guys can hit.

"I spar with Nick and Nate Diaz ... those boys know what they're doing, they can throw their hands."

Get this ... Ward also says he'd like to see a truce in the whole MMA vs boxing war.

We're all for that ... AFTER Conor and Floyd bash each other's faces in.

Chael Sonnen I Got Jon Jones Fighting Again ... And He Might Lose

11/19/2016 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Chael Sonnen just gave Jon Jones fans a classic good news/bad news situation ...

Good news? Jones is returning to the mat as part of Chael's Submission Underground event next month ... an all-grappling combat contest Jones is actually allowed to compete in, despite his yearlong drug suspension.

Bad news? Jon is up against his old UFC foe -- and former Olympic wrestler -- Dan Henderson ... during a bout on FloGrappling.com which according to Sonnen could mean Jones seriously gets embarrassed in the all-grappling format.

You gotta listen to Sonnen break it down ... especially the way in which he explains how Jon is able to mix it up in the event despite his suspension ... which we're sure Dana White will be thrilled about.

Kimbo Slice's Son My Opponents Can't Hurt Me 'Cause I Fought Kimbo Himself

11/18/2016 10:58 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Beware, Bellator fighters ... Kevin "Baby Slice" Ferguson says you guys have NO HOPE of hurting him in the ring ... 'cause he's taken more punishment than you can dish out ... from his father, Kimbo Slice.

Ferguson is set to make his long-awaited debut at Bellator 165 this Saturday against Aaron Hamilton ... and told TMZ Sports there's a reason why he's not at all nervous about his first big fight.

"I used to spar with my dad all the time ... he used to sit me down with body shots."

BTW -- Kimbo Slice was 245 pounds, Baby Slice weighs in at 170 ... so yeah, brutal.

Ferguson goes on to say he used to have some jitters about getting it on ... but thinking about how he rumbled with his dad actually calms his nerves.

Floyd Mayweather 'In Tremendous Shape, Could Fight Right Now' ... His Bodyguards Say

11/18/2016 9:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Floyd Mayweather ain't letting himself go in retirement -- his bodyguards say the dude is still in INSANE shape and could fight RIGHT NOW if he wanted to. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Floyd's muscle -- Greg and Jizzy -- at the Money Team record label launch party in New York ... when they told us why they're convinced Floyd could fight 'til he's 60 YEARS OLD. 

And while they say they respect Conor McGregor -- they explain why he's not even close to being on Floyd's level as a BOSS

Nick Diaz Reacts To Conor McGregor's Club Rant ... 'F*** You'

11/16/2016 2:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Nick Diaz was inside 1 Oak nightclub when Conor McGregor went off on Floyd Mayweather Tuesday night -- and had this 2 word reaction -- "F*** you."

Diaz began Snapchatting himself during Conor's rant -- and said, "I was already the 2-weight world champion, bitch."

Then he threw up a middle finger and said, "F*** you."

Our Diaz sources tell us Nick wants a piece of the Irish superstar at some point in the future ... though no word if there's been any real talks behind the scenes. 

Jerry Rice Caught In Ferocious Armbar at MMA Gym 'I'm Tappin' Out!'

11/16/2016 12:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jerry Rice is no dummy ... and knows when you're caught in a Ronda Rousey-style armbar at an MMA gym -- YOU TAP IMMEDIATELY!!!

The NFL legend teamed up with Bellator, Spike and Veterans Operation Wellness to do some MMA training with U.S. Army veterans at the Smash Gym in Northern California on Tuesday ... and actually looked pretty good. 

At one point, he squared off with J.T. Roswell -- who's fighting at Bellator 165 on Saturday -- and even though he got his hands near Roswell's face, things changed quickly ... and it was tap city. 

We're told Rice was a quick learner and the fighters were impressed with how quickly he picked up on techniques.

Hey, he's a world-class athlete after all ... 

Dana White Fires Back at Floyd Mayweather 'You're the Cure for Insomnia'

11/16/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1115-dana-white-floyd-mayweather-conor-mcgregor-TMZ-02Dana White ain't taking too kindly to Floyd Mayweather's shots at Conor McGregor -- blasting the boxing legend as one of the most boring fighters ever ... who needs to RESPECT the Irish stud. 

After teasing a possible superfight with Conor earlier this year, Floyd has turned on McGregor -- saying the UFC star simply ain't in his league as a fighter and any comparisons are disrespectful. 

So, we reached out to Dana ... who STRONGLY defended his superstar. 

"Conor McGregor ... if he touches you, you go to sleep. Floyd puts people to sleep too, with his fighting style, not with his hands."

"You know how Floyd knocks people out? When they're not looking. Watch the Victor Ortiz fight."

White went on to praise McGregor. 

"This kid's just getting started. This kid's 28 years old. Floyd can say what he wants about Conor, but even other fighters have to respect him. He's special. Floyd's never even come close to doing to other fighters what Conor does."

White says he will give Floyd props for what he's done -- but Conor's the future. Period. 

Floyd Mayweather Conor's Piggybacking Off My Name I'm the Biggest Thing In MMA

11/15/2016 9:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Here's the FULL 5-minute shot with Floyd Mayweather -- where he blasts Conor McGregor over and over again ... and claims to be the biggest name in MMA.

It all went down on Monday -- when Floyd told our guy comparing Conor to him was "disrespectful" -- because he's an elephant and McGregor is an ant.

There's a lot more in the full clip ... including the part where Floyd accuses Conor of "piggybacking off my name."

Conor responded to part of the video on Tuesday with a message to Floyd -- "SAY IT TO MY FACE."

Conor McGregor FIRES BACK AT MAYWEATHER 'Say It To My Face!'

11/15/2016 3:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Conor McGregor has a message for Floyd Mayweather -- if you wanna talk smack, "SAY IT TO MY FACE!"

We just shot the UFC superstar on the streets of NYC -- where he's still getting all sorts of love from fans -- and told him about the comments Mayweather made about him Monday.

McGregor called full B.S. on Floyd's claim that he didn't watch UFC 205 -- and then Conor straight-up called him out. 

By the way, make sure you watch "TMZ Sports" on FS1 Tuesday to see ALL of Floyd's comments about Conor ... including the part where he declares himself the BIGGEST name in MMA (yeah, you read that correctly).

Floyd Mayweather 'Don't Compare Conor McGregor to Me' ... 'Total Disrespect'

11/15/2016 6:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Floyd Mayweather is sick of the Conor McGregor comparisons -- saying it's "total disrespect" because the UFC star is an ant and Floyd is an elephant. 

Seriously. 

Floyd went on about Conor for nearly 5 minutes -- here's a sample. We'll have more on the "TMZ Sports" TV show Tuesday night on FS1. 

Here's one of the memorable quotes ...

"I mean if you’re saying he’s the Floyd Mayweather of the MMA, I’m trying to find out. Have you ever made $300 million in one night? Have you ever made $100 million in one night? Have you ever made $70 million in one night?"

"So as far as you wanna say he’s the Floyd Mayweather of the MMA ... I mean, I mean it’s okay to just say it, it’s not true."

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