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MMA Star Dave Herman

On Taser Arrest:

'If I Was Black I'd Be Dead'

1/23/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former UFC fighter Dave Herman tells TMZ Sports he's lucky to be alive after a violent encounter with police this weekend ... and says if he was black, he'd "probably be dead."

The video was insane -- showing cops using a taser on the 30-year-old heavyweight MMA expert during a stop in Indiana. Herman gets emotional when he tells us how the incident has affected his family. 

012115_dave_herman_launchThe DeKalb County Sheriff's Dept. has previously said Herman was speeding and refused to pull over. They also say Herman was aggressive during the stop. Herman says BS. 

Herman also says he's POSITIVE he never kicked an officer during the incident -- though he claims an officer put a knee in his back (and joked that his back may have injured the cop's knee). 

We've reached out to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Dept. for comment -- so far, no word back.

MMA Star David Herman

Cops Say He Kicked an Officer

During Roadside Arrest

1/21/2015 1:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former UFC star David Herman was hit with three felony charges Wednesday afternoon following his arrest in Indiana early Thursday morning ... including a battery charge for allegedly kicking an officer. 

Herman was charged with resisting law enforcement, battery against a law enforcement officer and neglect of dependent (because he was speeding with young son in the car) ... all felonies. He also got hit with a misdemeanor resisting law enforcement charge, just for good measure.

During the arrest, Herman allegedly kicked one of the officers in the shin after another officer tased him.

As TMZ Sports previously reported, cops say Herman led them on a three-mile chase and tased him only after he approached them "in an aggressive manner."

Herman's wife, who was in the car at the time, claims he is the real victim in this incident and wants the officers charged with assault.

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MMA Star Dave Herman

TASED DURING ARREST

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1/21/2015 7:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012115_dave_herman_launchFormer UFC heavyweight fighter Dave Herman was hit with a taser during an arrest in Indiana this week ... and now Dave's wife has released the video she shot during the incident in which she calls out the police.   

Cops say Herman had been speeding with no headlights or taillights -- and when they tried to pull him over, he led them on a 3 mile chase before finally stopping at a gas station. 

During the stop, cops say Herman "approached Officers in an aggressive manner" -- so they fired the taser to take him into custody. 

But Herman's wife Madeleine -- who was in the car at the time with their young son -- tells TMZ Sports she's FURIOUS over the incident and claims her husband is the real victim. 

Madeleine says Dave was NOT trying to run from cops when they initially tried to pull him over -- they were merely looking for a well lit place to stop.  

As for allegations Dave was being aggressive, Madeleine says that's also BS -- explaining, "Dave, not wanting armed strangers walking up behind the vehicle, especially with our infant son in tow, stepped out of the vehicle and asked them if there was something he could help them with."

Madeleine says cops overreacted and violently took her husband to the ground. He's being charged with several criminal counts including resisting arrest and battery against an officer. 

Dave is still in custody -- but she's calling for the officers involved in the arrest to be charged with assault. 

We reached out to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Ex-UFC Champ BJ Penn

Slammed Head Against Bar

... Before Fight

1/20/2015 4:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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BJ Penn slammed his head against a solid wooden bar 3 times in anger ... before the ex-UFC champ went outside and got into a fight this weekend ... bar sources tell TMZ Sports

We're told ... BJ was a "perfect gentleman" when he arrived to the South Shore Tiki Lounge in Maui on Saturday night -- but became agitated and at one point began banging his head into the bar. 

"He was definitely aggravated at something," one source tells us who also says Penn did NOT appear to be drunk.

"He only had one drink.  At first he was okay, then he was hitting his head on the bar .... and 20 minutes later he was outside fighting."

As we previously reported, Penn allegedly attacked one of his friends in the parking lot -- and reportedly injured the guy so bad, he was hospitalized for a broken eye socket. 

Penn was later arrested for assault. Cops are still investigating the incident.

Stuart Scott

Fought MMA

With Chemo Port In His Chest

1/5/2015 7:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0717_stuart_sensei_training_swipesStuart Scott was so passionate about continuing his MMA training during his fight with cancer, he REFUSED to quit ... even after doctors implanted a chemotherapy port into his chest.

"He was such an impressive person," says Sensei Darin Reisler ... who trained Scott in Connecticut. 

"During his last round of chemotherapy, when he would train, he was training with the chemotherapy port surgically implanted in his chest. He did mixed martial arts... with a chemo port in his chest!"

Scott had said MMA training helped to get his energy up after grueling chemo sessions -- but Sensei Darin says Stuart wasn't just training to help himself. 

"He really looked out for the needs of others. He was the first person to volunteer to work with a new student, and he always had a smile on his face."

Reisler has said Scott was known as a "battle horse" around the gym -- and adds, "His impact will not be forgotten. I will truly miss him."

Tito Ortiz

Praises Dana White

... For Signing CM Punk

12/10/2014 7:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Didn't think we'd see this one coming ... but Tito Ortiz just fired off some COMPLIMENTS about his bitter rival Dana White -- praising the UFC boss for signing CM Punk.

For the record, Ortiz and White have been feuding for YEARS -- and the two got thiiis close to fighting it out in the ring back in 2007.

But despite the feud, Tito knows a good business decision when he sees it ... and told TMZ Sports that signing former WWE champ CM Punk is a solid move for the UFC.

"They're making money," Ortiz said ... "It's great for them."

The 39-year-old fighter also updated us on his own career -- saying he's finally calling it quits next year ... but there's one thing he wants to accomplish before he retires.

Check out the clip ...

War Machine

I Could've Shot Christy Mack

If We Were in Texas

10/4/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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War Machine thinks his ex-gf Christy Mack got off easy when he beat the hell out of her -- because he could have flat out killed her and gotten away with it if the attack went down in Texas. 

War Machine actually believes he shouldn't have been charged at all ... according to a jailhouse letter he recently wrote to a friend. TMZ obtained a copy, and in it he claims Christy is throwing him under the bus to protect her "image."

The ex-MMA fighter says Christy's friend Corey Thomas ambushed him when he entered her home back in August -- and adds ... "Even if I wasn't ambushed they still would have got what they deserved!  In Texas you could have shot them both and got off with that 'passion crime' s**t."

He's no lawyer -- fact is you can commit a crime of passion in any state, and it's not a free-pass to go killing people.

War Machine's facing 32 counts ... including attempted murder, battery, kidnapping, and sexual assault.

In the letter, he says he plans to sell "#FREEWAR" gear to pay his legal bills.

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Fallon Fox

CALLS OUT RONDA

Shut Up & Fight Me Already!

9/19/2014 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0920-fallon-fox-facebook-01Transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox is firing back at UFC champ Ronda Rousey -- telling her to cut out the excuses about "bone structure" ... and FIGHT HER ALREADY!!!

Fox -- who was born a man -- is clearly upset with Rousey for saying it's "unfair" for Fallon to fight against naturally born women because she has a biological advantage. 

FYI -- Fox beat her last female opponent so badly, the challenger suffered a broken orbital bone, needed 7 staples in her head and may have had a concussion. 

But Fox says Rousey's argument is BS ... saying, "I really wish Ronda would stop with the ridiculous bone structure arguments. That was so last year."

She added, "[Rousey] should tell her boss to put me in that octagon over there at UFC."

In her statement, which she posted on Facebook, Fox continues ... "I'm quite sure that there are quite a few female MMA fighters who have guts to fight another skilled woman without peeing their panties and saying 'No, I wouldn't fight her!'"

"I think they may be a little more mentally tough and say, 'I'll fight a trans woman, just like I'll fight a lesbian woman or a black woman Etc.'"

Fox says certain fighters use the "bone density" argument to "possibly save face" if they lose to her in the ring. 

UFC honcho Dana White addressed the Fox issue back in March -- and said she wasn't UFC-ready (skill-wise) ... but said the bigger decision was up to the athletic commissions.

Ronda Rousey

Fallon Fox Has Unfair Advantage

But I'd Still Beat Her Ass!

9/19/2014 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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091414_ronda_rousey_launchRonda Rousey tells TMZ Sports ... she believes transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox has an "unfair advantage" over naturally born women -- but she'd still kick her ass anyway.

Rousey was at LAX when we asked about Fallon -- a post-op transgender who was born a man and now fights with the women. 

FYI -- Fox has won her last two fights ... and beat her last opponent so badly, she reportedly suffered a concussion, a broken orbital bone and required 7 staples in her head (video below). 



Rousey -- the reigning female UFC champ -- says she's done a lot of research on the situation ... and ultimately feels Fox needs to be fighting with the men -- especially with the damage she's inflicting. 

But when we asked if Ronda would be afraid to get in the Octagon against Fox, Rousey makes it clear ... she fears NO ONE ... Y chromosome or no Y chromosome.

Christy Mack

First Public Outing Since Beating

9/14/2014 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Christy Mack says her recovery is going great ... and she's only a few surgeries away from fixing the damage done to her face -- allegedly by ex-boyfriend/MMA fighter War Machine.

Mack was outside an event for the Face Forward Foundation -- an advocacy group who support victims of domestic abuse -- when she gave us an update on her current condition.

As we previously reported ... War Machine pled NOT guilty to 32 charges -- including two counts of attempted murder.

Mack told police her ex came to her home Aug. 8th ... beat her friend Corey Thomas and then pummeled her --- breaking multiple bones all over her body and rupturing her liver.

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Sean O'Haire

Former WCW, WWE Star

Commits Suicide By Hanging

9/10/2014 9:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Sean O'Haire Deadupdate_graphic_red_bar12:50 PM PT -- According to local police, O'Haire committed suicide.  He was found in his bedroom beside his bed, with a red rope tied around his neck and connected to the bedpost. His body was discovered by his father, who then called 911.  
update_grey_gray_barFormer WCW and WWE wrestler Sean O'Haire was found dead Tuesday at his home in South Carolina ... TMZ has learned.

The coroner in Spartanburg, SC tells TMZ a cause of death is unknown at this time, but no foul play is suspected. They are awaiting toxicology reports that might shed light on things.

O'Haire (whose real name was just Sean Haire) made his debut with the WCW in 2000 and along with partner Chuck Palumbo, was the final WCW tag team champions when the organization folded.

Once in the WWE, he was Rowdy Roddy Piper's protege, but when Piper left in 2003 ... O'Haire fizzled out and eventually left the WWE in 2004.

He eventually transitioned into kickboxing and MMA before becoming a hair stylist.

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War Machine

Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Murder

Of Christy Mack

9/3/2014 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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War Machine is pleading NOT guilty to 32 charges -- including two counts of attempted murder -- in connection with the beating of his ex-GF, porn star Christy Mack and another man.

The ex MMA fighter entered the plea in a Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday morning where prosecutors added 25 additional charges to their original complaint ... including multiple counts of battery, strangulation, kidnapping, coercion, burglary, and sexual assault ... in addition to attempted murder.

Mack told police her ex came to her home Aug. 8th ... beat her friend Corey Thomas and then pummeled her --- breaking multiple bones all over her body and rupturing her liver.

War Machine eluded capture for a week ... until he was arrested at a hotel outside L.A. He remains in custody without bail. 

War Machine's attorney tells TMZ ... this is a case of "overzealous prosecution."

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War Machine

BLACKLISTED FROM PORN

After Alleged Attack at Porn Party

8/25/2014 8:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-MMA star War Machine took a stab at a porn career after he was kicked out of the UFC -- but was quickly blacklisted after beating up several porn people ... so says XXX star Brooke Haven

Haven tells TMZ Sports ... she invited Mr. Machine to her birthday party back in 2009 after they performed a sex scene together. 

But when he got to the party, Haven says someone hit on the fighter's date -- and things got violent ... quick. 

According to Haven, Machine didn't just ruin the party -- he ruined his shot at a porn career ... because after the "massacre," no one wanted to work with the guy again. 

Probably a good move.

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