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Wanderlei Silva I've Been Hit By A Car ... Pray For Me

5/11/2016 6:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0511_Wanderlei-Silva_gettyMMA legend Wanderlei Silva says he was hit by a car while riding his bike earlier Wednesday -- but it doesn't appear the injuries are life threatening.

Someone posted a statement confirming the accident on Wanderlei's official Twitter page ... saying Silva was biking home from a training session when he was hit.

According to the statement, Silva will require surgery on his shoulder ... but the extent of the damage is unclear. No word on where Silva was at the time of the accident, or if any arrests have been made.

We're working on it.

Freddie Roach I'll Train McGregor But He Needs 3 Years to Fight Mayweather

5/11/2016 6:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Good news for Conor McGregor ... Freddie Roach says he's absolutely down to train him as a boxer. 

Bad news for Conor McGregor ... Freddie says CM needs 3 YEARS before he'll be ready to fight Floyd

Roach -- widely regarded as the best boxing trainer in the world -- was talking with "Fight Hub TV" when he said he got a call from someone (presumably from Conor's camp) asking to train the UFC star. 

Freddie insists he's up for the challenge ... but says if Conor thinks he can hang with Mayweather, he's out of his Irish mind. 

"I'd have to train him for at leat 3 years to get him ready for Mayweather," Roach said.

"I mean he's good at MMA ... but boxing? Hell no."

MMA's Gabi Garcia Brazilian Boob Cover-up ... For New Tattoo

5/6/2016 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

MMA powerhouse Gabi Garcia got some new chest ink in Brazil -- but they wouldn't let go under the needle without covering up her lady parts first. 

Check out the video of Gabi's tat artist in action ... followed by the final product. 

0506_sergio-pisani-tattoo-instagramFYI, Gabi's a fighting legend in Brazil -- she's a member of  the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Hall of Fame ... and she's racked up a 2-0 record in the Rizin Fighting Federation. 

She's also a protege of Anderson "Spider" Silva ... who says she hits like a ton of bricks. 

#Beast

MMA Fighter Blas Avena 'Death Investigated As Suicide' ...Cops Say

5/6/2016 6:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0505_blas-arena_twitterThe death of former MMA fighter Blas Avena -- who last fought War Machine at Bellator 96 -- is being investigated as a suicide ... Las Vegas Metro Police tell TMZ Sports.

32-year-old Avena was found dead around 11:36 AM Wednesday morning in his Las Vegas apartment. 

A spokesman for the LVMPD tells us, "Arriving police and medical personnel located an adult male who was pronounced deceased at the scene.  As of now, the death is being investigated as a suicide."

We're told an autopsy took place earlier this week -- but officials won't name an official cause of death until further tests are completed. 

MMA Fighter Jordan Parsons Dies After Hit and Run Incident

5/4/2016 11:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0504-jordan-parsons-twitter-01MMA fighter Jordan Parsons has died ... days after he was struck by a Range Rover in a hit and run incident in Florida. He was 25. 

"It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a dear member of the Bellator family, Jordan Parsons," Bellator MMA President Scott Coker said in a statement.

Parsons was 11-2 as an MMA fighter -- and was a part of the famed Blackzilians training group with stars like Anthony "Rumble" Johnson and Rashad Evans. 

"Jordan was an exceptional athlete and a rising star in the sport. But more importantly, he was an exceptional young man," Coker added. 

"Jordan was hard-working, dedicated, intelligent, and a pleasure to be around. He represented all the reasons we love this sport. It is a terribly tragic loss and our thought and prayers go out to his family, friends and teammates."

Parsons was struck by the car while crossing a street early Sunday morning. Officials believe Parsons may have been wearing headphones and was unable to hear the car approaching. 

Cops are still looking for the driver of the car that hit Parsons and have vowed to prosecute that person to the fullest extent of the law. 

Story developing ... 

UFC's Nick Diaz Training with Van Damme 'Dream Come True'

5/2/2016 3:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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UFC star Nick Diaz says training with Jean-Claude Van Damme this weekend was a dream come true -- especially since JCVD helped grow his love for fighting back when he was a kid. 

Both Nick and his bro Nate Diaz hooked up with the action legend for a clinic in leg strikes -- so, we hit up Nick to find out what exactly went down when the 3 got into the gym. 

Check out the clip ... Nick was clearly stoked to train with the guy and says things went so well, he plans to do it again soon. 

But the funniest part ... watch how quickly Nick shut down the question when we tried to ask about his brother and Conor McGregor. Dude wasn't havin' it. 

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MMA Fighter Headphones May Be Factor In Horrific Hit and Run

5/2/2016 10:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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502-Jordan-Parsons-bellator-mmaThe MMA fighter who was struck by a car and lost his leg in a hit and run accident may have been wearing headphones that drowned out the sound of the car approaching ... officials say. 

The story is absolutely heartbreaking ... 25-year-old Jordan Parsons was crossing a street in Florida early Sunday morning when he was struck by a Range Rover Sport and left with "extreme injuries."

Officials say the RR hit Parsons and fled from the scene -- leaving him with a severe leg wound. 

Emergency responders raced to the scene and applied pressure to the leg in hopes to save it -- but the wound proved too severe and it was amputated at a nearby hospital. 

Officials say it's unclear who had the right of way -- Parsons or the Range Rover.  

Still, the driver should NOT have fled -- and now cops are offering a $1,000 reward for info that leads to an arrest. 

Parsons -- who trained with superstars like Rumble Johnson and Rashad Evans -- is still in a coma, according to Evans and a GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for his medical bills. 

update_graphic_red_bar1:28 PM PT -- The Delray Beach Police Department released a picture of the mirror that fell off the Range Rover at the scene of the crash.

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Kevin Costner Bring MMA to Olympics 'Where the Real Tough Guys Exist'

4/26/2016 7:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Did you know ... table tennis is an Olympic sport -- and MMA is not? 

Well, Kevin Costner ain't happy about it -- telling TMZ Sports he thinks the powers that be should bring the fighting sport to the Olympic games, ASAP!!!!

Costner says MMA has already "established itself as one of the greatest sports out there" ... adding, "I think it's where the real tough guys exist."

BTW, Costner's not the first high-profile dude to call for MMA in the games ... Randy Couture's been banging this drum for years

#NoDisrespectToPingPong

Dana White Conor's a Possibility for UFC 201

4/25/2016 4:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Despite the fact he flat out LIED -- Dana White tells TMZ Sports Conor McGregor's not in his dog house ... and he's considering re-booking the UFC superstar as early as UFC 201 in August.

White was leaving Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills ... on his way to support Paige VanZant at "Dancing with the Stars" ... when we asked WHY he thinks McGregor posted the fake fight confirmation on Twitter Monday morning. 

"I don't know ... I don't know why he did," White said ... "I still have not talked to him."

Watch the clip. White once again praises McGregor as a guy who's saved countless fights for the UFC in the past, and even though he won't fight at UFC 200 ... it sounds like he definitely wants Conor back in the octagon before the end of the year. 

NFL's Arthur Jones I Might Fight UFC ... After NFL Career

4/23/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jon Jones might have some brotherly company in the UFC ... 'cause his NFL star sibling Arthur Jones tells TMZ Sports he's considering an MMA career after his football days are over. 

Arthur -- a defensive tackle for the Indianapolis Colts -- says he's been training with Jon for years ... and came thiiiis close to taking an MMA fight during the NFL lockout in 2011. 

He also happens to be a killer wrestler -- and says he's confident he could hang with pro fighters because he's kicked Jon's ass on several occasions. 

Seriously! 

So, what does Arthur do to relax? He's a dog breeder who runs Jones Bros Kennels ... where he breeds dogs that are so big, his kids can ride 'em like horses! 

War Machine Calls On ACLU For Help ... Let Me Break Bread!

4/23/2016 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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War Machine's freedom of religion is under attack while he sits behind bars in Nevada ... so he claims, and the ex-MMA fighter is calling on the ACLU for help.

War -- who faces life in prison on charges of attempted murder after allegedly beating ex-GF Christy Mack -- claims Nevada's High Desert State Prison won't let him properly observe Passover.

War is on the prison's list of inmates who identify as Jewish. We're told he'll have access to a rabbi and special meals.

What he WON'T get is the right to attend Passover services because his prison status restricts his movement.

No word on whether the ACLU will champion his cause.

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UFC's Dana White I'm Not Buying Conor's Retirement ... He'll Fight Again

4/20/2016 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Dana White is calling BS on Conor McGregor's alleged "retirement" -- saying he's very confident McGregor will fight again in the UFC within the next year. 

The UFC honcho just appeared on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" on FS1 and said despite pulling Conor from UFC 200, he's "not mad" at the guy ... claiming, "The show will roll on."

And get this ... White said there is STILL A CHANCE Conor could save his spot on the card and battle it out with Nate Diaz at UFC 200 ... but there's a VERY small window of opportunity to fix the situation. 

Conor -- better move fast ... 

UFC's Joe Rogan Headgear Doesn't Make Fighters Safer ... Here's Why

4/14/2016 1:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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When it comes to protection, headgear and padded gloves can actually make things MORE dangerous for an MMA fighter ... so says UFC commentator Joe Rogan

We were asking Joe about the recent death of MMA fighter Joao Carvalho -- who died following an MMA fight this weekend -- and if adding extra layers of padding could help prevent tragedies like this in the future. 

While Joe said he didn't know about the specifics surrounding Joao's death, he made it clear he believes more padding is NOT the answer. 

"It's actually better to have no pads," Joe said ... "You'll take less brain impact than with pads."

When asked specifically about forcing fighters to wear headgear during a match, Rogan says he wasn't keen on that either -- "There's actually an argument that wearing headgear is worse."

Joe explains more in the clip ... and says the bottom line with Joao is that his death is a tragedy. 

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