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Ken Shamrock

I'M NOT RETIRING!!

Wants Rematch with Kimbo

6/26/2015 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0626_ken_shamrock_getty51-year-old Ken Shamrock says there NO WAY IN HELL he's retiring from MMA after his fight with Kimbo Slice ... telling TMZ Sports he would take a rematch "in a heartbeat."

Shamrock says he's still recovering from that massive wound to his face in the loss to Slice during Bellator 138 last weekend ... saying, "The cut was to the bone so they had to do double layer stitches."

But despite the injury, Shamrock says he felt GREAT in the ring -- "I looked better than I have in ten years! Imagine now after I get some fights under my belt?!"

Shamrock says he feels he dominated the fight, but made one mistake that cost him the match ... and he plans to learn from the error in his next fight.

"There's no way I'm going to stop after one fight. I'm going to push the envelope some more."

We also asked about allegations that the fight was fixed -- Shamrock said the accusations are complete B.S. 

As for a possible rematch with Kimbo -- "I would take that in heartbeat."

Stay tuned. 

Herschel Walker

Considering MMA Fight

... At 53 Years Old

6/19/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Age ain't nothin' but a number to Herschel Walker -- 'cause the NFL-turned-MMA-fighter tells TMZ Sports he's strongly considering getting back in the ring ... AT 53 YEARS OLD!!!!!

Walker is 2-0 is his MMA career ... but the last time he got in the ring was back in 2011 when he was 48.  

Still, when we saw Walker in NYC yesterday, he assured us he's still training hard and staying in shape ... telling us when it comes to fighting again, "Don't rule it out! Herschel Walker may be fighting again soon."

#BadAss 

UFC Champ Fabricio Werdum

Floors Reporter

With Vicious Leg Kick ... Wasn't Even Trying!

6/9/2015 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum unleashed a featherweight version of a leg kick on an MMA reporter ... and it was still enough to send him to the ground in agony.

Aaron Tru has a history of allowing people to beat the hell out of him for no reason (check out the Ronda Rousey clip below) and this time he allowed Werdum -- who stands at 6'4" and weighs 232 pounds -- to kick him in the back of the leg. 

It goes about how you would expect ... with Tru laid out in agony ... despite the fact Werdum claims he only used 40% of his strength. 

Seems like he used 39% more than he needed to.

Jackie Chan

Who's Ronda Rousey!?

6/2/2015 8:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

He's a martial arts expert ... but Jackie Chan says he's NEVER heard of MMA superstar Ronda Rousey

Weird, considering Chan is also an action film buff ... and Ronda's been blowing up with roles in "The Expendables 3" and "Furious 7."

In fact, when Chan was cruisin' through Beverly Hills yesterday -- he told us he's still making MORE action flicks ... including "Rush Hour 4" -- and was having dinner with Chris Tucker to talk about the project. 

No word on when that movie is supposed to come out ... but if Jackie needs a strong female character -- at least he knows who to call. 

Ronda Rousey

Shaq Is Right

He Could Last 45 Secs with Me

6/1/2015 6:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

She'd probably beat his ass in the end, but Ronda Rousey says she AGREES with Shaquille O'Neal -- that he could probably last 45 seconds in the Octagon before getting him to tap out. 

Shaq made the prediction on "Inside the NBA" last week -- saying, "It's not a joke! I could last 45 seconds!"

So, when we saw Ronda at LAX this weekend -- we had to ask how she felt about the situation ... and she explains why Shaq is 100% correct. 

BTW -- here's the tale of the tape: 

Shaquille O'Neal:
Height -- 7'1"
Weight -- 325 lbs

Ronda Rousey
Height -- 5'7"
Weight -- 135 lbs

Bonus -- we also asked Rousey about the guy who tested a new "bulletproof cup" that some men could be wearing in MMA in the near future. 

Here's that video, too ... 

Bruce Buffer

Crappy Mayweather Fight

Was Great for UFC!!!

5/28/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight was so bad, it actively HURT the sport of boxing ... but it was GREAT for the UFC ... so says UFC octagon announcer Bruce Buffer

Buffer -- the voice of the UFC -- was brutally honest about the fallout from the bout that was supposed to be the fight of the century ... saying it was a HUGE flop. 

"When you create something with so much hype, you have to deliver. And if you don't deliver, then instead of getting a shot in the arm, you get a shot in the leg."

"That night was really a shot in the leg for boxing in my opinion and a shot in the arm for UFC."

So, why was it so great for the UFC? Check out the clip. 

BONUS -- Buffer also addressed criticisms from people who say UFC fighters are underpaid ... saying Dana White has done a helluva lot to make sure the checks are bigger than ever. 

Buffer also mentions how much Rampage Jackson got paid for his first fight back in the day ... and the number is pretty shocking!!!

David Spade

Rousey in the WWE ...

Is a TERRIBLE Idea!

5/21/2015 1:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

David Spade thinks Ronda Rousey should say buh-bye to all WWE action for the sake of her career -- but he's got a theory about why she keeps pushing to be a pro wrestler.

Spade -- who's a big fan of the UFC and Ronda -- was out in L.A. when he told us what he thought about Ronda saying she's down to be the next big thing in turnbuckle tussling.

FYI -- the WWE has a long history of having MASSIVE stars from the combat fighting world throw down with them, including Floyd Mayweather Jr., Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali himself.

David says Ronda would be taking a "backwards" move if she followed in those footsteps. As for why she wants to do it -- he thinks it has a lot to do with how much ass she's kicking in the Octagon.

Spade also says double R's hot, so ... nothing to argue there.

Tito Ortiz & Rampage Jackson

Admit Defeat

in Trash Talking Lawsuit

5/21/2015 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson have tapped out ... settling a lawsuit with a former trainer over some remarks Tito made a few years back ... and we're told the trainer got a little cash for his troubles.

As TMZ Sports first reported, Juanito Ibarra sued Ortiz back in 2009 after Ortiz and Rampage gave interviews saying Ibarra was a "thief." 

The lawsuit dragged on for years ... until now. The sides have come to a settlement, which we're told calls for Ibarra to get some money from the deal. 

In announcing the settlement, Ortiz said in a statement, "Juanito didn’t steal from or take advantage of Rampage and he didn’t mismanage Rampage’s money it was all accounted for. I regret the effect my words had on Juanito’s life. Juanito is a trainer and manager of superior skills and the fact is, he helped to make Rampage a champion. Anyone would be blessed to be taught by Juanito." 

Through his attorney, Samuel Smith, Ibarra released a statement as well, saying, "I'm glad our differences have been resolved. I wish Rampage and Tito the best."

UFC's Anthony Pettis

I May Have Busted Elbow

But I'm Still Fighting Wrinkles!

5/19/2015 4:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0519-anthony-pettis-cast-TMZSPORTS-02He just had surgery to repair his busted elbow last week, but UFC badass Anthony Pettis refused to let some stupid cast stop him from doing what he loves ... FIGHTING WRINKLES!! 

Turns out, Pettis is a partner in a skin care company called Seacret -- which sells products infused with Dead Sea minerals that "help reduce fine lines and other imperfections on your face."

And Anthony is so passionate about the stuff, he hit up a seminar in Phoenix, AZ to promote the line ... just one week after reportedly having surgery to fix a torn muscle and ligaments in his right elbow. 

One person who was at the seminar tells us ... Pettis told the group he vows to come back stronger than ever and battle his way back to the top of the fight game. 

At the very least ... his skin will probably look good. 

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UFC's Daniel Cormier

I've Got a Date with Mariah

... After UFC 187 Fight

5/19/2015 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ronda Rousey eats chicken wings. Boxer Danny Garcia immediately has sex. But Daniel Cormier says he has a different post-fight ritual planned for UFC 187 ... he's going to Mariah!!! 

Since the UFC star is set to take on Rumble Johnson in Vegas this weekend ... Cormier says he plans on taking in a local show the night after the fight -- and he picked Mariah over Britney and Celine!

But Cormier says he's not usually a "Diva" kind of guy -- admitting he's OBSESSED with Boyz II Men ... and has basically become a regular at their shows!!! 

Cormier's not joking ... he's a bona fide B2M'er ... and he's damn proud of it. 

Check out the clip. 

UFC's Anderson Silva

Jon Jones Shouldn't Return

'He Needs to Change His Life'

5/18/2015 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC superstar Anderson Silva tells TMZ Sports ... Jon Jones should NOT return to the Octagon ... instead, saying Bones needs to focus on fixing his life outside the ring.

The Spider explained that he LOVES Jones (the two have been friends for years) but says he has a message for the embattled fighter -- "You need to change everything in your life."

It's been a rough year for Jon ... he's been suspended by the UFC indefinitely after being charged with felony hit and run ... just months after testing positive for cocaine

Meantime, Silva is also currently suspended .... after testing positive for PEDs before his UFC 183 victory over Nick Diaz. 

But Anderson says he is already putting together some post-fight career plans ... plans that could have him working with Sylvester Stallone

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Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson

Jon Jones Will Return

And I'll Beat His Ass When He Does!!

5/17/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC stud Anthony "Rumble" Johnson says he was "disappointed" when Jon Jones got himself axed from their scheduled fight ... but says he wants the first crack at JJ when he's finally reinstated. 

Of course, Jones was yanked from UFC 187 and suspended indefinitely in the wake of his felony hit and run arrest in New Mexico. Rumble will fight Daniel Cormier in his place on May 23rd. 

So, how does Rumble feel about the situation? "I'm excited ... I still get to fight somebody and I'm still getting paid."

As for Jones, Rumble says he fully expects Jones to return to the UFC -- and wants to be his FIRST OPPONENT when Dana White gives JJ the green light to get back into the octagon. 

Johnson says he expects Jones to be bigger, faster, stronger and better than ever when he comes back -- "He'll definitely be motivated to come back and try and destroy everybody."

Meantime, Johnson says he's focused on Cormier ... telling TMZ Sports taking on D.C. will be a tougher fight than Jones anyway -- since he's hungry for a second shot at the title. 

UFC's Corey Hill

Wife Confirms Death

... After Devastating Illness

5/15/2015 3:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0515-corey-hill-FACEBOOK-01Former UFC fighter Corey Hill passed away Friday ... after he was hospitalized for a devastating illness, his wife tells TMZ Sports

Hill had been sick for days ... and family members and close friends were told he passed away on Thursday. 

But Lauran Hill says he was still battling ... until Friday afternoon, when he was pronounced dead. 

"Corey was a loving husband and devoted father," Hill says ... "He was such a strong role model for our children, and would do anything to keep them safe and happy and healthy."

"[He was] a fighter til the end."

Hill was 36.

Corey made his UFC debut in 2008 after appearing on "The Ultimate Fighter 5" ... and was most notably remembered for snapping his right leg in a gruesome injury suffered during a televised fight. 

But he bounced back from the injury ... and continued to fight -- most recently competing in an MMA event in February.  

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