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Jon Jones Investigation

Cop ID'd UFC Star

Running from Crash Scene

4/27/2015 7:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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An off-duty police officer says he witnessed a man he believed to be Jon Jones fleeing from a hit and run crash -- ON FOOT -- moments after the accident ... TMZ Sports has learned.

The Albuquerque Police Dept. tells us ... the suspect literally ran from the scene Sunday morning moments after the collision, which injured a 20-year-old pregnant woman

We're told an off-duty police officer happened to be in the area ... and told investigators he watched a man flee the scene ... a man who he believed to be Jon Jones. 

BTW -- Jones is 6'4" and 205 pounds. 

Cops tell us they searched the suspect's vehicle -- a rental car -- and found documents with Jon's name on them. 

We're told cops have still not spoken with Jones -- but say he's still a person of interest in the investigation. 

Kimbo Slice

to Ken Shamrock:

I'm Gonna Break Your Jaw!

4/23/2015 6:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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MMA star Kimbo Slice doesn't just want to beat down Ken Shamrock -- he wants to BREAK HIS FACE ... telling TMZ Sports, "To end his career, that sounds pretty good to me."

41-year-old Kimbo and 51-year-old Shamrock are scheduled to do battle at Bellator 138 in June -- and Slice says he won't be satisfied unless he actually SHATTERS several of his opponents bones. 

"I'm gonna break his ribs and break his jaw."

In fact, Slice says he's willing to fight BARE KNUCKLE -- because he really wants to inflict as much damage as possible. 

So, why the hatred? Part of it has to do with the fact that Ken recently dissed Kimbo's legendary beard ... check out the clip. 

UFC's Paige VanZant

I'll Never Fight Ronda Rousey!

4/21/2015 4:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

She's UFC's newest rising superstar ... but Paige VanZant says there's NO WAY she'll ever step into the octagon with Ronda Rousey

VanZant appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" on Tuesday -- and talked about how she made the transition from being a dancer to a legit wrecking machine. 

In fact, the 21-year-old says she owes a lot of her success to Rousey -- who paved the way for women to fight in the UFC. 

But when it comes to a possible mega-fight between the ladies, VanZant makes it very clear ... she doesn't have a death wish. 

UFC's Corey Anderson

Teeth Bashed In

During Insane UFC Fight

4/20/2015 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Here's UFC fighter Corey Anderson ... GETTING HIS TEETH PUT BACK IN HIS FACE ... after a crazy violent fight with Gian Villante at "UFC on FOX 15" this past weekend. 

By the way, Anderson also suffered something called "HOLE IN HIS CHIN" ... which needed to be stitched up after the fight. 

The 25-year-old sustained the facial injuries in the first minute of the fight, but continued to battle ... until he was knocked out in the closing seconds of the fight. 

The good news -- Anderson got a $50k bonus for being "Fight of the Night" -- which is cool ... but damn, that's gotta hurt. 

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UFC's Paige VanZant

Bikini Showdown

At 'Fight Night' Weigh In

4/17/2015 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UFC badass Paige VanZant stripped down to her hot pink bikini ... and got face-to-face with Felice Herrig moments ago ... for some half-naked smack talk before they square off tomorrow. 

It all went down in New Jersey -- where the women will battle it out in the octagon at "UFC Fight Night" on FOX. 

Both women weighed in at 115 lbs ... both are 5'4" ... and both have insane physiques. 

Check out the clip -- should be a good fight. 

Floyd Mayweather

Scoffs at Conor McGregor

... That Guy's a Joke

4/17/2015 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Floyd Mayweather doesn't give a single DAMN about Conor McGregor -- telling TMZ Sports the UFC fighter is a joke ... who's using his name to try to get some cheap publicity. 

Earlier this week, McGregor said he'd DESTROY Mayweather in a fight in less than 30 seconds -- because Floyd wouldn't be able to handle an MMA-style attack.

But sources close to Mayweather tell us ... Floyd "scoffed" when he saw the quotes and said, "I don't take that dude seriously. He's just trying to get himself some publicity."

Well, it worked. 

UFC's Conor McGregor

I Would Kill Mayweather

... In 30 Secs

4/16/2015 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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UFC badass Conor McGregor says he would ANNIHILATE Floyd Mayweather in a real deal street fight ... saying, "I would kill him in less than thirty seconds."

McGregor told Esquire he looks down on combat athletes who only specialize in one type of attack method -- for example, boxers. 

"I don't look at a man who's expert in one area as a specialist ... I look at him as a rookie in ten other areas. If you can box, what happens if I grab hold of your legs?"

That's when he brought up Money Mayweather: "If you put me face-to-face with Floyd Mayweather - pound-for-pound boxing's best -- if I fought Floyd, I would kill him in less than thirty seconds."

"It would take me less than thirty seconds to wrap around him like a boa constrictor and strangle him."

Here's the tale of the tape

Conor McGregor: 
Age: 26 years old
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 145 lbs

Floyd Mayweather: 
Age: 38 years old
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 151 lbs

Thoughts? 

Conor McGregor

New Tiger Tat

... On Me Belly Button

4/14/2015 2:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0414-conor-mcgregor-twitterHow do you feel about belly button tattoos on guys? 

UFC star Conor McGregor is clearly a fan ... and inked a giant tiger head around his innie while hanging out in L.A. this week. 

Unclear why Conor chose the tiger ... but he's clearly proud of it. 

In fact, he tweeted, "If you see the Tiger it's too late. You're food."

Hobbes would be proud. 

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'Rica Famosa Latina' Stars

Hardcore Jiu-Jitsu Training

... At Famed MMA Gym

4/11/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0408-rica-famosa-latina-hot-girls-karate-TMZSPORTS-01With so much violence on reality TV, the chicks from "Rica Famosa Latina" have decided to get the upper hand -- by training in jiu jitsu at an MMA gym where Ronda Rousey gets down!! 

It's no joke ... after the massive BRAWL at the premiere party last year (video below) Sandra Vidal and Victoria Del Rosal decided it was probably time to learn how to fight. 

So, they hit up the famous Gracie Barra Burbank Monday for some real deal training in grappling ... since most reality show fights end up on the ground anyway. 

FYI -- the gym is owned by ex-UFC fighter Alberto Crane ... and they don't mess around at this place. 

We're told the ladies learned everything from punch defense to rear-naked chokes ... and their trainer Donny says they were "pretty good" for having no formal training. 

Senoritas ... you've been warned. 

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MMA Star Joe Schilling

Ronda Rousey Would Kick My Ass!!

4/9/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Add one more person to the list of people who think UFC Women's champ Ronda Rousey could beat a man ... 'cause fellow fighter Joe Schilling says the pint-size punisher would totally kick HIS ass.

Joe was out in L.A. getting ready for his upcoming scrap at Bellator 136 on Spike-TV Friday when we asked if he thought he could take out Ronda (who's nearly 50 pounds lighter) in a real-life battle of the sexes.

"I think if I fought Ronda Rousey she'd probably Judo throw and submit me at some point."

Schilling says he ain't just spitballin' either ... he says he knows Rousey personally and she's definitely "the real deal."

He also says Rousey is the sexiest fighter in the world ... which could be why that armbar doesn't look so bad to him.

It does to us though ... looks like it hurts.

UFC 189 Presser

Drunk Irish Guy Takes Mic

... Trash Talks Jose Aldo

3/31/2015 3:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Two CLASSIC moments at the UFC 189 media event in Ireland moments ago -- when two fans hijacked the mic and started talking SMACK right to Jose Aldo ... and IT'S HILARIOUS!!!

FYI -- Dana White opened up the event for questions from the media (and only the media) about the fight between Ireland's own Conor McGregor and Aldo set for July. 

That's when some drunk dude took the mic and started spouting off at the mouth ... asking Aldo," Do you know the word spank? 'Cause you're gonna get SPANKED!"

It went on for another minute ... funny stuff. 

Then it gets BETTER -- when some little kid followed suit ... and demanded Aldo hand over the belt now, 'cause Conor's gonna beat his face in. 

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MMA Hero Phoenix Jones

I Chased Down Stabbing Suspect

Disarmed Alleged Bad Guy

3/27/2015 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0327-phoenix-jones-new-haven-police-TMZSPORTS_01Real-life superhero Phoenix Jones claims he's saved the day again ... this time, the MMA fighter says he chased down a stabbing suspect in Connecticut and DISARMED the perp. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... Jones -- a World Series of Fighting mixed martial artist -- real name Ben Fodor -- filled out a statement with the New Haven PD saying he was walking down the street Friday when, "I saw a man being chased who was bleeding from his face."

Fodor -- who made headlines as a real-life crime-fighter in Seattle -- says he put on his bulletproof vest and confronted a man he believed to be the "stabbing suspect."

Jones says the man then displayed a hunting knife ... so he proceeded to disarm the alleged bad guy. Once he believed the threat was neutralized, Jones says he went back and waited with the victim until medics arrived. 

The 26-year-old undefeated MMA fighter says he captured the entire incident on his go-pro camera ... and handed the footage over to police. 

Cops confirm a report was made -- but say they are still investigating the matter ... including Phoenix's role in the incident.  

Stay tuned ... 

UFC's Dana White

Brock Lesnar Has My Blessing

WWE Was the Right Move

3/26/2015 12:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

There's no bad blood between Dana White and Brock Lesnar after Brock turned down a UFC contract to sign with the WWE this week ... with Dana telling TMZ Sports he thinks Brock made the right move. 

White says Lesnar handled the situation perfectly -- and even called up the UFC to give them a heads-up about his decision before he announced his deal with Vince McMahon.

"I think it's the right decision and I'm happy for him," White says ... "Vince gave him a deal he couldn't refuse at the right time in his life."

"I'm happy for Vince. I'm happy for Brock and I'm happy for his family. It's a great deal for everybody."

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