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Dana White Yes, I'm Stripping Conor's Belt ... No Deal with Floyd Yet

2/22/2018 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

It's official ... Dana White tells TMZ Sports he's definitely stripping Conor McGregor's lightweight title, so Khabib and Tony Ferguson can fight for the "real" belt.

So, what does that mean for a possible Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor rematch? 

Don't worry ... we talked about that, too. 

"The only way a rematch makes sense in that fight is in the UFC," White says. He also confirms the two sides are talking. 

White says he doesn't think Floyd needs the money -- but if he's serious about an MMA fight against one of the baddest combat sports athletes on the planet ... "he absolutely should be worried about his skills."

White insists there is NO deal done right now -- but says, "Anything is possible."

As for Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson ... Dana says Conor understands that he must strip the belt so the two guys can fight for the title. 

He hopes Conor returns to the octagon in August or Sept. to fight the winner of that match. 

Then again, with the kind of money Conor made in his last fight ... Dana says, "Conor might never come back."

Chuck Liddell to Tito Ortiz: I Got Proof UFC Docs Will Clear Me ... To Kick Your Ass AGAIN

2/21/2018 10:21 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Chuck Liddell says he's got legit evidence his health ain't an issue, so if Tito Ortiz wants it like he claims, he can absolutely get it!!

The Iceman fired back at Ortiz when we got him out in Calabasas, telling TMZ Sports he'd be "shocked" if UFC doctors didn't clear him for an Octagon return ... to smash Tito for the 3rd time in his career. 

Chuck's proof -- he recently set out to scale a 20,000-FOOT mountain for a YouTube Red special ... and the 48-year-old says their docs gave him a clean bill of health for the grueling climb.

Guessing their medical tests are a little different ... but Chuck told us the UFC's cleared fighters in way worse shape than him, anyway. 

So, Liddell says he's praying Tito puts pen to paper ... but explains why he has real doubts Ortiz will do it.

UFC's Anderson Silva Blames Steroids Test On Tainted Supplements

2/20/2018 3:57 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

UFC legend Anderson Silva is still adamant he never knowingly used steroids -- but says if the positive test results are accurate, the only explanation is "contaminated supplements."

Silva tested positive for two banned substances in a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency drug test conducted back in October. Silva is now facing a maximum 4-year suspension from fighting. 

But, "The Spider" tells TMZ Sports he would NEVER knowingly juice up -- saying it would be a "stupid" thing to do at the tail end of his career. 

His explanation -- "Maybe the supplements I'm using are contaminated."

Silva says his lawyers are still fighting to clear his name -- and he's confident he'll fight again

In fact, he's still focused on getting a fight with boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. 

And get this ... if 42-year-old Silva IS banned for 4 years -- he does NOT plan on retiring ... insisting he'll still take a fight even in his late 40s because he loves the sport so much. 

"This is my heart. This is my life."

UFC's Derrick Lewis Sex Ban Is Over!!! ... But I'm Too Hurt to Bang

2/20/2018 10:58 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Derrick Lewis is a VERY happy man after getting the W at UFC Fight Night in Austin -- 'cause he won ... but mostly 'cause his wife says she's ending his booty ban!!

The bad news -- we talked to Derrick and April the day after the fight ... and they told us he's too injured to get it on.

"The ban is over. I've been trying to get him all day, but he's tired," April told TMZ Sports.

"I don't got it in me, man -- I'm hurtin' ... I can't put in a half-assed performance, lay there like a starfish," Derrick added.

Lewis ain't lying -- showing us a serious injury he sustained early on vs. Marcin Tybura. It looks bad.

But, the Black Beast says he wants another fight soon ... and he's callin' out the scariest dude in the heavyweight division!

Tito Ortiz 'A Lot of Interest' in Chuck Liddell ... Only Fight I'd Take!

2/20/2018 12:55 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tito Ortiz is doubling down on his Chuck Liddell call-out ... telling TMZ Sports straight-up that he's down for a 3rd fight with the Iceman!

"I don't need to fight, but if Chuck needs to ... I'll be a good friend like he was once and give him a payday," Ortiz said ... adding that ONLY Chuck could pull him outta retirement.

The bad news -- Tito says he proposed Ortiz vs. Liddell 3 to a UFC matchmaker on New Year's ... and got shot down HARD 'cause they're worried about Chuck's health.

"He kinda looked at me and laughed and said, 'Chuck couldn't fight again! He's been knocked out unconscious 5 times! I guarantee you the doctor won't give him a license."

But that ain't stoppin' Chuck -- who tells us he's still training his ass off.

UFC's Cat Zingano Crushes Black Bikini ... Before UFC Return

2/19/2018 10:40 AM PST
Breaking News

Here's UFC killer Cat Zingano SLAYING a black spaghetti string bikini -- proving she's coming back to the cage jacked and ready to rock at UFC 222.

"Strong. Motivated. Focused. Mean. Ready," Zingano captioned the photo ... a selfie with inspirational messages scribbled across her mirror. 

But this ain't just any mirror selfie -- it speaks volumes for Cat, a single mom who lost her husband to suicide in 2014. Since then, she's struggled with staying in shape and finding the motivation to fight. 

Now, after nearly 20 months off, it's pretty clear she's ready to get after it again.

Cat's comeback ain't gonna be a cakewalk -- she's fighting undefeated Ketlen Vieira on March 3 in Vegas ... the same card with Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya

Floyd Mayweather On MMA Future: 'I Don't Know'

2/19/2018 7:16 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Moment of honesty from Floyd Mayweather?

The leader of The Money Team was leaving the NBA All-Star Game in L.A. surrounded by TMT crew when we asked about Conor McGregor's new statement ... that Floyd has ended MMA fight negotiations. 

Floyd told us straight-up, "I don't know" -- weird considering he's been on a P.R. offensive to drive up interest in a potential Conor vs. Floyd UFC fight. Remember the MMA cage videos he's made?

Plus, Floyd's father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., recently said he believes Floyd will take an MMA fight.

We tried to ask Floyd more questions ... but he sicced his security team on us. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov Conor McGregor's UFC Career Is Over '100%' Getting Stripped!!

2/16/2018 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Conor McGregor hasn't stepped inside the Octagon in over 15 MONTHS ... and UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov says that's proof he ain't fighting EVER again.

At least, not in MMA.

"I don’t think he gonna come back," Khabib told TMZ Sports outside Jay Glazer's MMA gym in Hollywood.

"When is Conor compete last time in MMA? Long time. He's boxing guy."

Khabib says McGregor's team is focused on a rematch with Floyd Mayweather ... instead of a real fight against him or Tony Ferguson -- who he's facing at UFC 223 in April.

Khabib also told us his contract for the Ferguson scrap explicitly states they're fighting for the "real belt" -- which means the UFC is "100%" stripping Conor of his lightweight title.

FYI, Dana White still hasn't made an official decision on Conor's championship status or his future with the UFC.

Stay tuned ...

UFC's Cowboy Cerrone After I Fight Yancy Medeiros We're Smokin' Weed in Hawaii!!

2/15/2018 3:03 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone says he's slammin' beers and puffin' pot with Yancy Medeiros after they get done scrappin' at UFC Fight Night: Austin ... and he's 100% serious.

You see, unlike some brutes in the fight game, Cowboy tells TMZ Sports he doesn't hold grudges against the guys he goes to war with.

In fact, he does the opposite -- he bros out with 'em!

So after they throw down in Sunday's main event ... Donald says he's trippin' out to Yancy's home state of Hawaii to try some of that sweet, sweet island ganj.

Bonus: Cerrone gives us proof that he's a real-life Cowboy -- showin' off an entire fleet of Harleys he brought out to Austin for the fight!

Tito Ortiz Calls BS on Chuck Liddell: I Asked to Fight You, UFC Said No!

2/15/2018 7:48 AM PST
Breaking News

If Chuck Liddell wants an opponent, it looks like he's got one -- 'cause Tito Ortiz says the Iceman's claim that he's ducking him is pure crap. 

"Funny thing is, I told UFC to put the fight together and they said you were incapable to fight again," Ortiz tweeted. "Maybe you can twist Dana White's arm." 

Remember -- TMZ Sports spoke with Chuck about his MMA comeback a few days ago ... and he told us his old rival was running scared. 

"Tito would be great if he'd even consider fighting me. I hear he doesn't wanna fight me at all," Liddell said.

Now, Tito's calling Iceman's bluff -- asking Chuck to hit up his old buddy, Dana, so they can complete their trilogy.

The problem -- Dana pushed Chuck into retirement back in 2010, saying he'd never let him fight in the UFC again 'cause he cared too much about his friend's health. FYI, Liddell had lost by KO in 3-straight fights.

Guessing the UFC prez still feels the same way, but ya never know ...

Tyron Woodley Responds to Dana White ... Over UFC Future

2/9/2018 2:18 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

It's been a crazy week for Tyron Woodley -- but now he's finally speaking out after UFC boss Dana White publicly called him "full of sh*t."

Tyron has made it clear he wants his next fight to be against Nate Diaz -- but Dana says he wants the UFC welterweight champ to fight top contender Rafael dos Anjos instead. 

Woodley is finally responding on this week's episode of "The Hollywood Beatdown" -- and says the most important thing is to fight a big name THIS SUMMER. 

Woodley also tells TMZ Sports why Cardi B shouldn't be worried about gang retaliation in Los Angeles after dissing the Crips on social media ... and references his own gang experience to make his point. 

Plus, ya gotta see who Tyron "punches in the face" this week ... 

Make sure to subscribe to the TMZ Sports YouTube page to catch "The Hollywood Beatdown" every week. 

Tyron Woodley Leaves Voicemail for Nate Diaz 'I Heard You're S**tting Yourself'

2/7/2018 2:34 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Forget calling him out, Tyron Woodley called Nate Diaz directly today -- and left him a voicemail telling him to sign a fight contract so they can get it on at UFC 226. 

It all went down on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Wednesday night on FS1) -- where the reigning UFC welterweight champ told the crew to get Nate on the phone, so they could talk things out on the air. 

But when the call went to voicemail, Tyron decided to talk some smack -- and it's pretty hilarious! 

Make sure to check out the entire interview tonight on FS1. 

Nate Diaz to Tyron Woodley: I See You On TMZ ... Let's Fight Already!

2/7/2018 10:06 AM PST
Breaking News

Nate Diaz is finally ready to fight Tyron Woodley -- saying, "I see him on TMZ every week, talking about me. I'm like, 'What the f*ck?'"

Diaz spoke with ESPN's Brett Okamoto and Nate was asked when we'd finally see him return to the octagon -- since he hasn't fought since the Conor McGregor rematch in 2016. 

That's when he brought up Tyron ... 

"I'm getting to the point where I'm sick of not fighting. I'm not getting any younger ... I put that tweet out saying I wanted to fight in May or June, but I didn't say who because I was weighing my options. And now, Woodley is my best option."

Tyron had previously said he was offered the Nate Diaz fight at UFC 219 but Diaz refused to sign the contract. Tyron's been calling Nate out on his show, "The Hollywood Beatdown" -- which drops every week on the TMZ Sports YouTube page

"I see him on TMZ every week, talking about me. I'm like, 'What the f*ck? If that's what you want to do.' It's not really my weight class, but I'm with it," Diaz said. 

"I think it's my title we're fighting for. If he's the one calling me out, whose title are we fighting for? Who's the real champion here?"

Diaz says he's eyeing UFC 226 in Vegas on July 7 -- because he wants a 3-month camp to get ready. 

The newest episode of "The Hollywood Beatdown" drops on Friday -- don't miss it. 

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