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UFC's Robbie Lawler I Won't Let My Kid Fight ... Until He's 8

10/23/2015 2:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Robbie Lawler is no Vin Diesel -- 'cause even though Vin is getting his 7-year-old daughter into MMA right now ... the UFC superstar says his kid will have to wait 'til he's 8. 

It's actually an interesting question among parents -- with MMA exploding as a sport, more kids want to get involved at a younger age. 

But Robbie -- who began his martial arts training at age 9 -- says, "I'm gonna try to keep my son out of martial arts as long as possible."

"I want him to know his body a little more before he starts getting into martial arts." 

As we previously reported, Vin's daughter is training with Ronda Rousey -- with Diesel saying he wants her to be a beast! 

UFC Champ Johny Hendricks FIGHT CANCELLED ... Medical Emergency

10/2/2015 12:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1002_Johny-Hendricks_gettyMMA star Johny Hendricks will not be fighting in UFC 192 on Saturday after being rushed to the hospital for intestinal blockage and kidney stones stemming ... so says Johny's manager. 

Hendricks was scheduled to put his welterwight championship on the line against Tyron Woodley tomorrow night, but ran into huge medical issues while attempting to cut weight Thursday night.

According to his manager Ted Ehrhardt, Johny was in bad shape -- he needed to be given an IV and kidney stones were detected during his trip to the emergency room.

In fact, Hendricks told ... "The weight was coming off fine and then yesterday my body just started to shut down. When it hit that point, I tried to push through it, and well, it didn't go well because then I had to go to the ER."

Hendricks -- who is out of the hospital now -- says his body is "hurting and sore" from the entire ordeal.  

MMA Star Phoenix Jones I Stopped An Attempted Murder

9/21/2015 8:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

MMA star Phoenix Jones had a busy weekend -- winning his bout on Friday night ... and then BREAKING UP AN ATTEMPTED MURDER roughly 24 hours later. 

Jones -- real name Ben Fodor -- was out in Seattle early Sunday morning when he claims he witnessed 3 men attacking another guy outside of a bar ... one of the attackers allegedly had a gun. 

So Jones -- who moonlights as a real-life superhero -- says he jumped into action ... KOing the lead attacker who was allegedly pistol-whipping the victim while the other 2 men had been stomping his head. 

Jones says he called police -- and when they arrived, they arrested the suspect. 

On Friday, Jones scored a 1st round victory at the World Series of Fighting 23 event in Arizona. 

We reached out to cops for comment -- but we're still waiting to hear back. 

Ronda Rousey 2.0 This Little Girl Has Some Serious Skills

9/17/2015 2:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

8-year-old boxing prodigy, Evnika Saadvakass, doesn't need a speed bag to show off her quick hands ... cause a hunk of wood works just fine for her.

Right now she looks more like Laila Ali but if she works on her ground moves she could definitely end up being the next Ronda Rousey of the UFC ... heck she's been training since she was the age of 3 after all.

Make sure you don't blink while watching this clip 'cause you don't want to miss her lightning quick moves.

Ronda Rousey Destroys Guy On The Ellen DeGeneres Show

9/16/2015 8:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Don't push Ronda Rousey unless you're looking to get slammed to the ground ... that goes for guys too.

The executive producer of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" -- Andy Lassner -- learned that lesson the hard way when he got a little too chummy with the UFC champ ... seeming to get under Ronda's skin after giving her a push before their demonstration. 

She didn't just take him down, she performed her famous armbar on him ... getting him to tap out a couple of times after he was unable to break free from the painful move.

She really is the best.

Female MMA Fighter Stops Alleged Attacker ... With Insane Leg Lock

9/2/2015 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

090215_mma_vs_thief_primaryA female MMA fighter put the SMACK down on an alleged male attacker who tried to rob her in Brazil last night ... choking the guy into submission with her legs ... and it was caught on video. 

The bad ass crime stopper is Monique Bastos -- who says she was on her way to jiu-jitsu training when she was attacked by two men who demanded her cell phone. 

Monique told one of the men was able to run off with the cell -- but she managed to trip up the second guy ... and locked him up in a triangle choke. 

The video is insane ... you can see the alleged attacker BEGGING for mercy. She held the guy for 15 minutes before cops came and arrested the suspect. 

Unfortunately, Bastos says the situation was all too familiar ... as she had been robbed in the past. 

"I’ve been through this a few times before, and it’s the second time I fought back."

As for the previous incident, Bastos says ... "There were two guys, and they were using knives, but I was able to use my jiu-jitsu and get my phone back."

Randy Couture For My Son's Birthday We'll Be In The Octagon Together

8/28/2015 3:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


MMA legend, Randy Couture, is a master of the octagon ... so most people wouldn't want to be in the ring with him ... unless it was covered in frosting like the one he gave his son for his birthday.

Randy's son, Ryan Couture, celebrated his his 33rd birthday at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse inside the D Casino in Las Vegas on Thursday night.

Pops gave Ryan -- who is also an MMA fighter -- a cake resembling the ring both are known for.

We're told things got a little messy when Randy smeared cake across his face ... but it was all in good fun.


UFC's Jon Jones Mentoring Kids at Boys & Girls Club 'Getting Life Back On Track'

7/30/2015 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0730-john-jones-twitter-01Jon Jones is taking Dana White's advice to heart -- cleaning himself up and working with the community to get his life back on track ... and today, he mentored kids at a Boys & Girls Club. 

The former UFC champ hit up the B&GC in Albuquerque, New Mexico -- where he talked to the kids about the importance of working hard to make their dreams come true. 

But the best part -- one of the kids challenged Jon to play the UFC video game on Playstation ... AND CRUSHED JONES (who was playing as himself). 

Sources close to Jones tell us ... Jon has been working hard to get his life back in order ever since his hit and run arrest --  doing volunteer community service and spending lots of time in the gym. 

As for resuming his MMA career, we're told "nothing's out of the question" -- but he's been focusing a lot of his time on mentoring and coaching other fighters.  

Jones is still suspended from the UFC -- but check out this recent video of Dana White (below) ... it's clear he's still a fan of the guy and if he keeps up the good work, we're guessing we haven't seen the last of him in the octagon.  

Ken Shamrock I'M NOT RETIRING!! Wants Rematch with Kimbo

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

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

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."


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

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

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 ... 

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