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Ex-NFL Player

I'd Crush Ronda Rousey In MMA

'She Wouldn't Stand a Chance'

3/2/2015 8:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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030215_jesse_holley_launchA former NFL player says he's found the ONE person who could beat Ronda Rousey in an MMA fight -- himself -- saying if the two got in the octagon, Rousey wouldn't stand a chance!!!

The man talking the smack is Jesse Holley -- who played WR for the Dallas Cowboys after winning a tryout with the team on Michael Irvin's 2009 reality show "4th and Long."

Holley -- who's 6'3", 215 pounds -- was on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas this morning ... when the gang began questioning if ANYONE will ever defeat the greatest female fighter in UFC history.

That's when Holley suggested ... himself. 

Holley says if he had 8 weeks to train ... he's 100% confident he'd squish her like a bug.

FYI -- Cat Zingano was also 100% confident ... and we all know how that went. 

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Ronda Rousey

Pre-Fight Prophecy

'Let's Get It On Instagram'

3/2/2015 6:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

030215_ronda_rousey_launch_v3Call her Rouseydamus ... 'cause just 3 days before her fight, Ronda Rousey was telling TMZ Sports she was aiming to finish Cat Zingano in under 15 secs ... so she could fit the entire fight on Instagram. 

Looking back, this video is pretty great ... we were at the UFC gym in Torrance, CA on Wednesday ... when our photog asked Ronda if she thought she could beat her then-fastest fight time of 16 seconds. 

Rousey explained the factors that could contribute to a record-setting victory ... but then concluded with the most important line of the clip -- "LET'S GET IT ON INSTAGRAM!"

3 days and 14 seconds later, Ronda accomplished her mission ... beating Zingano with an extra second to spare (Instagram videos can only be 15 secs maximum). 

#WhosNext?!

Mike Tyson

I'm a Big Ronda Rousey Fan!

3/2/2015 6:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

030215_mike_tyson_launchWanna see something funny?

Mike Tyson told us he hadn't seen the Ronda Rousey fight yet ... because he didn't have enough time!!! 

Don't worry, our guy told Mike the fight was only 14 seconds ... and Mike promised he'd watch it in his car. 

Mike -- who says he's a big Rousey fan -- is no stranger to quick fights ... he once knocked a guy out in 8 SECONDS.

Enjoy.   

Ronda Rousey

Winner Winner ...

ANOTHER Chicken Dinner!

3/1/2015 5:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0301-SUB-ronda-rousey-chicken-wing-INSTAGRAM-01Ronda Rousey celebrated her 14 second destruction of Cat Zingano last night by immediately racing to an L.A. chicken joint and pounding plates of chicken wings like a boss.

Fun Fact -- it took Ronda more time to eat her 1st chicken wing than it did to put away Cat Zingano.

The chicken wing feast is a post-fight tradition for Ronda ... and after the meal, she reveled in the moment by putting on a swagged out chicken wing sweatshirt.

#Boss #Legend #WhosNext

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Bob Arum

I'll Hook Ronda Rousey Up

... Free Tix to Pacquiao Fight!

2/28/2015 10:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

022815_bob_arum_launchRonda Rousey can rest a little easier -- she won't have to pay MILLIONS for a ticket to the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight ... 'cause she's getting her tix for free ... TMZ Sports has learned!

The UFC badass told us earlier this week that she was concerned about the ticket prices for the fight of the century -- saying she had extra motivation to win the prize money at UFC 184 tonight so she could afford to go.

But when we raised the issue last night with Bob Arum -- Pacquiao's fight promoter -- he told us he's not only a HUGE Rousey fan ... but wants to HOOK HER UP with the most coveted tickets in sports.

#Respect

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MMA Star Josh Neer

Case Closed in Gym Beatdown

'No Rules Were Broken'

2/26/2015 9:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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MMA fighter Josh Neer's gym beatdown was NOT a violation of Iowa Athletic Commission rules ... and therefore he will not be disciplined for his role in the fight ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported ... the IAC launched an investigation into Neer (who's 36-14 in pro fights) to see if he broke any Commission rules when he decided to fight Patrick Martin earlier this week. 

But according to IAC honcho Joe Walsh ... Neer is clean -- telling TMZ Sports, "We've determined that we don't have anything in our rules that covers incidents that take place in a gym."

Walsh adds, "Because of that, there will be no further investigation.  We've closed the case."

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Ronda Rousey

Must Win UFC 184

... So I Can Afford Mayweather Tickets!

2/26/2015 7:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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UFC pain machine Ronda Rousey says she has EXTRA motivation to beat the living crap out of her opponent at UFC 184 this weekend ... she needs the prize money to pay for tickets to Mayweather vs. Pacquaio!! 

The baddest woman in the history of MMA was training her ass off in L.A. yesterday ... while the DJ pumped salsa music through the gym ... and looked extra ferocious as she gears up for Cat Zingano

But when we asked about a rivalry between boxing and MMA ... Ronda called BS -- saying ALL combat fighters have a respect for each other ... and that's why she's pumped for the big fight in May. 

So, who's she's rooting for? Check out the clip. 

Josh Neer's Opponent

'Beatdown Video Is BS'

He Attacked Me After The Bell!

2/25/2015 9:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The man who got his ass kicked by MMA star Josh Neer is demanding a REMATCH ... telling TMZ Sports Neer took him down with a cheap shot ... AFTER the bell. 

We spoke with Patrick Martin -- a 6'6", 240 lb. amateur fighter from Iowa -- who claims he held his own against Neer for an entire round ... which pissed Neer off. 

"We went for 3 minutes. The bell sounded, and I turned around," Martin says ... "Then he shot and speared me and took me to the mat. It was a cheap shot. He was frustrated at how the round went."

Martin believes Neer's camp has the video to back up his claim -- and wants them to release it ... in addition to the 14 second clip that went viral earlier this week. 

022415_josh_neer_launch_v2Patrick also says he's NOT a heckler -- claiming Josh is the one who actually started the war of words that led to the fight. 

"It started because Josh was being a tough guy, disrespecting me. That's when I went on the Facebook frenzy, and asked him to fight."

So, what happens next? Neer says he wants to settle the beef the old fashioned way -- in the ring. 

"Why wouldn't I want to fight him again? I can take Josh. He's not a tactical fighter. I could go 3 rounds and easily beat him."

MMA Star Josh Neer

Gym Fight Under Investigation

... Says Iowa Athletic Commission

2/24/2015 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The Iowa Athletic Commission has launched an investigation into the violent gym fight between pro MMA fighter Josh Neer and a social media heckler ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported, Neer -- who's had 51 pro fights -- invited the heckler over to his gym for a "full contact" fight earlier this week. The heckler accepted and Josh beat his ass. 

Footage of the fight went viral ... and officials at the state's athletic commission were among those who viewed the footage. 

022415_josh_neer_launch_v2TMZ Sports spoke with IAC Executive Director Joe Walsh (not THAT Joe Walsh)  who tells us his team is actively looking into the incident. 

"We are aware of the situation. I have our legal team taking a thorough look at our rules. We're checking to see if we have anything on the books that covers this."

Walsh says the commission doesn't usually have regulatory authority outside of the ring or octagon ... telling us they generally oversee "events, not what occurs in gyms."

Still, Walsh says, "We do have certain standards that our athletes must meet."

As for Neer, he's adamant he did nothing wrong.  

MMA Fighter Josh Neer

Beats Up Heckler At Iowa Gym

... Records It

2/24/2015 6:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

022415_josh_neer_launch_v2MMA fighter Josh Neer -- who's competed for UFC and Bellator -- obliterated a local heckler at an Iowa gym ... dishing out ferocious head strikes ... and recorded the whole thing on video. 

According to the 31-year-old fighter ... a heckler named Patrick Martin had been "talking s**t about MMA fighters for a month" via text messages ... so Neer called him out on it. 

"I usually ignore him ... but this time I said, 'If you really want to fight come to the gym Monday at 5:30.'"

Among the harassing texts ... Martin wrote, "Lol you are a f**king joke! You will respect me though! And I hope we can be friends afterwards!"

The heckler -- who Josh says is 6'6" and 270 lbs -- accepted the offer to fight on Monday ... and as you can see on the video ... he proceeded to get his ass kicked. 

After the beat down, Neer went to social media and wrote a message directed at Martin -- "Hopefully he can learn a lesson and humble himself."

UFC's Luke Rockhold

'Millionaire Matchmaker' Screwed Me

So I Hooked Up w/ Co-Host

2/19/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

021815_luke_rockhold_launchUFC star Luke Rockhold says he got DONE DIRTY on "The Millionaire Matchmaker" -- and was made to look like a scumbag on the show ... but claims it was worth it 'cause he hooked up with one of Patti Stanger's smokin' hot co-stars. 

Of course, Rockhold's appearance on the show earlier this year was super controversial -- after he asked one of his potential matches if she "spits or swallows."

Patti tore Luke's ass up in a post-date meeting -- a meeting where Luke can be seen putting the moves on Patti's attractive assistant. 

Check out the clip -- Luke makes it seem as though SOMEONE in Patti's office wanted a piece of The Rock ... but he's mum as to which lady got the tongue.

And there's even MORE silver lining ... Luke says his social media pages have been blowing up with chicks who wanna hook up ... and as Luke puts it, "They don't say they spit."

You stay classy, Rockhold.  

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NY Giants Co-Owner

No MMA For My Players

'The Risk Is Too High'

2/17/2015 4:47 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

021715_steve_tisch_launch_v5Think an NFL owner wants to see one of his players fight in an MMA match? HELL NO ... so says NY Giants honcho Steve Tisch who says there's NO WAY he'd let one of his stars get into the octagon. 

Of course, the topic came up thanks to New England Pats star Chandler Jones ... who says he wants to fight his big bro, UFC champ Jon Jones, in a 1-round charity match. 

But Tisch says ... if Jones was one of the G-Men, he'd shut those plans down in a New York minute. 

"I think the risk is too high," Tisch says ... "That wouldn't make me happy."

In fact, Tisch says he's always worried that when his players engage in off-the-field activities, he fears Murphy's Law ... that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. 

Translation -- don't plan on seeing Victor Cruz go skydiving anytime soon. 

Tisch compares fighting to another ... maybe more dangerous activity ... and says if star WR Victor Cruz wanted to do this ... "that wouldn't make me happy."

NFL's Chandler Jones

Calls Out Jon Jones

... He's Scared to Fight!!!

2/16/2015 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

021615_chandler_jones_launchNew England Patriots star Chandler Jones is now TROLLING his UFC star brother -- claiming Jon Jones is SCARED to fight him ... and is running and hiding like a coward. 

We broke the story ... Chandler says he's 100% down to fight his big bro, who happens to be the reigning UFC light heavyweight champ, and wants to set up a match for charity. 

But in NYC this weekend, while waiting to hail a cab with teammate Rob Gronkowski, Chandler called out his brother right on the street ... literally ... he dialed Jon up on his cell.

As we previously reported, Chandler is dead serious about making the fight happen ... as long as he gets approval from the Pats. 

Stay tuned ... 

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