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Herschel Walker I'm Down to Fight Rampage Jackson ... This Year!

6/23/2016 3:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

54-year-old Herschel Walker says he wants to get back in the cage and for an MMA bout THIS YEAR -- and tells TMZ Sports he's absolutely down to fight Rampage Jackson

Walker appeared on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Friday night on FS1) -- and told the guys he still has the fire and ability to compete in a real deal MMA fight. 

In fact, Walker says he's already had conversations with Bellator CEO Scott Coker about fighting before the end of the year. 

As for his opponent, Walker made it clear -- he wants a "worthy" adversary ... not "some bum" off the street. We brought up Rampage ... Walker said he's absolutely down. 

FYI, Rampage is 38 and fighting this weekend at Bellator: Dynamite 2. 

There's a LOT more in the full interview -- which airs at 9 PM PT, 12 ET on FS1. 

Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson I Turned Down 'Wolverine' Movie ... Had A Fight, Man

6/20/2016 1:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson says he missed out on kicking ass with Hugh Jackman to kick ass in the cage ... passing up a role in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" 'cause he had a fight.

We got Rampage out in L.A. -- gearing up for his fight at Bellator: Dynamite 2  on Friday -- and asked the 'A-Team' star what he thought of fellow fighter Holly Holm turning down a huge movie role to focus on her upcoming UFC fight.

QJ says Holly should definitely think twice about passing on all her silver screen chances, but admits he's had to say no too ... most notably to the 'Wolverine' movie that went on to make $373 million.

FYI -- They recast Rampage's role ... and you're never gonna guess which rapper brought the boom boom pow in his place.

UFC's 'Cyborg' Justino Spider Bite was No Joke ... Needed Major Medical Attention

6/18/2016 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Cris "Cyborg" Justino says her black widow bite was so bad, she required hospital care ... but says she's confident she'll resume MMA training as early as next week. 

As we previously reported, Cyborg was bit by the venomous spider while gardening at her L.A. home last week. 

Cyborg says she didn't realize what bit her at first -- but the wound got really bad and painful ... and she finally went to the hospital when she began to feel extremely sick. 

The good news ... Cyborg says after a brief stay at the hospital, she feels much better -- and can't wait to fight again.

Chuck Liddell I Love Brock Lesnar ... But He Ain't No Bo Jackson

6/8/2016 11:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Brock Lesnar DON'T know comparisons ... that's according to UFC legend Chuck Liddell who says Lesnar should tap out on likening himself to Bo Jackson.

Liddell was out in L.A. when we asked about Brock saying his dual UFC & WWE resumes make him the "modern-day Bo Jackson."

Of course Bo DOMINATED both baseball & football for a short (but brilliant) time back in the late 80's ... so when Lesnar made the statement a lot of people scratched their heads.

Looks like Liddell was one of 'em ... pulling a total "whatchu talkin' bout Willis" to our camera guy about Lesnar's comments ... but admitting he's SUPER PUMPED for the beast's return to the octagon.

Only one way to settle this really ... put Lesnar in Tecmo Bowl ... then we'll see what's up.

Bellator On Kimbo Slice No Warning Signs ... In Pre-Fight Heart Tests

6/8/2016 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The doctors who cleared Kimbo Slice to fight at Bellator 149 in February found NO SIGNS of serious heart problems during pre-fight health exams ... this according to Bellator. 

A Bellator spokesperson tells us ... Slice was not only required to pass a physical exam before his fight (as with all fighters over the age 35), he also had to pass an EKG and an EEG in order to be cleared. 

Slice passed away this week -- and doctors said his heart was in such bad shape in his final days that he needed a transplant.  

But Bellator says Slice would have been pulled IMMEDIATELY if there were any red flags back in February. 

“If there was ANY sign that Kimbo was not healthy enough to fight, we would NOT have allowed him to fight."

"All of [Kimbo’s] physicals were passed" ... the [medical documents] are in the possession of the Texas Dept. of Licensing and Regulation.

Kimbo Slice Told He Needed Heart Transplant ... Days Before Death

6/7/2016 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0606_kimbo-slice_tmz-2Kimbo Slice was told he had been suffering from congestive heart failure in the days before his death and desperately needed a heart transplant ... this according to a hospital report. 

The report -- which was given to the Broward County Medical Examiner's office -- says Slice was admitted to Northwest Medical Center on June 3rd and told he had a liver mass and congestive heart failure. 

Doctors told Slice's family that he needed a heart transplant -- and appeared to be taking measures to transport him to a clinic in Cleveland on Monday night ... but he died before that could happen

Slice was pronounced dead around 7:30 PM local time. 

Also worth noting ... the report also states 42-year-old Slice did not have a history of drug use.

As we previously reported, the medical examiner's office is not doing an autopsy -- and now it's clear why. 

Ken Shamrock Kimbo Never Got the Respect He Deserved

6/7/2016 7:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ken Shamrock says his heart aches for Kimbo Slice -- saying the guy made a tremendous impact in the world of combat sports ... but never got the respect he truly deserved. 

Shamrock -- who fought Slice (and lost) last year -- says Slice made one helluva splash in MMA and boxing ... but still had to battle extreme negativity from haters -- even when he won his fights.

"Even when he won a fight it seemed like he was never good enough," Shamrock says.

"When you really care about your fans and you really care about what you do then those things that come at you from a negative position ... it hurts ... especially when it comes in thousands of people with negative thoughts. It stings, it hurts."

Shamrock says he never spoke with Slice directly about it -- but says it was obvious Kimbo was affected by the negativity.  

In the end, Shamrock says Slice should be remembered as a warrior. 

Kimbo Slice Dead at 42

6/6/2016 8:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0606_remembering_kimbo_slica_launchKimbo Slice has died ... TMZ Sports has confirmed. He was 42. 

We broke the story, Slice was hospitalized early Monday near his home in Coral Springs, FL. He passed away a short time later. 

The CEO of Bellator MMA confirmed the news ... saying, "We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family."

"One of the most popular MMA fighters ever, Kimbo was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that transcended the sport."

"Outside of the cage he was a friendly, gentle giant and a devoted family man. His loss leaves us all with extremely heavy hearts, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ferguson family and all of Kimbo's friends, fans and teammates."

Details surrounding Kimbo's death are unclear. We're working on it. 

Kimbo -- real name Kevin Ferguson -- last fought at Bellator 149 back in February and defeated Dada 5000 -- but the victory was overturned when Slice tested positive for a banned steroid. 

Back in 2003, Slice became an Internet sensation for his backyard fighting videos -- destroying several opponents in unsanctioned street fights. He later signed a deal to fight in the UFC. 

Slice competed on "The Ultimate Fighter" in 2009 ... and while his MMA career never really blossomed, he was undefeated as a boxer, with a 7-0 record. 

Slice also did some acting -- appearing in 2012's "The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption."

Kimbo Slice Hospitalized In Florida ... Dire Situation

6/6/2016 6:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0606_kimbo-slice_tmzMMA fighter Kimbo Slice was hospitalized in Florida earlier Monday ... and multiple sources tell TMZ Sports the situation does not look good. 

Law enforcement sources tell us ... Slice was admitted to a hospital near his home in Coral Springs, FL. 

Police are currently at his home gathering information from family members. 

Kimbo -- real name Kevin Ferguson -- last fought at Bellator 149 back in February and defeated Dada 5000 -- but the victory was overturned when Slice tested positive for a banned steroid.

Back in 2003, Slice became an Internet sensation for his backyard fighting videos -- destroying several opponents in unsanctioned street fights. He later signed a deal to fight in the UFC.

Story developing ... 

Wanderlei Silva I've Been Hit By A Car ... Pray For Me

5/11/2016 6:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0511_Wanderlei-Silva_gettyMMA legend Wanderlei Silva says he was hit by a car while riding his bike earlier Wednesday -- but it doesn't appear the injuries are life threatening.

Someone posted a statement confirming the accident on Wanderlei's official Twitter page ... saying Silva was biking home from a training session when he was hit.

According to the statement, Silva will require surgery on his shoulder ... but the extent of the damage is unclear. No word on where Silva was at the time of the accident, or if any arrests have been made.

We're working on it.

Freddie Roach I'll Train McGregor But He Needs 3 Years to Fight Mayweather

5/11/2016 6:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Good news for Conor McGregor ... Freddie Roach says he's absolutely down to train him as a boxer. 

Bad news for Conor McGregor ... Freddie says CM needs 3 YEARS before he'll be ready to fight Floyd

Roach -- widely regarded as the best boxing trainer in the world -- was talking with "Fight Hub TV" when he said he got a call from someone (presumably from Conor's camp) asking to train the UFC star. 

Freddie insists he's up for the challenge ... but says if Conor thinks he can hang with Mayweather, he's out of his Irish mind. 

"I'd have to train him for at leat 3 years to get him ready for Mayweather," Roach said.

"I mean he's good at MMA ... but boxing? Hell no."

MMA's Gabi Garcia Brazilian Boob Cover-up ... For New Tattoo

5/6/2016 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

MMA powerhouse Gabi Garcia got some new chest ink in Brazil -- but they wouldn't let go under the needle without covering up her lady parts first. 

Check out the video of Gabi's tat artist in action ... followed by the final product. 

0506_sergio-pisani-tattoo-instagramFYI, Gabi's a fighting legend in Brazil -- she's a member of  the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Hall of Fame ... and she's racked up a 2-0 record in the Rizin Fighting Federation. 

She's also a protege of Anderson "Spider" Silva ... who says she hits like a ton of bricks. 

#Beast

MMA Fighter Blas Avena 'Death Investigated As Suicide' ...Cops Say

5/6/2016 6:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0505_blas-arena_twitterThe death of former MMA fighter Blas Avena -- who last fought War Machine at Bellator 96 -- is being investigated as a suicide ... Las Vegas Metro Police tell TMZ Sports.

32-year-old Avena was found dead around 11:36 AM Wednesday morning in his Las Vegas apartment. 

A spokesman for the LVMPD tells us, "Arriving police and medical personnel located an adult male who was pronounced deceased at the scene.  As of now, the death is being investigated as a suicide."

We're told an autopsy took place earlier this week -- but officials won't name an official cause of death until further tests are completed. 

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