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Female Pro Football Star I'm Gonna Destroy The Scariest Woman in MMA

8/29/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Meet Destanie Yarbrough ... the pro football player turned MMA BADASS who's stepping up to fight the most intimidating woman in all of combat sports, Gabi Garcia.

You already know Gabi ... she's Anderson Silva's protege -- and she's so terrifying she's considered fighting men because the top female fighters are just too scared to take their chances in the ring. 

Except one

Yarbrough is destruction in motion on the football field as a running back in the Women's Football Alliance ... and has a reputation as one of the toughest athletes in the league.  

She made the jump to MMA earlier this year and beat the living crap out of her first opponent. 

We spoke with Destanie about her Sept. 25th fight against Gabi in Japan -- and one thing's clear ... SHE AIN'T SCARED!!! 

Olympic Wrestler Helen Maroulis I'm Open to MMA Career ... 'There's a Possibility'

8/25/2016 2:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

There could be a HUGE new star in the world of women's MMA -- because the U.S. Olympian who just won the gold medal in wrestling says she's open to the idea of getting in the cage. 

We spoke with Helen Maroulis -- the 24-year-old phenom who dominated the world at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio -- and asked her straight up if MMA is in her future. 

Maroulis made it clear wrestling is her main priority and first love ... but says a transition to MMA is definitely a possibility down the road. 

The best part of the video ... Maroulis says she'll 100% return to the Olympics in 2020 to defend her title.  

Paige VanZant I'm Reading Ronda Rousey's Book ... And I Respect Her More

8/24/2016 11:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC superstar Paige VanZant says she's on such good terms with Ronda Rousey after their heated encounter earlier this year ... she's decided to read her book ... and LIKES IT. 

As we previously reported, Rousey confronted Paige at an event in L.A. back in April -- and cussed her out for congratulating Holly Holm on her victory at UFC 197.

VanZant says it's all water under the bridge -- "we're cool actually" -- and says she's learning a lot about Rousey in her book, "My Fight/Your Fight."

"It's really good and it's cool to kinda get inside and see the things that she's gone through that are similar to me," Paige said ... "So yeah ... no worries there."

Paige is gearing up to fight Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night in Vancouver on Saturday -- and essentially guarantees victory.  

Check out the clip. 

Jon Jones Goes Upside Snoop's Head ... With Spinning Elbow!

8/24/2016 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jon Jones gave Snoop Dogg a private backstage MMA lesson in Albuquerque Tuesday night -- complete with a spinning back elbow tutorial ... and the whole thing was caught on video. 

Snoop invited the UFC star to his dressing room before his show with Wiz Khalifa -- where they all did a little friendly slap fighting ... and Jones broke out a spinning elbow. 

Snoop LOVED IT -- and demanded Jones teach him how to throw it himself. Jon complied. 

Don't expect Snoop in the Octagon anytime soon ... you know ... drug tests and such. 

UFC's Michael Bisping Double Duty Training for Fight on Movie Set

8/23/2016 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

It's a good thing Michael Bisping can multitask ... 'cause the UFC middleweight champ says he'll be training for his next fight against Dan Henderson while shooting his new movie in London. 

Bisping locked up a role in the bare-knuckle boxing flick, "My Name Is Lenny" -- which starts filming this week. Bisping says his part will take roughly 2 weeks to complete. 

But he also has a huge fight coming up against Hendo at UFC 204 in October -- just 7 weeks away. 

So, how will he be able to prep for the fight and shoot the flick? 

"My trainer's gonna come with me. I'm still gonna train every day. Film the movie. Come back. Focus on the fight. Kick some ass."

FYI, other fighters like Paige VanZant and Conor McGregor have turned down roles to focus on training camp -- but clearly, Bisping thinks he can handle both. 

We'll find out on October 8th ... 

UFC's Brad Tavares LeBron James Could Be NBA's Best Fighter

8/22/2016 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Sorry, Matt Barnes ... LeBron James would beat that ass in a street fight -- so says someone who would know, UFC tough guy Brad Tavares

Tavares was chillin' at Sake Rok in Vegas for the UFC 202 fight when he admitted he's not really a Bron fan -- but knows what the guy could be capable of if he truly trained for a real deal fight. 

Fun fact -- Tavares is fighting in LeBron's home state at UFC 203 next month. 

But how would LeBron do against a real MMA heavyweight? Tavares says it wouldn't be pretty. 

Dana White I Don't Believe Jon Jones Used 'Roids

8/20/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jon Jones is ALMOST out of Dana White's doghouse ... with the UFC honcho telling TMZ Sports he doesn't believe the ex-champ was using steroids ... but he did take SOMETHING he shouldn't have. 

White joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (weeknights on FS1) -- and spelled out the latest with Jones and the failed drug tests that got him kicked off the card at UFC 200

"He was accused of taking the drug that you take when you're getting off steroids ... and it's looking now like it's not the case. He did not take that drug. He took something else that had it in it."

White says he's not as pissed off at Jones as he was in the wake of the failed test -- but he's still upset. 

"I'm a little happier now that he wasn't taking that drug and that I now believe that he wasn't taking steroids ... but still, you can't put anything in your body without notifying USADA or the Nevada State Athletic Commission."

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MMA Phenom Gabi Garcia Finally Gets Opponent ... Ex-Pro Football Player

8/16/2016 11:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

081616_gabi_garcia_fight_primaryGabi Garcia ... the female MMA phenom so scary she couldn't find anyone to fight her ... has found a woman brave enough to take the (crazy) challenge and it's an equally terrifying ex-pro football player.

The woman is Destanie Yarbrough ... an MMA fighter who turned pro back in April and won her first fight ... she's also a BEAST in women's pro football ... with an INSANE YouTube highlight reel.

It's going down September 25th in the Japanese RIZIN Fighting Federation ... and it should be a relief to Gabi, who's so frustrated with the lack of female opponents ... she told us she might try men.

We're glad it didn't come to that ... for the guys' sake.

UFC's 'Rumble' Johnson Praises Jon Jones 'Still Best Fighter In the World'

8/15/2016 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Cheating allegations or not, Jon Jones is still the best fighter in the world ... so says UFC star Anthony "Rumble" Johnson

Johnson was famously supposed to fight Jones at UFC 187 last year -- but Jon was pulled from the fight less than a month before the match when he was arrested for a hit-and-run in New Mexico.

Now, with a potential 2-year suspension looming, Rumble says Jones' reputation has taken another major hit -- but his skills are still world-class. 

"Nobody trusts him," Johnson said ... "He's still, to me, the best fighter in the world. It's just, once again, his actions make him ... it degrades him."

Johnson says he's still down to fight Jones at some point in the future -- "It doesn't matter if it's for the title or not. I would like to fight him because he is such a talented fighter."

Jon Jones Cuts Deal In Drag Racing Case ... Gets Driving School

8/11/2016 9:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0811-jon-jones-tmz-01Jon Jones was just ordered to go back to school ... sentenced to complete an aggressive driving course as part of his punishment from his alleged drag racing incident in New Mexico. 

As we previously reported, Jones was pulled over on March 24 in Albuquerque after an officer says the UFC superstar was drag racing on his way home from an MMA gym. 

Jon called BS on the cop -- and began to cuss him out ... calling the officer a "f***ing pig" and a "liar."

Jones was issued several citations for unlawful drag racing, unlawful exhibition driving, unlawful use of modification of exhaust systems, failure to maintain traffic lane and improper display of registration plate.

But moments ago, Jones agreed to a deal with prosecutors -- pleading guilty to just unlawful use of modification of exhaust systems and improper display of registration plate.

In exchange he was ordered to complete 60 hours of community service and complete an aggressive driving course. 

If he does not complete his terms, he faces up to 90 days in jail. 

The good news for Jon ... he already has 51 hours of community service completed and a rep for the UFC star says he already knocked out the driving course!

For the mathematically challenged ... Jon has 9 to go -- and given his rate of community service, he should be done by the end of the weekend. 

UFC's Julianna Pena No One Cares About Ronda Anymore ... Or Her Fat Arms!

8/11/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC star Julianna Pena just RIPPED into Ronda Rousey -- saying, "No one cares about [her] and her fat arms anymore."

"She's like the emperor in no clothes," Pena added ... "She's broken a little bit."

So, what set Pena off?

We asked her about Amanda Nunes saying she would gladly fight her ... if she couldn't book Ronda. And while Pena says she understands from a business perspective, she thinks Ronda's days as the top dog in UFC are over.

As for Ronda's long-awaited return, Pena says she's heard rumblings that RR will fight again before the end of the year ... but adds, "I'll believe it when I see it."

Until then, Pena says it's only a matter of time until she crushes Nunes and takes the belt.

"They can delay me but they can't deny me."

Bobby Lashley I'm Ready to Fight Again ... Bring On Fedor!!!

8/8/2016 3:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Pro wrestling champ Bobby Lashley says he's ready to return to the CAGE -- telling TMZ Sports he's looking for another big MMA fight ... and wants a shot at the legend Fedor Emelianenko

Lashley isn't just the reigning TNA world champ -- he's also a pretty accomplished MMA fighter with a 14-2 record. He's also on a 7-fight win streak. 

So, we asked him about his fight plans moving forward and the 40-year-old superstar told us straight up -- he wants Fedor. 

But before that fight, Lashley will be taking on James Storm on TNA's Impact Wrestling this Thursday on PopTV. 

#CantKnockTheHustle

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Conor McGregor I Will K.O. Nate Diaz ... In 2nd Round!!!

8/5/2016 3:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Conor McGregor says Nate Diaz will NOT make it to the 3rd round of their rematch ... predicting a 2ND ROUND K.O. at UFC 202. 

McGregor was answering questions on the UFC 202 media conference call Friday -- when he admitted that he underestimated Nate's chin and toughness the first time around ... but he won't make that mistake again. 

"He weathered the storm," Conor said ... "I'm just gonna be a lot more prepared for a man that can stay in there with me."

That being said ... Conor said confidently -- "I will K.O. him inside the 2nd round."

Funny moment though ... Conor says Nate was a "heavy bag with eyeballs" during the first round and a half of their first fight. 

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