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UFC's Alan Jouban I Can't Wait For Rousey's Return ... She Carries The Sport

7/30/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC fighter Alan Jouban thinks the time is now for Ronda Rousey to return to the Octagon ... saying she dominated the sport like no other female fighter ... and he can't wait for her return.

We got Jouban out in L.A. and asked him what's up with the one-and-done championship runs in the women's bantamweight division since Ronda lost to Holly Holm?

Jouban told our guy the short reigns have less to do with the new fighters ... and more to do with the old one ... saying Rousey was so DOMINANT it made the division look weaker than it really was.

Guy's got a point ... the title has changed hands like three times since Ronda was holding it down ... and now that we know she doesn't have a baby on board ... we're wondering when she'll get another crack at it.

Check out the clip.

Boxer Paulie Malignaggi UFC Getting It Right On Doping BOXING Needs A Clean Up

7/29/2016 5:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The UFC is cracking down on PED usage in a way boxing DESPERATELY needs ... that's according to former boxing World Champ Paulie Malignaggi ... who says it's HIS sport that needs a scrubbing.

We got Paulie -- the former junior welterweight and welterweight champ of the world -- in NY training for his big Showtime PPV fight against Gabriel Bracero on Saturday and asked him about recent drug scandals in combat sports.

A fair share of those have gone down in the UFC ... where high-profile guys, like Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones, have been popped just recently for doping.

Paulie's been a vocal critic of PED use in boxing for a long time ... but given recent history it's still interesting to hear him say that it's HIS sport ... and not the UFC ... that has the real problem.

Check it out.

Nate Diaz I'm Heading Back to Stockton ... to Prep for McGregor

7/29/2016 2:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC superstar Nate Diaz just FaceTimed into the "TMZ Sports" TV show -- and told us he's on the way to his hometown Stockton, CA ... to get ready for the McGregor fight with "the best training in the world."

Diaz says he's been working out in L.A. -- but now, he's kicking the training into high gear -- "I'm going home now where I got all my good s*** at."

You gotta watch the entire interview Friday night on FS1 -- Nate keeps it all the way real ... especially when we bring up the Forbes list of highest paid athletes. 

Dana White My Family Keeps Asking for Money ... After $4 Billion Deal!

7/29/2016 6:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's a good problem to have ... but Dana White says family members are coming out of the woodwork with their hands out after the UFC sold for $4 BILLION ... so he's ignoring their calls! 

White was on 'Kimmel' Thursday night -- and was asked how his life has changed now that he's insanely rich (Jimmy estimates he made $360 mil off the deal). 

We're guessing Dana was joking about the family -- but says he had a real Howard Hughes moment and locked himself in a hotel room after the deal closed

He's definitely in a better place now ... and says when it comes to being super wealthy -- "it doesn't suck."

Joe Jonas Ache By The Ocean ... Trains MMA With Combat Legend

7/28/2016 3:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Heads up, guys ... yet another Jonas brother is proving he could kick the hell out of you ... 'cause TMZ Sports has video of Joe Jonas getting some hardcore MMA training with a legend in the sport.

Joe posted a video of him training with Cung Le (the aforementioned legend) at Jay Glazer's Unbreakable gym in Hollywood and we gotta say ... the JoBro looks kinda legit.

You might remember his little brother, Nick, got DEEP into the fighting world for his role in the TV show "Kingdom" ... with some saying he got good enough for some actual ring time.

We know what you're thinking. We're thinking it too. Might be time for a JoBRAWL.

Kimbo Slice Son Making MMA Debut ... Months After Dad's Death

7/26/2016 7:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0726-kimbo-slice-jr-kevin-ferguson-YOUTUBE-GETTY-01Kimbo Slice's son will follow in his father's fighting footsteps -- and has inked a deal to make his MMA  debut at Bellator 160 next month. 

24-year-old Kevin Ferguson Jr. confirmed the deal to the AP -- saying he will fight on the undercard on August 26th. He's been training with Bellator fighters like A.J. McKee and Bubba Jenkins. 

"I was always around the fight business and everything, so I saw it and I understood what was going on," Ferguson told the media outlet ... "I just knew without a doubt that one day, this was what I wanted to do."

Ferguson says he got his father's blessing to fight before Kimbo died back in June

As we previously reported, the 42-year-old fight legend had major heart problems -- and died from complications stemming from congestive heart failure on June 6th. 

NFL's Kroy Biermann I'd Try MMA ... If My Famous Wife Let Me

7/26/2016 6:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

NFL linebacker Kroy Biermann says he'd be all the way down to try his hand in a real-life MMA fight ... if his famous wife, Kim Zolciak, would let him. So, we asked her! 

Kroy was co-hosting the "TMZ Sports" show on FS1 Monday night when he told us he's a huge MMA fan -- who happens to have a wrestling background. 

You gotta see what Kim says when we bring up the plan -- long story short, she shuts him down faster than Conor McGregor shut down Jose Aldo! 

BONUS -- we also ask Kroy -- who happens to be a free agent -- where he wants to play next season and if Kim has a say in where he signs. Check out the clip! 

**Check out TMZ Sports -- weeknights on FS1**

Dana White B.J. Penn Underachieved ... Shoulda Been One of Best Fighters Ever

7/25/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

He's already a UFC Hall of Famer ... but B.J. Penn could have been EVEN BETTER ... so says Dana White, who tells us the guy had the talent be one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time.

We spotted White in NYC -- and asked if there was a fighter who had insane raw talent ... but didn't have the drive to reach their full potential. 

"B.J. Penn," White said ... "B.J. Penn probably should have been one of the best ever ... to ever live ... to ever do it. B.J. was so talented."

"I think B.J. in his own words would go back and do things differently if he could."

B.J. was 28-10-2 in his MMA career -- but couldn't figure out a way to beat guys like Frankie Edgar (lost 3 times) and Georges St-Pierre (lost twice). 

Still, Dana admits ... the guy was "awesome."

Boxing Champ Terence Crawford No MMA For Me EVER Those Guys Are Too Broke

7/22/2016 3:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

WBO junior welterweight champ Terence Crawford says there's one reason he'd never try his hand (or feet) at MMA ... the almighty dollar ... 'cause according to TC there's just not enough money in grappling.

We talked to Crawford while he was promoting Saturday's fight with Viktor Postol -- a fight some think could vault him into super stardom -- and asked if there was a chance he'd ever switch sports.

It's not a crazy question ... former boxing champ Amir Khan has been talking about it ... taking to social media to start the hype machine for a potential rumble with UFC king Conor McGregor.

Crawford says it's a definite no-go for him ... telling our guy there's just not enough money being thrown around in MMA for him to put his body on the line.

He's got a point ... if you're Floyd Mayweather ... other than that, we gotta say the guys and girls prowling the Octagon are definitely holding their own -- and closing the gap -- with boxing.

Check out the clip.

'Cyborg' Santos Screw My Skull Fracture I Wanna Fight in 3 Months

7/18/2016 3:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Despite the large painful dent in his forehead, MMA fighter Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos says he wants to fight again ... IN 3 MONTHS!!! 

We spoke to Santos' ex-wife, Cris "Cyborg" Justino, -- who says she spoke with Santos Monday and insists he's doing well after suffering the brutal injury from a flying knee on Saturday at Bellator 158. 

0717-cyborg-instagramJustino says ... Santos is talking normal and already making plans to fly to Houston to undergo surgery on his head. She also told us Santos' life is not in danger. 

But the craziest part ... Santos is already talking about scheduling ANOTHER fight before the end of the year! 

Will it happen? Justino tells us the doctors haven't ruled out a comeback fight ... but it might take some time. 

Meantime, Justino launched a GoFundMe page to help her ex with his medical costs. 

#GetWellSoon

MMA Legend Bas Rutten 3-Gun Shogun Bustin' Shots At L.A. Gun Range

7/4/2016 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

MMA legend Bas Rutten's hands could kill you ... but that's not enough for him ... he had to go all Terminator at an L.A. gun range recently ... and TMZ Sports has video of him popping off some shots.

Rutten -- a champion in and out of the ring (dude's legendary for his bar brawls) -- went down to Taran Tactical Innovations in Simi Valley and straight LET LOOSE with some heavy weaponry.

We're told Rutten took the course for some "3-Gun" training (rifle, shotgun, pistol) and, by the looks of the video, the world-famous badass had a blast gettin' his blast on.

Check out the clip -- TTI is the same place Keanu Reeves went to train for his gun-fu sequences in "John Wick 2" but we gotta say ... Bas looks a little more gangsta doing his thing.

That's not to say Keanu couldn't kick our asses ... 'cause he probably could.

NFL's Cardale Jones No Way I'd Fight Paige VanZant ... She'd Destroy Me

6/28/2016 8:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The war over the "12 Gauge" nickname ain't about to be settled in the Octagon -- with Cardale Jones telling TMZ Sports ... Paige VanZant would "destroy" him in an MMA fight. 

Remember, Paige called out Jones earlier this month -- saying the two should fight over the nickname they both use ... winner gets the "12 Gauge" title once and for all. 

Well, we saw the Buffalo Bills rookie at LAX Monday and he told us he still intends to battle Paige over it -- however, he knows better than to accept a real scrap with a UFC star.

"I'm not about to get in her profession ... she would destroy me."

Jones does have another idea in mind about how to settle the issue -- it's wayyyy less violent.

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. 

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