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UFC's Mackenzie Dern 'Choo Choo!' My Hype Train's Gonna Steamroll Amanda Cooper

3/17/2018 12:15 AM PDT

Mackenzie Dern is clappin' back at her next opponent for saying she's gonna "derail her hype train" ... saying Amanda Cooper doesn't stand a chance when they scrap at UFC 224.

"That's good, I hope she tries to do that!" Mackenzie told TMZ Sports. "It's gonna keep going -- choo choo!"

Mackenzie took some serious damage in her Octagon debut earlier this month (check out her lower lip!) ... but is such a badass, she immediately requested her next matchup. 

Dana White granted her wish ... and now Dern's taking on fellow rising star Amanda Cooper in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -- her home away from home.  

Mackenzie, the former #1 female Brazilian jiu-jitsu player in the world, knows Amanda's gonna be a tough out ... but told us it's GAME OVER for Cooper now that she's got a whole country in her corner!

Gervonta 'Tank' Davis I'll Whoop Any UFC Guy, Just Like Floyd ... Hit Me Up, Dana!

3/16/2018 12:20 AM PDT

Floyd Mayweather's protege is gunnin' for the Octagon, too -- and if he gets the chance to cross over, he says he'll beat ANY UFC FIGHTER in his division.

Boxing star Gervonta "Tank" Davis -- the co-headliner for Mayweather vs. McGregor -- has been going back-and-forth with a bunch of UFC guys on social media ... after hinting he'd be down for an MMA fight like his mentor.

We caught up with Tank to see if he's really down -- and he let us know what's up.

"If the opportunity's up for grabs then I'm definitely willing to fight any one of them guys near my weight class," Davis told TMZ Sports. "Dana White, I'm waiting on your call, baby."

FYI, Gervonta fights at 130 pounds -- around the same weight as killers like Demetrious Johnson, Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw.

As for Floyd -- Tank told us why he thinks a Conor rematch could be in the cards ...

Floyd Mayweather Grades His MMA Skills 'I'm Serious About This'

3/15/2018 6:09 AM PDT

Floyd Mayweather says he's DEAD SERIOUS about taking an MMA fight -- confirms he'll start training with Tyron Woodley -- and breaks down his wrestling and kicking skills. 


Floyd was leaving Katana in L.A. with his TMT crew on Wednesday when he opened up about EVERYTHING ... and admits gearing up for the octagon is "probably gonna be a little difficult."

As we previously reported on "The Hollywood Beatdown," Mayweather and UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley have agreed to train together ... and Floyd thinks he can REALLY elevate his ground game. 

"I can wrestle," Floyd says ... "My wrestling game is not that bad. On a scale of 1 to 10, it's probably a 7 and I think we could take it up to like a 9."

Floyd also breaks down his kicking game -- and explains why he scores himself a 4 out out 10. 

So, how much MONEY will it take to lock Floyd for an MMA fight, possibly with Conor McGregor

"It's all about presenting the right numbers and of course, they gonna present the right numbers and we gonna make it happen."


The Miz I Won't Mock CM Punk's UFC Career ... Anymore.

3/14/2018 12:45 AM PDT

The Miz has had a change of heart about CM Punk's UFC career -- now, he's SUPPORTING the guy ... despite mocking Punk after his brutal debut loss back in 2016. 

Remember, the DAY after Punk lost to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 ... Miz and Dolph Ziggler spoofed the fight on "WWE Backlash."

But now with Punk returning to the Octagon at UFC 225 in June, Miz says he won't make fun of Punk anymore.

Instead, Miz says Punk should be APPLAUDED for chasing his dream ... adding, "I hope he does well."

He also says Punk doesn't give a crap about all the haters because, "if you come from WWE, you have a thick skin because you're hated on all day, every day."

The big question ... will Miz ever follow Punk's footsteps and take a real MMA fight, too?  

We asked. Miz answered. 

Conor McGregor Could Have a Future in Politics ... Says Irish Prime Minister

3/13/2018 3:12 PM PDT

Don't laugh off Conor McGregor hitting the campaign trail -- 'cause one of the most powerful members of Ireland's government says the Notorious could totally run for office!

We got Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar out at SXSW in Austin ... and he told TMZ Sports it'd be crazy to rule out the UFC megastar parlaying his popularity into a political career -- something McGregor hinted at recently.

Varadkar knows about defying the odds -- dude was Ireland's first openly gay and ethnic minority PM when he was elected in 2017, not to mention the youngest one in the country's history. 

Leo also just met Arnold Schwarzenegger (which we got on video) -- and said if The Governator could do it, why not Conor??

"Minister McGregor" does have a nice ring to it ...

CM Punk I'm Gonna Scramble His Brain at UFC 225 ... Says Rumored Opponent

3/13/2018 8:41 AM PDT

One of the frontrunners to fight CM Punk is making his case for the big-money bout ... saying he'll make it an unforgettable scrap -- by knocking Punk the hell out!!

We spoke with MMA fighter/personality Mike "The Truth" Jackson after confirming Punk was taking a 2nd fight at UFC 225... and he dropped some real talk about why he should get to knuckle up the former WWE superstar. 

"It's styles, it's personalities, it's somebody who's gonna sell the fight," Jackson told TMZ Sports. "Let's make money, Dana!" 

As for the likelihood of Mike getting the call ... he says he's already chatted with a UFC matchmaker and Punk's coach, but "nothing is set in stone." 

That said, they're both 0-1 and got wrecked by the same fighter in their UFC debuts (Mickey Gall) ... plus, we found video proof he can cut a promo!

Ronda Rousey I Won't Officially Retire from MMA ... But, I'm Done.

3/13/2018 6:07 AM PDT
Breaking News

Ronda Rousey has essentially announced her retirement from MMA -- even though she won't officially say the words, "I'm retired."

It all went down on the 'Ellen' show (airs Tuesday) -- when Ellen asked Ronda if she'll ever go back to the UFC. 

"I don't know," Ronda said ... "I think it's just as likely as me going back to another Olympics for judo."

FYI, Rousey won a bronze medal in judo in the 2008 Summer Olympics. She began her MMA fighting career in 2010. And let's face it, she ain't going back to judo. 

"No one demanded a written resignation from me for judo and I don't really think the same thing is necessary for fighting."

"I'm just doing what I enjoy and WWE is what I enjoy right now."

Ronda hasn't fought in the UFC since December 2016, when she lost to Amanda Nunes. Before that fight, and a loss to Holly Holm in 2015, Rousey went on a 12-fight undefeated streak and locked up a future spot in the UFC Hall of Fame. 

CM Punk I'm Fighting at UFC 225 ... & I'm Gonna Win!

3/12/2018 1:24 PM PDT
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CM Punk is finally returning to the Octagon, TMZ Sports has confirmed -- and this time, he vows to make up for that loss against Mickey Gall

Punk was clapping back at trolls on Twitter when he broke the news ... responding to someone who asked, "When are we gonna see you cry again in the octagon?"

Punk's response ... "June nine, after I win and lock eyes with my beautiful wife, embrace my coaches and shout out my entire team."

June 9 is UFC 225 in Chicago -- Punk's hometown. For now, there's no word on who his opponent will be.

Punk hasn't fought since UFC 203 back in Sept. 2016 when he suffered a brutal submission loss in the 1st round to Gall.  

Rampage Jackson to Manager: I Almost Got You a Crappy Used Car ... Dropped $130k Instead!

3/12/2018 12:00 PM PDT

MMA star Rampage Jackson says he came thiiiiis close to getting his manager, Tiki, a hoopty Range Rover at the used car lot ... before deciding to be a boss and drop a small fortune!

"I was thinking about going the cheap route ... you almost had a used one!" Rampage said to Tiki. "But then I was like, 'nah man, I can't cheap out.'"

FYI, the new Range was a surprise bday gift  -- after Tiki negotiated an epic new contract with Bellator. 

When we saw Rampage's video of the big reveal, our car guy (yeah, we have one of those) estimated the whip would run him at least $100k in the hole. Turns out, it was almost 130 RACKS!!

With that price tag, ya gotta think Rampage's deal was in the mils -- but Tiki wouldn't spill the beans.

He did walk us through getting the Range, though ... and it's pretty great.

DDP to WWE Fans: Give Rousey Time ... Not Everyone's Got McGregor's Gift

3/10/2018 12:20 AM PST

Take a step back, Ronda Rousey haters -- Diamond Dallas Page says Rowdy's gonna be just fine ... even though her mic work for WWE's been sorta shaky thus far. 

"Give the girl a break, man," DDP told TMZ Sports. "It's a lot of pressure going in, but that girl thrives on pressure."

DDP would know -- the pro wrestling legend says he faced the same acting issues coming into the biz ... but eventually settled in, just like he thinks Ronda will once she gets some more reps under her belt.

Of course, some athletes are born entertainers ... and DDP says Ronda's ex-UFC bro, Conor McGregor, definitely has that gift.

"If anyone really gets the showmanship, it's McGregor."

But, will WWE fans ever get to hear Conor slay the mic inside the squared circle? DDP ain't so sure about that ... 

Bellator's Justin Wren Mount Kilimanjaro Kicked My Ass Worse Than Any Fight Has!!

3/10/2018 12:15 AM PST

Bellator MMA star Justin Wren says he just suffered the worst physical beating of his life -- but it didn't go down inside a cage!

Justin's fought 15 heavyweight behemoths in his career, but tells TMZ Sports none of those beatdowns come close to what Mount Kilimanjaro did to him a few weeks ago.

In case you missed it, "The Big Pygmy" scaled the near-20,000-foot mountain with Super Bowl champ Chris Long and some of his NFL bros ... all to raise awareness for the water crisis in Africa. 

Wren says that at one point, they had to climb for 20 HOURS STRAIGHT ... and some of their crew were forced to tap out (don't worry, they were stretched down).

But the coolest part of the trek -- Wren says he signed his new Bellator contract at Kili's summit!

Ya gotta hear the play-by-play ...

UFC Champ Tyron Woodley I'm Training Mayweather ... For MMA Fight!

3/9/2018 8:00 AM PST

Floyd Mayweather will start his MMA training with a bona fide UFC champ -- with Tyron Woodley saying he's spoken with TBE and has agreed to get him ready for his debut in the ocatgon. 

"Floyd Mayweather is interested in taking an MMA bout, maybe a few of 'em," Woodley said on "The Hollywood Beatdown."

"So, who better than The Chosen One to teach him the ropes on how we get off the ropes and get in the cage!" 

Tyron and Floyd have been friendly for a while -- and when the two connected in L.A. during NBA All-Star weekend, Tyron says they decided to work together to get Floyd MMA-ready. 

By the way, Tyron says Floyd can ABSOLUTELY WIN -- even if his opponent is Conor McGregor -- and he's got a real game plan to help Mayweather get that W. 

There's more ... Tyron also weighs in on Canelo Alvarez's PED excuse (Mexican cow meat) and claps back at rapper Tekashi69

Make sure to check out "The Hollywood Beatdown" every week when it drops on the TMZ Sports YouTube page.

Conor McGregor Claps Back at 50 Cent You're Old & Have Man Boobs!

3/8/2018 3:32 PM PST
Breaking News

Welp, that didn't take long -- Conor McGregor just fired back at 50 Cent for claiming black people have "superior genes" ... saying the rap star should pull out his old-man boobs to celebrate women's day.

"Get your tits out for the lads, ladies," McGregor said in a social media rant ... which he attached to a picture of a shirtless 50. 

"I am made of granite. You need a bra."

Conor also told 50 to "f**k off" ... 'cause he's a 50-year-old fool (he's actually 42) who needs to stay in his lane.

Surprisingly, Conor also worked in a semi-compliment with his shots -- saying they still bump his old hits in Ireland ... and claiming he rocked out to one before UFC 205. 

Doubt they'll break bread anytime soon ... but it's a start?

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