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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. 

MMA Fighter Jordan Parsons Dies After Hit and Run Incident

5/4/2016 11:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0504-jordan-parsons-twitter-01MMA fighter Jordan Parsons has died ... days after he was struck by a Range Rover in a hit and run incident in Florida. He was 25. 

"It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a dear member of the Bellator family, Jordan Parsons," Bellator MMA President Scott Coker said in a statement.

Parsons was 11-2 as an MMA fighter -- and was a part of the famed Blackzilians training group with stars like Anthony "Rumble" Johnson and Rashad Evans. 

"Jordan was an exceptional athlete and a rising star in the sport. But more importantly, he was an exceptional young man," Coker added. 

"Jordan was hard-working, dedicated, intelligent, and a pleasure to be around. He represented all the reasons we love this sport. It is a terribly tragic loss and our thought and prayers go out to his family, friends and teammates."

Parsons was struck by the car while crossing a street early Sunday morning. Officials believe Parsons may have been wearing headphones and was unable to hear the car approaching. 

Cops are still looking for the driver of the car that hit Parsons and have vowed to prosecute that person to the fullest extent of the law. 

Story developing ... 

UFC's Nick Diaz Training with Van Damme 'Dream Come True'

5/2/2016 3:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC star Nick Diaz says training with Jean-Claude Van Damme this weekend was a dream come true -- especially since JCVD helped grow his love for fighting back when he was a kid. 

Both Nick and his bro Nate Diaz hooked up with the action legend for a clinic in leg strikes -- so, we hit up Nick to find out what exactly went down when the 3 got into the gym. 

Check out the clip ... Nick was clearly stoked to train with the guy and says things went so well, he plans to do it again soon. 

But the funniest part ... watch how quickly Nick shut down the question when we tried to ask about his brother and Conor McGregor. Dude wasn't havin' it. 

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MMA Fighter Headphones May Be Factor In Horrific Hit and Run

5/2/2016 10:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

502-Jordan-Parsons-bellator-mmaThe MMA fighter who was struck by a car and lost his leg in a hit and run accident may have been wearing headphones that drowned out the sound of the car approaching ... officials say. 

The story is absolutely heartbreaking ... 25-year-old Jordan Parsons was crossing a street in Florida early Sunday morning when he was struck by a Range Rover Sport and left with "extreme injuries."

Officials say the RR hit Parsons and fled from the scene -- leaving him with a severe leg wound. 

Emergency responders raced to the scene and applied pressure to the leg in hopes to save it -- but the wound proved too severe and it was amputated at a nearby hospital. 

Officials say it's unclear who had the right of way -- Parsons or the Range Rover.  

Still, the driver should NOT have fled -- and now cops are offering a $1,000 reward for info that leads to an arrest. 

Parsons -- who trained with superstars like Rumble Johnson and Rashad Evans -- is still in a coma, according to Evans and a GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for his medical bills. 

update_graphic_red_bar1:28 PM PT -- The Delray Beach Police Department released a picture of the mirror that fell off the Range Rover at the scene of the crash.

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Kevin Costner Bring MMA to Olympics 'Where the Real Tough Guys Exist'

4/26/2016 7:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Did you know ... table tennis is an Olympic sport -- and MMA is not? 

Well, Kevin Costner ain't happy about it -- telling TMZ Sports he thinks the powers that be should bring the fighting sport to the Olympic games, ASAP!!!!

Costner says MMA has already "established itself as one of the greatest sports out there" ... adding, "I think it's where the real tough guys exist."

BTW, Costner's not the first high-profile dude to call for MMA in the games ... Randy Couture's been banging this drum for years

#NoDisrespectToPingPong

Dana White Conor's a Possibility for UFC 201

4/25/2016 4:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Despite the fact he flat out LIED -- Dana White tells TMZ Sports Conor McGregor's not in his dog house ... and he's considering re-booking the UFC superstar as early as UFC 201 in August.

White was leaving Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills ... on his way to support Paige VanZant at "Dancing with the Stars" ... when we asked WHY he thinks McGregor posted the fake fight confirmation on Twitter Monday morning. 

"I don't know ... I don't know why he did," White said ... "I still have not talked to him."

Watch the clip. White once again praises McGregor as a guy who's saved countless fights for the UFC in the past, and even though he won't fight at UFC 200 ... it sounds like he definitely wants Conor back in the octagon before the end of the year. 

NFL's Arthur Jones I Might Fight UFC ... After NFL Career

4/23/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jon Jones might have some brotherly company in the UFC ... 'cause his NFL star sibling Arthur Jones tells TMZ Sports he's considering an MMA career after his football days are over. 

Arthur -- a defensive tackle for the Indianapolis Colts -- says he's been training with Jon for years ... and came thiiiis close to taking an MMA fight during the NFL lockout in 2011. 

He also happens to be a killer wrestler -- and says he's confident he could hang with pro fighters because he's kicked Jon's ass on several occasions. 

Seriously! 

So, what does Arthur do to relax? He's a dog breeder who runs Jones Bros Kennels ... where he breeds dogs that are so big, his kids can ride 'em like horses! 

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