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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
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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. 

Conor McGregor MMA Fighter's Death Is 'F****d Up' 'I Helped Train a Guy to Kill'

8/3/2016 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0803-conor-mcgregor-tmz-02"Damn ... I still can't believe that kid is dead" -- Conor McGregor

The UFC superstar is opening up about the death of Portuguese MMA fighter Joao Carvalho -- who died from injuries he sustained during a fight in Dublin back in April.

Conor was cageside at the fight ... since Joao's opponent was McGregor's training teammate, Charlie Ward. Conor and Charlie had been working out together at the Straight Blast Gym in Ireland. 

"It's f****d up," Conor said to Men's Health magazine ... "I wasn't just watching that fight. I helped train a guy to kill someone, and then someone wound up dying."

"This is a f*****g dangerous game. People call it a sport, but it's fighting. I'm just making sure it ain't me. And that's f****d up."

McGregor says he hopes MMA officials and referees all over the world can learn from Joao's death -- to make sure something like this doesn't happen to anyone else. 

MMA's Gabi Garcia I'm Open to Fighting a Man ... If No Woman Steps Up

8/3/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

She's 6'2", 238 lbs and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Hall of Famer -- but Gabi Garcia says she's willing to fight a MAN if she can't find a worthy female opponent.

Garcia is 2-0 in the Rizin Fighting Federation -- but tells TMZ Sports her people are having a hard time finding a woman who's willing to take her on in the cage.

So, Gabi (alongside her trainer, Babalu Sobral) told us they're open to a real-life battle of the sexes -- if it comes to that.

Our sources tell us ... there's been talk of a Gabi vs. Man fight in Japan -- but so far, it's not a done deal.

In the meantime, take a look at her workout session ... it's pretty obvious why everyone's scared.

UFC Champ Tyron Woodley Nick Diaz Is an Idiot

8/1/2016 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC champ Tyron Woodley watched the TMZ Sports video of Nick Diaz going off about a possible fight for the belt -- and says one thing is clear to him ... Nick's an idiot. 

Woodley joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Monday night on FS1) and clapped back at Diaz ... saying he was trying to COMPLIMENT the guy as a great fighter to set up a big money fight. 

But Woodley says Diaz took the message the wrong way -- "He made no sense."

"It just shows you his I.Q. outside of fighting is not extremely high."

Woodley says Diaz may have blown his shot at the title -- and hinted that he's closer to locking up a fight with Georges St-Pierre

There's A LOT more in the full interview tonight on FS1. 

Nick Diaz I'll Fight Tyron Woodley at UFC 202 ... If the Price Is Right

8/1/2016 1:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Nick Diaz is FIRED UP -- telling TMZ Sports he's still the BEST FIGHTER in his weight class ... and he's down to fight Tyron Woodley ... or ANYONE the UFC throws at him, if the price is right. 

Woodley called Diaz out after he beat Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 this weekend -- and now that Diaz finished his suspension and can fight again ... Nick says he's ready to take on the world. 

"I want to fight the best guy. I always want to fight the best guy. The thing is I'm on top ... I'm the one on top ... they're dropping MY name."

"I don’t need no fake ass piece of plastic. F*** that! I made PPV without a title. I don't need that fake ass plastic to be somebody."

For what it's worth, we're told the UFC is gunning to get Diaz a fight quickly -- but we're told the name being thrown around is Robbie Lawler. 

Stay tuned ...

UFC's Herb Dean I Don't Break Up Fights in Real Life ... 'I Run!'

8/1/2016 9:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

He breaks up fights in the Octagon, but UFC ref Herb Dean says there's no way in hell he's breaking up fights in the street!

Dean -- considered by many to be the best ref in MMA -- was at LAX when we asked if he's ever seen a real-life brawl and felt compelled to get involved. 

The short answer -- HELL NO. 

"If I see a fight in real life, I'm running in the other direction," Dean said. 

"I've walked by street fights ... and somebody watching will recognize me and say, 'Hey Herb' ... I'm like, 'I'm a professional, this is amateur!'"

Funny stuff -- check out the clip. 

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! 

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