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UFC's Luke Rockhold

'Millionaire Matchmaker' Screwed Me

So I Hooked Up w/ Co-Host

2/19/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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021815_luke_rockhold_launchUFC star Luke Rockhold says he got DONE DIRTY on "The Millionaire Matchmaker" -- and was made to look like a scumbag on the show ... but claims it was worth it 'cause he hooked up with one of Patti Stanger's smokin' hot co-stars. 

Of course, Rockhold's appearance on the show earlier this year was super controversial -- after he asked one of his potential matches if she "spits or swallows."

Patti tore Luke's ass up in a post-date meeting -- a meeting where Luke can be seen putting the moves on Patti's attractive assistant. 

Check out the clip -- Luke makes it seem as though SOMEONE in Patti's office wanted a piece of The Rock ... but he's mum as to which lady got the tongue.

And there's even MORE silver lining ... Luke says his social media pages have been blowing up with chicks who wanna hook up ... and as Luke puts it, "They don't say they spit."

You stay classy, Rockhold.  

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NY Giants Co-Owner

No MMA For My Players

'The Risk Is Too High'

2/17/2015 4:47 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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021715_steve_tisch_launch_v5Think an NFL owner wants to see one of his players fight in an MMA match? HELL NO ... so says NY Giants honcho Steve Tisch who says there's NO WAY he'd let one of his stars get into the octagon. 

Of course, the topic came up thanks to New England Pats star Chandler Jones ... who says he wants to fight his big bro, UFC champ Jon Jones, in a 1-round charity match. 

But Tisch says ... if Jones was one of the G-Men, he'd shut those plans down in a New York minute. 

"I think the risk is too high," Tisch says ... "That wouldn't make me happy."

In fact, Tisch says he's always worried that when his players engage in off-the-field activities, he fears Murphy's Law ... that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. 

Translation -- don't plan on seeing Victor Cruz go skydiving anytime soon. 

Tisch compares fighting to another ... maybe more dangerous activity ... and says if star WR Victor Cruz wanted to do this ... "that wouldn't make me happy."

NFL's Chandler Jones

Calls Out Jon Jones

... He's Scared to Fight!!!

2/16/2015 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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021615_chandler_jones_launchNew England Patriots star Chandler Jones is now TROLLING his UFC star brother -- claiming Jon Jones is SCARED to fight him ... and is running and hiding like a coward. 

We broke the story ... Chandler says he's 100% down to fight his big bro, who happens to be the reigning UFC light heavyweight champ, and wants to set up a match for charity. 

But in NYC this weekend, while waiting to hail a cab with teammate Rob Gronkowski, Chandler called out his brother right on the street ... literally ... he dialed Jon up on his cell.

As we previously reported, Chandler is dead serious about making the fight happen ... as long as he gets approval from the Pats. 

Stay tuned ... 

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Nick Diaz's Trainer

OVERTURN THE FIGHT

... Silva Is a Cheater

2/3/2015 9:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Nick Diaz's trainer is calling for the UFC to overturn Anderson Silva's victory at UFC 183 after the fighter tested positive for anabolic steroids.

We spoke with Cesar Gracie who tells us ... "In my opinion it needs to be overturned because you got a guy on performance enhancing drugs."

"I get it. Silva is getting up there in age (he's 39) but if you need steroids to fight you shouldn't be fighting."

Silva won by unanimous decision this weekend ... only for the Nevada State Athletic Commission to reveal after the fight that both fighters had failed drug tests -- Silva for steroids and Diaz for weed.

"Anyone with half a brain would know weed is not a performance enhancing drug," Gracie says ... noting that Nick actually passed a separate drug test before the fight. "They make them take a test before they even license him to fight in Nevada."

Both fighters face suspensions -- but Gracie says the damage to Silva's reputation if far worse than any punishment the UFC can dish out."

[The positive test] defiantly tarnishes his legacy because people are going to look at his other fights and question if he was using steroids then too."

UFC's Nick Diaz

RIPS BILL BELICHICK

'You're Full Of S**t, Bro'

1/28/2015 7:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
012815_nick_diaz_launchHe's been called the "King of Trash Talk" ... and now UFC superstar Nick Diaz is spitting his venom right at New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick ... saying the guy is completely "full of s**t."

In a new promo spot for UFC 183, Diaz goes in on Coach B ... mocking his Deflate-Gate news conference ... and claiming that Bill's "been selling bulls**t this whole time."

The 31-year-old ends with this parting shot at the Pats -- "They're selling you all wolf tickets people ... and you're eating 'em right up."

MMA Star Dave Herman

On Taser Arrest:

'If I Was Black I'd Be Dead'

1/23/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former UFC fighter Dave Herman tells TMZ Sports he's lucky to be alive after a violent encounter with police this weekend ... and says if he was black, he'd "probably be dead."

The video was insane -- showing cops using a taser on the 30-year-old heavyweight MMA expert during a stop in Indiana. Herman gets emotional when he tells us how the incident has affected his family. 

012115_dave_herman_launchThe DeKalb County Sheriff's Dept. has previously said Herman was speeding and refused to pull over. They also say Herman was aggressive during the stop. Herman says BS. 

Herman also says he's POSITIVE he never kicked an officer during the incident -- though he claims an officer put a knee in his back (and joked that his back may have injured the cop's knee). 

We've reached out to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Dept. for comment -- so far, no word back.

MMA Star David Herman

Cops Say He Kicked an Officer

During Roadside Arrest

1/21/2015 1:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former UFC star David Herman was hit with three felony charges Wednesday afternoon following his arrest in Indiana early Thursday morning ... including a battery charge for allegedly kicking an officer. 

Herman was charged with resisting law enforcement, battery against a law enforcement officer and neglect of dependent (because he was speeding with young son in the car) ... all felonies. He also got hit with a misdemeanor resisting law enforcement charge, just for good measure.

During the arrest, Herman allegedly kicked one of the officers in the shin after another officer tased him.

As TMZ Sports previously reported, cops say Herman led them on a three-mile chase and tased him only after he approached them "in an aggressive manner."

Herman's wife, who was in the car at the time, claims he is the real victim in this incident and wants the officers charged with assault.

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MMA Star Dave Herman

TASED DURING ARREST

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1/21/2015 7:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012115_dave_herman_launchFormer UFC heavyweight fighter Dave Herman was hit with a taser during an arrest in Indiana this week ... and now Dave's wife has released the video she shot during the incident in which she calls out the police.   

Cops say Herman had been speeding with no headlights or taillights -- and when they tried to pull him over, he led them on a 3 mile chase before finally stopping at a gas station. 

During the stop, cops say Herman "approached Officers in an aggressive manner" -- so they fired the taser to take him into custody. 

But Herman's wife Madeleine -- who was in the car at the time with their young son -- tells TMZ Sports she's FURIOUS over the incident and claims her husband is the real victim. 

Madeleine says Dave was NOT trying to run from cops when they initially tried to pull him over -- they were merely looking for a well lit place to stop.  

As for allegations Dave was being aggressive, Madeleine says that's also BS -- explaining, "Dave, not wanting armed strangers walking up behind the vehicle, especially with our infant son in tow, stepped out of the vehicle and asked them if there was something he could help them with."

Madeleine says cops overreacted and violently took her husband to the ground. He's being charged with several criminal counts including resisting arrest and battery against an officer. 

Dave is still in custody -- but she's calling for the officers involved in the arrest to be charged with assault. 

We reached out to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Ex-UFC Champ BJ Penn

Slammed Head Against Bar

... Before Fight

1/20/2015 4:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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BJ Penn slammed his head against a solid wooden bar 3 times in anger ... before the ex-UFC champ went outside and got into a fight this weekend ... bar sources tell TMZ Sports

We're told ... BJ was a "perfect gentleman" when he arrived to the South Shore Tiki Lounge in Maui on Saturday night -- but became agitated and at one point began banging his head into the bar. 

"He was definitely aggravated at something," one source tells us who also says Penn did NOT appear to be drunk.

"He only had one drink.  At first he was okay, then he was hitting his head on the bar .... and 20 minutes later he was outside fighting."

As we previously reported, Penn allegedly attacked one of his friends in the parking lot -- and reportedly injured the guy so bad, he was hospitalized for a broken eye socket. 

Penn was later arrested for assault. Cops are still investigating the incident.

Stuart Scott

Fought MMA

With Chemo Port In His Chest

1/5/2015 7:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0717_stuart_sensei_training_swipesStuart Scott was so passionate about continuing his MMA training during his fight with cancer, he REFUSED to quit ... even after doctors implanted a chemotherapy port into his chest.

"He was such an impressive person," says Sensei Darin Reisler ... who trained Scott in Connecticut. 

"During his last round of chemotherapy, when he would train, he was training with the chemotherapy port surgically implanted in his chest. He did mixed martial arts... with a chemo port in his chest!"

Scott had said MMA training helped to get his energy up after grueling chemo sessions -- but Sensei Darin says Stuart wasn't just training to help himself. 

"He really looked out for the needs of others. He was the first person to volunteer to work with a new student, and he always had a smile on his face."

Reisler has said Scott was known as a "battle horse" around the gym -- and adds, "His impact will not be forgotten. I will truly miss him."

Tito Ortiz

Praises Dana White

... For Signing CM Punk

12/10/2014 7:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Didn't think we'd see this one coming ... but Tito Ortiz just fired off some COMPLIMENTS about his bitter rival Dana White -- praising the UFC boss for signing CM Punk.

For the record, Ortiz and White have been feuding for YEARS -- and the two got thiiis close to fighting it out in the ring back in 2007.

But despite the feud, Tito knows a good business decision when he sees it ... and told TMZ Sports that signing former WWE champ CM Punk is a solid move for the UFC.

"They're making money," Ortiz said ... "It's great for them."

The 39-year-old fighter also updated us on his own career -- saying he's finally calling it quits next year ... but there's one thing he wants to accomplish before he retires.

Check out the clip ...

War Machine

I Could've Shot Christy Mack

If We Were in Texas

10/4/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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War Machine thinks his ex-gf Christy Mack got off easy when he beat the hell out of her -- because he could have flat out killed her and gotten away with it if the attack went down in Texas. 

War Machine actually believes he shouldn't have been charged at all ... according to a jailhouse letter he recently wrote to a friend. TMZ obtained a copy, and in it he claims Christy is throwing him under the bus to protect her "image."

The ex-MMA fighter says Christy's friend Corey Thomas ambushed him when he entered her home back in August -- and adds ... "Even if I wasn't ambushed they still would have got what they deserved!  In Texas you could have shot them both and got off with that 'passion crime' s**t."

He's no lawyer -- fact is you can commit a crime of passion in any state, and it's not a free-pass to go killing people.

War Machine's facing 32 counts ... including attempted murder, battery, kidnapping, and sexual assault.

In the letter, he says he plans to sell "#FREEWAR" gear to pay his legal bills.

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Fallon Fox

CALLS OUT RONDA

Shut Up & Fight Me Already!

9/19/2014 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0920-fallon-fox-facebook-01Transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox is firing back at UFC champ Ronda Rousey -- telling her to cut out the excuses about "bone structure" ... and FIGHT HER ALREADY!!!

Fox -- who was born a man -- is clearly upset with Rousey for saying it's "unfair" for Fallon to fight against naturally born women because she has a biological advantage. 

FYI -- Fox beat her last female opponent so badly, the challenger suffered a broken orbital bone, needed 7 staples in her head and may have had a concussion. 

But Fox says Rousey's argument is BS ... saying, "I really wish Ronda would stop with the ridiculous bone structure arguments. That was so last year."

She added, "[Rousey] should tell her boss to put me in that octagon over there at UFC."

In her statement, which she posted on Facebook, Fox continues ... "I'm quite sure that there are quite a few female MMA fighters who have guts to fight another skilled woman without peeing their panties and saying 'No, I wouldn't fight her!'"

"I think they may be a little more mentally tough and say, 'I'll fight a trans woman, just like I'll fight a lesbian woman or a black woman Etc.'"

Fox says certain fighters use the "bone density" argument to "possibly save face" if they lose to her in the ring. 

UFC honcho Dana White addressed the Fox issue back in March -- and said she wasn't UFC-ready (skill-wise) ... but said the bigger decision was up to the athletic commissions.

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