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MMA Fighter Sergio Da Silva Arrested for Robbing Bank

8/31/2017 3:45 PM PDT

MMA fighter Sergio Da Silva -- who fought at "Bellator 180: Sonnen vs. Silva" in June -- was arrested Thursday for allegedly robbing a bank in Queens, NY ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the 31-year-old is accused of single-handedly busting into a Citibank in Queens on August 24th and making off with thousands of dollars in cash. 

One source tells us the loot is estimated at around $50,000. 

We're told cops believe it was Da Silva who put on a ski mask and jumped over a glass counter in the teller area during the incident. He allegedly claimed to have had a gun and said he would shoot people. 

We're told cops were able to identify Da Silva by his fingerprints at the scene -- and tracked him down and arrested him Thursday morning. He lives right around the corner from the bank (same street). 

Da Silva is 6-9 as a pro fighter -- and has fought some pretty tough dudes including Aljamain Sterling and Matt Rizzo

Conor McGregor Congrats to Floyd 'You're a Solid Fighter'

8/31/2017 5:58 AM PDT
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Conor McGregor is toasting whiskey to Floyd Mayweather -- saying he's a solid fighter who won their match "hands down."

Conor also says he thinks Floyd could hold his own in an MMA cage. 

It's all part of a long statement Conor issued on the fight on Wednesday night, which also explained why he ran out of gas in the 10th round.

"Getting to 12 rounds alone in practice was always the challenge in this camp," Conor admitted.

"We started slowly getting to the 12 and decreasing the stress in the rounds the closer it got to 12. I think for the time we had, 10 weeks in camp, it had to be done this way."

"If I began with a loaded 12 rounds under much stress I would have only hit a brick wall and lost progress as a result and potentially not made the fight. A little more time and we could have made the 12 cleanly, while under more stress, and made it thru the later rounds in the actual fight."

As for Floyd's fighting skills, Conor says he has a new respect for The Best Ever. 

"Congrats to Floyd on a well fought match. Very experienced and methodical in his work."

"His experience, his patience and his endurance won him this fight hands down. I always told him he was not a fighter but a boxer. But sharing the ring with him he is certainly a solid fighter."

"Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position. He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure."

"Here is a toast of whiskey to everyone involved in this event and everyone who enjoyed it!"

Andre Berto I'm Serious About Joining UFC 'Tell Dana to Call Me'

8/29/2017 12:45 AM PDT

Andre Berto says he wants to cross over from boxing to the UFC ... and he's 100% serious about it.

TMZ Sports spoke with Berto about Conor's return to the Octagon after losing to Floyd Mayweather ... and A.B. says he's gunning to follow his buddy back to MMA.

"Tell Dana (White) to call me. I'll go to the UFC. I wanna be the first fighter ever to be a world champion in boxing and then go get a world title."

Berto says his whole family has been involved in the MMA world for years ... so it's not as much of a stretch as you'd think.

Demi Lovato Gets Badass New Belt ... In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

8/28/2017 11:33 AM PDT

Demi Lovato is becoming a much more dangerous person -- she just earned her blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ... after training her ass off for the past year.

The blue belt is one level above white belt -- and 3 levels away from being a black belt.

The singer was awarded her new rank Monday at Jay Glazer's Unbreakable Gym in L.A. -- where she's spent the past 12 months grappling with MMA superstars like Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture.

Glazer -- who owns the gym -- flew back to town specifically to present Lovato with the new belt and tweeted, "I'm more proud of the work [Demi] puts in with nobody watching than i am what she does with the world watching."

"Congrats on achieving your blue belt today in #bjj, YOU put the grind in!"

Most blue belts usually train for about 2 years before moving up to the next level, purple belt.

It's been a helluva past few days for Demi -- from belting out the national anthem for the Mayweather/McGregor fight to performing for the VMAs ... and now this.

With great power ...

Tyron Woodley So, Me & GSP Walk into a Gym ... Here's What Went Down

8/28/2017 12:45 AM PDT

Ever wonder what happens when UFC champions randomly bump into the guys they've been calling out?

That's exactly what happened to Tyron Woodley on his recent trip to Vegas ... when a visit to Freddie Roach's boxing gym turned into a random meeting with Georges St-Pierre!

You know -- the same Georges St-Pierre that T-Wood said is "scared" to fight him.

Our photog figured Tyron and GSP would've thrown hands ... but Tyron told us they were too busy breaking down Georges' upcoming fight with Michael Bisping

Woodley's a UFC analyst on FS1 -- and GSP's a crazy nice dude (even for a Canadian) -- so we're not too surprised that's how it went down. 

That said, Tyron's still gunning for the winner of that scrap ... unless Conor McGregor wants a piece.

Buster Douglas Conor Beating Floyd Bigger Upset Than Me Over Tyson

8/26/2017 12:58 AM PDT

Conor McGregor beating Floyd Mayweather would be the biggest upset EVER ... this according to the man responsible for the most shocking upset in boxing history.

We talked to Buster Douglas with MayMac about to go down ... and he told us that Conor taking out Floyd would be waaay crazier than him KO'ing Mike Tyson back in 1990.

"I think his odds are a lot more tougher than mine," Buster told TMZ Sports.

"Conor is no boxer ... he has no boxing skills."

Buster says Conor's only shot is hitting Floyd with a "Hail Mary punch" -- but he expects Floyd to flat-out dominate. 

FYI, Douglas was a 42-to-1 underdog when he knocked Tyson out. 

Right now, Conor's about a 4-to-1 dog ... but over 90 PERCENT of bets are being put on him to upset.

Dana White Blasts Oscar De La Hoya ... 'You're Full Of Sh*t'

8/26/2017 12:55 AM PDT

Welcome to the Roast of Oscar De La Hoya ... hosted by Dana White!!

The UFC honcho is tearing Oscar a new one over comments DLH made this week on the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1.

Long story short ... Oscar tried to downplay his interest in a possible Conor vs. Canelo Alvarez match -- and Dana White wasn't having it. At all. 

"He's WAYYYY down with that," Dana said ... "Don't feed into his bullsh*t."

And that's when White just began to unload on Oscar ... saying he used to be cool with the boxing legend until he began to publicly trash the Mayweather fight. Dana basically says the guy is two-faced. 

What ensues is an expletive-filled rant about the Golden Boy ... and it's pretty hilarious -- unless you're Oscar.

Tyron Woodley Jon Jones Ain't Even Close to Done ... Here's Why

8/25/2017 8:55 AM PDT

Tyron Woodley ain't convinced Jon Jones took steroids ... but if he did and has to sit out 4 YEARS, Tyron says Jon would still come back and DOMINATE.

That's right -- Woodley told us Jones is such a boss, he could reclaim his belt even if he's benched through his prime. 

"Jon Jones is the only fighter on the roster that it wouldn't be over for him. He's 3 or 4 years ahead of the curb right now, for the (205 pound) division."

"After Daniel Cormier, tell me one fighter who's gonna compete with Jon Jones."

FYI, Dana White estimates Jones will get suspended for his test failure ... but JJ could serve less time (or no time) based on how his appeal goes.

Mayweather vs. McGregor Last Call for Private Jets!!!

8/25/2017 1:00 AM PDT

Mayweather/McGregor celeb fans are gonna be screwed out of prime Strip parking if they swoop in last minute ... because Vegas doesn't want the private jet s**t show that went down for Mayweather's last fight of the century.

You'll recall the famous pics of McCarran International Airport tarmacs choked with PJs in 2015 for Mayweather/Pacquiao. That traffic jam taught 'em a lesson. Airport sources tell TMZ, McCarran's implemented a reservation system.

The bad news for latecomers ... the lot's just about full. We're told McCarran is capping the number of birds allowed to park this weekend. Last minute arrivals will still be allowed to land, but will have to bolt after dropping off celebs.

That means anyone looking to flee at a moment's notice will be screwed. Ya can't call 'em to fuel up the jet, if the jet ain't even there. There is a plan B ... reserve parking at one of 2 nearby municipal airports.

Of course, they'd lose the joy of taxiing a G5 past Southwest jets packed with normies, and also would NOT be Strip adjacent -- but even filthy rich beggars can't be choosers.

Mayweather vs. McGregor Mexican Viewers Save Mucho Dinero

8/24/2017 2:58 PM PDT

Don't wanna pay for the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight? Get outta the country.


A rep for the World Boxing Council tells TMZ Sports the entire country of Mexico will be able to watch Conor and Floyd duke it out fo' free Saturday ... 'cause 2 major TV networks have shelled out a ton of cash to show the fight on open TV.

We're told Televisa and Azteca will both air the fight so viewers won't have to cough up the $100 for Pay-Per-View -- but there's a bit of a catch.

The fight won't air live, so fans will have to wait a couple hours to see it.

But nothing beats free, right?

Conor McGregor Confronted By Paulie Malignaggi 'Bring Your Balls, Conor'

8/22/2017 3:08 PM PDT
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Things got real heated between Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi at a fight media event in Vegas moments ago -- with Paulie getting right in Conor's face, teasing him about his balls.

Paulie kept repeating to Conor, "Did you bring your balls?"

Conor reached out and put his hand on Paulie's shoulder and said, "You got your ass whooped. Get over it."

Paulie is furious with Conor for releasing a sparring video from his training camp which showed him knocking Paulie down in the ring.

Paulie claims the video was edited to make him look bad. Conor's camp says that's BS.

Paulie will be part of the Showtime announcing team working the Mayweather fight -- but Showtime says it's not worried about slanted coverage.

Demi Lovato Tapped for National Anthem ... For Conor, Floyd Fight

8/22/2017 9:09 AM PDT
Breaking News

Demi Lovato has signed on to sing the national anthem at the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight on August 26 ... Showtime has confirmed.

Lovato is a HUUUUGE fight fan. She's not only a regular at UFC fights, but also trains MMA at Jay Glazer's gym in Los Angeles.

She also just released her new single, "Sorry Not Sorry," last month -- so the timing is great for her.

Also, Diddy and Mark Wahlberg are making a $200k bet on the fight (doubling down on their Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight bet).

Diddy has Floyd. Mark has Conor. Mark lost the first bet and paid the money to charity. Guessing it's the same plan for this fight.

Paige VanZant Rips Bloody Gash In Foot

8/10/2017 6:01 AM PDT
Breaking News

WARNING: This is pretty gnarly. And bloody. 

UFC star Paige VanZant tore a massive bloody hole in her foot -- and the photo is pretty graphic. 

23-year-old VanZant didn't say how it happened ... but with rumors she could return to the Octagon at UFC 216, it's likely she opened the gash during a training session. 

Pretty gross ... but this kinda stuff happens. 

UFC 216 is scheduled for Oct. 7 -- and reports say PVZ will likely fight Jessica Eye

If her foot heals ... 

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