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David Spade

Rousey in the WWE ...


5/21/2015 1:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

David Spade thinks Ronda Rousey should say buh-bye to all WWE action for the sake of her career -- but he's got a theory about why she keeps pushing to be a pro wrestler.

Spade -- who's a big fan of the UFC and Ronda -- was out in L.A. when he told us what he thought about Ronda saying she's down to be the next big thing in turnbuckle tussling.

FYI -- the WWE has a long history of having MASSIVE stars from the combat fighting world throw down with them, including Floyd Mayweather Jr., Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali himself.

David says Ronda would be taking a "backwards" move if she followed in those footsteps. As for why she wants to do it -- he thinks it has a lot to do with how much ass she's kicking in the Octagon.

Spade also says double R's hot, so ... nothing to argue there.

Tito Ortiz & Rampage Jackson

Admit Defeat

in Trash Talking Lawsuit

5/21/2015 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson have tapped out ... settling a lawsuit with a former trainer over some remarks Tito made a few years back ... and we're told the trainer got a little cash for his troubles.

As TMZ Sports first reported, Juanito Ibarra sued Ortiz back in 2009 after Ortiz and Rampage gave interviews saying Ibarra was a "thief." 

The lawsuit dragged on for years ... until now. The sides have come to a settlement, which we're told calls for Ibarra to get some money from the deal. 

In announcing the settlement, Ortiz said in a statement, "Juanito didn’t steal from or take advantage of Rampage and he didn’t mismanage Rampage’s money it was all accounted for. I regret the effect my words had on Juanito’s life. Juanito is a trainer and manager of superior skills and the fact is, he helped to make Rampage a champion. Anyone would be blessed to be taught by Juanito." 

Through his attorney, Samuel Smith, Ibarra released a statement as well, saying, "I'm glad our differences have been resolved. I wish Rampage and Tito the best."

UFC's Anthony Pettis

I May Have Busted Elbow

But I'm Still Fighting Wrinkles!

5/19/2015 4:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0519-anthony-pettis-cast-TMZSPORTS-02He just had surgery to repair his busted elbow last week, but UFC badass Anthony Pettis refused to let some stupid cast stop him from doing what he loves ... FIGHTING WRINKLES!! 

Turns out, Pettis is a partner in a skin care company called Seacret -- which sells products infused with Dead Sea minerals that "help reduce fine lines and other imperfections on your face."

And Anthony is so passionate about the stuff, he hit up a seminar in Phoenix, AZ to promote the line ... just one week after reportedly having surgery to fix a torn muscle and ligaments in his right elbow. 

One person who was at the seminar tells us ... Pettis told the group he vows to come back stronger than ever and battle his way back to the top of the fight game. 

At the very least ... his skin will probably look good. 


UFC's Daniel Cormier

I've Got a Date with Mariah

... After UFC 187 Fight

5/19/2015 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ronda Rousey eats chicken wings. Boxer Danny Garcia immediately has sex. But Daniel Cormier says he has a different post-fight ritual planned for UFC 187 ... he's going to Mariah!!! 

Since the UFC star is set to take on Rumble Johnson in Vegas this weekend ... Cormier says he plans on taking in a local show the night after the fight -- and he picked Mariah over Britney and Celine!

But Cormier says he's not usually a "Diva" kind of guy -- admitting he's OBSESSED with Boyz II Men ... and has basically become a regular at their shows!!! 

Cormier's not joking ... he's a bona fide B2M'er ... and he's damn proud of it. 

Check out the clip. 

UFC's Anderson Silva

Jon Jones Shouldn't Return

'He Needs to Change His Life'

5/18/2015 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UFC superstar Anderson Silva tells TMZ Sports ... Jon Jones should NOT return to the Octagon ... instead, saying Bones needs to focus on fixing his life outside the ring.

The Spider explained that he LOVES Jones (the two have been friends for years) but says he has a message for the embattled fighter -- "You need to change everything in your life."

It's been a rough year for Jon ... he's been suspended by the UFC indefinitely after being charged with felony hit and run ... just months after testing positive for cocaine

Meantime, Silva is also currently suspended .... after testing positive for PEDs before his UFC 183 victory over Nick Diaz. 

But Anderson says he is already putting together some post-fight career plans ... plans that could have him working with Sylvester Stallone


Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson

Jon Jones Will Return

And I'll Beat His Ass When He Does!!

5/17/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UFC stud Anthony "Rumble" Johnson says he was "disappointed" when Jon Jones got himself axed from their scheduled fight ... but says he wants the first crack at JJ when he's finally reinstated. 

Of course, Jones was yanked from UFC 187 and suspended indefinitely in the wake of his felony hit and run arrest in New Mexico. Rumble will fight Daniel Cormier in his place on May 23rd. 

So, how does Rumble feel about the situation? "I'm excited ... I still get to fight somebody and I'm still getting paid."

As for Jones, Rumble says he fully expects Jones to return to the UFC -- and wants to be his FIRST OPPONENT when Dana White gives JJ the green light to get back into the octagon. 

Johnson says he expects Jones to be bigger, faster, stronger and better than ever when he comes back -- "He'll definitely be motivated to come back and try and destroy everybody."

Meantime, Johnson says he's focused on Cormier ... telling TMZ Sports taking on D.C. will be a tougher fight than Jones anyway -- since he's hungry for a second shot at the title. 

UFC's Corey Hill

Wife Confirms Death

... After Devastating Illness

5/15/2015 3:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0515-corey-hill-FACEBOOK-01Former UFC fighter Corey Hill passed away Friday ... after he was hospitalized for a devastating illness, his wife tells TMZ Sports

Hill had been sick for days ... and family members and close friends were told he passed away on Thursday. 

But Lauran Hill says he was still battling ... until Friday afternoon, when he was pronounced dead. 

"Corey was a loving husband and devoted father," Hill says ... "He was such a strong role model for our children, and would do anything to keep them safe and happy and healthy."

"[He was] a fighter til the end."

Hill was 36.

Corey made his UFC debut in 2008 after appearing on "The Ultimate Fighter 5" ... and was most notably remembered for snapping his right leg in a gruesome injury suffered during a televised fight. 

But he bounced back from the injury ... and continued to fight -- most recently competing in an MMA event in February.  

Corey Hill's Wife

My Husband's Not Dead

... Please Pray For Him

5/14/2015 4:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0514-corey-hill-twitter-01The wife of former UFC fighter Corey Hill tells TMZ Sports ... her husband is still alive and fighting for his life ... despite statements from family, friends and the UFC saying he passed away this morning. 

Hill's close friends and family members had told the media earlier today that Hill died after a bout with pneumonia. 

But Lauran Hill says Corey is "resting and still alive" and they're praying he makes a full recovery. 

"My husband is a strong fighter. Please everyone pray for him."

Lauran wouldn't comment on statements made earlier by Hill's close friends and other family members.

Ronda Rousey

Chicken Wing Erotica

... There's a Sexy Way to Scarf

5/12/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Forget oysters ... did you know CHICKEN WINGS could also serve as an aphrodisiac?!??

Well, according to UFC superstar Ronda Rousey ... it's all about HOW you stuff 'em in your mouth. 

As you may know, Rousey is a bit of a wing-aholic ... she eats plate loads of the stuff after every one of her fights.

So, when our photog Adam told her he finds female wing eaters super hot, Rousey took it even further ... giving a step-by-step guide on the sexiest way a person can take down poultry parts. 

It's hot ... and it ain't just the buffalo sauce talkin'.  

Travis Barker

Hittin' Skins

With UFC's Arianny Celeste

5/5/2015 11:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Travis Barker has decided to enter the UFC ... sorta ... 'cause he's dating the league's most famous ring girl, Arianny Celeste

Sources close to the couple tell us ... the two have been dating for several months. We're told they met at one of Travis' concerts and the sparks flew from there.  

Ever since, we're told they've been "inseparable" ... and Travis is telling friends he thinks she could be "the one." 

In fact, Travis recently introduced Arianny to his kids -- which is a pretty HUGE step.




UFC's Paige VanZant

I Was a Child Star

In Cheesy Mop Ad!

5/1/2015 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Before UFC stud Paige VanZant mopped the floor with the competition ... she mopped the floor with actual mops -- for her role in a cheesy TV commercial. 

TMZ Sports spoke with the undefeated UFC phenom ... who revealed she was a child actor back in the day -- and actually scored a lead role for a Bissell steam mop ad.

Good news ... we found the commercial! 

By the way, Paige says she'd love to do even MORE commercials in the future -- so we had to ask, are you worried about damaging your face in the Octagon? Her answer is awesome. 

Jon Jones


4/29/2015 6:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jon Jones is OUT at Reebok -- with reps for the sports apparel company telling us they're 86'ing the UFC star over his recent arrest in New Mexico.

A rep for Reebok tells TMZ Sports ... 'In light of recent events, we have made the decision to terminate our contract with Jon Jones, effective immediately.'

Jones has been with Reebok since December -- when the company signed both Jon and Ronda Rousey to big sponsorship deals. 

The news comes in the wake of the UFC suspending Jones indefinitely and stripping him of his title after he was arrested for felony hit and run in Albuquerque. 

Jon Jones


... Jones Apologizes

4/28/2015 7:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar8:55 PM PT -- Jones has just been suspended indefinitely by the UFC -- which has also decided to strip Jones of the light heavyweight title due the felony charge he's facing in New Mexico..

The UFC issued a statement saying, "As a result of the charge and other violations of the Athlete Code of Conduct Policy, the organization believes it is best to allow Jones time to focus on his pending legal matters."

"While there is disappointment in the recent charges, the organization remains supportive of Jones as he works through the legal process."

Jones is now officially OUT of UFC 187 -- and Rumble Johnson will now fight Daniel Cormier instead of Jon Jones on May 23rd. 

update-grey-gray-barJon Jones has finally broken his silence about his arrest in New Mexico -- seemingly admitting to the hit and run crash ... and apologizing to everyone he's let down. 

The UFC star went to Twitter moments ago and wrote, "Got a lot of soul searching to do. Sorry to everyone I've let down."

It's the first time Jones has spoken publicly since allegedly running a red light and smashing into another car in Albuquerque on Sunday. The victim, a pregnant woman, was hospitalized for a broken arm. Cops say they found weed in Jon's car.

Jones -- who allegedly ran from the scene -- was arrested and charged with felony hit and run.

So far, the UFC has not said whether or not Jones will fight in UFC 187 next month -- but it's highly unlikely he'll stay on the fight card at this point.

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