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MMA Star Josh Neer

Case Closed in Gym Beatdown

'No Rules Were Broken'

2/26/2015 9:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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MMA fighter Josh Neer's gym beatdown was NOT a violation of Iowa Athletic Commission rules ... and therefore he will not be disciplined for his role in the fight ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported ... the IAC launched an investigation into Neer (who's 36-14 in pro fights) to see if he broke any Commission rules when he decided to fight Patrick Martin earlier this week. 

But according to IAC honcho Joe Walsh ... Neer is clean -- telling TMZ Sports, "We've determined that we don't have anything in our rules that covers incidents that take place in a gym."

Walsh adds, "Because of that, there will be no further investigation.  We've closed the case."

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Ronda Rousey

Must Win UFC 184

... So I Can Afford Mayweather Tickets!

2/26/2015 7:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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UFC pain machine Ronda Rousey says she has EXTRA motivation to beat the living crap out of her opponent at UFC 184 this weekend ... she needs the prize money to pay for tickets to Mayweather vs. Pacquaio!! 

The baddest woman in the history of MMA was training her ass off in L.A. yesterday ... while the DJ pumped salsa music through the gym ... and looked extra ferocious as she gears up for Cat Zingano

But when we asked about a rivalry between boxing and MMA ... Ronda called BS -- saying ALL combat fighters have a respect for each other ... and that's why she's pumped for the big fight in May. 

So, who's she's rooting for? Check out the clip. 

Josh Neer's Opponent

'Beatdown Video Is BS'

He Attacked Me After The Bell!

2/25/2015 9:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The man who got his ass kicked by MMA star Josh Neer is demanding a REMATCH ... telling TMZ Sports Neer took him down with a cheap shot ... AFTER the bell. 

We spoke with Patrick Martin -- a 6'6", 240 lb. amateur fighter from Iowa -- who claims he held his own against Neer for an entire round ... which pissed Neer off. 

"We went for 3 minutes. The bell sounded, and I turned around," Martin says ... "Then he shot and speared me and took me to the mat. It was a cheap shot. He was frustrated at how the round went."

Martin believes Neer's camp has the video to back up his claim -- and wants them to release it ... in addition to the 14 second clip that went viral earlier this week. 

022415_josh_neer_launch_v2Patrick also says he's NOT a heckler -- claiming Josh is the one who actually started the war of words that led to the fight. 

"It started because Josh was being a tough guy, disrespecting me. That's when I went on the Facebook frenzy, and asked him to fight."

So, what happens next? Neer says he wants to settle the beef the old fashioned way -- in the ring. 

"Why wouldn't I want to fight him again? I can take Josh. He's not a tactical fighter. I could go 3 rounds and easily beat him."

MMA Star Josh Neer

Gym Fight Under Investigation

... Says Iowa Athletic Commission

2/24/2015 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The Iowa Athletic Commission has launched an investigation into the violent gym fight between pro MMA fighter Josh Neer and a social media heckler ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported, Neer -- who's had 51 pro fights -- invited the heckler over to his gym for a "full contact" fight earlier this week. The heckler accepted and Josh beat his ass. 

Footage of the fight went viral ... and officials at the state's athletic commission were among those who viewed the footage. 

022415_josh_neer_launch_v2TMZ Sports spoke with IAC Executive Director Joe Walsh (not THAT Joe Walsh)  who tells us his team is actively looking into the incident. 

"We are aware of the situation. I have our legal team taking a thorough look at our rules. We're checking to see if we have anything on the books that covers this."

Walsh says the commission doesn't usually have regulatory authority outside of the ring or octagon ... telling us they generally oversee "events, not what occurs in gyms."

Still, Walsh says, "We do have certain standards that our athletes must meet."

As for Neer, he's adamant he did nothing wrong.  

MMA Fighter Josh Neer

Beats Up Heckler At Iowa Gym

... Records It

2/24/2015 6:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

022415_josh_neer_launch_v2MMA fighter Josh Neer -- who's competed for UFC and Bellator -- obliterated a local heckler at an Iowa gym ... dishing out ferocious head strikes ... and recorded the whole thing on video. 

According to the 31-year-old fighter ... a heckler named Patrick Martin had been "talking s**t about MMA fighters for a month" via text messages ... so Neer called him out on it. 

"I usually ignore him ... but this time I said, 'If you really want to fight come to the gym Monday at 5:30.'"

Among the harassing texts ... Martin wrote, "Lol you are a f**king joke! You will respect me though! And I hope we can be friends afterwards!"

The heckler -- who Josh says is 6'6" and 270 lbs -- accepted the offer to fight on Monday ... and as you can see on the video ... he proceeded to get his ass kicked. 

After the beat down, Neer went to social media and wrote a message directed at Martin -- "Hopefully he can learn a lesson and humble himself."

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. 

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