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Dominick Cruz Here's The Thing ... Cody Garbrandt Is Dumb As Hell

12/25/2016 12:15 AM PST

The barrage of smack talk between UFC fighters Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz continues ... with Cruz telling TMZ Sports the only thing emptier than Cody's threats are his head ... 'cause he's dumb.

These two are scheduled to meet up at UFC 207 December 30th ... and have been destroying each other in the media, with the most recent shot coming from Garbrandt about Cruz's new beard.

Well, Cruz checked in with the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show ...  and UNLOADED on Cody ... saying his insults are coming from a very small place ... his brain.

Be sure to watch "TMZ Sports" weeknights on FS1.

Dana White Blasts Mayweather Conor Would Kill Your Tiny, Fragile Ass

12/23/2016 12:50 AM PST

Dana White just sent a violent warning to Floyd Mayweather -- Conor McGregor will "kick [your] head into another planet and then he'll murder every one of [your] security guards."

The UFC champ just responded to Floyd's threat to "slap the s**t out of McGregor" when he sees him ... and it's clear Dana thinks Mayweather has a death wish.

Dana tears Floyd a new one ... calling him a delusional shrimp with peanut brittle hands (because they're so fragile) and says when it comes down to it, he doesn't have the stones to slap Conor.

It's great.

There's more ... we also asked Dana about UFC minority owner Mark Wahlberg offering to give some of his UFC shares to Conor.

Dana's not opposed to it -- and actually invited McGregor to purchase some shares if he's serious about it.

Amanda Nunes Ronda Rousey Blocked Me On Instagram!

12/22/2016 11:53 AM PST

Now this means war!!! 

Amanda Nunes says Ronda Rousey UNFOLLOWED her on Instagram -- and made it so Amanda can't see what's going on her social media page ... which means she was BLOCKED!!!

The UFC women's champ is in L.A. to promote her big fight at UFC 207 on Dec. 30th -- when we asked if she's seen the buffed-out pics Ronda's been posting on Instagram lately. 

That's when Nunes told us Ronda unfollowed her recently -- and explained that in addition to that ... she can't see anything on Ronda's page! 


But is Amanda bothered by the cyber diss? Hell no. 

A photo posted by rondarousey (@rondarousey) on 

UFC's Mickey Gall I'll Tear Sage Northcutt Apart!! Like The Apple Challenge

12/17/2016 12:35 AM PST

It's a fight between two pretty boys ... and Mickey Gall says he's got the edge over his opponent, Sage Northcutt, in both looks AND talent.

Gall and Northcutt will face off at UFC on FOX 22 on Saturday ... and when we got Mickey out in NYC he joked that he's gonna get revenge for all fruit affected by Sage's "Apple Challenge."

I want to see who can Rip some Apples! #SuperSage

A video posted by Sage Northcutt (@supersagenorthcutt) on

Gall also gives a prediction for how it's gonna go down in Sactown ... and if it goes the way he says it's going to, we'd suggest anyone watching to refrain from blinking.

Chuck Liddell I'd Be Nervous Betting On Rousey The 'Mental Stuff' is Super Iffy

12/15/2016 6:19 AM PST

Anyone betting on Ronda Rousey to beat Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 should be shakin' in their boots ... so says former UFC star Chuck Liddell.

TMZ Sports got the Iceman at LAX Wednesday and he painted a worrisome pic of Rousey -- who hasn't fought in more than a year.

UFC 207 goes down December 30th in Vegas.

Paige VanZant I'm Down To Fight Ronda Rousey ... If She Does One Thing

12/13/2016 12:45 AM PST

UFC star Paige VanZant says a super fight between her and Ronda Rousey is DEFINITELY a possibility ... as long as Rousey is willing to shed some serious pounds to make it happen.

The two ladies haven't exactly been cool with each other ... being locked in a yearlong feud that started when Ronda got pissed that Paige congratulated Holly Holm on kicking Rousey's ass.

Seems like that beef has cooled off lately ... but when we got Paige out in L.A. Monday she said she's definitely down to feud with Ronda in the Octagon ... as long as it's at a fair weight.

FYI -- Paige fights at 115, Ronda fights at 135 ... according to VanZant, the magic number here is in the middle ... at 125.

It's not an impossible scenario. Rousey has a massive fight coming up against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 ... but if she gets past that test, a fight with Paige -- one of the biggest names in the sport -- could be huge.

You hear that, Dana? It's the sound of MONEY.

Conor McGregor See These Belts? YOU'LL NEVER TAKE THEM FROM ME!

12/5/2016 7:42 AM PST

Conor McGregor wants everyone to know he still has BOTH of his UFC championship belts -- and ain't NO ONE gonna take 'em! 

The problem ... obviously ... is that the UFC has said Conor relinquished his featherweight championship last weekend because he can only defend 1 title at a time. He's keeping his lightweight title. 

But Conor sees it differently -- he believes the "title" belongs to whoever physically holds the championship belts ... and as long as he has both belts in his possession, he still considers himself the "champ champ."

In fact, he took his belts on a private jet flight Monday morning. 

As for the UFC, they have since promoted Jose Aldo to be the official featherweight champion. 

UFC Star Khabib Nurmagomedov I Don't Fight Bears Anymore ... IT'S LIONS NOW

11/28/2016 12:45 AM PST

Rising UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov is FREAKING INSANE!!!!

Don't believe us? Listen to the man himself casually describe to TMZ Sports how he SPARS WITH LIONS as part of his training.

You heard us ... lions, like Simba and Mufasa except real and not animated ... meaning totally capable of ripping your face off at any minute.

He's conquered the wild before ... there's actually video of him wrestling with bears as a child ... but good news for all you Smokey's and Yogi's out there, KN says he's moved on to lions permanently.

If he's being serious (he can't be, right?) ... the rest of the UFC is in serious, serious trouble.

UFC's Mickey Gall I Respect CM Punk But He Shouldn't Fight UFC

11/27/2016 12:25 AM PST

If CM Punk wants to fight again ... he should take his talents somewhere OTHER than the UFC ... so says the man who beat his ass, Mickey Gall

Gall is gearing up for his big showdown with Sage Northcutt at UFC on FOX 22 in December ... a fight he asked for after defeating CM Punk at UFC 203. 

Couple things ... 

1) Gall fires back at Sage's training partner, Tyron Woodley, who said Mickey bit off more than he can chew.

2) He delivers some health advice to CM Punk, who recently said he wants a 2nd fight in the UFC -- don't do it. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov I Wanna Torture Conor McGregor 'I'm No Eddie Alvarez, Tyron Woodley'

11/24/2016 12:55 AM PST

UFC rising superstar Khabib Nurmagomedov says he wants to HUMILIATE Conor McGregor -- and vows to "finish his hype" forever if Dana White gives him the chance. 

TMZ Sports spoke to the fighter (who's currently in Russia!) and he explained the fight isn't about the money because "I have a lot of money."

Khabib says Conor simply rubs him the wrong way -- and he wants to punish the Irish superstar ... badly.

"I want to take him down, speak with him, slap him, make him nervous ... like, 'Hey, get up! Let's go! Where is your boxing?' ... play with him and make him give up. This is what I want."

"But I don't want to finish him 1st round, 2nd round, 3rd round ... I want to fight with him for 25 minutes like 5 rounds and I want to make him look very bad. And finish his hype."

Khabib also describes a backstage confrontation with Conor at UFC 205 -- and says he's no Eddie Alvarez or Tyron Woodley ... and would've destroyed CM on the spot if he hadn't retreated. 

There's more ... Khabib also explains why he no longer gets into street fights (spoiler: it's because he's afraid he might kill someone). 

Good luck with that, Conor ...

Andre Ward I Sparred With The Diaz Brothers ... Dudes Can Box With Anyone

11/19/2016 12:35 AM PST

Andre Ward has a great big NOT SO FAST for anyone who thinks UFC guys can't hang with pro boxers ... saying he actually sparred with Nick and Nate Diaz, and the dudes can throw hands ... FOR REAL.

Ward's in Vegas getting ready for his PPV throwdown with Sergey Kovalev on Saturday and took a little time to talk to TMZ Sports before the two lock horns.

Of course, we asked him who he'd pick in a mega-fight between Conor and Floyd ... and while he made it clear Floyd has the edge in a boxing ring, he told us he knows FIRSTHAND how hard UFC guys can hit.

"I spar with Nick and Nate Diaz ... those boys know what they're doing, they can throw their hands."

Get this ... Ward also says he'd like to see a truce in the whole MMA vs boxing war.

We're all for that ... AFTER Conor and Floyd bash each other's faces in.

Chael Sonnen I Got Jon Jones Fighting Again ... And He Might Lose

11/19/2016 12:25 AM PST

Chael Sonnen just gave Jon Jones fans a classic good news/bad news situation ...

Good news? Jones is returning to the mat as part of Chael's Submission Underground event next month ... an all-grappling combat contest Jones is actually allowed to compete in, despite his yearlong drug suspension.

Bad news? Jon is up against his old UFC foe -- and former Olympic wrestler -- Dan Henderson ... during a bout on which according to Sonnen could mean Jones seriously gets embarrassed in the all-grappling format.

You gotta listen to Sonnen break it down ... especially the way in which he explains how Jon is able to mix it up in the event despite his suspension ... which we're sure Dana White will be thrilled about.

Kimbo Slice's Son My Opponents Can't Hurt Me 'Cause I Fought Kimbo Himself

11/18/2016 10:58 AM PST

Beware, Bellator fighters ... Kevin "Baby Slice" Ferguson says you guys have NO HOPE of hurting him in the ring ... 'cause he's taken more punishment than you can dish out ... from his father, Kimbo Slice.

Ferguson is set to make his long-awaited debut at Bellator 165 this Saturday against Aaron Hamilton ... and told TMZ Sports there's a reason why he's not at all nervous about his first big fight.

"I used to spar with my dad all the time ... he used to sit me down with body shots."

BTW -- Kimbo Slice was 245 pounds, Baby Slice weighs in at 170 ... so yeah, brutal.

Ferguson goes on to say he used to have some jitters about getting it on ... but thinking about how he rumbled with his dad actually calms his nerves.

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