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Floyd Mayweather Here's Why McGregor Could Beat Me ...

5/3/2017 6:27 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Floyd Mayweather is laying out the reasons why Conor McGregor could actually WIN if they ever face off in a boxing ring ... saying the guy has real talent as a stand-up, boxing style fighter.

The boxing legend was out in L.A. on Tuesday for a fancy event at Catch with Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey ... but afterward is when the real fun started.

"Conor McGregor is the 2nd biggest name in MMA," Floyd said (in the past he's called HIMSELF the #1 name in the sport).

"So, I'm not gonna sit right here and knock Conor McGregor. He's gone out there and done what he's had to do. It's obvious he's done something right thus far to get to the point where he's at ."

So, where does Floyd admit Conor has a shot?

"I've been off for a couple years and I'm 40 years old now. So, I'm a lot older and he's still in his 20s and I'm in my 40s now. So that could play a major key, we don't know. And he's a heavy hitter."

Floyd also says he can't ignore the fact Conor's been crushing dudes while fighting standing up -- saying, "Every time he goes out there and defeats fighters, he's standing up. He's in a boxing position and he's beating fighters."

"Does he have a good chance of upsetting Floyd Mayweather? I can't say, but anything can happen in the sport of boxing."

Ex-UFC Champ Frank Mir Screw Doping Ban ... I'll Fight In Japan

4/25/2017 2:42 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir tells TMZ Sports he will probably NOT fight the 2 year ban he just got from the USADA for a banned substance ... and will likely look to fight in another country instead. 

The United States Anti-Doping Agency says Mir failed a drug test following his UFC Fight Night 85 bout with Mark Hunt and hit him with a retroactive 2 year ban that will end in about 11 months. 

But 37-year-old Mir tells TMZ Sports he doesn't wanna wait around -- "I'll keep looking for ways to fight."

Mir says he hasn't entered discussions with another fight company yet but gave a strong hint about where he'll end up -- "I always wanted to fight in Japan."

UFC's Demetrious Johnson I Could Beat NFL Player In Bar Fight

4/24/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Could 5'3", 125 pound Demetrious Johnson beat up a massive NFL linebacker in a real-life bar fight??? 

That's what we asked the UFC flyweight champ ... and he had a pretty good idea how things would go down. 

Here's the deal ... DJ is considered one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time -- but we really wanted to know if things got violent in the real world, does skill trump size and brute strength?? 

Mighty Mouse breaks it down ... and warning: don't screw with this guy. 

UFC's Arianny Celeste Congratulates Ronda Rousey On Engagement

4/22/2017 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Arianny Celeste says she's super happy for Ronda Rousey -- congratulating the UFC legend on her recent engagement to Travis Browne

Remember, Ronda and Arianny clashed during Ronda's fighting days -- but now, it appears it's all water under the bridge.

In fact, the UFC's most famous Octagon girl praised Ronda for paving the way for female fighters in the UFC and called on the fighting organization to do something special for its biggest star. 

See ... what beef? 

UFC's Tyron Woodley Hey, Georges St-Pierre ... Fight Me Already!

4/20/2017 4:50 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tyron Woodley wants big fights -- and he's not afraid to name names ... telling TMZ Sports he wants a piece of Georges St-Pierre if he can't get Conor McGregor.

The UFC welterweight champ co-hosted the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Thursday night on FS1) -- and told us why he's lost respect for the great GSP.

By the way, Woodley is GREAT on the show tonight --  hitting everything from Ronda Rousey's engagement to the fight at the Royals game and even tells us why Vin Diesel "pulled up" on him at the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" premiere this week.

Don't miss it.

Ronda Rousey Engaged to Travis Browne ... We're Getting Married!

4/20/2017 12:52 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ronda Rousey is getting married!!!

The UFC superstar just revealed she's engaged to her UFC fighter boyfriend, Travis Browne -- who she's been dating since 2015.

Browne popped the question with a massive diamond ring -- and said he proposed under a waterfall in New Zealand about a week ago because "it felt like the right place to do it."

Ronda says she hopes the wedding will be soon -- but says she also doesn't know what goes into planning a wedding ... so, she's keeping an open mind about the date.

Congrats!!!

We reached out Dana White who says, "I'm very happy for Ronda and I'm looking forward to the wedding!" 

Cody Garbrandt Wants Demetrious Johnson Fight ... After KO'ing Dillashaw

4/19/2017 3:03 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cody Garbrandt says Demetrious Johnson better ice up ... 'cause he's coming for the UFC legend right after he smashes through T.J. Dillashaw

Cody and TJ are set to square off at UFC 213 in July -- it will be Cody's first fight since winning the UFC bantamweight championship back in December. The two hate each other's guts and are coaching opposite each other on "The Ultimate Fighter 25" which premiers tonight on FS1. 

But after they square off in the Octagon, Cody tells TMZ Sports he wants Mighty Mouse -- and says meeting DJ at the 125 pounds won't be a problem.

And who would be the favorite in that fight? Cody's got some thoughts on that.

Dana White Conor vs. Floyd 'Probably Going to Happen'

4/19/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

How's this for optimism ... Dana White says the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight is now "probably going to happen" ... and he's focused on getting a deal done ASAP.

The UFC honcho was out in NYC when we asked about Conor's next fight -- since Flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson just told us he wants a piece of the Irish superstar. 

That's when White told us his priority is Mayweather vs. McGregor -- "I'm working on that. I'm focused on that. And that's what they both want."

He added, "I gotta start negotiating with Team Mayweather. We'll see how that goes."

We also spoke with White about rising superstar Rose Namajunas -- and he agrees she could be the next Ronda Rousey ... but there's very tough obstacle in her way. 

UFC's Demetrious Johnson I'll Fight Conor McGregor ... And I'm Serious.

4/18/2017 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

UFC superstar Demetrious Johnson says he's dead serious about a fight with Conor McGregor -- explaining that stepping up to The Notorious is his best chance of making a 7-figure payday. 

Johnson just beat up Wilson Reis for his 10th title defense in a row -- but despite his UFC dominance, Demetrious still hasn't gotten that fat million dollar check. 

Long story short, Mighty Mouse knows the road to riches is through Conor ... despite the significant weight difference. 

Demetrious just fought at 125lbs. Conor's last fight was at 155. 

DJ says he can't get all the way up to 155 -- but says he's confident the two sides could work something out ... and says it would be a much easier fight to make than Floyd Mayweather

Fingers crossed!!! 

Rose Namajunas I Can Be the Next Ronda Rousey

4/17/2017 4:07 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

With Ronda Rousey's MMA career seemingly over, there's another rising female fighter who believes she can be the next great UFC superstar ... Rose Namajunas

The 24-year-old face-basher joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1 after her impressive victory over Michelle Waterson this weekend ... and didn't shy away from the Rousey comparison. 

While she's not super into making a career turn into acting, there is one side of Hollywood she'd like to infiltrate ... and she'd be damn good at it too. 

Catch "TMZ Sports" weeknights on FS1. 

Daniel Cormier Put Me On Floyd-Conor Card 'Life-Changing Money'

4/15/2017 12:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Daniel Cormier says he definitely wants in on the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight ... telling TMZ Sports he'd be cool taking 2nd billing in exchange for "life-changing money."

Of course, the fight would be Cormier vs. Jon Jones -- a rematch that would headline any other card. 

Cormier says he hasn't been involved in any talks to appear on the card (probably because the main fight hasn't been made yet) ... but if it comes to fruition, he wants in.

"Any human being that gets part of the Pay-per-view would definitely want to be a part of that," Cormier says, "If you are on a card with Mayweather and McGregor, and me and Jon Jones. It would do ridiculous numbers. You'd get paid."

Regardless if the mega fight happens ... D.C. says there's 1 thing he's gotta do to cap off his career ... beat Jon Jones.

"I've won at every level. Beat some of the best guys in the entire world. And then, once I get through with Jones, I can do whatever I want."

Tyron Woodley Yes, 'Rumble' Johnson Is 100% Done ... I Know His Next Move

4/15/2017 12:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Sorry, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson fans, your hero is NEVER coming back  ... so says UFC Champ Tyron Woodley,who tells TMZ Sports he knows what Rumble's next move is, and it ain't fighting.

We got Tyron out and asked him if he thought Rumble was done for good, or if there was a chance he'd pull a Jay Z, Michael Jordan type deal and change his mind.

NOPE ... not according to Tyron, who says Rumble's mind had moved on from the UFC even BEFORE the fight, and hints he knows what Johnson's gonna do next.

Daniel Cormier Snoop Hates Me? THAT SUCKS SO BAD!

4/12/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Daniel Cormier says he was SUPER BUMMED when he heard Snoop trashing him on social media ... but says he'll win the Dogfather over after he beats Jon Jones' ass!

Here's the deal ... D.C. loves Snoop. Loves all his music. So, you can imagine how crushing it was to hear someone you respect attack you the way Snoop did. 

In case you missed it, Snoop said Jones is gonna "kick [his] mother f**king ass" when they square off in their long-awaited rematch. 

So how did the light heavyweight champ feel about it? "It sucks sooooo bad!" 

Cormier says he's confident things will change after the fight ... and says he's got another huge rap superstar in his corner.

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