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Conor McGregor

New Tiger Tat

... On Me Belly Button

4/14/2015 2:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0414-conor-mcgregor-twitterHow do you feel about belly button tattoos on guys? 

UFC star Conor McGregor is clearly a fan ... and inked a giant tiger head around his innie while hanging out in L.A. this week. 

Unclear why Conor chose the tiger ... but he's clearly proud of it. 

In fact, he tweeted, "If you see the Tiger it's too late. You're food."

Hobbes would be proud. 

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'Rica Famosa Latina' Stars

Hardcore Jiu-Jitsu Training

... At Famed MMA Gym

4/11/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0408-rica-famosa-latina-hot-girls-karate-TMZSPORTS-01With so much violence on reality TV, the chicks from "Rica Famosa Latina" have decided to get the upper hand -- by training in jiu jitsu at an MMA gym where Ronda Rousey gets down!! 

It's no joke ... after the massive BRAWL at the premiere party last year (video below) Sandra Vidal and Victoria Del Rosal decided it was probably time to learn how to fight. 

So, they hit up the famous Gracie Barra Burbank Monday for some real deal training in grappling ... since most reality show fights end up on the ground anyway. 

FYI -- the gym is owned by ex-UFC fighter Alberto Crane ... and they don't mess around at this place. 

We're told the ladies learned everything from punch defense to rear-naked chokes ... and their trainer Donny says they were "pretty good" for having no formal training. 

Senoritas ... you've been warned. 

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MMA Star Joe Schilling

Ronda Rousey Would Kick My Ass!!

4/9/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Add one more person to the list of people who think UFC Women's champ Ronda Rousey could beat a man ... 'cause fellow fighter Joe Schilling says the pint-size punisher would totally kick HIS ass.

Joe was out in L.A. getting ready for his upcoming scrap at Bellator 136 on Spike-TV Friday when we asked if he thought he could take out Ronda (who's nearly 50 pounds lighter) in a real-life battle of the sexes.

"I think if I fought Ronda Rousey she'd probably Judo throw and submit me at some point."

Schilling says he ain't just spitballin' either ... he says he knows Rousey personally and she's definitely "the real deal."

He also says Rousey is the sexiest fighter in the world ... which could be why that armbar doesn't look so bad to him.

It does to us though ... looks like it hurts.

UFC 189 Presser

Drunk Irish Guy Takes Mic

... Trash Talks Jose Aldo

3/31/2015 3:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Two CLASSIC moments at the UFC 189 media event in Ireland moments ago -- when two fans hijacked the mic and started talking SMACK right to Jose Aldo ... and IT'S HILARIOUS!!!

FYI -- Dana White opened up the event for questions from the media (and only the media) about the fight between Ireland's own Conor McGregor and Aldo set for July. 

That's when some drunk dude took the mic and started spouting off at the mouth ... asking Aldo," Do you know the word spank? 'Cause you're gonna get SPANKED!"

It went on for another minute ... funny stuff. 

Then it gets BETTER -- when some little kid followed suit ... and demanded Aldo hand over the belt now, 'cause Conor's gonna beat his face in. 

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MMA Hero Phoenix Jones

I Chased Down Stabbing Suspect

Disarmed Alleged Bad Guy

3/27/2015 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0327-phoenix-jones-new-haven-police-TMZSPORTS_01Real-life superhero Phoenix Jones claims he's saved the day again ... this time, the MMA fighter says he chased down a stabbing suspect in Connecticut and DISARMED the perp. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... Jones -- a World Series of Fighting mixed martial artist -- real name Ben Fodor -- filled out a statement with the New Haven PD saying he was walking down the street Friday when, "I saw a man being chased who was bleeding from his face."

Fodor -- who made headlines as a real-life crime-fighter in Seattle -- says he put on his bulletproof vest and confronted a man he believed to be the "stabbing suspect."

Jones says the man then displayed a hunting knife ... so he proceeded to disarm the alleged bad guy. Once he believed the threat was neutralized, Jones says he went back and waited with the victim until medics arrived. 

The 26-year-old undefeated MMA fighter says he captured the entire incident on his go-pro camera ... and handed the footage over to police. 

Cops confirm a report was made -- but say they are still investigating the matter ... including Phoenix's role in the incident.  

Stay tuned ... 

UFC's Dana White

Brock Lesnar Has My Blessing

WWE Was the Right Move

3/26/2015 12:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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There's no bad blood between Dana White and Brock Lesnar after Brock turned down a UFC contract to sign with the WWE this week ... with Dana telling TMZ Sports he thinks Brock made the right move. 

White says Lesnar handled the situation perfectly -- and even called up the UFC to give them a heads-up about his decision before he announced his deal with Vince McMahon.

"I think it's the right decision and I'm happy for him," White says ... "Vince gave him a deal he couldn't refuse at the right time in his life."

"I'm happy for Vince. I'm happy for Brock and I'm happy for his family. It's a great deal for everybody."

UFC's Conor McGregor

We Don't Have Lucky Charms In Ireland

... It's Garbage!

3/25/2015 6:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The only thing UFC badass Conor McGregor might hate more than Jose Aldo ... is Lucky Charms ... telling TMZ Sports it's not only NOT popular in his home country ... but it's TOTAL CRAP!!!

McGregor -- who's fighting Aldo at UFC 189 in Vegas in July -- was out in L.A when we asked about the cereal trends back in Ireland ... and Conor told us the "magically delicious" cereal couldn't be further from an authentic Irish breakfast (shocking, we know). 

Plus, Conor says ... "I don't eat those sugar filled pieces of garbage."

Bonus -- Irish Spring isn't popular in Ireland either. 

Dana White

Hey Laila, Call Me!

Let's Make Rousey Fight Happen

3/24/2015 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC honcho Dana White has a message for Laila Ali -- if you're serious about fighting Ronda Rousey ... CALL ME UP!!!!

White was leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills -- when he made it very clear he's interested in setting up a fight between Muhammad Ali's daughter and the reigning UFC women's champ. 

But whether they step into the ring to box ... or climb into the octagon for an MMA match ... White says one thing's for sure -- Rousey will beat the living crap out of Ali. 

"[Ronda's] actually the best fighter in the world ... Laila Ali would be in big trouble against Ronda Rousey."

Bottom line, White says he wants to make the fight happen -- "I'm serious if [Laila's] serious. Call me Laila."

Ronda Rousey

I'll Beat Laila Ali In Boxing

... Just Lemme Train

3/24/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ronda Rousey says she's VERY CONFIDENT she could beat Laila Ali in a boxing match -- telling TMZ Sports she just needs some time to learn the ropes. 

It's no joke ... Ronda was out in NYC Monday when we asked how she felt about the undefeated former boxing champ's recent call-out ... when Laila told us no woman alive could take her in the ring.

 

But Ronda begs to differ ... saying she'd wreck Muhammad Ali's daughter -- even if the fight didn't go to the mat, where Ronda would clearly have the advantage (arm bar anyone?!). 

Ronda also had some tough talk for Houston Texans cheerleader Antonieta Osuna -- a former boxer who recently told us she wants a piece of the UFC champ too

Check out the clip -- Rousey says it's not just her insane athletic skills that would propel her to victory, it's her championship mentality. 

But enough with the talk ... SOMEONE NEEDS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!! 

Randy Couture

I'll Train Laila Ali

If She Wants to Fight Ronda

3/14/2015 1:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Laila Ali has ANOTHER big weapon in her corner if she REALLY wants to fight Ronda Rousey -- UFC legend Randy Couture ... who tells TMZ Sports she needs to focus on ground and pound to beat RR.

The UFC Hall of Famer -- who got some MMA coaching experience under his belt on "The Ultimate Fighter" -- says Laila already knows how to box (she's undefeated) but would need a crash course in wrestling ... and he's the perfect guy to help.  

As we previously reported, Laila and Ronda exchanged some smack talk about a possible bout -- but so far, they have yet to schedule a real fight. 

Clearly, Couture thinks Ali could hang with Ronda -- but does she have what it takes to beat the 14-second destroyer in a real MMA fight? Check out the clip ... 

Boxer Antonio Tarver

Offers to Train Laila Ali

... For Rousey Fight

3/12/2015 10:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Rocky had Mickey. Daniel had Mr. Miyagi. And now Laila Ali has a wise mentor to guide her if she squares off with Ronda Rousey ... with ex-champ Antonio Tarver formally offering to train Muhammad's baby girl.

Tarver -- a former 5-time boxing champ -- tells TMZ Sports he's been friends with Laila for years and strongly believes he could train her up to beat the UFC star in a boxing match. 

"She knows I got her back and front," Tarver says. 

In fact, he's even got a game plan for Ali, who hasn't stepped in the ring in 8 years -- "[Laila] needs a serious training camp and a tune up fight."

"I think it's time to dust off [the gloves] and you got my services." 

Tarver says Rousey is an "amazing athlete" -- but he's 100% confident he could train the 37-year-old back into face-bashing shape and get the biggest victory in female fight history. 

C'mon ladies ... let's make this happen.

Manny Pacquiao

Ronda Rousey Could Beat Mayweather

... I'm Serious

3/11/2015 12:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0311_manny_ronda_floyd_tmzManny Pacquiao says he honestly believes UFC champ Ronda Rousey could BEAT UP Floyd Mayweather in an MMA fight ... saying, "She's strong enough."

Manny made the comments on "His & Hers" on ESPN -- saying, "She's strong. She's strong enough to beat Floyd Mayweather in MMA."

And Pacman's not the only one who believes it -- Ronda does too!

In fact, she went on Power 106 last year and said she already has a battle plan if they ever get in the octagon together. 

Ronda Rousey

Calls Out Laila Ali

... I'll Destroy You

3/11/2015 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ronda Rousey has a message for Laila Ali -- BRING IT ON!!!!

The undefeated UFC champ has just responded to Muhammad Ali's daughter (an undefeated ex-pro boxer) who told TMZ Sports no woman alive could beat her in a fight ... including Rousey. 

In fact, when we shot Ali earlier this week ... she took a shot at Ronda's size -- saying, "She’s like the size of my daughter, my 3-year-old."

So, how does Rousey feel about that? 

"If she wants to take me up on that, I’m around," Rousey told the Daily Beast.

"She’s retired and has several kids. I understand why she’d think that because she has a size advantage, but if you saw my last fight it had nothing to do with size or strength at all. That’s not how I beat people."

"So you can’t count having a size and strength advantage as having a real advantage against me."

Ali hasn't fought since 2007 ... but c'mon, who wouldn't pay to see this?! 

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