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UFC's Demetrious Johnson 1st Time I Got Punched? All Over WWE Wrestling

10/3/2017 4:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Every UFC fighter has an origin story ... and for Demetrious Johnson, his fight career started by the elementary school flagpole -- in a throwdown over WWE wrestling. 

Mighty Mouse joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs tonight on FS1) -- and was asked if he remembers the first time he was punched in the face. 

DJ recalled it like it was yesterday -- and says he was forced to defend The Rock's honor when another kid said pro wrestling was fake. 

What started ... was the beginning of a beautiful (and violent) career -- a 26-2 record, a 12-fight win streak and a huge match at UFC 216 in Vegas this weekend. 

Check out the entire interview tonight on FS1. 

Jay Williams I Was Offered $$ During College Recruiting ... And I Said No

9/27/2017 6:56 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

College hoops hall of famer Jay Williams says the world of college hoops didn't JUST get dirty ... telling TMZ Sports he was offered money during his recruitment but turned it down.

Jay sat down with the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show and talked about the scandal rocking the NCAA ... 4 big-name coaches and an Adidas honcho being arrested after an FBI corruption sting.

Williams claims the money grab game is nothing new, and when asked if he himself had been offered any money during his recruitment -- he was the nation's #3 recruit in '99 -- Jay kept it real.

"Yes, we did. I was lucky enough because my mother and father both had jobs. My mother had been involved in education, and my dad had been involved with Amex for 20 years, and they're like, 'We don't need that.'"

Despite the fact he turned down the cash, Jay says he doesn't blame any kid for taking the greenbacks -- acknowledging they all don't have the same advantages.

"I'm not gonna use my experience to slight somebody who does need that. You are going into a business, regardless of whether the outside world looks at you like you're going into the purity of college basketball, it's not that way at all. Everybody is profiting off you."

Catch "TMZ Sports" weeknights on FS1.

Gonzalez Twins Crush Drake & Anthony Davis ... In Street Games

8/26/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

They're not just insanely hot -- the Gonzalez Twins are now smokin' big-time NBA players and huge celebrities in 2-on-2 games ... including Drake and Anthony Davis!!

You know Dakota and Dylan Gonzalez from their NCAA hoops run at UNLV where they became Drake's favorite female hoopers on the planet.

Now, they've joined Master P's Global Mixed Gender Basketball League -- and tell TMZ Sports they're not afraid to ball out on guys because they've done it before and NEVER LOST.

Anthony Davis. Ben McLemore. Drake -- all chalked up Ls to the G twins. 

There was one catch though ...

Check out the "TMZ Sports" TV show weeknights on FS1.

UFC's Kevin Lee: Didn't Know About Poop In Octagon ... Until After My Fight

6/27/2017 3:21 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

UFC rising star Kevin Lee had no idea someone had pooped in the Octagon before his match with Michael Chiesa on Sunday until AFTER the fight ... and jokes, "There shoulda been a disclaimer!" 

Lee (along with guest co-host Tyron Woodley) joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show and talked about Justine Kish soiling the mat in the fight before the main event.

The Octagon appeared to be cleaned by the time Lee and Chiesa squared off -- but that didn't stop Woodley from giving Lee crap about fighting in the brown'd-out Octagon anyway! 

Max Holloway To Conor McGregor: I'm the Champ Now!

5/31/2017 6:48 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

UFC superstar Max Holloway says Conor McGregor is yesterday's news in the UFC ... and he's the man of the hour. 

Holloway -- the UFC lightweight interim champ who's fighting at UFC 212 -- joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs weekdays on FS1) and was asked how he felt about The Notorious. 

"Conor was the 2015 champion. We're in the year 2017," Holloway says ... "It's about defending your whatever."

Conor defeated Holloway back in 2013 and eventually won the featherweight title in 2015 ... only to leave the division and take the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez in 2016. 

Holloway says he respects Conor as a fighter -- but sent a strong warning about getting in the ring with Floyd Mayweather.

Jaleel White: Kobe Killed UCLA In Secret Games ... When He Was 17!

4/26/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kobe Bryant was murdering some of the best players in college basketball in secret pickup games at UCLA when he was only 17 years old ... so says Jaleel White who witnessed it himself!!!

Here's the deal ... Jaleel was on the "TMZ Sports" TV show where he reacted to Kobe's Steve Urkel slam poetry reading (he loved it!). He also told us a pretty great Kobe tale.

"I was attending UCLA when Kobe moved from Philadelphia to L.A.," White said.

"So, he used to hang out at UCLA a lot and I would watch him play our UCLA basketball team ... and I'm telling you -- probably the greatest pickup games I've ever seen in my life!"

"I watched him destroy young men's dreams at 17 ... and we had just won a '95 championship that year so we had a lot of guys on the team that were pretty cocky."

"He wanted to just sh*t on anybody who thought they could play basketball in the city and that's what he did!"

We asked White to name names on who got rocked by Mamba ... but his lips were sealed.

For the record, the '95 Bruins had college studs like Tyus Edney, Toby Bailey, Cameron Dollar and the O'Bannon brothers. 

Still, young Kobe destroying big league talent ... that really surprise you??? 

Catch "TMZ Sports" weeknights on FS1.

UFC's 'Platinum' Mike Perry I May Have Ended Ellenberger's Career ... And I Don't Care.

4/24/2017 4:51 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

UFC rising star "Platinum" Mike Perry says he knows the devastating right elbow he used to K.O. Jake Ellenberger could've ended the guy's career ... but it hasn't fazed him one bit!

Perry joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Monday night on FS1) and told us he met with Ellenberger after and thinks he'll bounce back, but if he doesn't ... so be it.

Perry is a monster in the Octagon -- he's 10-1 with all 10 wins coming by way of KO/TKO.

He's also only 25 years old.

Watch out for this guy.

Vin Diesel Says He'd Beat The Rock Down ... In REAL Fight

4/22/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

If Vin Diesel and The Rock came to blows, Vin is adamant he'd whoop Rock's candy ass all the way back to the WWE ... and he's serious.

Just ask UFC champ Tyron Woodley -- who says he was confronted by Vin (in a non-violent way) at the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" premiere because Tyron publicly picked Rock to win in a hypothetical cage match. 

Woodley explained the whole thing on the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1 -- saying Vin "pulled up" on him at the premiere and explained why he'd kick that ass.

We're told Vin cited his experience as a bouncer back in the day before he was a movie star.

There was bad blood between Rock and Vin when they were shooting the last installment of 'Fast and the Furious' ... but they've squashed the beef.

For now at least ... 

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.

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. 

Mojo Rawley WWE Interested In Gronk ... After NFL

4/12/2017 3:45 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Suprise! The WWE is definitely interested in Rob Gronkowski -- AFTER he wraps up his career in the NFL ... this according to WWE superstar Mojo Rawley. 

Mojo appeared on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Wednesday night on FS1) and told us how awesome it would be crushing inside the squared circle with Gronk ... his longtime best buddy. 

And with Gronk being such a natural during his 2 recent WWE cameos, we had to ask if Vince McMahon's company has taken steps toward locking him up full-time. 

Mojo fills us in and talks about A LOT more in the full interview tonight on FS1. 

Gervonta Davis Fires Back At Adrien Broner You're Jealous, Let's Fight

4/11/2017 4:35 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Enough talk ... boxing champ Gervonta "Tank" Davis says he's ready shut Adrien Broner's mouth with his fists. 

Broner WENT OFF on the undefeated 22-year-old fighter earlier this week in an n-word laden, homophobic tirade ... and even blasted Floyd Mayweather for allowing Tank on The Money Team.

But Tank joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Tuesday night on FS1) and fired back -- saying Broner's hate stems from simple jealously. 

"I came up so fast and I'm taking his spotlight," Davis said ... "He fell short."

Davis says Broner was supposed to be the "next Floyd Mayweather" but he fell short and it's killing him.

Meanwhile, Davis is 17-0 and the reigning IBF junior lightweight champ.

Davis says the two are headed for a showdown ... and that sounds great to us!

Dominick Cruz Trained U.S. Military In Secret Mission to Middle East

4/7/2017 5:17 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

UFC star Dominick Cruz had to go radio silent recently during a secret trip to various U.S. military bases across the globe -- where he got to train soldiers how to punch and kick like an MMA fighter.

It's a great story -- and Cruz was clearly honored to work with the USO.

Cruz joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Friday night on FS1) to talk about it and explained what it was like to trade shots with one of the most powerful military leaders on the planet.

Props to Cruz. Props to our soldiers. Stay safe out there.

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