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UFC's Brian Ortega Chokes Out TMZ Staffer ... Again

12/4/2018 4:00 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

UFC star, Brian Ortega returned to the TMZ newsroom this week -- and once again, he put a chokehold on one of our guys!!!

Here's the deal ... the last time Ortega was here, he taught us the proper way to execute a rear-naked choke and used Lucas to demonstrate. 

This time, Ortega wanted to teach us a few tricks about how to put a guy to sleep in a street fight ... once again, Lucas volunteered his neck. 

Ya gotta watch the clip ... Lucas taps out even faster than Conor McGregor at UFC 229!!! 

Of course, Ortega will get a chance to fight someone his own size when he takes on Max Holloway at UFC 231 in Toronto, for the Featherweight title on Saturday, Dec. 8. 

Don't worry, Lucas is fine! 

Check out the entire interview with Ortega on the "TMZ Sports" TV show Tuesday night on FS1. 

Greg Hardy I Wouldn't Ditch UFC for NFL ... Unless

8/9/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-NFL star Greg Hardy -- who's been killing people in his short MMA career -- says he's 100% focused on fighting in the UFC and wouldn't even consider going back to the NFL ... with one exception. 

"I'm not putting any brakes on the UFC movement, man. I'm going all in with it," Hardy told the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show. 

But, Hardy added ... "I'm not crazy, man. I'm not gonna turn down anybody's $10, $15 million, but I can't see myself stepping off this path."

Hardy is still playing semi-pro football with the Richmond Roughriders -- but, with Dana White clearly pumped about the guy's potential as a UFC fighter, those days may be coming to an end very soon. 

FYI, Hardy's 5 MMA fights have lasted a grand total of about 3 and a half minutes

As for when Hardy's expected back in the Octagon -- we're trying to find out. Stay tuned ...

UFC's Brian Ortega To TMZ Staffer: Cool If I Choke You Out?

6/28/2018 4:03 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Brian Ortega isn't just puttin' a hurtin' on other UFC fighters ... he'll also choke out a TMZ staffer. 

The UFC superstar joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs weeknights on FS1) -- where one of our producers (Lucas) asked Ortega if he could be a human crash test dummy for a live demonstration of a rear naked choke. 

Ortega obliged ... and the office went nuts!!

Don't worry, Lucas is alive (he's actually proud of himself!) 

Make sure to check out the entire segment on FS1 where Ortega has some words for his UFC 226 opponent, Max Holloway

The two square off in Vegas on July 7. Ortega is undefeated 14-0 but Max hasn't lost a fight since 2013. 

Check out "TMZ Sports" weeknights on FS1.

Demetrious Johnson Thanks, Anderson ... But I'm NOT the G.O.A.T.

1/18/2018 5:53 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

UFC pound-for-pound king Demetrious Johnson says it's "an honor" Anderson Silva called him the greatest fighter of all time -- but tells TMZ Sports he does NOT think he's G.O.A.T. status.

That said, when the guys on "TMZ Sports" (airs weeknights on FS1) really pressed the flyweight champ for an answer -- he did admit he's getting close.

"I don't believe that," Demetrious told us ... before adding, "I do believe that I have, out of all the champions and all the opposition I've fought ... it's getting there."

FYI -- Mighty Mouse recently broke Anderson's UFC title defense record with his 11th straight ... but dude might be too humble to ever say he's the best.

His 4-year-old son will, though -- and it's cute as hell.

Michael Bisping Goes Off On Gym Fight Accuser

10/27/2017 12:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Bisping just went OFF on the guy suing him over an alleged altercation at a gym back in July -- acknowledging there was an "unfortunate incident," but saying he never assaulted anyone. 

Bisping appeared on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Friday on FS1) and talked all about the lawsuit ... telling us why he thinks the accuser is lying and looking to make a quick buck. 

The Count also told us about his Hollywood plans after UFC 217 -- which include TWO big blockbusters. 

In fact, Bisping says he sparred with one of his famous co-stars and it seems like he put a beating on the actor! 

Check out the entire interview tonight on "TMZ Sports."

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 ... 

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