Ken & Ryu were a bunch of BABY BACK BITCHES compared to Sub-Zero & Scorpion ... so says UFC stud Frankie Edgar who tells TMZ Sports "Mortal Kombat" was FAR SUPERIOR to "Street Fighter 2."
"The Ultimate Fighter" star was out in NYC yesterday when we started talking video games -- and he told us the bloody head-ripping, spinal-cord exposing action from "MK" blew "Street Fighter" out of the water.
But ... it's NOT the greatest fighting game of all time. That honor goes to a NINTENDO classic that had a serious impact on Frankie's training style. Check out the clip.
BONUS: Frankie also reveals the ONE THING he's afraid of in life ... and it's pretty shocking.
Let's put it this way ... you'll never look at Garfield the same way again.
Mouth Tee Off Shot '100% Real'
... Says Woman In Video
4/16/2014 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"J.D. has loads of talent and he's one of my best friends. I trust him with my life," Michelle says ... noting, "His girl is also my best friend."
Michelle says she did know about the famous Playboy golf shot gone wrong -- where a model was injured when she let a DJ hit a ball off of a tee in her butt -- but clearly, it didn't dissuade her.
When asked if she was ever worried about something going wrong, Michelle told us "No, because he's done this a few times. He would never do anything to hurt me or others."
Please ... kids ... don't try this at home.
James Worthy On Lakers
'It Was Quite the Debacle This Year'
4/16/2014 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
James Worthy calls it like he sees it -- which is why he didn't pull punches when describing the Lakers disaster of a season -- "It was quite the debacle this year."
But there could be more bad news for the Lake Show, 'cause when Big Game James was leaving LAX last night he explained why he thinks the chances of Swaggy P returning to the squad are slim to none.
And if you were hoping for a Metta World Peace comeback in L.A., Worthy shot that down too -- "He's too old. I don't think so, I KNOW so."
In fact, Worthy suggested that Peace hang it up for good -- saying, "It comes to an end at some point."
... Before Vegas Concert
4/16/2014 7:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We told you it was gonna happen ... and last night, right before Lorde's concert in Las Vegas ... she finally came face-to-face with George Brett -- the man who inspired "Royals."
The two had been trying to meet up for a while ... ever since the singer revealed that she wrote her most famous hit after being inspired by a 1976 photo of the MLB star in National Geographic ... but they couldn't get their schedules to work out -- until last night.
We're told Brett -- along with his wife -- met up with Lorde a few hours before she took the stage at the Cosmopolitan ... and by the looks of things, they seemed to get along great.
Lorde's evening may have gotten a little crazier after the show -- it appears she was a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding at LV's famous "Little White Chapel."
Ultimate Warrior's Wife
My Heart Is Broken
He Was the 'Ultimate' Husband, Father
4/16/2014 7:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Ultimate Warrior's wife is finally opening up about the shocking death of her husband -- saying she's heartbroken by his passing ... but says the touching WWE tribute is helping her cope.
Dana A. Warrior just released an emotional letter to her husband's fans ... saying, "It is with an absolutely broken heart I reach out to you."
Dana says she tried to keep her daughters insulated from the news coverage -- but allowed them to watch the WWE tribute on Sunday night.
"As the scene unfolded with that amazing roster of talent gathered donning Ultimate Warrior shirts and even his face paint, we cheered and sobbed simultaneously," Dana wrote.
"To everyone who stood there, thank you. My girls will remember your bowed heads for the rest of their lives."
Dana also touched on the moment Warrior collapsed outside their hotel in Arizona -- saying, "I fought and screamed and cried for him not to leave me, but I wasn't to win this round. Heaven won and I lost."
"But I had the ULTIMATE love for 20 years and my children learned to be Warriors from THE ULTIMATE DAD. I wouldn't trade a moment of the life we shared, good or bad, for anything on God's green earth."
Click here to read the statement in its entirety.
Cincinnati Bengals Player
GUN WAS LOADED IN ROAD RAGE INCIDENT
... Cops Say
4/16/2014 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The semiautomatic handgun found in a car belonging to Cincinnati Bengals fullback Orson Charles was LOADED at the time of the road rage incident last month ... this according to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports.
We broke the story ... Charles was arrested in Kentucky back in March after cops say he got into it with another driver on an Interstate and waved around a gun during the heated exchange.
Now, we've learned ... there was a middle finger involved.
According to the police report, the other driver admitted he FLIPPED OFF Charles on the road ... and that's when he says Charles pulled out his gun.
Charles says he never brandished the weapon -- though his passenger told cops Orson was reaching for his piece, so she took it away and put it in her purse in the back seat so he couldn't access it.
When cops searched the car, the report says they found the gun -- loaded -- plus, there was an extra clip in the car ... so says the report.
Charles -- who was featured on the HBO show "Hard Knocks" -- has since plead not guilty to wanton endangerment. We reached out to him for comment. No word back.
NBA Legend Gary Payton
STEPHEN CURRY ISN'T ON MY LEVEL!!!
4/16/2014 6:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Glove has spoken ... and he's calling out a whole BUNCH of NBA superstars ... from Stephen Curry to Russell Westbrook and even Chris Paul ... and it's AWESOME!!
Gary Payton was leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Bev Hills when he talked about some of HIS favorite players in the NBA ... guys like Kevin Durant, LeBron and Westbrook.
But after complimenting the entire lot, Payton threw it down -- saying, "But you know what? I'm the Hall of Famer, so you gotta ride with that!"
"When they get to my level, then they can talk to me!"
We also asked how he felt about the Lakers, Knicks and Celtics all missing the playoffs and Gary dropped another gem -- "It happens. Get a better team. Get a better organization!"
He even gave some specific advice for the Lake Show.
Make sure you watch all the way to the end of the clip -- Gary's "goodbye" is SOLID!!
NFL Prospect Kelcy Quarles
Vows to Clear Name
I Had NOTHING to Do with Nightclub Beating
4/16/2014 6:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NFL Draft prospect Kelcy Quarles says he was NOT at Greenhouse nightclub during an alleged brawl that left one man badly injured last week ... and says he will do everything he can to clear his name.
TMZ Sports broke the story ... the NYPD says Kelcy and fellow University of South Carolina standout Victor Hampton are wanted for questioning in connection with the alleged attack.
But Kelcy tells TheState.com that he's "mad" about the situation because he was never at the club -- explaining, "I’m about to do everything I possibly can to get my name cleared because it’s not fair. I had nothing to do with this."
He added, "I have not been questioned. What am I being questioned for? I am telling you they are looking for Chaz Sutton."
Sutton -- another USC player hoping to be drafted -- was reportedly stabbed in the left shoulder after he left the club.
TheState.com says they also reached out to Hampton, who hung up on them.
NFL Draft Prospects
THE BRUTAL INJURIES
In Alleged Nightclub Beatdown
4/16/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We obtained photos of the alleged victim, Michael Hauer, who cops say sustained "extensive facial injuries" that required him to undergo surgery.
One source connected to the situation tells us ... Hauer is losing vision in his left eye as a result of the attack. He's undergone 2 surgeries so far, including a 4-hour facial reconstruction procedure.
We're told he's also suffered permanent nerve damage on the left side of his face.
So far, no arrests have been made -- but cops say they are investigating the situation.
Retail Therapy In L.A.
4/13/2014 6:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
April 15, 7:30 PM PT -- Colin Kaepernick was NOT shopping in L.A. this weekend. We've just learned from Splash -- the agency that sold us the photo -- that this pic was actually shot some time last year.
Splash explicitly represented to us the photo was shot on Saturday, April 12.
With the investigation in Miami still in full swing, Colin Kaepernick flew to L.A. this weekend where he was spotted shopping for sunglasses ... seemingly without a care in the world.
Photogs spotted the San Francisco 49ers QB on Saturday afternoon leaving a sunglasses shop on Robertson Blvd., home to a bunch of trendy fashion shops.
Meanwhile, back in Miami ... officials say they are still awaiting toxicology results from the woman who claims she was hanging out with Colin and two other NFL players on April 1 before winding up in the hospital.
As we first reported, a rape kit was administered on the woman at the hospital, where she met with police. So far, officials have not revealed the results.
I'M FINALLY GONNA MEET LORDE
... After Inspiring 'Royals'
4/15/2014 3:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He was the inspiration for her biggest hit, but now George Brett tells TMZ Sports ... he's FINALLY going to meet Lorde!!Brett tells us ... Lorde's people reached out to him and asked if he would like to hang with the "Royals" singer before her concert in Vegas tonight.
Brett says he immediately accepted the invitation -- and says he's really excited to meet her.
FYI -- Lorde has previously stated that she was inspired to write the song after seeing an image of Brett in National Geographic wearing his Kansas City Royals uniform.
"It was just that word. It's really cool," Lorde said.
Brett says he's been invited to meet up with Lorde in the past, but had scheduling conflicts -- so he sent her a few thank-you gifts in his place ... including an autographed #5 jersey.
We'll let you know what happens when they finally come face to face tonight!
Stay tuned ...
BOTTLES & MODELS
During Crazy Miami Rager
4/15/2014 3:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
DeSean Jackson got TURNT ALL THE WAY UP during his wild weekend in Miami -- droppin' cash on expensive bottles and partying with beautiful women ... and TMZ Sports has the pics.
The newest Washington Redskins wide receiver hit up Dream Nightclub this weekend and RAGED -- buyin' up bottles of Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial Champagne and celebrating like a champ.
Check out the pics -- he's SURROUNDED by hot chicks.
Our sources tell us D-JAX dropped more than $7k that night ... the perfect way to celebrate a new $24 MILLION contract.
NFL Draft Prospects
Wanted for Questioning
In Nightclub Assault Case
4/15/2014 11:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Two college football stars -- both expected to be selected in the upcoming NFL Draft -- are wanted for questioning by the NYPD in connection to an alleged attack at an NYC nightclub ... TMZ Sports has learned.Officials have confirmed ... 22-year-old Victor Hampton (cornerback) and 22-year-old Kelcy Quarles (defensive tackle) are "wanted for questioning at the very least" regarding an incident at Greenhouse nightclub on April 11.
Both players were standouts at the University of South Carolina and have been projected to be 2nd or 3rd round draft picks.
As for the incident, sources say there was a fight in the VIP section of the club involving a club promoter -- who was allegedly attacked by 3 men and suffered "extensive facial injuries."
So far, no arrests have been made ... and the NYPD tells us the investigation is ongoing.
Attempts to reach both Hampton and Quarles for comment were unsuccessful.