The MMA fighter who BEAT THE LIVING CRAP out of 3 scumbags during a robbery in Houston tells TMZ Sports he wants to go from the gas station to the Octagon ... to fight in the UFC.
The video has been exploding on the Internet -- showing Mayura Dissanyake unleashing the fury outside the Fuel Depot when he saw his co-worker getting robbed outside.
Now, Mayura -- a former MMA champ in Sri Lanka -- says he hopes his new found fame helps him get a shot with the greatest MMA organization on the planet.
"I want to make it to the UFC. That is my dream ... the whole reason I moved to the States"
UFC boss Dana White has already taken notice -- telling us he "LOVED" the footage and considers Mayura a hero.
Mayura says he has a fight in Houston next month -- and hopes he can prove he's got what it takes.
In fact, Mayura tells us he's still training 5-days-a-week ... when he's not manning the register at the gas station ... and says he loves his job because it works around his MMA schedule.
"The policy [at Fuel Depot] is ... if someone steals something, I'm told to not chase after them. But in this instance it wasn't someone stealing something, it was my friend who was in trouble. I HAD to help."
RAGING IN VEGAS
at Suspected Bachelor Party
7/28/2014 8:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The days of his-and-her bachelor parties are OVER for Tony Parker -- at least it seemed that way in Vegas this weekend where the NBA superstar was raging at a pool party with his boys.
The San Antonio Spurs player was gettin' wild at the pool at the Cosmopolitan Hotel -- where they were surrounded by hot chicks in bikinis -- and people at the event are saying he was in town for his bachelor party.
Point of Information -- before Parker married Eva Longoria back in 2007, they had a DUAL bachelor/bachelorette party in France ... yeesh.
No official word on whether Parker's Vegas weekend was the "actual" bachelor party before his upcoming wedding to longtime GF Axelle Francine ... or just a guy's weekend.
We're hoping it's the former. He deserves it.
Stephen A. Smith
APOLOGIZES for Dom. Violence Comments
'Foolish Is an Understatement'
7/28/2014 7:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Stephen A. Smith says his boneheaded comments about domestic violence were "foolish" -- and this morning he went back on ESPN to beg for forgiveness.
Smith got himself in some pretty deep trouble on Friday -- and really pissed off his ESPN co-worker Michelle Beadle -- who crushed Smith for implying that women can "provoke" domestic violence.
Now, Smith says he has realized the stupidity of his comments -- calling his diatribe the "most egregious error of my career."
In a 100 second apology on ESPN's "First Take," Smith says he doesn't truly believe that domestic violence is somehow a woman's fault ... and explains that he just did a poor job of expressing his true point of view.
The big question -- will Beadle accept the apology?
Nigerian Ping Pong Team
African No Pants Party!!
... For Bronze Medal Win
7/28/2014 7:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tiger Woods says second place is the first loser -- seems Nigeria didn't get the memo, 'cause the country's table tennis team just took 3RD at the '14 Commonwealth Games ... and went totally INSANE.
It all went down when Nigerias' Ojo Onalopop (ranked 488th in the world) beat India's Kamal Achanta (ranked 50th in the world) to seal a bronze medal for the Nigerian team.
There was cheering. There was emotion.
... and then the pants came off.
Check it out -- This is THE video to start your Monday, a celebration that makes you forget they just won third place at TABLE TENNIS.
Team USA Soccer Star
PARTYING WITH PARIS HILTON
... And Charlie Sheen!
7/28/2014 6:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Team Germany may have Rihanna ... but Team USA has PARIS HILTON! And Charlie Sheen! And Chris Brown! And Tyga ... just ask Jermaine Jones!
The World Cup star (who scored that epic goal against Portugal) got an invite to Paris Hilton's epic beach house party in Malibu this weekend ... and partied with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood.
Jones and the gang partied 'til the sun went down ... and funny enough, that's when Paris LEFT her own party and got on a private jet bound for Ibiza.
As for Jones, he has been on a celebrity tear since he got back from Brazil -- besides the Hilton party, he's kicked it with huge stars like Mike Tyson, Pau Gasol and Matt Barnes.
TMZ Sports Show
Lil Wayne Teams With Ronaldo...
Starts Sports Mgmt Co.
7/28/2014 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Manziel Will Be Great In Cleveland
7/28/2014 5:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The world nearly exploded when Jerry Jones had the opportunity to draft Johnny Manziel -- and passed -- but now the Dallas Cowboys owner tells TMZ Sports he thinks JM will dominate in CLE.
Jones was on a grocery run in Malibu (the team is training in SoCal) ... and we asked if he thinks the kid will be able to find success in a Cleveland Browns uniform.
It's clear Big Jer is a fan of Johnny Football -- telling us he's a "great player" ... which only makes us more curious as to why Jones didn't swoop him up when he had the chance.
Bonus -- Jones also talks cheerleaders ... and why the squad out in Big D always has the hottest squad.
Wrestling Star Buff Bagwell
My New Move is Porn
7/28/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Buff Bagwell in the Buff ... is what we think Vivid will title what could be his first XXX flick.
Buff -- who starred on "Gigolos" -- caught the eye of Vivid honcho Steve Hirsch, who calls a BB film an "absolute blockbuster."
Hirsch and Buff met recently to hammer out a deal ... and there was a third person in the room -- Buff's wife, Judy.
Judy has got to be the envy of every wild husband in America. In addition to flirting with porn, Buff has intimated he has sex with the women for whom he gigolos. And she's cool with that, too.
U.S. Olympic Sprinter
There's One Porn Star
I Really Wanna Date!
7/28/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics ... but Team USA sprinter Josh Mance says the real prize would be a date with his favorite porn actress -- the star of "Weapons of Ass Destruction 7."
The 22-year-old speedster was at LAX when he told us he's got a serious crush on Skin Diamond -- who's appeared in more than 139 films and won AVN awards for Best Oral and Best DP in 2014.
"She's killing the game right now," Mance tells TMZ Sports ... "She has this innocence to her."
No word if Miss Diamond is interested or not -- but we'll find out. In the meantime, check out the pics ...
HOOPSTER OR HIPSTER?
Can You Guess Who's Who?
7/28/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
With Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Dwyane Wade leading the charge, the hipster look is taking over NBA fashion -- but are you fashion forward enough to tell the difference between a hoopster and a real life hipster???
Check out the gallery and give it a shot ... guaranteed you miss at least one. GUARANTEED!!
Pro Tip -- If you're having trouble guessing correctly, try putting on a pair of glasses with the lenses popped out!
Gas Station Robbery
THWARTED BY MMA CHAMP
Hero Praised By Dana White
7/27/2014 9:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The semi-pro MMA fighter who beat the crap out of 3 would-be gas station robbers in Texas is being hailed as a hero ... by none other than UFC honcho Dana White.
The hero is Mayura Dissanyake -- who was working at Fuel Depot in Houston on July 10 when he saw 3 scumbags roll up on a co-worker who was returning from the bank.
Mayura -- a former MMA national champion in his native Sri Lanka -- jumped into action ... beating the living hell out of all three guys. It was frickin' AMAZING.
Now, he's getting the ultimate praise from Dana White -- who tells TMZ Sports he saw the footage and "I LOVE IT."
"Mixed Martial Arts is the new Martial Art that people are taking all over the world. Although I don't recommend crime fighting ... but dirtbags should beware."
By Spike TV
7/27/2014 8:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Multiple sources with direct knowledge of the deal ... tell us Spike execs contacted TNA President Dixie Carter late last week to break the news -- and the following day Carter informed members of her inner circle.
TNA's current deal with Spike reportedly runs through October. It's unclear at this point when "Impact Wrestling" will stop airing on Spike.
We're told there's no bad blood, and Spike gave TNA such advance notice so it would have time to shop for a new TV deal.
TNA's show debuted on Spike TV in October 2005 -- and helped the league rise to #2 on the wrestling scene … behind the WWE.
We've called TNA and Spike for comment ... so far, no word back.
Yes, We're In Business w/ Ronaldo
7/27/2014 5:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Young Money Entertainment is definitely in business with Cristiano Ronaldo ... this according to a rep for Lil Wayne's company ... who tells TMZ Sports they already have a project together set for this week.
TMZ Sports broke the story ... Weezy is starting his own sports management company and Ronaldo is client numero uno.
Ronaldo tweeted that there will be NO changes to his current management team -- which we're told is partially true ... no one is getting fired. He's just adding Young Money to handle branding, marketing and other sports management issues in the United States.
In fact, a rep for Young Money tells us Wayne and Ronaldo are 100% working together.
Stay tuned ...