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T.J. Dillashaw Mighty Mouse Is Ducking Me

6/25/2018 12:55 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Demetrious Johnson vs. T.J. Dillashaw is the blockbuster fight everyone wants to see ... so why the hell hasn't it been made?

'Cause Mighty Mouse knows T.J. can beat his ass -- and he's scared ... according to Dillashaw. 

The reigning UFC bantamweight champ joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (weeknights on FS1) and was asked if he thought DJ was ducking him.

His answer ... "I do believe so."

"He's comfortable fighting the guys he's fighting. I think I bring a real threat to the table that he's not willing to accept."

Let that sink in ... Dillashaw is saying Mighty Mouse -- the top pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC who hasn't lost in almost 7 years -- is shook

Guessing DJ feels differently ... 

Nate Diaz Girlfriend Gives Birth to Baby Girl ... I'm a Daddy!!

6/20/2018 10:46 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Nate Diaz is a daddy!!!

The 33-year-old UFC superstar and his longtime girlfriend, Misty Brown, welcomed a healthy baby girl at a California hospital on June 6 ... according to public birth records obtained by TMZ Sports.

Nate and Misty -- both from Stockton, CA -- have been together for years. They've been posting photos of each other online ... dating back to 2012. 

We're told the baby is happy and healthy, and the families are stoked. 

We reached out to Nate's camp for comment -- but a call to the fighter's rep was not returned. 

Congrats!

Urijah Faber Run Over In Asia Nearly Beats Driver's Ass!

6/19/2018 9:34 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Urijah Faber's foot got bulldozed so hard by a car in Asia this week that he nearly whooped the driver's ass for hitting him!!

It all went down in Singapore -- where Faber's visiting for a UFC event ... when the MMA superstar stepped out into the road without looking and got straight-up run over!!

"It felt like an alligator like, bit my foot," Faber told TMZ Sports.

That wasn't even the worst part ...

Faber says after he was trucked -- the driver got aggressive ... so the UFC stud nearly threw hands!!

"He puts his hand on me, and he's like trying to calm me down, and told me, 'You shouldn't be standing in the street.' And I'm like, 'Dude, get your hand off me, bro.' I was about to lose it."

The funniest part ... Faber says the dude looked like the "asian Bob Marley!"

Cooler heads prevailed -- Faber realized it was probably his bad ... and the foot ended up being just fine.

So, bottom line -- look both ways before you cross the road, kids.

T.J. Dillashaw CM Punk Was Terrible ... But, I Respect Him

6/18/2018 2:20 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

UFC champ T.J. Dillashaw agrees with Dana White ... CM Punk showed a lot of balls by getting into the Octagon -- but admits his performance was trash. 

T.J. joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs weeknights on FS1) -- where he talked about his upcoming rematch with Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227 in August. 

Even though the two have had bad blood in the past, T.J. says he respects Cody and anyone else who gets in the Octagon to compete ... including CM Punk. 

"Yeah, sure, he did not look good at all -- but he still went out there and did it ... respect."

There's a lot more with T.J. in the full interview which airs Monday night on "TMZ Sports."

Conor McGregor Row, Row, Row My Boat ... Family Time in Central Park!!!

6/16/2018 3:29 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Conor McGregor is sticking to his family-friendly tour of NYC ... and this time he kicked his Dad skills up a notch.

Conor was spotted rowing away from The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park Saturday with his girlfriend, Dee Devlin, and their cute son, Conor Jr. The famous fighter showed off his guns while handling the oars for his crew.

This is just the latest family outing for McGregor since appearing in court Thursday for his part in the attack on a UFC bus back in April ... on Friday it was a fun family bike ride.

Conor told the media he regrets his actions during the bus attack, but he's still facing up to 7 YEARS in prison if convicted on all counts.

Clearly he's making the most of his time while in NYC ... both with his family, and with the court of public opinion.

UFC's Tyron Woodley Free Conor McGregor ... For My Sake!

6/15/2018 4:25 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tyron Woodley has gone from wanting to murder Conor McGregor -- to being his biggest supporter -- and he's revealing the REAL reason he's rooting for the Irish star to beat his felony bus attack case. 

Remember, the two nearly came to blows back in 2016 during a backstage altercation at the UFC 205 weigh-ins. It got bad. 

But now, Tyron says ... he wants to be connected to Conor in a big way -- and kept it 100 on "The Hollywood Beatdown."

There's more ... Tyron also explains why he wants to end Colby Covington's life -- and makes the guy a REAL offer he hopes the UFC fighter can't refuse. 

Plus, Woodley goes after Tekashi69 and breaks some news about his rap career. 

Check out The Hollywood Beatdown which drops every Friday on the "TMZ Sports" YouTube page. 

Conor McGregor Giddy In NYC ... Thanks Fans For Support!

6/15/2018 3:14 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Conor McGregor's quest to prove he's nothing close to a violent beast continued outside of a swanky New York City restaurant Friday -- when he smiled big for cameras and signed a TON of autographs for fans.

The Irish superstar rocked a pink shirt and grey sweatshorts, and made sure to give a shout-out to all of his supporters as he left Nello in NYC.

"Thank you so much, thank you guys!!" the UFC star yelled multiple times.

This latest spot of pleasant Conor comes on the heels of him taking his fam -- little baby Conor, and all -- for a sweet bike ride Thursday afternoon.

Remember ... Conor is one of the most PR-savvy dudes on this planet -- and staring down 7 years in prison for attacking a bus back in April -- he sure seems to know exactly what he's doing with these public appearances.

Conor McGregor Family Bike Ride ... After NYC Court Hearing

6/15/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Here's Conor McGregor in the middle of a serious PR offensive ... because, hours after trying to show a judge he's not a violent monster, he took his adorable family out for a cute bike ride in the park!

Conor -- along with his girlfriend, Dee Devlin, and their adorable son, Conor Jr. -- peddled out into Central Park on Thursday afternoon ... flanked by Conor's security team and entourage.

One of the entourage members is Cian Cowley -- who also appeared in court with Conor on Thursday for participating in the attack on a UFC bus back in April.

After the hearing, Conor told the media he regrets his actions and he's taking the case seriously. 

Conor's facing up to 7 years in prison for the attack -- but, c'mon, you think a judge is gonna look at pics like these and really throw this doting bike-riding family man behind bars??

McGregor is one of the most calculating people on the planet. He knows exactly what he's doing.

UFC's Derrick Lewis I Can't Wait to Beat Greg Hardy's Ass ... It's Personal

6/14/2018 11:51 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

UFC star Derrick Lewis says he was genuinely impressed with Greg Hardy's 57-second knockout ... but tells TMZ Sports he's REALLY HAPPY that it means he's one step closer to fighting the ex-NFL star. 

Remember, Lewis has previously told us he has real hatred toward Hardy because he believes Greg DID brutalize the ex-girlfriend he was accused of attacking back in 2014. 

Hardy was initially convicted of domestic violence, but appealed -- and won -- and the conviction was overturned.  

Lewis tells TMZ Sports his stepfather abused his mother -- and he still has a lot of built up anger he wants to take out on Hardy. 

Dana White told us Hardy needs a few more fights under his belt before he gets a shot against a big name UFC fighter ... but it's clear Lewis is champing at the bit

Conor McGregor At Courthouse: 'I Regret My Actions'

6/14/2018 6:40 AM PDT
Breaking News

Conor McGregor just walked out of an NYC courtroom where he appeared for a hearing for his bus attack case ... and told the media, "I regret my actions that led me here today."

He continued, "I understand the seriousness of this matter and I'm hopeful that it gets resolved soon."

Inside the courtroom, Conor's attorney told the judge the UFC star is negotiating a plea deal with prosecutors. They're due back in court July 26. 

McGregor was hit with multiple charges -- including felony criminal mischief -- for attacking a UFC bus at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 5 ... injuring multiple people including some UFC fighters.

If convicted on all counts, Conor faces up to 7 YEARS in prison. 

Conor was escorted inside the courtroom by armed police officers who were controlling the crowd and keeping the peace.

Conor looked stylish -- wearing a suit and tie. His demeanor was much different than the last time he was in court -- no billionaire strut this time. He was very reserved.

Conor was joined by his manager, Audie Attar.

Greg Hardy Pumped Over UFC Victory ... Wants to Prove He's a Changed Man

6/14/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Greg Hardy says he's feeling extremely "positive" after his impressive UFC performance on Tuesday -- and says he wants to prove to his haters that he's truly a changed man. 

TMZ Sports spoke with the ex-NFL star after his 57-second knockout victory over Austen Lane on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series ... and you can tell he's excited about his MMA future. 

"I'm feeling great. I'm feeling positive. I'm feeling excited. I'm ready to go ... ready to take this next step and see where it takes us."

Hardy knows his new UFC contract will come with scrutiny because of his troubled past -- including allegations of domestic violence -- but says he hopes people will give him a chance to prove he's not a monster. 

"It would be best to meet me, give me an opportunity," Hardy said ... "I think I can win a lot of people back over to my side."

As we previously reported, Dana White wants Hardy to get a couple more fights under his belt before he matches up with a major UFC opponent ... but Hardy says he's already got his sights on Derrick Lewis

"Soon enough, you're gonna see me in front of the Black Beast!" 

Mark Wahlberg Takes Back Offer To Give Conor Piece of UFC

6/13/2018 4:15 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mark Wahlberg says his offer to give Conor McGregor a piece of his UFC ownership stake has expired ... telling TMZ Sports, the dude has already been compensated enough! 

Mark -- along with a bunch of other big stars like Sylvester Stallone, Tom Brady and Ben Affleck -- got a piece of the UFC back in 2016. 

And right after Conor had defeated Nate Diaz and Eddie Alvarez, Mark offered to sell him part of his ownership stake after McGregor had griped that he wasn't getting paid enough. 

But that was BEFORE Conor made $100 MILLION fighting Floyd Mayweather in August 2017 ... and apparently, that has changed the circumstances for Wahlberg. 

Don't feel bad for either guy ... they're both gonna be fine. 

By the way, Wahlberg also weighs in on all of the New England Patriots drama and why everyone HOPES there's a rift between the top guys in Pats Nation.

Conor McGregor Finally Meeting with Dana White After Bus Attack Hearing

6/13/2018 1:24 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Dana White says he will finally come face-to-face with Conor McGregor after the UFC star's bus attack hearing ... where they will presumably talk about Conor's next fight.

"He and I are meeting on the 18th of this month," Dana tells TMZ Sports. Unclear where the meeting will take place. 

As for Conor's criminal case in New York City, Dana says he's had ZERO involvement in McGregor's defense and has no idea what will happen in court on Thursday.

Sources connected to the case tell us Conor has been working on a plea deal with prosecutors -- which is important for McGregor since he's facing up to 7 years in prison for the April attack which left several people injured. 

But, White says he's completely in the dark on that -- "I don't know whats gonna happen. I don't know what Conor has planned. I don't know what Conor and his team have worked on."

"Whatever happens tomorrow ... I will be as shocked as you."

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