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UFC's Bruce Buffer Hollywood Distracted Ronda

11/24/2015 9:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ronda Rousey didn't just have a lot on her plate when she was gearing up to fight Holly Holm -- she had a "full table" with movies, a book and endless PR work ... so says UFC announcer Bruce Buffer

Bruce -- the voice of the UFC -- wouldn't go as far to blame Ronda's loss on all of the distractions ... but he admits you can't give 100% of your focus to the Octagon with so much going outside of it. 

So, what'll happen if Ronda cuts out all of the other stuff and dedicates ALL OF HER LIFE to beating up Holly in the rematch

Check out what Bruce has to say -- dude says the result could be one of the scariest things ever.

Holly Holm Ronda's Not On My Xmas List ... But We Can Be Friends

11/24/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Holly Holm says she's down to be post beatdown pals with Ronda Rousey ... but as far as Christmas is concerned ... the Rowdy one shouldn't be expecting anything under the tree from the new UFC queen.

Holly was out in NYC -- still glowing with victory -- when our guy got in some questions about the post fight relationship between her and Rousey ... basically, will there be one?

The two ladies seemed cool during the promotion for the fight ... but things got a little testy those last couple days following a scuffle at the pre-fight weigh in.

Check out the clip -- Holly leaves the door open for her and Ronda to pal around in the future ... but as for this holiday season ... it looks like she's going to skip being Rousey's Secret Santa.

It's okay, Ronda ... Holly's given you so much already ... feet, elbows, defeats ...

We kid.

Conor McGregor Shut Your Fat Mouth, Trump ... Ronda Will Be Back

11/23/2015 2:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump has been warned -- pop off again about Ronda Rousey, and you just might have to deal with UFC champ Conor McGregor!

The featherweight title holder was at LAX Monday, talking about a Ronda comeback -- whether she can get her title back from Holly Holm when they inevitably square off in a rematch. 

Conor has some good advice for Rousey, but he really got his ire up when the camera guy asked about Trump taking potshots at Ronda. After the loss, the candidate said she's "not a nice person."

Well, Conor's got a very strong opinion about Trump and his mouth.

Jerry Bruckheimer Ronda Rousey's Movie Future Is ...

11/20/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The ass-handing Holly Holm gave Ronda Rousey will NOT crush her budding acting career ... not in the eyes of mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, anyway. 

We got Bruckheimer on his way out of Craig's, and while Ronda has 2 films set for 2016 -- we wondered if the loss might signal the beginning of the end for her in Hollywood.

Of course, Bruckheimer -- Mr. "Top Gun," "Beverly Hills Cop," and "Pirates of the Caribbean" -- has a lot to say about who makes it in this town.

The good news for Ronda ... Jerry says she's still bankable, but would he personally hire her? Maybe for "Bad Boys 3" -- c'mon ... Smith, Lawrence AND Rousey???

Check out the clip -- and cross your fingers for JB to take a casting cue from us.

Holly Holm Nominated for New Mexico Sports Hall Of Fame

11/17/2015 8:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1117-holly-holm-nmshof-tmz-01Holly Holm's insane week just got better -- 'cause she's been nominated to be inducted into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We spoke with NMSHOF president Marty Saiz who tells us Holm will be named NM's Pro Athlete of the Year for her meteoric rise to UFC champ. 

"She will also be nominated to be in the Hall of Fame when candidates are announced in December."

If voted in, Holly will join the ranks of other NM sports legends like Brian Urlacher, Michael Cooper, Ralph Kiner and both Al Unser! 

"Holly is not just a hero but a great role model for athletes," Saiz says.

"If Holly ran for governor she would probably win by a land slide. She's just so nice. Nobody has ever said anything bad about her in this community."

Ronda Rousey I'm Ashamed Of My Face

11/17/2015 8:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ronda Rousey doesn't want anyone to see the damage Holly Holm did to her face -- taking drastic measures to cover up as she arrived back in L.A. moments ago.  

Besides rocking a hood over her head, sunglasses on her eyes and draping her hair over her face ... Ronda also used a pillow to mask her mug as she walked through LAX. 

Ronda's boyfriend Travis Browne was with her ... but neither Ronda nor Travis were in the mood to talk. 

It's a pretty sad video ... Ronda like we've never seen her before. 

As we previously reported, Dana White told us Ronda was depressed and bummed out about the loss -- but vows to return to the UFC for a rematch. 



Holly Holm Stop Trashing Ronda Rousey ... She's a Legend

11/16/2015 5:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Holly Holm ... the merciful? 

After Ronda Rousey trashed her in public -- and called her a "fake humility bitch" on Instagram -- UFC champ Holly Holm is calling for the Rousey haters to BACK OFF the fallen legend. 

Holm Skyped in to the "TMZ Sports" TV show (Monday at 9PM PT on FS1) -- and said she actually feels BAD for Ronda, who's been ripped by everyone from Lady Gaga to Laila Ali

"I think people can be pretty brutal," Holm said ... "and when you're in the spot shes in, there are people that are just going to jump ship and I don't ever wish for that."

She added, "I have a lot of respect for her."

There's A LOT more on the show -- with Holm talking about everything from a rematch with Rousey to if she plans on following Ronda's championship road to movie stardom!! 

Make sure to watch "TMZ Sports" on FS1 weekdays at 9PM PT ... except for Wednesdays at 9:30PM PT.


Holly Holm High School Honoring UFC Champ 'Inspiration to Our Female Athletes'

11/16/2015 9:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1116-holly-holm-high-getty-facebook-01Holly Holm is getting major praise from her former high school -- with the athletic director telling TMZ Sports they've already ordered a banner to hang in the gym because "she's an inspiration to our female athletes."

Holm attended Manzano High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico -- where she played SEVERAL sports -- and even served as a team manager for the football team. 

We spoke with athletic director Matthew Espinoza who tells us the entire city was glued to their TVs when Holly fought Ronda Rousey this past weekend -- and everyone wants to pay tribute to their hometown hero. 

"We're going to hang a banner in the gym to recognize her because she is quite the inspiration for our female athletes," Espinoza says. 

"The whole city of Albuquerque is proud of her."

Espinoza says he remembers Holm from when she was in high school -- and says he's amazed how far she's come. 

"She was so tiny back then ... and now she's the talk of the world. It's crazy!" 

Laila Ali on Ronda Rousey Real Champs Don't Get Beat Like That!

11/16/2015 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"In order to be the best in the world, you definitely don't EVER get beat up like that in your prime, period." -- Laila Ali on Ronda Rousey


It's pretty clear from this video Laila Ali doesn't like Ronda Rousey -- telling TMZ Sports she hopes Ronda turns down a rematch ... 'cause Holly Holm is just going to BEAT HER ASS AGAIN!!!

The video is pretty amazing and Laila is just like her legendary father -- completely unafraid to speak her mind.


Ronda Rousey Hospitalized After Brutal Knock Out

11/14/2015 10:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1115-ronda-rousey-getty-01Ronda Rousey has been transported to a hospital in Australia after suffering a devastating knock out during UFC 193.

A rep for the UFC tells TMZ Sports, "Ronda is currently being transported to a local hospital for precautionary purposes."

Ronda was knocked out in the 2nd round after taking a crushing kick to the neck by Holly Holm ... medical personnel rushed to her side in the octogon.

1115-sub-ronda-rousey-getty-01Ronda didn't speak to reporters after the fight -- instead, she was transported to a nearby hospital for medical attention.


Victoria's Secret Model Ronda Rousey Doesn't Have To Worry About Hits To The Face, But I Do!

11/14/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Being a badass fighter is part of Ronda Rousey's image, so a few hits to the face wouldn't ruin her burgeoning acting career ... so says the Victoria's Secret model who actually throws down in the ring too!

TMZ Sports caught up with Gracie Carvalho at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City ... where our photog asked her if Rousey -- who is fighting Saturday night in UFC 193 -- needs to be extra cautious about face shots, since Rousey has an acting career that's just getting started.

Carvalho -- who walked in the "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" this week and fashions herself a Muay Thai fighter -- said Ronda can handle the punishment, but she can't.

As for the big fight with Holly Holm, Carvalho is picking Ronda ... shocker!

Make sure to check out UFC 193 -- Rousey Vs. Holm -- LIVE on PPV Saturday November 14th.

Rousey vs. Holm Pushing, Cussing, Threats ... At UFC Weigh-In

11/13/2015 3:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

There was some charged up shoving at the UFC 193 weigh-ins ... with a pissed off Ronda Rousey cussing and threatening Holly Holm.

Rousey looked angry from the second she walked out on the stage -- but LOST HER MIND when Holm allegedly touched her face during the customary face-to-face showdown pose. 

You can see Rousey shout a couple of expletives at Holm -- and later called Holly a phony who's gonna get her ass kicked Saturday. 

Should be fun. 

Ronda Rousey I'm Still Not Cool with Bieber

11/12/2015 4:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ronda Rousey says Justin Bieber has made NO EFFORT to squash their beef after dissing her little sister ... but she's still open for peace. 

Rousey appeared on "TMZ Sports" on FS1 on Thursday (airing 9PM PT) when she told us she's down to let bygones be bygones ... but there's one thing Bieber has to do to redeem himself. 

As we previously reported, Rousey says Bieber shot her sister down hard when she asked for a pic with him at the Cannes Film Festival. 

There's more ... Rousey also told us she's confident her fight with Holly Holm this weekend won't be a 30 second obliteration ... telling us she plans to be patient this time around. 

Yeah right. 

We'll see if she keeps her word during UFC Fight 193 -- Rousey v. Holm -- live on PPV on Saturday, Nov. 14.

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