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Boxer Paulie Malignaggi UFC Getting It Right On Doping BOXING Needs A Clean Up

7/29/2016 5:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The UFC is cracking down on PED usage in a way boxing DESPERATELY needs ... that's according to former boxing World Champ Paulie Malignaggi ... who says it's HIS sport that needs a scrubbing.

We got Paulie -- the former junior welterweight and welterweight champ of the world -- in NY training for his big Showtime PPV fight against Gabriel Bracero on Saturday and asked him about recent drug scandals in combat sports.

A fair share of those have gone down in the UFC ... where high-profile guys, like Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones, have been popped just recently for doping.

Paulie's been a vocal critic of PED use in boxing for a long time ... but given recent history it's still interesting to hear him say that it's HIS sport ... and not the UFC ... that has the real problem.

Check it out.

Nate Diaz I'm Heading Back to Stockton ... to Prep for McGregor

7/29/2016 2:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UFC superstar Nate Diaz just FaceTimed into the "TMZ Sports" TV show -- and told us he's on the way to his hometown Stockton, CA ... to get ready for the McGregor fight with "the best training in the world."

Diaz says he's been working out in L.A. -- but now, he's kicking the training into high gear -- "I'm going home now where I got all my good s*** at."

You gotta watch the entire interview Friday night on FS1 -- Nate keeps it all the way real ... especially when we bring up the Forbes list of highest paid athletes. 

UFC's Amanda Nunes I Want Rousey Next ... If She Fights Again

7/29/2016 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Straight from the champ's mouth ... Amanda Nunes says she wants to get in the Octagon with Ronda Rousey as soon as possible -- if Ronda actually fights again. 

Nunes -- who just beat Miesha Tate to win the Women's bantamweight title -- was doing a media event for UFC 201 and was asked who she would pick for her first title defense. 

Nunes didn't hesitate -- "Ronda Rousey" ... but only IF the UFC legend decides to fight again. 

Nunes says it's important for her to square off with Ronda "to prove to everybody one more time I deserve to be here."

If Ronda doesn't fight again, Nunes says she already has a Plan B -- Julianna Pena -- but says she'd beat JP's ass ... "no problem."

Dana White My Family Keeps Asking for Money ... After $4 Billion Deal!

7/29/2016 6:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's a good problem to have ... but Dana White says family members are coming out of the woodwork with their hands out after the UFC sold for $4 BILLION ... so he's ignoring their calls! 

White was on 'Kimmel' Thursday night -- and was asked how his life has changed now that he's insanely rich (Jimmy estimates he made $360 mil off the deal). 

We're guessing Dana was joking about the family -- but says he had a real Howard Hughes moment and locked himself in a hotel room after the deal closed

He's definitely in a better place now ... and says when it comes to being super wealthy -- "it doesn't suck."

Ronda Rousey Not Preggo

7/28/2016 7:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

071516-ronda-rousey-tmzRonda Rousey is NOT with child ... despite rumors perpetuated by rival UFC fighter Cris "Cyborg" Justino, so says UFC prez Dana White

Early Thursday, Cyborg went to Twitter and wrote, "I keep hearing the rumor @RondaRousey is expecting and no longer fighting #ufc205 if true congrats on the new life."

Ronda has previously talked about having children with her boyfriend, Travis Browne -- but never gave a time frame. 

We spoke with White ... who tells us he talked with Ronda on the phone after the Cyborg tweet and she assured him it just ain't true.

Still no word on when she's expected to get back in the Octagon. 


Ricky Hatton Conor McGregor's A Lot Like Me ... Here's Why

7/28/2016 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Boxing legend Ricky Hatton says he has a lot in common with Conor McGregor -- and he's even got some advice for the UFC superstar. 

Hatton was a damn good boxer back in the day -- racking up a 43-0 record before finally losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2007. 

We asked how he felt about comparisons between him and Conor over the years -- and Hatton seems pretty flattered by it ... explaining why he thinks they're two of a kind. 

BTW, Ricky has now transitioned into trainer -- and is getting Sergey Rabchenko ready for his big Showtime fight Saturday night at Barclays Center. 

Meantime, check out Hatton's greatest hits -- dude was beast. 

Nate Diaz Bieber Called For Truce in Nightclub 'I Don't Want No Problems!'

7/27/2016 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0727-nate-diaz-conan-tbs-01Nate Diaz just gave the blow-by-blow on how Justin Bieber put an END to their famous celebrity beef back in March -- and the whole thing is pretty hilarious. 

Of course, the two had gone back and forth on social media after the McGregor fight -- with Nate ultimately coming on the "TMZ Sports" show and saying, "F*** that fool." 

As fate would have it, they came face-to-face in a Hollywood nightclub a few days later -- but Bieber's no dummy ... he immediately tried to bury the hatchet before things popped off. 

You gotta hear Nate tell the story on "Conan" Tuesday night ... not only did they bro-hug it out, but they're boys now!

UFC's Valentina Shevchenko I'm the REAL Champ ... Bring On Nunes, Rousey!

7/26/2016 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UFC badass Valentina Shevchenko -- who beat up Holly Holm this weekend -- tells TMZ Sports she wants the belt ... BADLY ... and she's ready to go through Amanda Nunes or Ronda Rousey to get it. 

FYI, Shevchenko lost to Nunes by unanimous decision back in March -- but Valentina says she's at the top of her game now ... and is champing at the bit to get the current UFC women's bantamweight champion back in the Octagon. 

"I know it will be a very difficult fight for her," Shevchenko said ... "I want it. I want it very much."

She also pitches her case to UFC honcho Dana White about why she should get the rematch. 

There's more ... we also asked about a possible matchup with Ronda -- Valentina makes it clear, she ain't scared of ANYONE! 

Conor McGregor Shirtless Showdown ... with Ronaldo

7/25/2016 6:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0725-conor-mcgregor-cristiano-ronaldo-shirtless-gym-ufc-vegas-INSTAGRAM-01Two titans of sport ... not one single chest hair. 

Cristiano Ronaldo and Conor McGregor came face-to-face in Vegas this weekend ... and immediately took their shirts off. 

The soccer superstar hit up Conor's training gym in Vegas ... and even got in the Octagon with McGregor. Don't worry, Conor didn't touch his pretty little face. 


After the meeting, the two decided to catch a show ... hitting up the Jennifer Lopez concert nearby.



Dana White B.J. Penn Underachieved ... Shoulda Been One of Best Fighters Ever

7/25/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He's already a UFC Hall of Famer ... but B.J. Penn could have been EVEN BETTER ... so says Dana White, who tells us the guy had the talent be one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time.

We spotted White in NYC -- and asked if there was a fighter who had insane raw talent ... but didn't have the drive to reach their full potential. 

"B.J. Penn," White said ... "B.J. Penn probably should have been one of the best ever ... to ever live ... to ever do it. B.J. was so talented."

"I think B.J. in his own words would go back and do things differently if he could."

B.J. was 28-10-2 in his MMA career -- but couldn't figure out a way to beat guys like Frankie Edgar (lost 3 times) and Georges St-Pierre (lost twice). 

Still, Dana admits ... the guy was "awesome."

Dana White At RNC Trump's A Fighter And I Know Fighters!!

7/19/2016 5:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UFC honcho Dana White took the stage Tuesday evening at the Republican National Convention and praised Donald Trump as a loyal friend who's had his back since day 1.

White opened his speech by saying "I'm sure most of you are wondering, 'What are you doing here?'" -- but went on to explain how Donald was the first person to support UFC when White and his partners bought the business in 2001.

Long story short, White says Trump is the kind of fighter America needs ... and has all the tools to be a kickass president.

White appeared on the "TMZ Sports" TV show a while back and explained why he's Team Trump for life.

Brock Lesnar Will Only Face Discipline for 1 Failed Test ... Despite 2 Dirty Samples

7/19/2016 4:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0719-brock-lesnar-getty-02Brock Lesnar may have caught a break -- because despite the fact he allegedly tested dirty TWICE, he'll only face punishment for one violation ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ Sports.

It all has to do with the dates Brock's samples were collected ... and when he was notified about the results. 

In Brock's case -- he was tested on June 28th and July 9th. But he wasn't notified that his June test came back dirty until July 14th ... 5 days after his second test. 

Our sources tell us ... because he wasn't notified until after the second sample was collected, he will only be punished for one violation

The punishment for a first time banned substance user can range from a warning to a 2 year suspension ... though it can be raised to 4 years if the infraction is determined to be an "aggravating circumstance." 

A second violation would carry even harsher penalties ... but Brock won't have to worry about that. 

Brock Lesnar Fails 2nd Drug Test On Day of UFC 200 Fight

7/19/2016 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0719-brock-lesner-getty-01Brock Lesnar tested positive for a banned substance on the DAY OF UFC 200 ... this according to the UFC. 

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency notified the UFC that a sample collected on July 9th tested positive for the same substance that was found in Brock's 1st failed test, which went down on June 28th. 

"It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed," the UFC said in a statement.

Brock's UFC 200 opponent, Mark Hunt, has already demanded Brock's $2.5 million purse -- guessing this is only going to fuel that fire. 

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