The UFC is exploding in popularity ... but the sport of boxing is still more respected than MMA ... so says former boxing champ Sugar Shane Mosely.
The 42-year-old was leaving Supper Club in Hollywood Saturday night when he explained why he thinks the UFC is still playing catch up to boxing when it comes to respect.
Shane -- who's retired -- also says he still thinks he can fight with the best in the world ... but wants to leave the sport in younger hands ... like his 23-year-old son, who's training to be just like his old man.
Wanderlei Silva Sucks
'He's the Worst Fighter in the UFC'
2/26/2014 3:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chael Sonnen says Wanderlei Silva is "the worst fighter in the UFC" ... and it's time for the guy to either sign a contract to fight or SHUT UP ... 'cause he's sick of waiting around.
Sonnen was at LAX this week when he blasted his "Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" rival -- who, according to Chael, has yet to sign his contract so they can finally get in the Octagon.
Chael and Silva were originally supposed to brawl at UFC 173 ... but the fight has since been pushed back ... and at this point, Sonnen isn't convinced it's ever going to happen.
Now, things are clearly getting personal -- with Chael telling us the guy straight up "sucks" at fighting.
It's getting nasty -- check out the clip.
2/23/2014 8:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
After obliterating Sara McMann's liver last night, UFC badass Ronda Rousey celebrated her first ever TKO victory the only way she knows how ... by destroying a huge plate of chicken wings!!!!!
Ronda's right hand man Layzie the Savage posted the video right after UFC 170 ... showing Ronda getting ready to chow down with a huge victorious smile on her face.
The chicken consumption has become a tradition for Ronda after a victory -- it was just back in December when she woofed down some cluckers after he big win at UFC 168.
Good for Ronda. Bad for the chickens.
UFC 170 Hangout Was Just For Fun
... Says Dana White
2/22/2014 10:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
CM Punk's first public outing since walking away from the WWE last month was Saturday night in Las Vegas at UFC 170 ... and even though he was sitting ringside with the company's head honcho -- Dana White says they didn't talk one word of business.
TMZ Sports spoke with Dana White about his visible hangout with Punk seen by millions on Pay Per View ... and the UFC Prez says they were just watching the fight as friends.
Dana adds, "He is a friend and a fan. We have literally never talked about wrestling or fighting or anything else work related since I've known him."
As we previously reported ... Punk quit the WWE in January after feeling like he was getting snubbed out of a main event match at "Wrestlemania XXX". Earlier this week Vince McMahon told investors the wrestler is currently "taking a sabbatical" from the company.
My Shotgun SPITS FIRE!!!!
2/22/2014 5:47 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Talk about packin' heat -- UFC champ Jon "Bones" Jones was blasting away with special shotgun ammunition that actually turns his piece into a frickin' FLAMETHROWER ... and it's all on video.
Jones grabbed his Remington 870 Express pump action shotgun and went to the desert to test out some unusual ammunition ... including something called "Dragon's Breath" ... which can ENGULF YOUR TARGET IN FLAMES!!!
FYI -- Dragon's Breath is illegal in a couple of states ... but it appears Jon was shooting in New Mexico, where it's ok.
If you wanna see the full power of the ammo -- check out the clip below and scroll to 4:24.
DON'T MESS WITH FERGIE
Or I'll Beat Your Ass!!
2/20/2014 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ken Shamrock isn't afraid to put the black eye in Black Eyed Peas if ANYONE messes with Fergie -- because the UFC legend was part of her personal security team yesterday ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Shamrock -- who's now in the celeb bodyguard business -- was watching Fergie's back at a footwear convention in Vegas. We're glad to report everyone behaved ... Ken didn't need to choke anyone out.
As we previously reported, 50-year-old Ken is one of the top guys at Pro-Tect Global -- and has been charged with keeping big stars like 50 Cent and Kristin Cavallari safe.
Despite the fact he's rollin' with huge celebs, we're told the World's Most Dangerous Man was hit up for some autographs himself --- and, of course, he obliged.
MLB Star Shane Victorino
I'm Training in MMA
... to Get JACKED for Baseball
2/17/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Pitchers are gonna think twice before throwing inside on Shane Victorino next season ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned, the Red Sox star is on a HARDCORE mixed martial arts training binge.
"The Flyin' Hawaiin" is getting into fighting shape with "UFC Fit" -- same MMA workout routine that helped UFC super stars like Johnny Hendricks and Thiago Alves get JACKED before fights.
Shane tells us, "As an athlete, I’ve taken part in a lot of training programs ... and UFC Fit takes things to a whole new level.”
Don Gold -- one of the honchos at the program -- tells us women's UFC star Ronda Rousey uses the system too ... "Mike Dolce and the UFC Fit team just recently trained Ronda for her UFC title defense and got her in the absolute best shape of her career."
Bottom line ... watch out for Shane when the benches clear next year.
Mastering Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
I'm a Blue Belt, Bitches!
2/13/2014 10:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen should tread lightly ... 'cause Ashton Kutcher has just earned his advanced blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu -- meaning, the guy can fight.
Kutcher has been training with MMA badass Rigan Machado ... and last night in Beverly Hills, the "Two and a Half Men" star was promoted to a "two stripe blue belt" -- which means he's spent hundreds of hours on the mat learning all sorts of new techniques.
Also in the house ... UFC fighters Josh Barnett and Cub Swanson. It appears Barnett was promoted to an instructor level.
Still, Kutcher is hardly the most dangerous sitcom star -- that honor probably goes to Ed O'Neil ... who's a frickin' BLACK BELT!!!
In fact, Rorion Gracie once described Ed as "As tough as they come."
Thiago Silva's Wife
HE HAS A COCAINE PROBLEM
2/11/2014 3:27 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Thiago Silva has a serious cocaine problem ... so says his estranged wife who claims the drug made him paranoid ... though Thiago's lawyer tells TMZ Sports she's full of crap.
Thaysa Silva spoke with a Brazilian media outlet and said the UFC fighter's cocaine habit led to the demise of their marriage AND last week's gun-wielding showdown at a jiu-jitsu academy in Florida.
"The problem was cocaine. He always thinks he’s above the law," Thaysa said ... "He had the cocaine paranoia."
We spoke with Thiago's attorney who tells us ... "The claims are not justified" ... and notes that no cocaine was found on the scene, at Thiago's house or anywhere else connected to the fighter.
Even though they're technically still married, Thaysa says her relationship with Thiago ended more than a year ago.
"My marriage was over in December of 2012. In our relationship, I had to deal with the imbalance and aggressions. But I never went to talk to the police because I fear the reactions. Even after I was assaulted, I did not speak."
Thaysa also described the alleged encounter that went down at her house in the weeks before the arrest ... saying, "He came to my house, tore my clothes and pointed a gun at my head."
Thiago was arrested on February 6th -- he's currently being held without bond in a Florida jail for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
'Trigger-Happy Cops Overreacted'
... Lawyer Says
2/10/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
There was NO REASON for cops to call in the SWAT team to apprehend Thiago Silva ... the "trigger-happy" police simply overreacted ... so says the UFC fighter's lawyer.
TMZ Sports spoke with attorney Scott Saul ... who tells us he was present when the SWAT team surrounded Silva's South Florida home.
Saul says ... cops went "overboard" because he's a UFC fighter.
Saul says the situation could have been handled as a routine arrest situation -- and the fact they called in an army of cops only escalated it.
"There was no allegation of harm against anyone," Saul says ... "But they treated it like a terrorist threat."
As we previously reported, Silva was initially arrested for attempted murder -- but the judge later reduced the charge because Silva never actually fired a shot or laid a finger on anyone during the incident.
Silva is currently being held without bond.
Thiago Silva Arrest
Wife's Alleged Boyfriend
I Need a Break From Fighting
2/8/2014 2:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The guy who owns the jiu-jitsu studio where Thiago Silva allegedly whipped out a gun and threatened to shoot a bunch of people has shut his doors ... but only for a couple days ... in the wake of the insane events that occurred this week.
According to the police report, not only did the UFC star pull up to the studio and threaten to kill his wife and her alleged new boyfriend ... he also threatened to shoot everyone inside the studio.
Which is why the people who run the place decided to shut it down for a few days ... posting a sign on the door Saturday to let patrons know they'd resume business on Monday.
As we previously reported ... Silva was hit with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm -- and is still in custody without bond.
Officially Replaced for 'UFC 171'
After Insane Gun Arrest
2/8/2014 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Thiago Silva is officially OFF THE BILL for "UFC 171" in March ... after allegedly threatening to kill his wife ... and he's been replaced by a Ukranian bad ass, TMZ Sports has learned.
After declaring Silva will never fight in the UFC ever again, Dana White tells TMZ Sports ... 21-year-old phenom Nikita Krylov will fill Silva's spot and fight Ovince St. Preux at UFC 171 in Dallas.
We're told Krylov -- a former heavyweight -- will drop down to the light heavyweight division for the fight.
White is stoked about the matchup, especially after the way Krylov -- who calls himself the Al Capone of MMA -- knocked out Walt Harris with a head kick just :25 seconds into the fight at "UFC on FOX 10."
Sorry Thiago ... but that's what happens when you threaten to shoot people with a gun (allegedly).
Thiago Silva's Next Opponent
I'm Pissed We Can't Fight
'You Gotta Be F-ing Kidding Me'
2/7/2014 2:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The UFC fighter Thiago Silva would've faced next -- had he not been busted for allegedly pulling a gun on his wife -- tells TMZ Sports ... he's DEVASTATED the fight's scrapped saying "you gotta be f-ing kidding me."
Ovince St. Preux was set to square off against Silva at UFC 171 on March 15 ... but after the Brazilian fighter's insane meltdown, UFC prez Dana White permanently banned him from the Octagon.
St. Preux tells us he's bummed the match is cancelled ... but agrees with the ban, saying "I understand where Dana White is coming from, he has to protect the brand ... Plus, he's my boss."
As for why he thinks Thiago snapped ... St. Preux says "we don't know what he was going through" ... adding, "If he's having personal problems, anyone in his position might've done the same thing."
"Thiago took on the bad boy role ... and he played it well," St. Preux said, "I thought it was an act, but maybe he was being himself."
It's still unclear who -- if anyone -- Ovince will face at UFC 171 in Dallas.