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Logan Paul On Sage Northcutt Fight 'I'd Have to Train My Ass Off'

9/23/2018 12:15 AM PDT

Logan Paul knows he can't just jump in the Octagon and wreck Sage Northcutt -- telling TMZ Sports if the two hammer out a deal ... he'd have to "train his ass off" first. 

Of course, Logan has said he wants a real deal UFC fight -- and Sage Northcutt told us he's down to give him that match. 

The problem for Paul ... Northcutt is a beast who's 11-2 as a pro MMA fighter, with 6 of those wins in the UFC. And, he's only 22 years old! 

"I wouldn't say I'd handle Sage Northcutt," Logan says ... "Sage Northcutt is an animal."

Still, Paul says it would be "fun" to square off with the guy -- if he can put together a real training camp first. 

As for Sage, he told the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show he's all about a fight with Paul because his fans would love it. 

The good news for Logan ... UFC champ Tyron Woodley has already offered to help train Paul up, claiming he was impressed with his boxing match against KSI and thinks he's got real talent. 

Our advice ... call Woodley. Get in the gym. Make it happen.

Khabib Nurmagomedov Hates Conor's Filthy Mouth 'Think About the Kids!'

9/22/2018 12:50 AM PDT

Conor McGregor needs to cut out the bad language ... because KIDS ARE WATCHING -- so says Khabib Nurmagomedov

The UFC star tells TMZ Sports he got fed up with all the curse words Conor was dropping at their nasty press conference on Thursday ... and says they need to be better role models! 

"This is what I don't like when too much people cursing," Khabib said ... "Too many young guys like follow us ... I don't want to be a bad example for young generation people."

Conor dropped more bad words than a "Def Comedy Jam" act -- calling Khabib every dirty word in the book ... from "little rat" to "fanboy bitch" and "backwards c*nt."

Khabib says he refuses to engage in expletive warfare -- "I wanna be good [role] model."

As for whether Conor got under his skin at the presser, Khabib scoffed ... saying he's confident he'll "smash" McGregor when they face off at UFC 229 on Oct. 6. 


Dana White Warns Logan Paul ... You'd Get Hurt Badly In UFC

9/22/2018 12:35 AM PDT

Logan Paul better abandon his UFC dreams stat -- because if he ever stepped into the Octagon, he'd get "hurt badly" ... so says Dana White

"That would be a really bad idea for him," White tells TMZ Sports

Logan -- an accomplished high school wrestler -- had previously told us his dream would be to book a legit UFC fight after his highly successful boxing match with fellow YouTube star KSI

In fact, UFC stud Sage Northcutt said he's down to make Paul's dreams come true -- if they can negotiate the right contract. 

But, judging by this video ... that fight will never go down under the UFC banner -- because White turns deadly serious when he warns Paul about how extremely underqualified he is to brawl against the trained killers in the UFC. 

Doesn't mean it couldn't happen in another MMA promotion -- but White clearly doesn't want any part of what he sees as a death wish.

Conor McGregor Cried After 1st Pro MMA Loss Opponent Explains Why ...

9/22/2018 12:20 AM PDT

Conor McGregor wasn't always a monster in the cage -- he tapped out in his 3rd-ever MMA fight and wept in the cage ... but his opponent says the dude is FAR from a cry baby. 

We spoke with Artemij Sitenkov -- the very first man to make Conor tap back in 2008 after putting the Irishman in a leg lock during a Cage of Truth fighting event in Dublin. 

"He was 19 years old ... and it was his first defeat, so yeah, he was emotional."

You can see in footage from the event, Conor was shocked after the match -- sitting on the cage floor in disbelief. 

But, Artemij says the tears don't make him any less of a man -- explaining, "When I was a kid and I lost my first fight, I was also crying. It's natural."

Conor's a different fighter now, according to Artemij -- "I didn't beat superstar McGregor. I beat teenager McGregor."

Artemij is still very involved in MMA -- he currently coaches young fighters ... and gave us a prediction on the upcoming Conor vs. Khabib fight

Spoiler alert ... might wanna get the tissues ready. 

Tyron Woodley I'm Next In Line for Conor ... If He Beats Khabib

9/21/2018 2:32 PM PDT

Conor McGregor vs. Tyron Woodley??

Tyron thinks it's just a matter of time ... and the time is right after Conor beats Khabib at UFC 229. 

"If Conor wins, the only fight that makes sense for him is to fight me," Tyron said on 'The Hollywood Beatdown' ... "[he'll] try to get a 3rd belt."

Of course, Conor has already held the UFC featherweight and UFC lightweight titles ... but Tyron Woodley is currently the champ in the welterweight division. 

So, if McGregor wants to make history as the Champ Champ Champ ... he's gotta go through Tyron. 

It's not a crazy idea ... Conor fought at welterweight in BOTH scraps with Nate Diaz

Tyron also says he and Conor have some unfinished beef stemming from a backstage altercation at UFC 205 back in 2016. 

There's A LOT more this week ... Tyron tells us about his conversations with Jon Jones and why he does NOT think he'd be able to win a fight against the UFC legend. 

Plus, Tyron demonstrates how to apply the Darce chokehold ... on Evan! 

Check out 'The Hollywood Beatdown' every Friday on the TMZ Sports YouTube page

Dana White Putin & Trump ... You're Invited to McGregor Fight!

9/21/2018 12:50 AM PDT

Dana White says he's extended an invitation to both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump to be his VIP guests when Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov clash in Vegas next month. 

Of course, Dana is tight with POTUS and even spoke at the Republican National Convention during Trump's campaign. 

And Putin ... well, Conor recently became friends with the Russian president. And, Khabib is a Russian citizen. 

But, Dana knows they probably won't come -- acknowledging that having a world leader at a fight would be a nightmare as far as security is concerned. Instead, White says Trump has assured him he'll watch the fight on Pay-Per-View. 

We also asked White if Conor's crew of hooligans will be allowed at the fight -- considering they participated in the bus attack at Barclays Center back in April. 

Despite the violence, White says the crew is NOT banned -- and UFC is already drawing up a security plan to make sure Team Conor and Team Khabib don't clash at the event. 

One last thing ... how'd Conor's whiskey actually taste? Dana gives us our first Proper No. Twelve review -- and yeah, it doesn't suck. 

Conor McGregor Slams Whiskey, Trolls Khabib 'I Would Have Killed You'

9/20/2018 3:30 PM PDT
Breaking News

Conor McGregor says if Khabib Nurmagomedov stepped off that bus at Barclays Center, he would have MURDERED him and gone to prison for life.

Yeah, it was all part of the insane UFC 229 media event in NYC on Thursday -- where Conor pounded whiskey and fired off dozens of explicit slurs at his opponent. 

Conor called Khabib every name in the book -- and made up some new ones -- including: 

-- "Little rat, little weasel."

-- "You little fanboy bitch."

-- "You'll do nothing."

-- "You mad backwards c*nt."

-- Regarding the bus incident, Conor said, "When the person you were looking for showed up, you took a sh*t on the back of the bus, so shut your f*cking mouth!!!"

-- "You're a fake lying rat. I'm real."

-- "We don't have to lick no one's a**hole for a check, like f*cking you!!"

There's more about the bus incident ... Conor blames Khabib for the people who were injured in that attack -- saying everything would have been fine if Khabib had the stones to get off the bus and fight. 

"I just thank the Lord Jesus Christ that that man doesn't have the balls to step off that bus ... this man would be dead right now."

"He would be in a box and I would be in a cell and we would not have this great fight ahead of us."

Conor also noted his whiskey -- Proper 12 -- is an official sponsor of the UFC 229 fight and will have a logo on the Octagon floor. 

Stipe Miocic I'm Down to Fight Jon Jones ... But Cormier First!!

9/20/2018 9:24 AM PDT

If Jon Jones wants a piece of Stipe Miocic ... he might have to wait -- because the former UFC heavyweight champ says his priority is a rematch with Daniel Cormier

Remember, Stipe was on a 6-fight win streak (including 3 title defenses) when he lost to Cormier at UFC 226 back in July. 

And,  even though a superfight with Jon Jones could mean a much bigger paycheck -- Stipe says his focus is getting his belt back. 

We spoke with Stipe's manager, Jim Walter, who tells us, "We will fight anyone, including Jones. But our priority is to rematch DC for the title."

"After carrying the torch in the heavyweight division for years, fighting 2-3 times per year and defending the belt more than any heavyweight ever I feel we have earned that right."

The hurdle for Stipe ... D.C. wants to fight Brock Lesnar -- a fight that's a priority for the UFC. 

Still, Walter says Stipe is "training and ready to fight" -- which still leaves the big question ... who's it gonna be?

Khabib Rips Conor I'm Gonna Embarrass You!

9/20/2018 7:33 AM PDT

Khabib Nurmagomedov has landed in New York -- and says he's not worried about Conor McGregor going crazy at today's press conference ... Khabib's focused on going crazy on Oct. 6!!

The UFC superstar admits he's tired from the long flight to the U.S. but insists he's in fighting shape and ready to destroy Conor when they do battle at UFC 229 in Vegas. 

"I'm gonna make him tired and make him look bad," Khabib says  ... "This is my plan. He cannot fight all 25 minutes. Maybe he think he can knock me out, we will see."

Khabib has previously told TMZ Sports he believes Conor is a "tap machine" -- and it's clear he wants to wear down the Irishman and put that machine to work. 

The Pride of Dagestan also sounded off on USADA -- claiming the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is "#1 Bulls**t" for reducing Jon Jones' suspension. 

"USADA give my friends 2 years. 2 years. Their first time," Khabib says ... "Okay, what about Jon Jones? Second time problem and they give him one and half year!"

"And ... you know ... I think I think it's very bad. I think it's very bad."

Khabib also praises his friend Daniel Cormier for being a clean fighter -- and "the greatest champion inside the cage and outside the cage."

But, as for Jones ...

"Hey Jon Jones is great fighter, you know. He's very good fighter you know, but if you talk about rules, everybody has to follow rules."

Alexander Gustafsson Calls Out Jon Jones ... Let's Rematch!

9/20/2018 6:01 AM PDT
Breaking News

He's still got another month on the bench, but fighters are already trying to book a fight with Jon Jones -- starting with UFC star Alexander Gustafsson

Some history ... Gustafsson had a title shot with Jones back in 2013 at UFC 165 -- and the fight was AWESOME!!!

AG lost in a unanimous decision -- but Jones was sent to the hospital for injuries after the fight and later called it the toughest fight of his career. 

Both guys got a Fight of the Night bonus for the spectacular brawl. 

Now, with Jones expected to be reinstated to fight again as early as October -- Alexander is making his pitch for a rematch! 

"Congratulations [Jon Jones]," the #1 ranked lightweight contender wrote on social media ... "I'm really glad u are back!"

"[Daniel Cormier] is aiming for [Brock Lesnar] ... so let’s give the fans another legendary fight for the belt."

Gustafsson made sure to tag the UFC and Dana White.

As we previously reported, Jones is currently serving a suspension after testing positive for PEDs surrounding the Cormier fight at UFC 214. 

He was initially facing a 4-year ban -- but it was reduced to 15 months (retroactive) because officials don't believe he intentionally cheated. 

Steve-O Watch Chuck Liddell Take a Swing at My Head!!!

9/20/2018 12:20 AM PDT

America’s favorite jackass is back at it again … we’re getting the first look at how Steve-O is prepping for his new stunt tour … and it’s a miracle he has any brain cells left!!!

Steve-O is teaming up with Chuck Liddell to psych himself up for his upcoming Bucket List Tour ... and you gotta see what the "Jackass" star came up with!!!

Steve-O crams his dome into a makeshift helmet and uses his ear to tee up a golf ball as the MMA legend busts out a driver and takes a monster rip. That’s got to hurt -- fore sure!!!

Lucky for you, Steve-O suffered a better fate than the golf ball ... and he's starting his live multimedia tour this weekend. 

Steve-O tells TMZ ... the tour includes explicit footage of him ejaculating as he falls out of an airplane, riding a bike under general anesthesia, a vasectomy world record and the stunt that left 15 percent of his body covered in 3rd degree burns!!!

Thanks, Chuck, for letting Steve-O live to tell his tales. 


Brett Favre Huge Conor McGregor Fan ... He'll Beat Khabib!!

9/20/2018 12:50 AM PDT

Brett Favre frickin' LOVES Conor McGregor ... and says he's super pumped for the Khabib Nurmagomedov mega-fight.

Oh yeah ... and he told us who's gonna win too.

TMZ Sports recently spoke to Favre -- who just took a family vacay to Ireland -- about his UFC obsession ... particularly the Notorious.

"I like watching the guy fight. Love watching the guy fight. I think he's a hell of a fighter."

Favre says he's pumped for what some -- including Mark Wahlberg -- say is gonna be the biggest MMA fight ever ... and is pretty sure McGregor will have his hand raised. 

"I gotta go with my guy, McGregor. I'm looking forward to it."

We say pretty sure 'cause, even though #4 is confident Conor will get it done, he's still leaving a little room for the bear-wrestling mauler to score what Favre thinks would be an upset.

"In the UFC, you never know. You never know."

True dat. 

Jon Jones Could Return to Fighting In Late October!!!

9/19/2018 5:38 PM PDT
Breaking News

6:25 PM PT -- Jones has responded to the news, saying ... "It’s difficult to express myself at this moment but I can definitely say my heart is filled with gratitude and appreciation. I want to thank all of you who have stood by me during the toughest stretch of my life."

He added ... "now is the time to shift the focus front and center to the road ahead. Greatness is what I’m chasing and the path to reclaiming my throne is now officially open. Comeback Season begins now."

Jon Jones has finally received his punishment for testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid last year -- a 15-month suspension -- but the good news is ... he could return to the Octagon in just a little over a month.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Jones' suspension Wednesday, but it's retroactive to the date of the test on July 28, 2017 ... which means he may be eligible to fight again by October 28.

As we reported ... Jones swore on God and his kids that he didn't use steroids before his fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, but couldn't account for the banned substance in his system in his B test.

Due to the positive test, his knockout over Cormier was changed to a no-contest.

Jones was originally looking at a maximum of a 4-year ban, but the USADA changed its mind and only sought an 18-month suspension. However, an independent arbitrator ultimately reduced it to 15 months and said in his ruling ... "There was absolutely no intention to use prohibited substances on the part of the athlete."

Jones also got his license to fight revoked in California for the positive test, but he's also eligible for reinstatement now.

So ... rematch with Cormier coming soon??

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