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Daniel Cormier The Insult Jon Jones Hates the Most Is ...

6/14/2016 7:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

They've said some pretty nasty stuff to each other ... but Daniel Cormier says there's ONE insult that pisses Jon Jones off more than anything else. 

DC was out in NYC promoting his big fight with JJ at UFC 200 in July -- when he told us he knows exactly how to get under Jon's skin ... and doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.

This fight is gonna be awesome. 

Bo Jackson 'I Don't Know Who Brock Lesnar Is'

6/14/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bo don't know Brock ... apparently. 

With Brock Lesnar referring to himself as "the modern day Bo Jackson" -- due to his UFC and WWE success -- we went right to the 2-sport authority and asked Bo himself how he felt about the comparison.

Bo -- who was at Eric Dickerson's charity golf tournament -- told us straight up, "I don't even know who Brock Lesnar is, man."

Ouch.

Ronda Rousey I'm a Sucker for a Good Tearjerker

6/10/2016 12:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0610-ronda-rousey-pride-and-prejudice-FAMEFLYNET-01UFC badass Ronda Rousey's secret is out ... she's a big softy at heart.

Check out the book Rousey was carrying Thursday as she left Glendale Fighting Club. It's Jojo Moyes' wildly popular romantic novel "Me Before You," which was made into a major chick flick that came out last week.

Yup ... sometimes fighters need a good cry too.

UFC's Valentina Shevchenko Breaks Silence On Peru Shooting ... 'It Was Us or Them'

6/10/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"You go ... or they go."

That's how UFC fighter Valentina Shevchenko feels about her trainer's decision to pull his gun and fire at gun-toting thieves last month during an armed robbery in Peru. 

Shevchenko joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show and broke her silence about what was going through her mind when 3 armed men stormed the restaurant where she was having dinner. 

As we previously reported, her trainer, Pavel Fedotov, pulled his gun and fired at the robbers, killing 1 -- but was shot in the stomach during the exchange.  

Shevchenko says Pavel is still hospitalized-- but hopes he'll be able to travel to Chicago to see her fight Holly Holm at UFC on FOX 20 on July 23. 

** Make sure to watch the ENTIRE interview on "TMZ Sports" TONIGHT on FS1 -- it's compelling stuff 

Nate Diaz What Up, My [N-Word]?!

6/8/2016 10:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

So Nate Diaz has an N-word pass.

The UFC star was rollin' into Bootsy Bellows nightclub last night ... when he used the word (with an "a" not the "er") during a friendly exchange with a photog. 

Didn't seem like he was using the word in a racial way ... and nobody (including the black people at the club) got bent out of shape.

Michael Bisping Rockhold's a 'Sore Loser' ... I Tried to Be Nice

6/7/2016 4:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC champ Michael Bisping says Luke Rockhold was a real "a-hole" after UFC 199 -- insisting he TRIED to be respectful to Luke ... but Rockhold was too busy being a "sore loser."

FYI, Rockhold blasted Bisping on Instagram Tuesday morning ... calling the guy "classless" for refusing to shake his hand after beating him on Saturday night. 

"I felt it was a classless move on his part," Rockhold said ... "I don't believe in kicking a man when he's down."

Bisping joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs tonight on FS1) -- and said Luke's completely delusional because he actually tried to shake his hand TWICE. 

By the way, Bisping also says he's not ready to retire just yet because a true champion defends his belt!!! 

There's a lot more -- make sure to watch the whole thing tonight on FS1 at 9 PM PT, 12 ET. 

UFC Champ Stipe Miocic I'm Down to Fight Brock Lesnar ... He'll Lose.

6/6/2016 3:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

If Brock Lesnar wants a second UFC comeback fight, he may already have a taker -- heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic ... who says he's absolutely down to rumble with "The Next Big Thing."

We spoke with Miocic moments ago who told us he's excited to see Lesnar get back in the octagon -- but expressed concern over the fact BL's been out of the fight game for a couple years and could be rusty. 

But if Brock crushes Mark Hunt at UFC 200 and wants a shot at the title -- Miocic says bring it on ... though he's pretty damn confident things won't work out well for Lesnar.

By the way, Miocic already fought Hunt in 2015 and kicked his ass. 

Dana White Ariel Helwani Can Come to UFC 200 ... If He Buys a Ticket

6/6/2016 10:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0606-dana-white-ariel-helwani-02Dana White confirms to TMZ Sports ... MMA reporter Ariel Helwani will never receive another media credential to another UFC event "as long as I'm here" ... but says he can still buy a ticket. 

Helwani and his team were removed from UFC 199 after breaking the news about Brock Lesnar's comeback AND that the contract for Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor rematch was done. 

Helwani had said he was told he was banned for life. A UFC rep explained the organization was upset Helwani didn't call for comment before publishing the news. 

We asked White about the "ban" -- and he explained, "He can cover all the events he wants, he just can't have a credential." 

When asked specifically if he would be allowed to attend UFC 200 if he bought a ticket, White replied, "Yes."

We also asked if the ban was really a life sentence, and White told us, "As long as I'm here."

Brock Lesnar I'm Making 'Boatload of Money' ... For UFC Comeback

6/6/2016 7:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0606-brock-lesnar-GETTY-01Brock Lesnar just announced his opponent for UFC 200 -- and also just bragged that he's making a "BOATLOAD OF MONEY." 

Lesnar just appeared on ESPN and said he came up with the idea to return to the octagon on his own -- he wasn't courted back to the UFC -- claiming he felt he had unfinished business. He'll be facing 42-year-old Mark Hunt. 

0606-mark-hunt-gettyLesnar had stopped fighting years ago after suffering 2 debilitating bouts of diverticulitis ... but says he still feels the burning desire to fight. So, he called up Dana White 3 months ago and asked to be on the UFC 200 card. 

Lesnar said his comeback isn't about money ... but couldn't stop talking about how much money he's going to make -- saying his check will have a WHOLE BUNCH of zeroes. He didn't specify an exact amount. 

He also called himself the "modern day Bo Jackson" -- because he competes in the UFC and WWE. 

Dana White Pumped About Brock Lesnar's UFC Comeback ... 'It Doesn't Suck'

6/6/2016 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Here's a shocker ... Dana White is FIRED UP about Brock Lesnar's return to the UFC -- telling TMZ Sports the ex-champ has been training like a beast and feels "like a million bucks."

We got White leaving the Laugh Factory on Sunset Blvd. Sunday night -- where he told us "it doesn't suck" to have a massive star like Lesnar booked for UFC 200. 

However, he does have one concern about Brock.

We also asked Dana about taking a "Stockton Slap"  from Nate Diaz -- and how the shot to the face essentially sealed the deal for his rematch with Conor McGregor.

One more thing ... we also talked about McGregor vs. Mayweather -- and while White once again shot it down, he did say if the two fought, it would be "punches, kicks and elbows."

Hey, it's a start. 

UFC's Robbie Lawler Muhammad Ali's an Icon ... Wishing Him the Best

6/3/2016 12:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

With Muhammad Ali hospitalized in Arizona ... we asked UFC champ Robbie Lawler to tell us what "The Greatest" of all time means to him as a fighter.

Check out the clip ... it's nothing but respect and well-wishes for Ali. 

#GetWellSoon

Urijah Faber I'd NEVER Date Paige VanZant ... I Respect The Bro Code

6/3/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Urijah Faber says he won't be doing any horizontal wrestling with Paige VanZant outside the Octagon ... 'cause the almighty BRO CODE would stop him from ever, ever, dating his super cute UFC teammate.

We got Faber out in L.A. doing a little press for UFC 199 .... and asked about the smokin' hot ... and apparently single ... Miss VanZant.

0602-van-zant-faber-instagramBasically, we wanted to know if there was any chance he'd make a run for the 'DWTS' runner-up ... and become the first couple of the UFC.

Urijah makes it clear ... it's NOT HAPPENING ... saying the fact Paige dated his (and her) teammate, makes any extracurricular grappling a clear violation of the almighty bro code.

Bonus awesomeness? Faber also talks to us about his signature butt chin ... and tells us who he thinks has the most iconic booty face in the history of Hollywood. 

Here's a hint ... the dude's a real sweathog. 

Michael Bisping I'm A Real Actor Conor McGregor Not So Much

6/2/2016 4:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC star Michael Bisping says the producers of of Vin Diesel's new "XXX" movie actually lucked out when Conor McGregor dropped out ... cause they got him instead, and he's a real deal thespian.

We got Bisping out in L.A. and asked him about filling in for Conor on the new flick, which McGregor was slated to star in but then dropped out of.

Bisping makes it clear to us ... he's no replacement ... saying a whole new part was written for the movie and he had to audition to get it.

As far as talking about McGregor's acting abilities ... Michael says there's not much to talk about -- saying Conor's never even done it before ... while he has over ten credits on the all-important IMDB.

We looked it up ... he ain't lying.

Anthony Hopkins, watch out.

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