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UFC's Tyron Woodley Logan Paul Is Banned In My House!

1/3/2018 4:23 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Now, Logan Paul has pissed off a UFC fighter ...

Tyron Woodley -- the reigning welterweight champ -- says he saw Logan's dead body video and has BANNED his kids from watching Logan in his home. 

Woodley weighed in on "The Hollywood Beatdown" (full episode drops Friday on the TMZ Sports YouTube channel) ... saying Logan was stupidly insensitive when dealing with a VERY serious topic. 

Watch the clip ... there's a point where Tyron sorta defends Logan, until Evan sets him straight. 

UFC's Rose Namajunas Advice for the Ball Bros: Here's How You Survive Lithuania

1/3/2018 2:45 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Listen up, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball -- now that you're official residents of Lithuania, we're hookin' you up with a superstar athlete who can tell you all about your new country!

UFC champ Rose Namajunas has been out there a bunch to visit her Mom's Lithuanian fam ... and told TMZ Sports exactly what they gotta do. 

Avoid -- all the booze and partying.

Enjoy -- a) the basketball-loving Lithuanian fans b) the fact that people speak English pretty well and c) the smokin' hot chicks.

Bottom line -- Gelo and Melo should be fine ... if they only ball out on the hardwood.

UFC's Anthony Pettis Off-Roadin' in Aruba ... w/ Hot New Fiancee!!

1/3/2018 12:23 PM PST

The holidays are over for us normies, but not for UFC star Anthony Pettis and his smokin' hot fiancee ... who are out in sunny Aruba getting their safari on!

It ain’t just any average trip -- Anthony popped the question on NYE at the Aruba Ritz-Carlton ... and Lisette said yes!!

Since then, the future Mr. and Mrs. “Showtime” have been living it up on the island -- exploring ancient ruins, off-roading at a safari and hitting the beach with flamingos are just a few of the activities they've been getting into.

Not like Anthony really cares -- anything with Lisette is winning.

Congrats!!

UFC Bans Photog For Calling Cyborg a 'Dude'

1/3/2018 8:15 AM PST
Breaking News

The UFC has Cris Cyborg's back in a big way -- banning an MMA photog (who works for the gym where Holly Holm trains) after the guy referred to Cyborg as a "dude."

The man behind the offensive comments is Mark Aragon -- who handles photography and social media for the famous Jackson Wink MMA Academy in New Mexico. 

After UFC 219, Aragon posted a photo of Cyborg on Instagram and wrote, "This dude is tough as hell" ... adding, "Holly was the first one to make his nose bleed."

Cyborg saw the post and wasn't happy -- calling for the UFC to take action against Aragon. 

"It is not acceptable for an official representative of (Holly's gym) to call me transgender ... I expect an apology or their ability to get credentials for future UFC events to be affected by these actions."

UFC heard Cyborg loud and clear ... issuing a statement saying the org is "aware and troubled" by the comments and Aragon "will not be granted access for future events."

Aragon did issue an apology ... but it looks like it was too little too late.

Holly has not commented on the matter.

Bob Arum To Dana White: You Need Boxing to Save Your Ass!

1/2/2018 9:59 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Another round in the Dana White vs. Bob Arum mega-feud ... this time, it's the legendary boxing promoter throwing major shade at White for his plans to get into boxing in 2018. 

Arum tells TMZ Sports he welcomes the UFC honcho into the boxing community ... but then he fires this shot ...

"By coming in the business, he is really admitting that boxing is the more popular sport. And in order to keep his company alive, he has to go into the boxing business."

Of course, White hates Arum's guts -- and has been ripping him apart for years ... previously calling Bob the "biggest dirtbag in all of sports." So, no love lost here. 

Still, Bob says he thinks Dana could be successful in the boxing business -- and gives him a real chance to make the Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder fight happen. 

"If he puts up enough money, he certainly will land the fight," Arum said. "It's all a question of the money ... particularly in the heavyweight division."

You might remember -- Dana spoke with TMZ Sports last week, and told us Joshua was his #1 target ... and he's meeting with major players like Floyd Mayweather to help his cause.

For now, AJ's slated to fight Arum's guy, Joseph Parker ... and Bob ain't convinced that Anthony's "glass chin" will survive the scrap.

Holly Holm's Eye The Shining ... But Still Smiling!!

1/2/2018 6:39 AM PST
Breaking News

How tough is Holly Holm?? Her eye was essentially SWOLLEN SHUT after her fight with Cris Cyborg ... and she was still all smiles! 

Don't get it twisted -- Holly put up a hell of a fight against Cyborg at UFC 219 ... but she got hit with some huge haymakers in their 25-minute title bout.

The result is what you see here -- a MASSIVE shiner, swelling all over her face and what looks like a broken pinky.

UFC octagon announcer Bruce Buffer shared this pic after the fight -- giving mad props to her for being a "warrior in victory and defeat."

True that.

UFC's Rose Namajunas I'd Put Money on Holly, Not Cyborg ... for UFC 219

12/30/2017 12:25 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Holly Holm shocked the world when she KO'd Ronda Rousey, so you better believe she can slay Cris Cyborg -- so says UFC rising star Rose Namajunas.

"She's already proven that if she's the underdog, she can surprise people," Rose told TMZ Sports.

Namajunas would know ... she just starched Joanna Jedrzejczyk -- the most dominant fighter in the UFC since Rousey -- to win her first belt. 

So when it comes to UFC 219's main event ... Rose says you should take Holly's head-kick to the bank.

UFC's Khabib Nurmagomedov Hell Yeah, I Rooted for Drago ... in 'Rocky IV'

12/29/2017 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov just made himself Public Enemy #1 to all the Rocky Balboa fans across the country ... telling TMZ Sports that he's Team Ivan Drago!

Disclaimer: Khabib is 100% Russian ... which almost makes it OK that he rooted against the Italian Stallion in "Rocky IV." Almost.

"He’s from Russia. He's from USSR. Of course I support him," Nurmagomedov -- who's fighting this weekend at UFC 219 -- told us while out in Century City, L.A.

FYI, Drago (and his spawn) are playing a BIG role in "Creed 2" ... but no word if they're gonna avenge the brutal 'L' that Rocky handed Ivan back in the day.

Bonus: Khabib wasn't too happy with Russia's ban from the 2018 Winter Games ... and dropped some pretty serious shade on the International Olympics Committee. 

Holly Holm Cyborg's a Tougher Fight Than Rousey ... Here's Why

12/29/2017 12:25 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Holly Holm shocked the world when she slept Ronda Rousey back at UFC 193 ... but Holly says Cris Cyborg -- not Rousey -- is 100% "the biggest challenge" of her career.

Scary thing is ... she's probably right.

"I'm going up in weight and taking on not just a heavier opponent in a bigger weight class, but also a very dominant one," Holm told the guys on "TMZ Live."

She ain't kidding -- Cyborg hasn't lost in over a decade, and KO'd almost every chick brave enough to step into the cage with her. 

But Holly ain't backin' down -- "That doesn't mean that she's invincible -- she’s still human-ish."

Bonus: Since she's moving up for the Dec. 30 scrap, we had to ask Holm if she's cool to get her grub on over the holiday weekend.

Short answer -- hell no!

Dana White Floyd's Not Fighting in UFC ... Meeting's About Boxing!

12/28/2017 1:11 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Dana White's meeting with Floyd Mayweather's team is NOT about getting the boxer into the octagon -- it's about getting Dana White into the boxing biz ... so says Dana himself.  

White tells us ... he's gunning to promote boxing in 2018 --  but he's not targeting a Floyd vs. Conor McGregor rematch. He thinks Conor needs to focus on defending his UFC lightweight belt. 

Instead, White says he's looking to put together boxing superfights (in addition to his UFC duties) involving some of the best pugilists in the world ... starting with heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua

"I think he's the most marketable fighter in boxing right now," White says. 

We asked White if he's the guy who can get an Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder fight done -- he didn't say no. 

Fingers crossed ... 

Dana White Meeting with Mayweather's Camp ... Possible UFC Fight

12/28/2017 8:29 AM PST
Breaking News

Dana White says there's still a very real chance Floyd Mayweather gets in the octagon for a UFC fight -- and he's meeting with the boxer's camp later today. 

The UFC honcho appeared on "Undisputed" on FS1 and told Skip and Shannon not to rule out a Mayweather fight in 2018. 

White says he initially didn't think the Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match would happen either -- but that came to fruition ... so anything's possible. 

White says he's not sure if Floyd will personally attend the meeting today -- but his crew will be there. 

How would Floyd do in MMA? White says he thinks Floyd would lose QUICKLY. 

White also says Conor McGregor wants a boxing rematch with Mayweather "really bad" because he wasn't happy with his performance. 

White also dropped this -- "I'm interested in getting into boxing in 2018."

Stay tuned ... 

MMA Star Gabi Garcia Epic Weigh-In Fail ... 27 LBS OVER!!!

12/28/2017 7:15 AM PST
Breaking News

Here's women's MMA giant Gabi Garcia giving new meaning to "missing weight" -- tipping the scales at around 27 POUNDS (~12 kgs) over her target.

Earlier today in Japan, Gabi weighed in at 237 pounds for a Rizin Fighting Federation event in Japan ... making her a full 75 pounds heavier than her opponent, Shinobu Kandori.

Kandori, who's also 21 years older than Garcia, was PISSED -- yelling at her on stage and reportedly calling her a "disgrace" in Japanese. (Fun fact: the UFC record for missing weight is 11 pounds.)

Unclear if the fight's still taking place ... but if it is, gotta think Shinobu's getting Hulk-smashed.

Greg Hardy I'm Down for XFL ... If They Pay Me Right!

12/27/2017 12:55 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

This could be very interesting for Vince McMahon ... ex-NFL star Greg Hardy says he'd be down to join his XFL league if the WWE honcho really does bring it back. 

Of course, 29-year-old Hardy is currently fighting his way into a pro MMA career (he's already 2-0) -- but tells TMZ Sports he still loves the game of football and would be open to giving it another go. 

"If I get paid ... I'd probably be there, man." 

Meanwhile, Hardy says he's still VERY focused on climbing the ladder in MMA -- and ultimately has his sights set on fighting in the UFC so he can compete against the best in the world. 

"Keep watching!" 

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