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Cody Garbrandt Dominick Cruz Is Old and Busted 'Hope He Makes It to the Fight'

10/28/2016 12:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dominick Cruz is a decrepit fossil with busted hands and bad feet ... so says Cody Garbrandt who says, "The dude's so old, hopefully he makes it to the fight."

Garbrandt appeared on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Friday on FS1) -- and explained why he's super confident he'll knock Cruz clean out when they face off at UFC 207 in December. 

Cruz was on the show earlier this week and did some smack talkin' of his own -- claiming he's gonna beat Cody so badly the 25-year-old will "beg" to end the fight.

This is gonna be fun! 

UFC's Anthony Pettis Car Attackers Are Cowards ... They Will Be Punished

10/28/2016 5:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1028-anthony-pettis-instagram-01Anthony Pettis says his life -- and the lives of his family members -- were in immediate danger when his cars were set on fire Thursday morning ... and he vows retribution.  

As we previously reported, cops are on the hunt for whoever went to the UFC star's Milwaukee home around 1 AM and torched 3 vehicles on Pettis' driveway in the middle of the night.

Pettis is now commenting on the seriousness of the situation -- "My life as well as my loved ones were put in danger. I cannot understand why someone would want to hurt myself or my family."

He adds, "I am grateful that no one was harmed by this cowardly act."

"I will do everything I can to ensure that we find out who committed this crime and that they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

Pettis is also reaching out to his neighborhood -- saying, "I really hope the city that I rep has my back on this one and helps by reporting anything they know about this."

"I will not be defeated."

Olympian Kayla Harrison MMA Help from Ronda Rousey ... But Would I Fight Her?

10/28/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Olympic judo superstar Kayla Harrison says Ronda Rousey has given her "a lot of help" when it comes to making the transition into MMA -- but the real question ... would she ever take a fight against her old friend?

TMZ Sports spoke with 26-year-old Harrison -- a 2-time Olympic gold medalist in judo -- who says she trained with Rousey every day for 7 years as they fought their way to the top of the sport.

Now, with Harrison signing a contract with the World Series of Fighting -- she says she'll reflect on the advice she got from her old friend as she begins her training.

So, who's Kayla's dream MMA fight? We asked ... wait'll you hear her answer!

Dominick Cruz Cody Garbrandt Will 'Beg Me' for Mercy

10/27/2016 5:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dominick Cruz has a message for Cody "No Love" Garbrandt -- he's going to torture him so badly at UFC 207, Cody's going to "beg me" to end the fight. 

Cruz -- the reigning UFC bantamweight champ -- joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Thursday night on FS1) and let the insults fly on his next opponent.

FYI, Cody's 10-0 with 9 knockouts -- and vows to break Cruz's jaw. 

Cruz says he's not afraid -- insulted Cody's intelligence -- and then told us why "No Love" will be begging for the champ to put him out of his misery.

Pretty violent stuff.

Watch the entire interview tonight on FS1.  

UFC's Anthony Pettis 'Shocked, Confused' Over Fire Attack

10/27/2016 5:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1027-anthony-pettis-TMZ-01UFC star Anthony Pettis says he's "shocked" and "confused" over the fire attack at his home in Milwaukee -- claiming he has "no idea" why anyone would want to harm him. 

As we previously reported, someone went to Pettis' home in the middle of the night and set his cars on fire. Cops are on the hunt, but have not made any arrests. 

Now, Pettis' rep, Lindsey Deierling of EAG Sports Management, tells TMZ Sports, "Anthony has no idea who could be responsible for this incident or why someone would damage his property in such a way."

"He is shocked and confused as to who would randomly commit such a hateful crime like this to his family."

1027--Anthony-Pettis-cars-fox6-03"He has no ongoing issues with anyone in his community, and he is very well known in Milwaukee for the work and dedication he has put in to helping his city and creating jobs and resources for the local citizens."

"Anthony is disappointed that this person(s) would compromise the safety of his family and destroy his personal property."

"Law enforcement is investigating this as an act of arson and Anthony is hopeful that they will get to the bottom of this so that he and his family can feel safe in their home."

UFC's Anthony Pettis Cars Torched In Fire Attack ... At Fighter's Home

10/27/2016 3:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1027--Anthony-Pettis-cars-fox6-03Cops are investigating a scary fire attack at the home of UFC star Anthony Pettis -- after someone set the fighter's cars ablaze in the middle of the night and then sped from the scene.

It all went down around 1 AM on Thursday morning at Pettis' home in Milwaukee.

Investigators believe the suspect used an accelerant to ignite two of the vehicles -- and the flames spread to the 3rd car ... which were all located in Pettis' driveway, according to FOX 6

Unclear why Pettis was targeted. So far, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been named. 


Urijah Faber I Might NOT Retire 'Somebody Might Piss Me Off'

10/26/2016 6:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Don't put him out to pasture just yet ... UFC stud Urijah Faber says he's not 100% sure his next fight is his last -- telling TMZ Sports he's consider coming back if someone really pissed him off. 

The California Kid is slated to take on Brad Pickett at UFC Fight Night in December -- and had said it would be his last fight ever ... culminating a solid 13 year career. 

But when we pressed ... Faber told us he's definitely not slamming the door on the possibility of getting in the Octagon again. 

"I'd never put extreme limits on myself. I would never say, 'this is it, this is it.' I mean, somebody might really piss me off and there might be a golden opportunity. You never know."

"But my mentality right now is I'm gonna have this fight. I'm gonna go out with a bang and make it a meaningful and heartfelt one."

If it does end up being his last fight, Faber says he's already set up a pretty sweet 2nd career for himself in Hollywood -- with a bunch of movies and TV projects -- and says he's even working with the guys from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

Chael Sonnen Tito Ortiz Is Broke (Tito Denies, Flips Bird)

10/20/2016 4:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chael Sonnen says Tito Ortiz is so poor, he can't make his Rolls-Royce payments and had the car repossessed last week.

There's just one problem ... Tito just sent us a photo next to the car, giving Chael the bird ... and insisting Chael's full of crap. 

1020_tito_ortiz_finger_sub_sports_wmChael made the cash claim on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Thursday night on FS1) -- while talking smack about the guy he's set to face at Bellator 170 in January. 

We reached out to Tito to find out if he really lost his beloved Rolls ... to which Tito replied, "Don't hate the player, hate the game. I fight for real money, he fights for my change."

Bottom line ... you gotta watch Chael on the show tonight on FS1 -- he's hilarious and even takes a shot at his "Celebrity Apprentice" competitor, Snooki (hint: he thinks she's dumb). 

Cris Cyborg 'Ronda Rousey Has No Balls' (Metaphorically, Of Course)

10/18/2016 10:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ronda Rousey doesn't have the testicular fortitude to take on Cris Cyborg ... so says Cris herself, who makes it clear she's talking about huevos in the metaphorical way. 

Cyborg is pissed that Ronda agreed to fight Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in December instead of her -- and says it's because Rousey simply lacks the "balls."

"Same way you talk to guys, you have to have the balls," Cyborg said. 

"She speak a lot of things about me ... and why she don't fight with me? Man, she don't have (the balls)."

"And I know girls, of course, she don't have (balls) ... but when you speak about someone, you have to go, 'No, f*** that. I'm gonna fight her."

UFC's Josh Samman Died from 'Probable Drug Overdose' ... Medical Examiner Says

10/18/2016 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1017-josh-samman-gettyUFC fighter Josh Samman's official cause of death has been listed as "probable drug overdose" ... this according to the Broward County Medical Examiner. 

Samman and his roommate Troy Kirkingburg -- an MMA ring announcer -- were discovered in a Florida apartment on September 30th.

Kirkingburg was pronounced dead at the scene. Samman was hospitalized for several days but ultimately passed away on October 5th

The Medical Examiner says an autopsy was conducted on Kirkingburg and showed that he died from a massive accidental drug overdose. 

We're told he tested positive for Xanax, cocaine, heroin, and ethanol (alcohol).

His official cause of death is being listed as "multi-drug toxicity."

Regarding Samman ... the M.E. tells us, "We do not have any specimen on Mr. Samman due to the length of his hospitalization."

"His cause of death is probable drug overdose based on the circumstances and hospital drug screen that was positive for drugs, but we could not confirm this as they only hold specimens for three days."

Tito Ortiz Ronda Rousey's Afraid of Cyborg ... She'd Destroy You!

10/18/2016 6:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tito Ortiz says Ronda Rousey is SCARED ... claiming she's too afraid to fight Cris "Cyborg" Justino because she knows what would happen. 

The UFC Hall of Famer was at the ArcLight theater in Hollywood when he went in on Ronda ... essentially saying what Cyborg's been saying for months -- that Ronda's afraid. 

In fact, Tito doesn't think Ronda will get past Amanda Nunes either ... saying there's a 300% chance Rousey takes the L. 

UFC's Anderson Silva 'I Need to Say Sorry' ... After Blasting UFC

10/17/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Seems like Anderson Silva is backing down big time in his war of words with the UFC -- issuing an apology after Dana White called him out.  

It all started last week when Silva said he was mistreated and disrespected by the UFC-- especially after taking a short-notice fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 back in July. 

White went on "Speak for Yourself" on FS1 and told Jason Whitlock he took major issue with Silva's comments saying Silva is a guy who has been "far from mistreated."

Fast forward to Saturday night when TMZ Sports saw Silva and asked about the situation -- to which he said, "You know, definitely I need to say sorry for everything that happened."

He continued, "Because you know, Dana White is Dana White."

Sounds like an apology to us ... 

Conor McGregor 'Very Excited' Rousey's Back 'I Hope I Inspired Her'

10/14/2016 3:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Conor McGregor's PUMPED for Ronda Rousey's long-awaited UFC return ... and hopes he inspired the MMA star to get back in the Octagon after her devastating loss to Holly Holm.

McGregor did a Q&A with The LAD Bible on Facebook ... where he talked Ronda's upcoming fight against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.

"I'm very excited. It's good to finally see her back ... I hope she took inspiration on how I came back from my defeat and I wish her all the best."

(McGregor lost to Nate Diaz ... before avenging the loss at UFC 202)

Check out the clip ... McGregor also weighs in on the creepy clown epidemic (clowns, don't go near Conor) and the possibility of fighting Floyd Mayweather.

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