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UFC's Dana White

Brock Lesnar Has My Blessing

WWE Was the Right Move

3/26/2015 12:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

There's no bad blood between Dana White and Brock Lesnar after Brock turned down a UFC contract to sign with the WWE this week ... with Dana telling TMZ Sports he thinks Brock made the right move. 

White says Lesnar handled the situation perfectly -- and even called up the UFC to give them a heads-up about his decision before he announced his deal with Vince McMahon.

"I think it's the right decision and I'm happy for him," White says ... "Vince gave him a deal he couldn't refuse at the right time in his life."

"I'm happy for Vince. I'm happy for Brock and I'm happy for his family. It's a great deal for everybody."

UFC's Conor McGregor

We Don't Have Lucky Charms In Ireland

... It's Garbage!

3/25/2015 6:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The only thing UFC badass Conor McGregor might hate more than Jose Aldo ... is Lucky Charms ... telling TMZ Sports it's not only NOT popular in his home country ... but it's TOTAL CRAP!!!

McGregor -- who's fighting Aldo at UFC 189 in Vegas in July -- was out in L.A when we asked about the cereal trends back in Ireland ... and Conor told us the "magically delicious" cereal couldn't be further from an authentic Irish breakfast (shocking, we know). 

Plus, Conor says ... "I don't eat those sugar filled pieces of garbage."

Bonus -- Irish Spring isn't popular in Ireland either. 

Dana White

Hey Laila, Call Me!

Let's Make Rousey Fight Happen

3/24/2015 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC honcho Dana White has a message for Laila Ali -- if you're serious about fighting Ronda Rousey ... CALL ME UP!!!!

White was leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills -- when he made it very clear he's interested in setting up a fight between Muhammad Ali's daughter and the reigning UFC women's champ. 

But whether they step into the ring to box ... or climb into the octagon for an MMA match ... White says one thing's for sure -- Rousey will beat the living crap out of Ali. 

"[Ronda's] actually the best fighter in the world ... Laila Ali would be in big trouble against Ronda Rousey."

Bottom line, White says he wants to make the fight happen -- "I'm serious if [Laila's] serious. Call me Laila."

Ronda Rousey

I'll Beat Laila Ali In Boxing

... Just Lemme Train

3/24/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ronda Rousey says she's VERY CONFIDENT she could beat Laila Ali in a boxing match -- telling TMZ Sports she just needs some time to learn the ropes. 

It's no joke ... Ronda was out in NYC Monday when we asked how she felt about the undefeated former boxing champ's recent call-out ... when Laila told us no woman alive could take her in the ring.

 

But Ronda begs to differ ... saying she'd wreck Muhammad Ali's daughter -- even if the fight didn't go to the mat, where Ronda would clearly have the advantage (arm bar anyone?!). 

Ronda also had some tough talk for Houston Texans cheerleader Antonieta Osuna -- a former boxer who recently told us she wants a piece of the UFC champ too

Check out the clip -- Rousey says it's not just her insane athletic skills that would propel her to victory, it's her championship mentality. 

But enough with the talk ... SOMEONE NEEDS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!! 

Randy Couture

I'll Train Laila Ali

If She Wants to Fight Ronda

3/14/2015 1:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Laila Ali has ANOTHER big weapon in her corner if she REALLY wants to fight Ronda Rousey -- UFC legend Randy Couture ... who tells TMZ Sports she needs to focus on ground and pound to beat RR.

The UFC Hall of Famer -- who got some MMA coaching experience under his belt on "The Ultimate Fighter" -- says Laila already knows how to box (she's undefeated) but would need a crash course in wrestling ... and he's the perfect guy to help.  

As we previously reported, Laila and Ronda exchanged some smack talk about a possible bout -- but so far, they have yet to schedule a real fight. 

Clearly, Couture thinks Ali could hang with Ronda -- but does she have what it takes to beat the 14-second destroyer in a real MMA fight? Check out the clip ... 

Boxer Antonio Tarver

Offers to Train Laila Ali

... For Rousey Fight

3/12/2015 10:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Rocky had Mickey. Daniel had Mr. Miyagi. And now Laila Ali has a wise mentor to guide her if she squares off with Ronda Rousey ... with ex-champ Antonio Tarver formally offering to train Muhammad's baby girl.

Tarver -- a former 5-time boxing champ -- tells TMZ Sports he's been friends with Laila for years and strongly believes he could train her up to beat the UFC star in a boxing match. 

"She knows I got her back and front," Tarver says. 

In fact, he's even got a game plan for Ali, who hasn't stepped in the ring in 8 years -- "[Laila] needs a serious training camp and a tune up fight."

"I think it's time to dust off [the gloves] and you got my services." 

Tarver says Rousey is an "amazing athlete" -- but he's 100% confident he could train the 37-year-old back into face-bashing shape and get the biggest victory in female fight history. 

C'mon ladies ... let's make this happen.

Ronda Rousey

Calls Out Laila Ali

... I'll Destroy You

3/11/2015 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ronda Rousey has a message for Laila Ali -- BRING IT ON!!!!

The undefeated UFC champ has just responded to Muhammad Ali's daughter (an undefeated ex-pro boxer) who told TMZ Sports no woman alive could beat her in a fight ... including Rousey. 

In fact, when we shot Ali earlier this week ... she took a shot at Ronda's size -- saying, "She’s like the size of my daughter, my 3-year-old."

So, how does Rousey feel about that? 

"If she wants to take me up on that, I’m around," Rousey told the Daily Beast.

"She’s retired and has several kids. I understand why she’d think that because she has a size advantage, but if you saw my last fight it had nothing to do with size or strength at all. That’s not how I beat people."

"So you can’t count having a size and strength advantage as having a real advantage against me."

Ali hasn't fought since 2007 ... but c'mon, who wouldn't pay to see this?! 

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Laila Ali

I Can Beat Ronda Rousey

'She's Too Small'

3/9/2015 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Laila Ali tells TMZ Sports ... there's NO WOMAN ALIVE who could beat her in a fight ... and that includes UFC superstar Ronda Rousey

Muhammad Ali's daughter -- who was 24-0 in her boxing career -- was at LAX this weekend when we asked if she thought she could hang with the MMA superstar if the two ever decided to fight.  

At first, the 37-year-old champ was shy ... saying it's hard to compare a boxer to an MMA fighter ... but ultimately declared, "No woman can beat me, period."

The 5'10" Ali also pointed out her size advantage over the 5'7" Rousey -- "She's like the size of my daughter ... my 3-year-old."

Sounds like fightin' words!!!! 

Ronda Rousey

Bikini Fight Workout

During S.I. Swimsuit Shoot

3/4/2015 9:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ronda Rousey spent more time throwing punches on the set of her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition modeling shoot ... than she did during UFC 184 ... and now there's video of the scantily clad workout. 

SI just released the video ... in which Rousey says she was WAY more comfortable doing martial arts poses during the shoot than the traditional kissy-face looks. 

Rousey says she was super excited about modeling for SI -- because "there shouldn't just be one cookie-cutter body type that everyone is aspiring to be."

Anderson Silva

I'm Not a Cheater

[Video]

3/4/2015 6:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Anderson Silva tells TMZ Sports ... he did NOT use performance enhancing drugs to give him an edge in the octagon ... saying he's genuinely SHOCKED he failed his drug tests. 

The UFC legend was out in L.A. when we asked straight up -- how do you explain the failed drug tests surrounding the January 31st fight at UFC 183 with Nick Diaz???

His answer -- "I don't know what happened."

Silva says he was completely blindsided by the results -- but does NOT believe anything in his system affected his performance in the fight. 

Anderson sorta acknowledges taking something to help his body heal after badly breaking his leg -- but says he's convinced he didn't violate any rules. 

Still, Silva understands how bad the failed tests make him look -- "I think this is bad for [the] sport. This is so bad for me and my life."

Anderson says he wants a REMATCH with Nick Diaz to prove his victory is legit -- and even has a message for 50 Cent -- save that $1.6 MILLION he was planning to bet on Mayweather ... and put it on him! 

Ronda Rousey

Could Beat Male Fighters

... Says UFC Announcer

3/3/2015 6:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

030215_bruce_buffer_launchRonda Rousey couldn't just BEAT male fighters ... but she'd easily be ranked in the Top 20 in her division if she was able to fight dudes ... so says UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer

To be fair, Buffer says he doesn't ever see the UFC signing off on a Ronda vs. Man fight ...  but says, "Quite frankly I'm sure she would do very well against at least half the division she's in which is the bantamweight."

For the record, the men's bantamweight division (135) is comprised of guys like T.J. Dillashaw, Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.  

Still, Buffer says Rousey is a friggin' beast ... and "the most dominant fighting athlete in the world."

Fun Fact -- it took Bruce more time to announce Ronda on her way into the fight at UFC 184 ... that it did for Rousey to actually beat Cat Zingano. 

Ex-NFL Player

I'd Crush Ronda Rousey In MMA

'She Wouldn't Stand a Chance'

3/2/2015 8:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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030215_jesse_holley_launchA former NFL player says he's found the ONE person who could beat Ronda Rousey in an MMA fight -- himself -- saying if the two got in the octagon, Rousey wouldn't stand a chance!!!

The man talking the smack is Jesse Holley -- who played WR for the Dallas Cowboys after winning a tryout with the team on Michael Irvin's 2009 reality show "4th and Long."

Holley -- who's 6'3", 215 pounds -- was on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas this morning ... when the gang began questioning if ANYONE will ever defeat the greatest female fighter in UFC history.

That's when Holley suggested ... himself. 

Holley says if he had 8 weeks to train ... he's 100% confident he'd squish her like a bug.

FYI -- Cat Zingano was also 100% confident ... and we all know how that went. 

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Ronda Rousey

Pre-Fight Prophecy

'Let's Get It On Instagram'

3/2/2015 6:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

030215_ronda_rousey_launch_v3Call her Rouseydamus ... 'cause just 3 days before her fight, Ronda Rousey was telling TMZ Sports she was aiming to finish Cat Zingano in under 15 secs ... so she could fit the entire fight on Instagram. 

Looking back, this video is pretty great ... we were at the UFC gym in Torrance, CA on Wednesday ... when our photog asked Ronda if she thought she could beat her then-fastest fight time of 16 seconds. 

Rousey explained the factors that could contribute to a record-setting victory ... but then concluded with the most important line of the clip -- "LET'S GET IT ON INSTAGRAM!"

3 days and 14 seconds later, Ronda accomplished her mission ... beating Zingano with an extra second to spare (Instagram videos can only be 15 secs maximum). 

#WhosNext?!

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