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UFC's Cat Zingano Crushes Black Bikini ... Before UFC Return

2/19/2018 10:40 AM PST
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Here's UFC killer Cat Zingano SLAYING a black spaghetti string bikini -- proving she's coming back to the cage jacked and ready to rock at UFC 222.

"Strong. Motivated. Focused. Mean. Ready," Zingano captioned the photo ... a selfie with inspirational messages scribbled across her mirror. 

But this ain't just any mirror selfie -- it speaks volumes for Cat, a single mom who lost her husband to suicide in 2014. Since then, she's struggled with staying in shape and finding the motivation to fight. 

Now, after nearly 20 months off, it's pretty clear she's ready to get after it again.

Cat's comeback ain't gonna be a cakewalk -- she's fighting undefeated Ketlen Vieira on March 3 in Vegas ... the same card with Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya

Floyd Mayweather On MMA Future: 'I Don't Know'

2/19/2018 7:16 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Moment of honesty from Floyd Mayweather?

The leader of The Money Team was leaving the NBA All-Star Game in L.A. surrounded by TMT crew when we asked about Conor McGregor's new statement ... that Floyd has ended MMA fight negotiations. 

Floyd told us straight-up, "I don't know" -- weird considering he's been on a P.R. offensive to drive up interest in a potential Conor vs. Floyd UFC fight. Remember the MMA cage videos he's made?

Plus, Floyd's father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., recently said he believes Floyd will take an MMA fight.

We tried to ask Floyd more questions ... but he sicced his security team on us. 

UFC's Khabib Nurmagomedov Dishes on Meeting Cristiano Ronaldo He LOVES the UFC (and Me)

2/18/2018 12:55 AM PST
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How big of an MMA fan is Cristiano Ronaldo?  

So massive, that Real Madrid brought UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov to meet him in Spain so the 2 could bro down ... this according to Khabib himself.

"He know everything about the UFC," Nurmagomedov told TMZ Sports outside Jay Glazer's Unbreakable Performance Center in Hollywood.

FYI, the meet-up went down at Real's training center in Madrid ... where the two Euro-sport mega-stars talked fighting and exchanged gifts (Khabib got a signed ball and jersey). 

If this feels familiar, it's probably 'cause Conor McGregor -- Khabib's arch-nemesis -- also kicked it with Cristiano. Ronaldo visited Conor before his first Nate Diaz fight ... facing off with McGregor at his private gym in Vegas.

No way of knowing which fighter Cristiano likes more -- Ali and Khabib claim it's Khabib, of course -- but Ronaldo did look pretty pumped wearing Khabib's signature papakha hat.  

UFC's Jeremy Stephens Chuck Liddell Is Done ... 'Stay Retired!'

2/18/2018 12:01 AM PST
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Jeremy Stephens loves Chuck Liddell -- saying he's an MMA legend and a guy he looked up to when he was a young buck in the UFC.

But when it comes to the Iceman's desire to return to the cage ... Jeremy's begging him to reconsider.

"His time has come and gone," Jeremy told TMZ Sports. "Stay retired, Chuck."

Stephens says the fight game ain't like other professions ... and when it's clear you're done, you should stay done.

FYI, Chuck's 48, hasn't fought in 8 YEARS and lost 5 outta his last 6 UFC fights -- 4 of 'em by KO. But Liddell told us he's still down to scrap if the right offer comes along.

Bonus: Wanna know how Jeremy's quest to bang Conor McGregor's mom is going?

Of course you do.

UFC's Sage Northcutt Gunning For Lead Movie Role FaceTime Acting Lessons!

2/17/2018 12:01 AM PST
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UFC star Sage Northcutt's using his "Creed 2" snub as the ultimate motivation to kick-start a massively successful acting career ... telling TMZ Sports he's gunning to land lead movie roles!!

ICYMI -- Sage campaigned on social media to play Ivan Drago's son in the next installment of the Stallone/Michael B. Jordan flick. He didn't get the role, though ... and now he's out for revenge.

Northcutt says he's gonna put in the same amount of effort he's put into all his interests ... and he's already been doing acting lessons with coaches via FaceTime!!

Not only does Sage say he wants to be in movies ... but he wants to land a lead role in a project.

After all ... he's got the looks.

'Black Panther' Star Rousey Ain't Superhero Material ... Only Winners Allowed

2/16/2018 12:11 PM PST
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Ronda Rousey is unfit to join the elite Dora Milaje guard and protect King T'Challa from all enemies, because, according to one of the stars of "Black Panther," ONLY WINNERS ARE ALLOWED.

FYI -- the Dora Milaje is an all-female squad of ass-kickers who are sworn to protect the king (Black Panther) -- and basically beat the hell out of anyone he wants.

We talked to Janeshia Adams-Ginyard at LAX -- she plays a member of the Dora Milaje in the movie -- and asked her to put together her real-life version of the fighting force.

We got some usual suspects like Cyborg and Laila Ali, but when we asked about Ronda, the panther claws came out, and Ginyard, who's a pro wrestler and fighter herself veto'd Rowdy.

It's cold out there in Wakanda.

UFC's Derrick Lewis Wifey Hit Me with Sex Ban ... After Rousey Comments

2/16/2018 10:50 AM PST
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UFC fan favorite Derrick Lewis says he hasn't banged for WEEKS ... and it's all because of Ronda Rousey.

You might remember -- Derrick spoke with TMZ Sports at the end of January ... and when we asked him about Ronda, he told us he was still hot for her.

Yeah ... his wife didn't like that.

"She's mad. She ain't gave me ass ever since I mentioned her again in the last interview."

The good news -- the Black Beast has a plan to win her back at UFC Fight Night Austin this weekend!!

"I have to get this win so I can buy her something real nice, and hopefully I can get some ass next week."

Real talk -- Derrick told us he's made 1 major improvement since he lost to Mark Hunt ... and we (and all of mankind) will be rooting for him.

Khabib Nurmagomedov Conor McGregor's UFC Career Is Over '100%' Getting Stripped!!

2/16/2018 12:20 AM PST
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Conor McGregor hasn't stepped inside the Octagon in over 15 MONTHS ... and UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov says that's proof he ain't fighting EVER again.

At least, not in MMA.

"I don’t think he gonna come back," Khabib told TMZ Sports outside Jay Glazer's MMA gym in Hollywood.

"When is Conor compete last time in MMA? Long time. He's boxing guy."

Khabib says McGregor's team is focused on a rematch with Floyd Mayweather ... instead of a real fight against him or Tony Ferguson -- who he's facing at UFC 223 in April.

Khabib also told us his contract for the Ferguson scrap explicitly states they're fighting for the "real belt" -- which means the UFC is "100%" stripping Conor of his lightweight title.

FYI, Dana White still hasn't made an official decision on Conor's championship status or his future with the UFC.

Stay tuned ...

UFC's Cowboy Cerrone After I Fight Yancy Medeiros We're Smokin' Weed in Hawaii!!

2/15/2018 3:03 PM PST
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Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone says he's slammin' beers and puffin' pot with Yancy Medeiros after they get done scrappin' at UFC Fight Night: Austin ... and he's 100% serious.

You see, unlike some brutes in the fight game, Cowboy tells TMZ Sports he doesn't hold grudges against the guys he goes to war with.

In fact, he does the opposite -- he bros out with 'em!

So after they throw down in Sunday's main event ... Donald says he's trippin' out to Yancy's home state of Hawaii to try some of that sweet, sweet island ganj.

Bonus: Cerrone gives us proof that he's a real-life Cowboy -- showin' off an entire fleet of Harleys he brought out to Austin for the fight!

Tito Ortiz Calls BS on Chuck Liddell: I Asked to Fight You, UFC Said No!

2/15/2018 7:48 AM PST
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If Chuck Liddell wants an opponent, it looks like he's got one -- 'cause Tito Ortiz says the Iceman's claim that he's ducking him is pure crap. 

"Funny thing is, I told UFC to put the fight together and they said you were incapable to fight again," Ortiz tweeted. "Maybe you can twist Dana White's arm." 

Remember -- TMZ Sports spoke with Chuck about his MMA comeback a few days ago ... and he told us his old rival was running scared. 

"Tito would be great if he'd even consider fighting me. I hear he doesn't wanna fight me at all," Liddell said.

Now, Tito's calling Iceman's bluff -- asking Chuck to hit up his old buddy, Dana, so they can complete their trilogy.

The problem -- Dana pushed Chuck into retirement back in 2010, saying he'd never let him fight in the UFC again 'cause he cared too much about his friend's health. FYI, Liddell had lost by KO in 3-straight fights.

Guessing the UFC prez still feels the same way, but ya never know ...

UFC's Devin Powell I Broke My Balls 'Felt Like a Sack of Worms'

2/14/2018 8:09 AM PST
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UFC fighter Devin Powell is one bro who won't be getting lucky on Valentine's Day -- 'cause he's in the hospital nursing a surgically-repaired nut.

No, we aren't making this up ... and Devin gave TMZ Sports the cringy play-by-play of the accident.

Devin told us he was training his ground game with UFC vet Joe Lauzon ... and it was business as usual until Joe's knee sandwiched one of his testicles and "exploded it."

"The top of it felt like a big sack of worms -- all the veins had swelled," Powell said.

The worst part -- Powell says he waited A DAY AND A HALF before getting his ruptured ball checked out. 

Lucky for him, it wasn't too late. Devin says the scrotal surgery was a success ... and he's already asking Dana White to book him on an upcoming UFC card!

Seriously, the balls on this guy ...

Chuck Liddell Training for MMA Comeback ... Even In 'Big Brother' House

2/12/2018 5:01 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Chuck Liddell says he's still VERY serious about taking another MMA fight -- he's even naming names -- and kept up his training regimen inside the "Celebrity Big Brother" house ... just in case. 

For the record, Chuck's 48 years old -- and hasn't had a pro fight since UFC 115 in 2010. 

But he trains like a maniac -- and made it a point to keep up his workouts during "Celebrity Big Brother" because, "I didn't want to get too far out of shape."

So, who does he want to fight? He's got some ideas in mind ... but adds, "Depends on who they offer. I'm down for just about anything."

Chuck's record is 21-8 and he's widely considered one of the most iconic UFC fighters of all time ... beating legends like Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz in their primes. 

Unfortunately, he was the first celeb booted from the 'Big Brother' house. 

Silver lining? More time to train ... 

Anderson Silva Twerks His Ass Off in Bra & Heels ... for Drag Queen Tribute

2/12/2018 11:41 AM PST

Here's Anderson Silva like you've never seen him before -- dressing in drag and twerking like his life depends on it to pay tribute to a huge Brazilian pop star ... and we gotta say, dude's got moves!

The UFC legend shared his crazy dance routine on social media -- explaining that it's a tribute to fellow Brazilian Pabllo Vittar, a singer/drag queen who famously collab'd with Major Lazer last year.

"In the spirit of Carnival I pay tribute to my illustrious peer Pabllo Vittar," Silva said. "Keep giving joy to those who enjoy your sound."

Clearly, the heels ain't slowing Anderson down.

Fun fact: Silva is dancing to Vittar's track, "K.O." -- get the fighting reference? 

As for Pabllo -- she's a big fan of exposing more people to the drag world, previously telling Billboard.com, "The drag art is growing. We have drags on ads, TV shows, novelas, movies. People now have more access to knowledge about it and less prejudice."

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