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UFC's Dana White I Welcome Celeb Owner Input ... Especially Tom Brady's!

10/1/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

With a TON of huge celebs becoming partial owners of the UFC -- from Sly Stallone to Ben Affleck -- Dana White says he welcomes their input ... especially if Tom Brady wants to weigh in!

"I have a man crush on Tom Brady," the UFC honcho revealed. 

FYI, Brady is one of 23 stars who invested in the UFC as part of the WME acquisition -- other stars include Cam Newton, LL Cool J, Anthony Kiedis, Venus Williams, Jimmy Kimmel and Guy Fieri. 

And get this ... Dana also revealed that Brady is RELATED to one of the most powerful guys in the entire UFC. Seriously. 

Check out the clip.

Conor McGregor 'I'm Ready to Fight Mayweather'

9/29/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Here we go again ...

Conor McGregor sounds like he's still VERY serious about squaring off with Floyd Mayweather -- telling TMZ Sports, "I told you I'm ready for that fight!"

Conor dropped Floyd's name at the UFC 205 media event earlier this week -- saying he might need to set up a bout with the boxing legend after he runs through all the big names in the UFC.

Of course, Conor and Floyd tried to get this thing going earlier this year, but it fizzled out.

We spoke with Floyd on Tuesday and he told us there's still a chance the two will get it on ... but hinted that it's all about getting the money right.

Fingers crossed ...

UFC's Jeremy Stephens Fires Back At Conor McGregor 'I'll Mop The Floor With You'

9/28/2016 5:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0928-jeremy-stephens-conor-mcgregor-instagram-tmz-01UFC fighter Jeremy Stephens vows REVENGE against Conor McGregor for trashing him at the UFC 205 media event -- telling TMZ Sports he'll "mop the floor" with the Irish superstar. 

Conor dissed the hell out of Stephens during the event -- when he turned to the UFC veteran and shouted, "Who the fuck is that guy?!" 

The clip went viral -- but now, Stephens is firing back in a scathing statement in which he refers to Conor as "McClown" -- and blasts him as a "bully" who can't hold his own against real fighters. 

"Media and UFC like to fuel this guy's fictional character to always bully and disrespect other fighters like it's funny," Stephens says. 

"I can't accept that and will mop the floor with him."

He adds, "I've been humbling bullies and disrespectful guys like him since grade school."

There's a lot more in the full statement (see below) -- Stephens clearly hopes to settle the score with Conor inside the Octagon. 

By the way, Stephens ain't no bitch -- he's been fighting in the UFC since 2007 and is currently the #7 ranked featherweight. 

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Cris 'Cyborg' Ronda Rousey is a Coward ... Bring It On!

9/28/2016 2:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0928_cyborg_ronda-rousey_getty_tmzRonda Rousey is a coward with no heart -- so says Cris "Cyborg" Justino who tells TMZ Sports if Ronda wants to fight, she's all the way down! 

As we previously reported, Dana White says Ronda "absolutely, positively" wants to get in the Octagon with Cyborg -- who's emerging as one of the most dominant fighters in the entire UFC.

We reached out to Cyborg for her thoughts on the situation -- here's what she told us: 

"Ronda [is a] coward ... I'll fight her anytime next year."

"You can have all the money in the world, I have something money can't buy ... warrior heart."

She added, "I'm no coward."

"Ronda doesn't want to fight me. She's afraid to say my name in an interview so she has Dana White tell the story for her."

#FightinWords

Floyd Mayweather McGregor Fight Still Possible ... Dude Can Really Box

9/28/2016 11:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Floyd Mayweather ain't ready to close the book on a possible Conor McGregor fight -- saying it's still up in the air ... and hinting that he'll do it if the money is right.  

With McGregor once again hinting at a match with Floyd during the UFC 205 media event on Tuesday, we had to ask Floyd how he felt about it. 

Long story short ... Floyd says it's super difficult to put the fight together -- as we all know from the first time he tried to make it happen -- but wouldn't say it's completely off the table.  

"Are we going to fight? I just don't know."

Mayweather also praised Conor as a great fighter who's "very good" at stand-up fighting. 

One last thing ... we asked Floyd if he was planning to stay retired -- and his response, "For a couple bucks, you just don't know." 

Dana White Not Writing Off CM Punk Yet ... We Talked On Phone

9/28/2016 8:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Will CM Punk ever fight in the UFC again? 

That's the question we asked Dana White ... and he didn't exactly say no. 

The UFC honcho told us he spoke with Punk after his loss to Mickey Gall -- and told him he needed to "live like a normal person for a little while" before revisiting his MMA career.  

Honestly, it doesn't look good for Punk. 

We also asked White about Cody "No Love" Garbrandt  calling out the champ Dominick Cruz. White says he loves that fight but says there's another guy out there who might be first in line. 

UFC's 'Wonderboy' Thompson Cyborg Would Beat Rousey ... Too Damn Strong

9/28/2016 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

She might be the best ever ... but Ronda Rousey would LOSE if she does get in the Octagon with Cris "Cyborg" Justino ... so says UFC star Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson.

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Rousey told Dana White she WANTS to square off with Cyborg -- in what could be the biggest female MMA fight of all-time. 

But Thompson says Rousey should think twice -- because Cyborg is no punk ... and when it comes down to it, he thinks she would crush Ronda. 

Thompson explains why -- check out the clip. 

Jay Glazer If Alvarez Beats McGregor ... The $$$ Will Come!

9/28/2016 6:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Eddie Alvarez shouldn't worry about his cash flow in his UFC 205 matchup with Conor McGregor -- 'cause if he beats the Irishman, HE'LL BE RICH ... so says Jay Glazer

Conor ripped into Alvarez at the UFC 205 media event Tuesday -- clowning the guy for not renegotiating his UFC contract after he was tapped for the biggest fight of his life. 

But Glazer says it's not that big of a deal ... because a victory over Conor will seal some big paychecks moving forward. 

Question is ... does Eddie have a shot? We asked Jay. Check out the clip. 

Conor McGregor Eddie Alvarez Is a Moron Shoulda Asked for More Money!

9/27/2016 4:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Conor McGregor just went off on Eddie Alvarez -- claiming the guy's an idiot for agreeing to fight him at UFC 205 without signing a fat ass new contract. 

You gotta watch the video ... McGregor goes off about how everyone in the UFC is trying to be like him these days -- but there's one huge difference ... no one's cashing checks as big as him. 

During the media event, Conor also bragged that he expects to make roughly $40 MILLION this year ... which will help him achieve his goal of dethroning Cristiano Ronaldo on the top of the Forbes list.

Good luck.  

Also ... check out the fan who decided to directly talk trash to Alvarez by posing as a reporter ... the reaction is hilarious!  

CM Punk Called Out By 'Howard Stern' Legend ... I'll Whoop Your Ass!!

9/27/2016 3:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

If CM Punk's looking for another MMA fight, there's already an opponent lining up -- Beetlejuice from "The Howard Stern show."

Beet was out in NYC where he explained why he'd bust Punk up worse than Mickey Gall. 

In fact, BJ also called out Brock Lesnar -- calling him a "fat f***" and saying "anybody could knock his ass out."

Good luck, Beet ... 

UFC Champ Threatens Trump Keep Ferguson Outcha Mouth ... Or I'll Put My Fist In Yours

9/27/2016 8:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley has a major problem with Donald Trump talking about Ferguson, MO -- warning the GOP nom to shut his mouth about his hometown ... or else. 

Woodley's beef is based on the fact that Trump has never been to Ferguson -- yet he mentioned the city in the debates Monday night when referencing cities with bad relationships between cops and citizens. 

"I got something for you Donald Trump," Woodley said ... "Quit mentioning Ferguson. Because you ain't never been to Ferguson and that's where I'm from." 

"He gotta keep Ferguson out his mouth so he can keep my fist out of his mouth." 

"I take that personally because he hasn't been there."

By the way, Woodley ain't a huge fan of Hillary Clinton either. Check out the clip. 

UFC's Herb Dean 'Big Country' Was Wrong ... Stoppage Was Perfect

9/27/2016 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC ref Herb Dean says he spoke with fellow ref "Big" John McCarthy after he was kicked in the Octagon by Roy "Big Country" Nelson ... and says there's a damn good reason he didn't fight back. 

Nelson went after McCarthy after knocking out "Bigfoot" Silva at UFC Fight Night Brasilia on Saturday -- because he claimed the ref took too long to stop the fight. 

FYI, Nelson and Silva are friends outside the Octagon -- and Nelson claimed McCarthy put Silva's health in danger by not stopping the fight as soon as he knocked him down. 

But Dean says Nelson is just wrong on this one ... praising "Big" John for the way he handled the fight ... and explaining why he didn't explode on Nelson right after the incident. 

For his part, Nelson says he has apologized to "Big" John.

Ronda Rousey 'Absolutely Wants to Fight Cyborg' ... Says Dana White

9/27/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The biggest fight in women's MMA could actually happen -- because Dana White tells TMZ Sports ... Ronda Rousey "absolutely, positively" wants to fight Cris "Cyborg" Justino.

With Cyborg coming off ANOTHER dominating performance this weekend, we had to ask White if UFC's fastest rising superstar will finally get her wish ... a shot at Rousey.

Check out the clip ... White -- who was outside Stand Up NY -- says he's still gunning to get Ronda back in the Octagon this year -- and then focus on setting up the superfight with Cyborg.

The good news for Rousey fans -- "She's getting nasty again and her head's in the right place."

BONUS -- White is also a HUUUUUGE New England Patriots fan ... and gave his team all sorts of dap for crushing people without the use of Tom Brady.

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