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Nate Diaz Sued By Former Agent You Screwed Us Out of McGregor Cash!

6/21/2017 10:04 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Nate Diaz's former agents claim they busted their ass to negotiate a sick multi-million dollar deal for him to fight Conor McGregor at UFC 202 only to get fired a month before the fight ... and now they're suing. 

The Ballengee Group filed a lawsuit in District Court in Dallas claiming they had worked with Nate since 2014 and hammered out deals on several big fights including Rafael Dos Anjos, Michael Johnson and the first McGregor fight at UFC 196. 

But Ballengee claims things got icy between the two sides in July 2016 -- right after sealing the deal for Nate to fight Conor at UFC 202 in August. 

Ballengee claims Nate "unexpectedly" fired them -- and never paid them their cut for the UFC 202 fight, which was reportedly the biggest UFC pay-per-view ever at the time. 

According to the suit, filed by attorney Jason Friedman, Ballengee is demanding more than $1 MILLION in damages. 

We reached out to Nate for comment. So far, no word back. 

Sugar Ray Leonard Advice for McGregor: 'Duck!'

6/20/2017 6:24 AM PDT
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"Sugar" Ray Leonard thinks Conor McGregor is a very tough dude -- but when it comes to his fight with Floyd Mayweather he has one piece of advice ... "DUCK!"

The boxing legend -- who beat Floyd's dad in 1978 -- was at LAX when he told us why he believes the Irish superstar is in for a beating when they face off on August 26. 

Leonard says he's impressed by the paychecks both fighters will pull in -- but he'll be even more impressed if Conor can go the distance with The Best Ever. 

Ice Cube Shades Mayweather vs. McGregor 'That Still Happening?'

6/20/2017 6:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Here's some nice, cool SHAAADE ... courtesy of Ice Cube

As we previously reported, Cube's BIG3 basketball league is in a standoff with Mayweather, McGregor over the T-Mobile Arena for August 26.

BIG3 says it booked the venue first and won't budge (unless the price is right) -- while the boxing promoters aren't backing down either.

So, we asked Cube about the big fight when we saw him at LAX on Monday -- his response?

"Oh, that fight is uh happening?"

Cold.

Mayweather vs. McGregor Venue Standoff With Big3

6/17/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

There's a fight of the century over the fight of the century ... with two major sporting events vying for the T-Mobile Arena on August 26th. 

In one corner ... Mayweather vs. McGregor. When the fight was announced, Dana White and Floyd Mayweather stated it will take place at the Vegas venue.

Problem is ... Ice Cube's BIG3 basketball league already booked the location for the league championship game on the same night. 

Our BIG3 sources tell us they have no plans to move -- they still have the venue booked and expect to play there on August 26th. The league even tweeted about it on Friday evening and T-Mobile has game tickets for sale on its site.

Sources connected to May-Mac tell us there are plans in motion to move BIG3 to the nearby MGM Grand Garden Arena ... it's just a matter of time before that becomes official. 

For now, both sides have dug in ... it's a standoff. 

UFC's Dominick Cruz Conor Needs Quick KO ... Or He's Dead

6/16/2017 2:30 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

If Conor McGregor doesn't put Mayweather on his ass in the first SIX rounds, he's dead in the water ... so says Dominick Cruz.

The UFC star/analyst says he's been racking his brain over the fight -- and says Conor has a real shot ... but he better act fast. The clock is his enemy.

No matter the outcome, Cruz says McGregor is doing MMA (and its fighters) a big favor.

"Him fighting Mayweather like this -- win, lose or draw -- is only going to bring mixed martial arts to a new forefront, and every single one of us is going to get something from this."

UFC's Matt Hughes Injured In Car Crash ... Truck Hit By Train

6/16/2017 11:21 AM PDT
Breaking News

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes was badly injured in a car accident in Illinois on Friday when a truck he was in collided with a moving train, law enforcement tells TMZ Sports

We're told the accident occurred at 10:39 AM. Law enforcement says 1 person was transported to a hospital with serious injuries. Dana White says that injured person is in fact Hughes. 

Investigators are at the crash site trying to figure out what went wrong.

White says Hughes suffered head trauma and his family is on their way out to be with him.

Hughes is a UFC Hall of Famer -- a 2-time welterweight champion who beat stars like GSP, BJ Penn and Royce Gracie. He last fought in the UFC in 2011.

Earlier this year, he mulled a comeback. 

Story developing ... 

Nate Diaz Don't Count On Conor-Diaz Rematch ... After Floyd Fight

6/15/2017 9:18 AM PDT
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Nate Diaz says he's not waiting around to fight Conor McGregor for a 3rd time -- but he's not exactly closing the door on it either. 

With McGregor tied up with Floyd for the next two months, many are wondering if the Irish superstar will ever return to MMA ... and who he'll fight if he gets back in the Octagon. 

So, when we saw Nate out in L.A. Wednesday night, we had to ask if he's down to complete their trilogy. 

"We'll see," Diaz told us ... "I've got a lot of stuff going on."

Obviously, a McGregor vs. Diaz rematch would be huge -- the first two fights were epic. Plus, Nate would undoubtedly get a massive paycheck.

Dana White has said he's reached out to both Nate and his brother Nick to book fights -- and neither guy will sign a contract. White says he's not sure either guy will ever fight in the UFC again. 

But if the price is right ....

Tyron Woodley I'm Cool With Dana White Again ... Thanks to Kendrick Lamar

6/12/2017 1:35 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tyron Woodley says he's cool with Dana White again -- thanks to some help from rap superstar Kendrick Lamar

It's no secret Tyron and his UFC boss have clashed in the past over things like fights, bookings and promotion -- it hasn't always been smooth sailing. 

But Dana did a solid for Tyron over the weekend -- inviting him to his son's 16th birthday where Kendrick was performing. 

Not only is Tyron a HUUUUUGE fan of Kendrick -- but his 13-year-old son is too -- and Dana made sure both Woodleys got the VIP treatment at the party. 

Woodley tells TMZ Sports he and Dana are on great terms right now -- and says he's expecting the peace to last at least a couple of weeks.

Happy birthday, Dana's kid.  

Ronda Rousey Training On Crazy Sand Dunes ... In Malibu!

6/12/2017 7:11 AM PDT
Breaking News

Ronda Rousey busted her ass this weekend -- pounding the sand at the dunes in Malibu in a crazy workout session. 

Question is ... is this comeback training or is she just staying in shape? 

Ronda is currently taping "Battle of the Network Stars" (she's one of the team leaders) and part of her job is navigating the obstacle course. We saw her run the course last week -- she looked pretty good. 

But now, with the UFC legend running the insanely challenging dunes at Malibu ... ya gotta wonder if there's even the slightest chance she's trying to get back into fighting shape

By the way, the dunes are so steep -- you can see people rolling down as Ronda jogs uphill.

Dana White Books Kendrick Lamar ... For Son's 16th Bday

6/11/2017 12:49 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

Dana White has friends in high places ... and that includes Kendrick Lamar

The UFC honcho booked Kendrick Saturday for his son's 16th birthday party at the Brooklyn Bowl in Vegas. We're told about 300 people were in attendance ... but it really seemed like a straight up concert from the looks of this footage shot inside. 

Kendrick is one of the hottest artists in the game right now, so getting him to play a show -- let alone a private one -- probably doesn't come easy. Yet, one way or another ... Dana sealed the deal. 

Somewhere out there, Conor McGregor's hoping he can do the same with Floyd. 

Roy Jones Jr. Conor McGregor Could Hurt Boxing

6/11/2017 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Roy Jones Jr. says Oscar De La Hoya is kinda right ... the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight could seriously damage boxing -- if Conor wins.

Long story short, Roy says the only way Conor wins this fight is if he gets "lucky" -- otherwise, Mayweather should beat that ass.

But Roy says he fully supports the bout -- because it's entertaining and that's what the people want. 

In fact, that's why he tells us he's STILL serious about fighting Anderson Silva -- if Dana White gives him the green light.

Dana White Fires Back at Demetrious Johnson

6/10/2017 12:55 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

You knew it was coming ... here's Dana White lashing back at Demetrious Johnson -- essentially calling BS on all the claims DJ made in his scathing statement about the UFC.

Earlier this month, Mighty Mouse blasted Dana -- saying the UFC has bullied, mistreated and mis-marketed him over the years ... and he feels completely disrespected.

Enter White -- who we saw in Bev Hills -- who responded to DJ point by point.

Dana on UFC contract and Pay-Per-View deals:

"He didn't want Pay-Per-View. He wanted upfront money, no Pay-Per-View. He wasn't very confident in his abilities to sell Pay-Per-Views. He has the lowest-selling Pay-Per-View in the history of the UFC in the modern era."

Dana on DJ's fighting future:

"I think a fight between him and T.J. Dillashaw would be something that people would actually be interested in and could sell Pay-Per-Views and could make money. But he absolutely refuses to fight the guy. It's ridiculous."

Dana on marketing DJ:

"We're not marketing him right? We built a TV show around him. 'The Ultimate Fighter' was about what an incredible fighter he is. We put him on Fox many times and tried to build him and it is what it is. It's not me."

Dana on where DJ ranks as a fighter:

"The media claims he's the pound for pound best fighter in the world. I think Conor McGregor is the pound for pound best fighter in the world."

There's more. Enjoy.

Dana White Slams Report He's Off Floyd Deal ... 'I'm Running It'

6/9/2017 6:03 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Another big star calling "fake news" on a major newspaper -- with Dana White saying reports he's not involved in the Mayweather vs. McGregor talks are complete BS. 

The UFC honcho was at Mastro's in Bev Hills on Thursday when we asked about a Los Angeles Times article that says it's the UFC's ownership group (WME-IMG) and NOT White currently involved in negotiations. 

"We live in a world right now where you can't believe anything that you read," White said in a shot at the L.A. Times ... "Who else would be running the Mayweather, McGregor deal than me?"

When we asked if WME was running point, White told us, "What does WME know about making big fights?"

"Trust me, I'm running the Mayweather, McGregor deal."

Of course, Dana's tirade came hours after James Comey blasted the NY Times over allegedly untrue reporting. White's a Trump guy. Maybe the two sides have more in common than we thought.

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