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Ashton Kutcher Praised By Fighting Legend Better Ground Fighter Than Conor McGregor

5/26/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

This is no "Punk'd" ... Ashton Kutcher is a LEGIT jiu-jitsu fighter -- and his legendary trainer tells us he truly believes AK could beat up Conor McGregor in a ground fight.  

Kutcher's been training with Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Rigan Machado -- an 8th degree black belt -- who tells TMZ Sports the actor is a natural ... "He is my #1 student."

Not only is Kutcher tough as nails, but Machado says the 38-year-old could be one of the top BJJ fighters in the world if he wanted to go pro. 

So, we had to ask how he'd fare against Conor McGregor -- who also trains in Brazilian jiu-jitsu -- and Machado couldn't have been more clear ... Ashton would beat that ass in a ground fight. 

Nate Diaz Gets State Assembly Award ... For 'Upset' Over McGregor

5/25/2016 6:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0525-nate-diaz-launch-01Nate Diaz got an official award from the People of California Tuesday night ... recognizing his bad assness for his "upset" victory over Conor McGregor back in March. 

Assemblyman Jim Cooper signed a resolution ... declaring "the exploits of Nathan Diaz, a successful American mixed martial artist from Stockton, have been a source of great joy and pride to the people of the State of California."

The award also describes Nate's victory over Conor as "one of the biggest upsets in UFC history."

0525-nate-diaz-tear-01Diaz is also hailed for his work with children, teens and adults at the jiu-jitsu center he runs in Lodi, CA -- saying he instills the values of respect, sportsmanship and responsibility to his students. 

So, the question ... if he fights McGregor again -- and wins again -- does he get another award? 


Floyd Mayweather Praises Jon Jones 'Of Course He'll Join Money Team'

5/23/2016 4:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Floyd Mayweather says he's supremely confident Jon Jones will join The Money Team -- and tells TMZ Sports exactly why Floyd's crew is the perfect fit for the UFC superstar. 

Floyd and Jon recently had a FaceTime convo -- and there have been rumblings that Floyd's trying to recruit him to the TMT family. 

So, when we saw Floyd at his daughter's 7-figure sweet 16 party in Vegas this weekend -- we asked straight up if it was gonna happen. 

You gotta watch the clip ... Floyd wants Jon to know TMT had Jon's back during his toughest times -- and will continue to support him moving forward.

He's even planning a trip to New Mexico to hang with Jon during his UFC 200 training camp. 

Floyd Mayweather -- he's become quite a fan of UFC fighters, hasn't he? 

Nate Diaz, Dana White Lunch Over Conor Rematch Blows Up

5/20/2016 12:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


3:45 PM PST -- We contacted Dana just after he returned to Vegas and he said, "Obviously I'm not going to disclose details of the deal, but let's just say my trip to Stockton didn't go well."


Dana White flew to Stockton, CA Friday to seal the deal for a rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, but we've learned it all went south and the UFC Prez stormed out of the tavern.

We got video of Dana greeting Nate, the same way he met Conor earlier in the week at a Bev Hills hotel -- smiles and hugs.

Our Stockton spies -- yeah, we got those -- tell us Dana, Nate and a couple of suits were all friendly as they chowed down, but the talk got serious and ended abruptly when Dana was visibly angry, stood up and beelined it for his SUV.

Unclear what torpedoed the meeting, but we've covered this stuff long enough to know it usually involves money. We know Conor was poised to score a $10 mil payday for a rematch. We don't know what Nate wants.


UFC's 'Cyborg' Justino I Want to Box On Floyd vs. Conor Undercard

5/20/2016 10:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0520-cyborg-cyborg-Cristiane-Justino-TMZ-01Cris 'Cyborg' Justino is already throwing her hat in the ring to be a part of the possible Mayweather vs. McGregor superfight ... and says she's down to BOX if that's what'll seal the deal. 

After we broke the story that Mayweather has a $50 million offer out to Conor -- Cyborg tweeted out to Floyd saying:

"Hey @FloydMayweather if [McGregor] Fights you In Boxing I want a Boxing Fight on The event2. #mma vs #boxing u pick The girl! #tmt."

Cyborg also says she's already got a boxing coach who "will have me ready."

As we reported, nothing is in stone (or even close) but it seems like there's a real chance. 

Stay tuned ... 

Floyd Mayweather $50 Mil Offer to McGregor ... But No Deal Yet

5/20/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0519-floyd-mayweather-conor-mcgregor-TMZ-01Floyd Mayweather has a $50 MILLION offer out to Conor McGregor, sources tell TMZ Sports ... but it's going to take a lot more to seal the deal.

We're told Floyd is proposing a New Year's Eve fight in Vegas and Conor is game. We're told Floyd's $50 million offer is far less than half the amount the fight would rake in ... and therein lies the rub.

Floyd has been talking to the wrong guy, because Conor can't ink the deal. It's all about convincing Dana White, and there's just no way White would accept such a lopsided deal. Fact is ... in 3 critical Pay-Per-View markets -- Europe, Australia and Canada -- Conor is a bigger star than Floyd.

Floyd's last fight produced disappointing PPV numbers, and Conor's star has never been brighter. Even his loss to Nate Diaz was epic ... the fight was great and it did not disappoint fans.

Sources connected with Floyd tell us ... the champ has not approached Dana, at least not yet.  

Open your wallet Mayweather ... it could happen.

Conor McGregor & Dana White Reunited With Big Plans

5/19/2016 6:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's the matchup we've all been waiting for ... Conor McGregor and Dana White face-to-face for the first time since CM was yanked off the UFC 200 card -- and TMZ Sports has the footage. 

It all went down at the ultra-swanky Montage hotel in Bev Hills -- where Conor rolled up in a $500k Rolls-Royce Phantom drophead coupe and was personally greeted by White, who arrived first. 

Our sources tell us the two men hugged when they first met -- but we're told it was a very aggressive embrace ... the kind you could hear from down the hall. 

White and McGregor were all smiles as they headed up the stairs to a private dinner flanked by 3 very large gentlemen. The meeting took roughly two hours. 

We're guessing they weren't just there to eat ... with McGregor training for a Floyd Mayweather super bout that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, business was certainly on the table. 

So, how'd it go?? 

McGregor was all smiles on the way out -- waving cheerfully to TMZ cameras as he left the building. 

Good news for Floyd ... 

Paige VanZant Ronda Should Fight Cyborg ... 'I'd Love to See That'

5/18/2016 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Another huge star is calling for Ronda Rousey to fight 'Cyborg' Justino -- this time, it's UFC superstar Paige VanZant who says it's a fight she would LOVE to see. 

Cyborg has been calling out Ronda for months -- and even came on the "TMZ Sports" TV show this week and challenged Rousey to "stop hiding behind your pillow" and fight! 

VanZant was careful not to take sides -- especially after Ronda confronted her over "crossing her" -- but made it clear the two need to throw down already. 

We also asked Paige if she was interested in following Ronda's footsteps into the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. You're probably going to like her answer. 

UFC Champ Stipe Miocic SMACKS HOME RUN ... at MLB Ballpark

5/17/2016 4:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic belting a home run out of Progressive Field in Cleveland earlier today ... well, because he's a freak athlete. 

Miocic was taking batting practice with the Cleveland Indians when he connected -- and blast the ball over the left field wall. 

FYI, Miocic played college baseball at Cleveland State University ... but that was like 10 years ago. 


New UFC Champ Stipe Miocic VIP Invite from Cavs ... After Post-Fight Shout-Out

5/17/2016 9:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0517-stipe-miocic-cavaliers-twitter-02The Cleveland Cavs just extended a VIP invitation to the new UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic -- an Ohio native who shouted out the NBA team after winning the belt at UFC 198 this past weekend. 

TMZ Sports spoke with the Cavs who told us ... they saw the video of Stipe encouraging the Cavs to follow his lead and win the championship -- and they LOVED IT! 

In fact, we're told the team reached out and invited him as their guest for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena. 

Miocic accepted -- obviously -- and we're told the team plans to honor him tonight for making Cleveland proud.

Congrats, champ!  

Cris 'Cyborg' Justino 'Ronda, Don't Be Scared' ... Fight Me!

5/16/2016 4:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cris "Cyborg" Justino has a message for Ronda Rousey -- STOP HIDING BEHIND YOUR PILLOW AND FIGHT ME! 

Fresh off her dominating performance at UFC 198, Cyborg joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show and called out the UFC legend ... even using a prop to make her point! 

You gotta watch the entire interview tonight on FS1 (9 PM PT, 12 AM ET) -- we also asked Cyborg if she thinks she could take Conor McGregor in the octagon ... wait'll you hear what she says!

(Hint: She's not afraid). 

Paige VanZant Ronda Beef Is Temporary ... 'We'll Bury The Hatchet'

5/14/2016 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There's one person who thinks Ronda Rousey won't hate Paige VanZant's guts forever ... Paige VanZant ... who says she's more than confident she and Rousey will be gal pals again.

You know the story ... Ronda went nuclear on Paige at a VIP event earlier this year -- cussing her out in public ... all because PVZ congratulated Holly Holm after she punched Ronda's face in.

You'd think Paige would still be pissed, right?? 


Check out the clip -- Paige thinks they'll be all Thelma & Louise again before you know it (they were friendly before the incident). 

Hope ...

Cris 'Cyborg' Justino I Don't Hate Ronda But I'll Knock Her Ass Out!

5/13/2016 12:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cris "Cyborg" Justino says it's destiny for her to fight Ronda Rousey -- and says when the two finally meet, she's gonna knock Ronda the hell out. 

Cyborg is in Brazil -- where the Brazilian native is gearing up for her UFC debut Saturday night. We're told more than 16,000 people attended the weigh-in -- the largest weigh-in crowd in combat history. 

But in footage obtained by TMZ Sports, Cyborg is so confident she's gonna beat Leslie Smith at UFC 198 tomorrow, she's already looking ahead to Rousey. 

"I'm going to K.O. Ronda. Yeah, for sure," Cyborg says. 

But the most interesting part, Cyborg says she doesn't "hate" the UFC legend -- she claims the animosity stems from frustration from not being able to fight her in the past. 

Cyborg accuses Ronda of running from her -- and says all it will take is one call from Ronda to Dana White, and it's on. 

Fingers crossed ... 

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