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Conor McGregor Spends A Fortune On Custom Suits ... Stylist Tells All

8/27/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0825_conor_mcgregor_david_august_suits_launchIt takes 60 HOURS and thousands of dollars to make every single custom suit for Conor McGregor ... and the guy has DOZENS of 'em ... so says his personal custom suit guy (yeah, he's got one).

We spoke to the UFC guy's longtime wardrobe guru David Heil -- CEO of David August clothing -- who says McGregor is an animal when it comes to fashion.

Here's the math -- each custom suit ranges from $4,000 to $10,000 ... and Conor orders 8 to 10 outfits every single time he goes out on a media tour.

"We also have 2 or 3 extra outfits on hand in case anything happens to the outfits he’s supposed to wear for an event."

Translation -- money is no object when it comes to Conor's look. 

And Heil says he's a full-service outfitter -- "From the suits down to the bow ties to the cuff links, he’s wearing David August."

"Every outfit I make for him takes 60 hours. He likes to wear his suits high and tight and really tailored, and his size changes all the time depending on his fights. So we’re always measuring him to make sure it fits exactly how he wants it."

"He’s such a style guy ... he’s always been that way since the day I met him. He takes everything and makes it his own. It takes a guy with the right mind to pull off these extreme looks, and he does."

Might be time for the rest of us to learn to punch guys in the face.

UFC's Bruce Buffer Hey J Lo, Give Casper a Break ... It Was a GREAT Fight!

8/27/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer is going to bat for his boy, Casper Smart -- asking Jennifer Lopez to give him a pass for blowing off a NY fundraiser to be Octagon-side at UFC 202. 

As we previously reported, J Lo was pissed at Casper for not being by her side in the Hamptons at Ron Perelman's big party to raise money for a theater ... and dumped his ass because of it. 

Well, Buffer says he totally gets why Smart would hold his ground -- UFC 202 was a HUUUUGE fight!! 

Check out the clip ... Bruce lays out his best defense for Casper -- but at the end of the day, Mr. Smart ... ball's in your court.

Dana White Vince McMahon's a 'F***ing Maniac' ... But I Respect Him

8/26/2016 11:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0826_dana_white_vince-mcmahon_tmz-getty"He's a f***ing maniac, he's an animal, he's a competitor, he wants to win. That's his nature and I respect it." -- Dana White on Vince McMahon

The UFC honcho opened up about his working relationship with the WWE tycoon on Ric Flair's podcast this week ... and while he says it hasn't always been smooth sailing, it's obvious he respects the guy.

"Vince has been very difficult in the past but the past several years he's been much better," White said. 

White says working with the WWE on the recent deal that allowed Brock Lesnar to fight at UFC 200 -- along with a deal to get Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 31 -- were "probably the best experiences."

"If you look at what Vince McMahon has accomplished in all of his years and to still be on top and still be doing it ... The guy's got enough money, he's in it because he loves it, he's in it because he's still passionate about it." White said.

[h/t Damon Martin

Demi Lovato Dating UFC's Luke Rockhold ... We're Cool for the Summer

8/26/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0826_demi_lovato_luke_rockhold_tmz_instagramSecret's out ... Demi Lovato is dating UFC superstar Luke Rockhold -- and TMZ Sports has learned it's a romance that's been blooming for a couple months.

Our sources tell us ... the 24-year-old singer hit it off with the 31-year-old former UFC middleweight champ earlier this year while training at Unbreakable gym in Los Angeles.

Long story short ... we're told the two clicked right away -- and have even sent some secret inside messages to each other on social media ... including a back and forth with smiley face art on their fingers.

Congrats!

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J Lo/Casper Breakup And You Thought UFC 202 Was a Big Fight ...

8/25/2016 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0824_jennifer_lopez_casper-smart-tmzJennifer Lopez broke up with Casper Smart because he snubbed her by passing on a fancy Hamptons charity event in favor of hanging with his boyz at UFC 202 ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected with the former couple tell us ... J Lo told Casper it was super important for him to accompany her to Ron Perelman's Hamptons fundraiser Saturday night benefiting the Apollo Theater. 

Casper wasn't having it, because he desperately wanted to watch the Conor McGregor/Nate Diaz fight in Vegas with his friends.

0824_Casper_smart_bruce_buffer_kanye_tweetCasper had a great time in Vegas, hanging with Kanye and UFC announcer Bruce Buffer.

J Lo, we're told, was enraged and ended the relationship ... no discussion -- simply, we're done.

Here's the funny thing ... Casper was telling people at the fight he was going to NYC Sunday to meet up with Jennifer, who was there filming a show. He had no idea being a no-show Saturday would end things.

0824_jennifer_lopez_saturady_getty_subOur sources add this ... J Lo and Casper have "broken up" several times before and gotten back together, and they say they would not be surprised at all if it happens again.

J Lo doesn't look like she's too broken up about it at the moment, though ... she was still in New York this morning looking perky as ever.

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Nick Diaz Jumped in Las Vegas ... HUGE Brawl Breaks Out

8/24/2016 1:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0824-nick-diaz-tmz-01Nick Diaz ended up in the middle of a huge brawl while partying at Hyde nightclub in Vegas early Wednesday morning ... TMZ Sports has learned.

A rep for the club tells us the UFC fighter went to a bathroom outside the club around 2:30 AM, and accidentally stumbled into another customer ... who started talking smack.

We're told Nick apologized and said he didn't want any trouble, but 3 other men then joined the first guy and jumped Nick ... who tells us, "I didn't start it. They didn't know who I was."

He tried to defend himself, and got hit hard in the head -- and then the fight spilled out of the bathroom, and out onto the Bellagio's casino floor.

The melee was insane -- the club's rep says the attackers were swinging chairs and brawling with club and casino staffers. They were eventually removed by security.

Nick told the Bellagio he didn't want to press charges, and told us, "They got the worst of it." 

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Paige VanZant I'm Reading Ronda Rousey's Book ... And I Respect Her More

8/24/2016 11:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC superstar Paige VanZant says she's on such good terms with Ronda Rousey after their heated encounter earlier this year ... she's decided to read her book ... and LIKES IT. 

As we previously reported, Rousey confronted Paige at an event in L.A. back in April -- and cussed her out for congratulating Holly Holm on her victory at UFC 197.

VanZant says it's all water under the bridge -- "we're cool actually" -- and says she's learning a lot about Rousey in her book, "My Fight/Your Fight."

"It's really good and it's cool to kinda get inside and see the things that she's gone through that are similar to me," Paige said ... "So yeah ... no worries there."

Paige is gearing up to fight Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night in Vancouver on Saturday -- and essentially guarantees victory.  

Check out the clip. 

Skip Bayless Mike Tyson Sat In Kanye's UFC Seats Guess What Happened Next

8/24/2016 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

What happens when you get to your cageside seats at UFC 202 -- and Mike Tyson's sitting in 'em??? 

That's the question Kanye West had to ask himself when that happened to him at the Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz fight in Vegas this past weekend.  

FS1's Skip Bayless says he saw the entire thing go down -- because he was sitting right behind Kanye's reserved seats. 

But what transpired wasn't a fistfight ... one of the stars backed off in a big way -- and it wasn't who you think it would be. 

Check out the clip. 

Nate Diaz Blew Up My Vape Biz But I Can't Cash In!!

8/23/2016 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-nate-diaz-vape-pen-tru-oil-YOUTUBE-01Nate Diaz gave an upstart vape pen company a HUGE BOOST when he lit up after UFC 202, and now the biz is struggling to meet the high demand.

Tru Vape Oil's founder, Derek Hodslo, says his phone and computer haven't stopped blowin' up since Nate puffed on one of his pens at Saturday night's news conference. He says the endorsement was totally unplanned and, in fact, Nate caught 'em off guard.

He says they had no time to stock up on the cannabidiol (CBD oil) which Nate was using that night -- and also shouted out on Instagram. Hodslo estimates they could've shipped 20,000 units, but they only had 506 CBD cartridges in stock.

Still, he says the publicity is invaluable and will eventually pay off -- even if they're not getting rich quick.

As for Nate catching heat from USADA for smoking CBD -- he says it helps him deal with post-fight inflammation -- Hodslo is team Diaz all the way, standing by his product's healing properties.

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UFC's Michael Bisping Double Duty Training for Fight on Movie Set

8/23/2016 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

It's a good thing Michael Bisping can multitask ... 'cause the UFC middleweight champ says he'll be training for his next fight against Dan Henderson while shooting his new movie in London. 

Bisping locked up a role in the bare-knuckle boxing flick, "My Name Is Lenny" -- which starts filming this week. Bisping says his part will take roughly 2 weeks to complete. 

But he also has a huge fight coming up against Hendo at UFC 204 in October -- just 7 weeks away. 

So, how will he be able to prep for the fight and shoot the flick? 

"My trainer's gonna come with me. I'm still gonna train every day. Film the movie. Come back. Focus on the fight. Kick some ass."

FYI, other fighters like Paige VanZant and Conor McGregor have turned down roles to focus on training camp -- but clearly, Bisping thinks he can handle both. 

We'll find out on October 8th ... 

UFC's Brad Tavares LeBron James Could Be NBA's Best Fighter

8/22/2016 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Sorry, Matt Barnes ... LeBron James would beat that ass in a street fight -- so says someone who would know, UFC tough guy Brad Tavares

Tavares was chillin' at Sake Rok in Vegas for the UFC 202 fight when he admitted he's not really a Bron fan -- but knows what the guy could be capable of if he truly trained for a real deal fight. 

Fun fact -- Tavares is fighting in LeBron's home state at UFC 203 next month. 

But how would LeBron do against a real MMA heavyweight? Tavares says it wouldn't be pretty. 

Conor McGregor Props from Rory McIlroy ... At Post-Fight Party

8/22/2016 10:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It was an Irish megastar explosion after UFC 202 -- with Rory McIlroy and Niall Horan congratulating Conor McGregor at the post-fight party ... and TMZ Sports has the video. 

It all went down at Intrigue Nightclub -- where the Irish golfer and the Irish boy-bander approached the Irish fighter to revel in their full Irish awesomeness. 

All that was missing was Bono (and Liam Neeson). 

Dwight Howard I'd Beat LeBron In MMA Fight ... Lemme Explain

8/22/2016 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

NBA star Dwight Howard is a huge UFC fan -- so when we got him leaving UFC 202, we had to ask ... who would win if you stepped into the Octagon with LeBron James??

Howard ain't no bitch -- and says he'd put his money on himself. 

Look, he was just joking around ... but let's check out the tale of the tape:

Dwight -- 30 years old, 6'11", 265 lbs with a wingspan of 7'4".

LeBron -- 31 years old, 6'8", 250 lbs with a wingspan of 7'0". 

So, who YOU got???

Check out the clip ... Howard also says he's a big WWE fan and would be down to follow Dennis Rodman's lead and do a little wrastlin' himself at some point. 

"I'll get out there and scream and yell and suplex sombody! RKO outta nowhere!"

Heads up, McMahon family.

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