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Conor McGregor Ditches MMA Training Only Focused on Floyd

5/24/2017 12:30 AM PDT
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Conor McGregor has put his MMA training on the back burner to prepare for his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We spoke with McGregor's rep who says The Notorious is "only training boxing" while working out in Dublin to focus on the super fight.

That's right ... the UFC lightweight (and former featherweight) champ ain't practicing mixed martial arts.

Dana White announced last Thursday that McGregor's side of the deal is complete ... and the UFC star has been posting training pics directed at Floyd on Instagram ever since.

While the fight still isn't a done deal, Floyd has remained optimistic, telling reporters over the weekend that if he un-retires for a fight, "it's a 90% chance it's against Conor McGregor."

Cris 'Cyborg' Justino Cited For Battery For Punching UFC Fighter

5/22/2017 11:01 AM PDT
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Cris "Cyborg" Justino was cited for battery for punching UFC fighter Angela Magana in the face at a UFC fighter retreat in Las Vegas this weekend ... TMZ Sports has learned.

According to the Las Vegas Metro Police narrative, Magana says Cyborg punched the left side of her face after the two fighters got into a verbal argument. Police say they reviewed surveillance video that showed Cyborg throwing a punch, hitting Magana in the face once.

According to officials, witnesses jumped in and broke up the fight.

Cops say Magana -- a 33 year old UFC strawweight -- transported herself to the hospital and was treated. According to the narrative, a doctor at the hospital diagnosed A.M. with an "acute head injury, cervical strain, and laceration of the lip."

She returned to her hotel room and called cops.

Magana told police the fight sparked over comments that were made on social media.

Since the incident, A.M. has gone on a Twitter rampage against Cyborg ... "I was the victim of roid rage today. Hope it was worth your job. Sue happy lawyers hitting me up left and right now #Cyborg"

Cops say they also spoke with UFC fighter Bec Rawlings ... who verified Angela's story.

Police made contact with Cyborg, but she did not want to give her side of the story. She was cited for battery and will have to appear in court.

Cage Pages obtained video of the incident.

The Rock's Agent Working with UFC Champ ... Bring On Hollywood!

5/22/2017 12:15 AM PDT

The man behind the biggest action star on the planet is helping to launch one of the baddest fighters in the UFC into Hollywood superstardom ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The agent is Brad Slater -- who reps huge stars like The Rock and Michael Strahan and signed LeBron James to WME back in 2014. 

The fighter is Joanna Jedrzejczyk -- the reigning, undefeated women's strawweight champion. 

Joanna tells TMZ Sports she has big Hollywood dreams and believes Slater is the guy who can make them come true.

And we know just the person looking for badass female action stars ... right Michelle Rodriguez?!

Amanda Nunes GF Will Take My Last Name ... When We Marry

5/21/2017 12:25 AM PDT

Amanda Nunes says she and her girlfriend have already worked out the name issue when they tie the knot ... and the Nunes name won out.

Amanda has been dating UFC fighter Nina Ansaroff for a while and they've been talking A LOT about marriage lately (Nunes even fake proposed during the interview).

And, speaking of weddings ... we also asked if there was any chance she'll attend Ronda Rousey's wedding to Travis Browne, and she didn't exactly say "No."

"If I don't have anything to do that day I might show up."

UFC's Rashad Coulter $50k Fight Bonus is 'Life-Changing'

5/21/2017 12:15 AM PDT

The unlikely star of UFC 211 is a brand new fighter -- a single father of 2 -- who says the $50k fight bonus he got for trading BOMBS with Chase Sherman that night has changed his life forever. 

Rashad Coulter's incredibly gutsy and explosive performance impressed Dana White enough to fork over the $50k ... and Coulter says it will have an immediate impact on his family.

Coulter and his 2 kids live in a 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment -- and Coulter says the bonus (along with his fight check) will help him make a down payment on a house.

In fact, Coulter says he made more in those 9 minutes in the Octagon than he would have made in 1 YEAR in his previous job as a bill collector.

Coulter's got a great story. He's clearly motivated ... and tells TMZ Sports he won't stop until he's the champ.

UFC's Stipe Miocic Fighting for Romper Acceptance 'Everyone Should Wear One'

5/19/2017 12:01 PM PDT

If you think rompers are for women, UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic wants to punch you right in the face.  

With male rompers busting into the fashion scene, Stipe says he wants to smash the taboo associated with the clothing item because "everyone should be able to wear it."

Reebok has released a sketch of a male romper it plans to release in the near future -- and Stipe is PUMPED about it.

"I love rompers, man ... I think it's comfortable. It's a summer look."

And if you think Stipe is worried about fashion critics making fun of him -- he would like to direct your attention to his 4th of July thong outfit.

Frankie Edgar I'll Be Champ In '17 ... Gunnin' For Aldo's Belt

5/18/2017 12:40 PM PDT

Frankie Edgar ain't considering retirement after smashing Yair Rodriguez ... in fact, he says he hasn't even peaked yet, and predicts he'll be champ before the calendar reads 2018.

TMZ Sports asked the UFC legend and former lightweight champion (from '10 to '12) if he still has visions of wearing the strap around his waist ... or if at 35, he's ready to walk away from the Octagon.

"I think I'm the best fighter I've been. I think I'm still getting better."

Edgar -- ranked the #2 featherweight -- says he deserves a shot at the title against the winner of the UFC 212 match between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway.

So, is Frankie Edgar champ by the end of this year?

"I'm gonna use some positive thoughts and hope for the best, so let's say yes."

Amanda Nunes: I'm Better Than Jedrzejczyk ... & My GF Can Beat Her

5/18/2017 7:36 AM PDT

Amanda Nunes says there's no doubt she's the best female fighter in the world -- not Joanna Jedrzejczyk -- and she's 100% confident her girlfriend can beat the strawweight champ. 

Amanda and Joanna are dominating the women's division in the UFC -- but likely won't fight each other because they're in different weight classes. 

But, Amanda's GF, Nina Ansaroff, is right in Joanna's wheelhouse -- in fact, they both train at the American Top Team gym. 

Nina says she's not intimidated by Joanna's impressive undefeated MMA record -- and tells TMZ Sports straight-up, "I can beat her."

Nina has to climb the ranks before she gets a chance to back up her talk -- but she's convinced it's just a matter of time before she fights for the title. 

Conor McGregor Signs Deal to Fight Mayweather ... Ball's In Floyd's Court

5/18/2017 6:00 AM PDT
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Conor McGregor's deal is in place to fight Floyd Mayweather -- now, it's up to Dana White and the Mayweather camp to nail down the other side.

The UFC superstar made the announcement late Wednesday night -- saying he reached an agreement with his UFC bosses that shores up how he will get paid if he steps into the ring with Floyd. 

Conor has said the deal he was eyeing will pay him around $100 million.

Floyd has said he wants double or triple what Conor gets. It's up to Dana White to now hammer out a deal with Mayweather and his manager, AL Haymon. 

McGregor issued a statement on saying, "It is an honour to sign this record breaking deal alongside my partners Zuffa LLC, The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Paradigm Sports Management."

"The first, and most important part of this historic contract has now officially been signed off on. Congratulations to all parties involved. We now await Al Haymon and his boxer’s signature in the coming days."

Conor is clearly confident the two sides will reach a deal soon -- because he was shopping for yachts last night ... and he posted a pic with Conor Jr. saying, "let's go get some boxing ones now son."

Daniel Cormier Finally Explains 'Sandblasting Prostitutes'

5/18/2017 12:45 AM PDT

Daniel Cormier is finally revealing what he meant when he accused Jon Jones of "sandblasting prostitutes" ... and shocker, it involves a whole lotta cocaine! 

Remember, DC fired the insult at Jones during their nasty exchange at the UFC media event in Dallas last week ... though everyone, including Jones, seemed baffled by what he meant. 

So, we went right to the champ to get an explanation and he spilled the beans ... even telling us which UFC superstar first introduced him to the term. 

We also asked Cormier if he thinks Jones will stay clean long enough to make it to their showdown at UFC 214 on July 29th.  

Hopefully, no one sandblasts anyone ... at least until AFTER the fight. 

UFC's Cowboy Cerrone Who Cares If Jon Jones Does Coke?!

5/17/2017 3:43 PM PDT

UFC badass Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone says he doesn't give a DAMN if Jon Jones blows an entire Swiss Alps ski slope of cocaine ... as long he beats the hell outta people in the Octagon.

Cowboy and Jones train together -- so, we asked how the ex-champ is lookin' as he prepares for his upcoming showdown with Daniel Cormier

The good news -- Jones looks awesome.

Then Cowboy dropped this gem: "If Jon wants to do drugs and still kick ass, you go ahead baby! You do your thing."

Hopefully drugs won't be his thing ... no one wants to see Jones catch another suspension before the DC fight! 

As for Cowboy, he's fighting Robbie Lawler at UFC 213 in July -- and says it's gonna be one of the most violent brawls in the history of the sport.

UFC's Demetrious Johnson Blasts Rousey You Lost, 'Grow the F*** Up'

5/17/2017 12:30 PM PDT
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UFC superstar Demetrious Johnson has some tough love for Ronda Rousey -- "You got your ass beat, grow the f*ck up."

Johnson has won 12 straight fights -- but says if he does get defeated, he does NOT want to handle the loss the way Ronda did after getting her face kicked in by Holly Holm

"You look at Ronda Rousey. You got your ass beat, grow the f*ck up," DJ told Sports Illustrated ... "It happens. It's mixed martial arts. I don't want to be like that. If I lose, I'll be like, I lost."

Ronda essentially went into hiding for months before taking a fight more than a year later. 

"Everybody f*cking loses. It's part of the sport. Grow up. Look, Ronda, you lost two f*cking fights in a row, and you made more f*cking money than the women's roster."

Johnson's referring to the $3 mil (plus PPV revenue) Ronda banked for UFC 207 -- the fight where she got crushed by Amanda Nunes and then blew off the post-fight news conference. 

Johnson did have some nice parting words for Ronda, who’s off planning her wedding right now. “You'll be fine, don't worry about it."

UFC's Michael Chiesa 'Kevin Lee Hits Like A BITCH!!'

5/16/2017 1:33 PM PDT

Kevin Lee punches like a straight-up bitch ... so says Michael Chiesa, the fighter who got socked in the face by Lee at last week's big UFC media event in Dallas. 

The punch punctuated ANOTHER crazy UFC media event that also included Jon Jones admitting he blew a ton of coke before fighting Daniel Cormier back in 2015. 

We spoke with Chiesa about the brawl and the 7th ranked UFC lightweight said he's more confident than ever he'll crush Lee in June because the guy ... well ... "He hits like a bitch."

"That dude ran up on me and landed a flush right hand, and I ate that thing like it was breakfast."

Of course, Lee feels differently and vows to "beat the f*ck" out of Chiesa when they face off on June 25th. 

This should be fun. 

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