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Paige VanZant 'Rousey Incident Was Shocking, Unnecessary'

5/5/2016 5:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0505_paige-vanzant_ronda_rousey_tmzPaige VanZant has confirmed Miesha Tate's story -- that she WAS cussed out by Ronda Rousey last month ... and says the whole thing was "shocking and totally unnecessary."

In a statement to TMZ Sports, VanZant says, "It appears that I offended Ronda by congratulating Holly after her victory. The incident was very shocking and totally unnecessary."

Tate described the incident in great detail on Joe Rogan's podcast ... saying Rousey tracked Paige down and unleashed the fury all over her during the April 27 incident ... claiming Paige has "crossed her" by giving props to Holm

We reached out to Ronda for her side -- but she ain't talkin. 

Ronda Rousey Cussed Out Paige VanZant ... Says Miesha Tate

5/5/2016 3:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Ronda Rousey went ballistic on fellow UFC superstar Paige VanZant at a VIP party -- dropping all sorts of F-bombs -- all because Paige congratulated Holly Holm ... this according to Miesha Tate

Tate appeared on "The Joe Rogan Experience" Thursday and told the story ... saying VanZant came up to her and told her the entire shocking encounter. 

According to Tate, Ronda was seeking her out at the party -- furious that Paige would "cross her" by congratulating Holm after she beat up Ronda back in November. 

Miesha says Paige was shocked -- because she hadn't ever seen that side of Rousey before. Tate says she's never been a Rousey fan ... and wasn't surprised by her behavior. 

TMZ Sports has spoken multiple sources who confirm Tate's account of the events. 

We reached out to Ronda's camp -- but they declined to comment. 

[h/t Zombie Prophet]

Miesha Tate Best Thing About Trump ... We Both Hate Ronda!

5/5/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

When it comes to policy, Miesha Tate says Donald Trump has one thing 100% right ... his blinding hatred for Ronda Rousey!

Tate says she's not ready to give her official endorsement to Trump -- but it's clear The Donald scored some serious points with Miesha when he blasted Ronda on Twitter last year. 

In case you forgot, Trump was all about rubbing salt in Ronda's wound after her loss to Holly Holm -- tweeting, "Glad to see that @RondaRousey lost her championship fight last night. Was soundly beaten - not a nice person!"

Miesha loved it. 

There's more ... we asked Tate if it'll be tough to concentrate on her UFC 200 opponent Amanda Nunes -- knowing that Dana White recently said Ronda has dibs on the winner. 

Miesha insists she's locked in and laser-focused on Nunes -- and says in her mind, Rousey is currently "irrelevant."

Despite the hostility, Tate says she is happy for Ronda's progress and wants her to continue to get better ... because the rematch "needs to happen."

Translation -- get well soon so I can beat your ass. 

UFC's Nick Diaz Training with Van Damme 'Dream Come True'

5/2/2016 3:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC star Nick Diaz says training with Jean-Claude Van Damme this weekend was a dream come true -- especially since JCVD helped grow his love for fighting back when he was a kid. 

Both Nick and his bro Nate Diaz hooked up with the action legend for a clinic in leg strikes -- so, we hit up Nick to find out what exactly went down when the 3 got into the gym. 

Check out the clip ... Nick was clearly stoked to train with the guy and says things went so well, he plans to do it again soon. 

But the funniest part ... watch how quickly Nick shut down the question when we tried to ask about his brother and Conor McGregor. Dude wasn't havin' it. 

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Dana White The Hatred Is Real Jones, Cormier Beef Is No P.R. Stunt

4/27/2016 2:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

There's nothing fake about the hostility between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier -- so says UFC honcho Dana White ... who says the hatred these guys have for each other was definitely NOT concocted for publicity. 

Dana -- skyping in from his PRIVATE JET -- joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1 ... and was asked straight up if the feud between the fighters was cooked up by the UFC to help sell tickets. 

But Dana shut that down fast -- explaining, "They obviously respect each other as fighters but as human beings they completely dislike each other."

You gotta watch the entire interview Wednesday on FS1 -- we also asked if he felt Cormier crossed the line when he called Jones a "drug addict."

Oh, and he also told us about the sick in-flight meal on his private jet.

#ItsGoodToBeTheBoss

Daniel Cormier Jon Jones Is a Drug Addict

4/27/2016 11:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Daniel Cormier took things personal with Jon Jones Wednesday morning -- calling him a drug addict to his face ... and threatening to "beat that ass" at UFC 200. 

Cormier was responding to Jones -- who had asked Daniel what he'll say to his kids if they ever ask, "Daddy, did you ever beat Jon 'Bones' Jones?"

Cormier essentially said he didn't HAVE to beat Jones to get his championship belt because Jones eliminated himself by testing positive for cocaine. 

FYI -- Jones has said he's NOT an addict ... but admits he made a "really dumb decision" before the drug test for UFC 182 last year.  

The back-and-forth between these guys is nasty ... and multiple people in the UFC tell us the hatred is 100% legit.

So, how did Jones feel about the whole thing? He asked the crowd ... "You guys ready to see D.C. get his ass whooped again?"

Daniel Cormier I'll Crush Jon Jones ... 'Easy Work'

4/27/2016 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The smack talk continues ... 

UFC superstar Daniel Cormier is already predicting victory over Jon Jones -- telling TMZ Sports the fight will be "easy work" after what he saw over the weekend. 

Cormier was leaving 'GMA' in NYC -- where Dana White had just announced Jones vs. Cormier will be the main event at UFC 200 ... and told us he was PUMPED to get another shot at JJ. 

As for the "easy work" comment -- Cormier is referring to Jones' victory over Ovince St. Preux over the weekend. Jon looked pretty rusty ... which was to be expected for a guy who hadn't fought in 15 months. 

These guys HATE each other's guts -- and with more than 2 months until the fight ... the smack talk is only gonna get worse. 

By the way, we recently spoke with UFC star Dominic Cruz on the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1 -- and asked if the beef is real ... or just an act to drum up publicity. Check out what he said ... 

UFC 200 New Main Event Revealed ... Jones vs. Cormier

4/27/2016 6:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Conor McGregor is out ... Jon Jones is in!

UFC honcho Dana White just appeared on "Good Morning America" to announce the new main event for UFC 200 in July -- Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier!!

We kinda saw it coming ... so, it's not really a shocker -- but people are fired up about it. 

These two guys HATE each other -- and cussed each other out the last time they were face-to-face. 

This should be fun!! 

Kevin Costner Bring MMA to Olympics 'Where the Real Tough Guys Exist'

4/26/2016 7:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Did you know ... table tennis is an Olympic sport -- and MMA is not? 

Well, Kevin Costner ain't happy about it -- telling TMZ Sports he thinks the powers that be should bring the fighting sport to the Olympic games, ASAP!!!!

Costner says MMA has already "established itself as one of the greatest sports out there" ... adding, "I think it's where the real tough guys exist."

BTW, Costner's not the first high-profile dude to call for MMA in the games ... Randy Couture's been banging this drum for years

#NoDisrespectToPingPong

Dana White Nate Diaz Ain't Mad Working On UFC 200 Replacement

4/26/2016 7:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Dana White tells TMZ Sports he's still working to get Nate Diaz to fight at UFC 200 in July -- and says Diaz can essentially fight anyone he wants ... with one giant Irish exception. 

"Obviously, I would like to keep Nate [in 200]," White told us outside of Mastro's in Bev Hills Monday night ... "Nate stands to make a lot of money in 200, I'd like to keep him in 200, but that's up to him."

Dana says Nate's not even mad that the whole Conor McGregor super fight fell apart -- insisting Diaz is "actually pretty cool about it."

"This is a fight that Conor was really obsessed with and Conor wanted this fight and Nate was like ... whatever." 

So, what's the plan? Dana says the ball is in Diaz's court. 

BONUS -- we also asked Dana which 3 UFC fighters he'd like on his side in a bar fight. His #1 choice is very interesting. 

Dana White Conor's a Possibility for UFC 201

4/25/2016 4:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Despite the fact he flat out LIED -- Dana White tells TMZ Sports Conor McGregor's not in his dog house ... and he's considering re-booking the UFC superstar as early as UFC 201 in August.

White was leaving Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills ... on his way to support Paige VanZant at "Dancing with the Stars" ... when we asked WHY he thinks McGregor posted the fake fight confirmation on Twitter Monday morning. 

"I don't know ... I don't know why he did," White said ... "I still have not talked to him."

Watch the clip. White once again praises McGregor as a guy who's saved countless fights for the UFC in the past, and even though he won't fight at UFC 200 ... it sounds like he definitely wants Conor back in the octagon before the end of the year. 

Dana White Conor McGregor Is Wrong ... Fight Is Still Off!!!

4/25/2016 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

42516-mcgregor-dana-whiteConor McGregor has NOT been added back to the UFC fight card ... this according to UFC honcho Dana White

TMZ Sports spoke to White this morning ... who tells us, "It's not true. We haven't talked to Conor or his manager since the press conference. I don't know why he would tweet that."

He adds, "All the media keeps asking me that. I feel like the scene in 'Step Brothers' when they ask if they can build the bunk beds. I don't know how many more times I can say the fight is off or how many more press conferences I can have saying the fight is off for people to believe it's off."

TRANSLATION -- THE FIGHT IS OFF!!!!

McGregor caused a firestorm Monday morning by tweeting, "Happy to announce that I am BACK on UFC 200! Shout out to @danawhite and @lorenzofertitta on getting this one done for the fans. #Respect"

Jon Jones Vegas Raging In Rascal ... After UFC 197 Victory

4/25/2016 6:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He was busted up after the fight, but Jon Jones wouldn't let an electric wheelchair keep him from turnin' up following his win at UFC 197! 

Jones -- who admitted pain in his shins and feet after beating up OSP on Saturday -- strapped into a rascal and buzzed around the Vegas strip to celebrate his victory.

Did he pose with the characters from "Frozen"? Yep.

Did he pick up a cross-dressing Marilyn Monroe impersonator? Indeed.

Did he pose for pics with fans? He did that, too.

BTW, the wheelchair was reportedly "precautionary" ... so he should be good to go by UFC 200 ... if UFC officially makes that fight. 

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