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UFC's Stephen Thompson Sick of Floyd vs. Conor Talk ... 'Boxing Is Going Nowhere'

2/27/2017 2:46 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

UFC star Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson says he's sick of hearing about a possible Conor vs. Floyd fight ... telling TMZ Sports it seems like a desperate move from Floyd to save the sport of boxing.

Thompson was out in NYC promoting his upcoming rematch with Tyron Woodley at UFC 209 ... when we asked how UFC fighters feel about constantly answering Mayweather questions.

Thompson didn't hold back -- "I think it should be about our sport, not boxing. Where's boxing going nowadays?? That's why they're doing fights like this. Because boxing is going nowhere."

UFC's Bruce Buffer I Feel Warren Beatty's Pain ... Take My Advice!

2/27/2017 1:17 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Warren Beatty ain't the first guy to announce the wrong winner during a live TV event -- it also happened to Bruce Buffer at UFC 205 ... and now he's got some advice for the Hollywood legend. 

Remember, Buffer incorrectly told Tyron Woodley he was the winner during his UFC 205 matchup versus Stephen Thompson ... and announced the wrong information to a live audience. 

When Buffer got the right info (the fight was a majority draw) he collected himself and announced the correction. 

So, when Buffer saw Beatty's screwup at the Oscars -- he felt his pain and knew right away it WAS NOT Warren's fault. 

Buffer also has some advice for ALL people making announcements on live TV ... so the 2018 Oscar hosts better pay attention. 

Canelo Alvarez Conor vs. Floyd Is a Joke 'Disrespectful to Boxing'

2/27/2017 7:26 AM PST
Breaking News

Canelo Alvarez is coming out swinging at the possibility of a Mayweather vs. McGregor fight -- saying the whole concept is disrespectful to the sport he loves.

Canelo -- who famously fought Mayweather back in 2013 -- says talks of a superfight are nothing more than a "joke."

Look, the reality is everyone is talking about the hypothetical match instead of the ACTUAL fights going down (like the upcoming Canelo vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight) ... and we're guessing that's pissing him off.

Conor McGregor Teams Up with Irish Boxing Star ... 'Floyd Fight Will Happen'

2/27/2017 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0223-connor-mcgregor-themaclife-01Conor McGregor has been hitting the boxing gym with an Irish boxing sensation -- who tells TMZ Sports the UFC star is 100% confident the fight with Floyd Mayweather will actually take place.

We spoke with 25-year-old Michael Conlan -- who won an Olympic bronze medal for Ireland in 2012. Conlan says he became friends with McGregor a while back and the two have been tight ever since.

In fact, Conlan says McGregor has agreed to carry the Irish flag when Conlan walks to the ring during his upcoming pro fighting debut on St. Patrick's Day at Madison Square Garden.

In the meantime, both Conlan and Conor have been training together at an L.A. boxing gym -- as recently captured by TheMacLife.com.

We asked Conlan how McGregor's boxing training is going -- one thing's clear ... he's definitely impressed.

Greg Hardy MMA Training Session Video Speed & Power On Display

2/26/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Greg Hardy's training MMA at an elite gym in Florida ... but how does he look, and is he any good?

Now we know ... 'cause TMZ Sports has exclusive video of a Friday afternoon training sesh at American Top Team ... AND an interview with his training partner, Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.

We asked "Bigfoot" Silva -- once one of the best UFC heavyweights -- about the prospects of his sparring partner making it at MMA's highest level ... the UFC.

Silva says don't be surprised if Hardy's fighting inside the Octagon within a year or two.

As for Hardy's kickboxing coach, Steve Bruno, the guy holding the mitt and pad while Greg works on combos -- jabs, crosses, knees, kicks -- he broke down the former Pro-Bowler's upcoming training schedule.

 

Dana White Here's McGregor's Next Opponent ... Hint, It's Not Floyd

2/25/2017 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Dana White has an update on the status of the Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather megafight ... "WE ARE NOWHERE."

TMZ Sports saw Dana out in L.A. Friday afternoon ... and asked if there has been any progress made in the negotiation.

FYI -- Dana, Floyd, and Conor are all in Los Angeles.

The answer, no.

In addition to telling us who Conor definitely will not fight next ... the UFC honcho also breaks down with who and when Conor will next step into the Octagon.

The opponent is ...

UFC's Valentina Shevchenko Amanda Nunes Is a Chicken ... Bock, Bock, Bock

2/25/2017 12:25 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

UFC badass Valentina Shevchenko says Amanda Nunes is straight-up SCARED to fight her -- and she's already thinking up excuses to avoid meeting her in the Octagon.

Shevchenko -- who just beat up Julianna Pena last month -- says her sights are set on a superfight with the reigning UFC women's bantamweight champ ... if Nunes doesn't chicken out.

"[Nunes] is looking for any kind of reason to avoid the fight because she knows I'm dangerous," Shevchenko tells TMZ Sports.

In fact, Valentina says she already knows the excuses Amanda will try and use.

For the record, Shevchenko and Nunes have fought once before -- Nunes won that fight, but it was close.

The rematch seems like it's just a matter of time ... should be a good one.

UFC's Derrick Lewis Swarmed at Middle School Lunch (Adorable Video)

2/23/2017 1:49 PM PST
Breaking News

UFC stud Derrick Lewis got the CELEBRITY treatment at his little brother's school ... when a faculty announced his presence and the starstruck students swarmed him like a rockstar. 

Lewis -- who just beat Travis Browne this past weekend -- was having lunch with his little bro when a school faculty member grabbed the mic and told the kids a real-life UFC fighter was in the building.

BTW, props to the future reporter who tried to get Lewis to reveal his next opponent ... want a job?

Floyd Mayweather Hey, Conor McGregor ... I'm In L.A. Now, Too!

2/23/2017 6:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Floyd Mayweather wants everyone to know he's here in L.A. -- which is interesting ... since Conor McGregor is, too. 

The boxing legend hit up Catch in West Hollywood Wednesday night -- the hottest restaurant in town where Floyd KNOWS the paparazzi would go crazy for him. He was right ... it was madness.

What's interesting is Conor is also in town -- we saw him in Bev Hills the other day and he's been posting photos all over town ever since.

Last time they were in the same city (Vegas), Conor declared it his own and mocked Floyd for refusing to sit down with him.

Will things change in L.A.? Stay tuned ... 

Ronda Rousey RETURNS TO ACTING ... Guest Role On 'Blindspot'

2/21/2017 11:18 AM PST
Breaking News

0221-ronda-rousey-blind-spot-TMZ-01Ronda Rousey's back ... to acting! 

The UFC legend scored herself a guest role on the hit NBC show "Blindspot" -- where she'll play a tough prison inmate who's serving time for transporting weapons across state lines. 

A rep for the show tells TMZ Sports the episode is scheduled to air in early May.

We're told her episode has NOT been shot yet but will be done in the near future. So, no, this didn't clash with her training for the Amanda Nunes fight. 

Ronda has not made an official decision on whether she'll fight again -- but most people think she's likely done after losing her last 2 fights.

This is a big deal for Ronda -- if she crushes the "Blindspot" gig, it could lead to bigger and better things outside the Octagon.

WWE's New Day: No Way In Hell We'd Fight In UFC ... We're Too Pretty!

2/20/2017 3:59 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Brock Lesnar's done it. CM Punk's done it ... but the guys from The New Day say there's NO DAMN WAY they'd ever considering moving from the WWE to the UFC.  

The tag team superstars -- who were just tapped to host WrestleMania 33 -- joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Monday night on FS1) ... and told us their feet are FIRMLY planted in the WWE. 

So, why not give the UFC a shot? Big E put it best ... 

"I gyrate for a living! I shake my hips for a living, that's what I do! You want to get punched in the face by Derrick Lewis?? NO THANK YOU!" 

The guys also tell us how the other WWE superstars REALLY feel about Conor McGregor -- who's taken some major shots at pro wrestlers in the past. 

UFC Fighter KOs Ronda Rousey's Boyfriend ... Tries to Steal His Girl

2/20/2017 6:11 AM PST
Breaking News

Tough night for Ronda Rousey's boyfriend -- first he gets the snot kicked out of him at UFC Fight Night 105 ... then his opponent hollers at Ronda right in the center of the Octagon!!!

Derrick Lewis beat Travis Browne so badly Sunday night the guy was transported to the hospital immediately following the fight ... but Derrick really went in on the guy in the post-fight interview. 

First, he referenced the 2015 domestic violence investigation into Browne (we should note Browne was never charged with a crime) ... and then he called out Ronda. 

Judging from the past, Browne isn't one to go quietly ... so we're guessing we haven't heard the last of this one.

Tyron Woodley I'm The Greatest UFC Welterweight Ever ... Better Than Georges St-Pierre

2/18/2017 12:55 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tyron Woodley says he's the greatest UFC welterweight EVER ... better than Georges St-Pierre ... and he won't stop kicking ass until he's proved it to the entire world.

Woodley -- the current UFC champ at 170 -- sat down with TMZ Sports to talk about his upcoming rematch with Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson at UFC 209 in March.

Tyron told us he's looking forward to polishing Thompson off and proving their last fight (which ended in a draw) was a fluke ... but beyond that, he's got some bigger things to prove.

"I'm the best welterweight to ever fight in the Octagon, all I gotta do is keep winning to prove it. I'm more well rounded than Georges St-Pierre, I punch harder."

We have no idea if he's right ... but we're certainly not gonna tell him he's wrong.

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