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Daniel Cormier On Stipe Miocic Rematch 'Maybe' After Lesnar

7/19/2018 1:08 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Don't slam the door on a possible Cormier vs. Miocic rematch -- with D.C. telling TMZ Sports he's open to the idea ... AFTER he fights Brock Lesnar

Remember, after Daniel Cormier defeated Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 earlier this month ... Lesnar stormed the cage and hyped a Cormier vs. Lesnar super fight

Miocic -- the former heavyweight champion of the world -- is furious claiming he's EARNED a rematch with Cormier before Lesnar gets a shot ... considering Brock hasn't even fought since 2016. 

So, when we saw Cormier at the ESPYs on Wednesday ... we asked how he felt about Stipe's gripe. 

Of course, the clock is ticking considering Cormier is 39 years old and wants to retire at age 40. His birthday is in March. 

Tick tock ... 

Bonus: We also asked D.C. if he's considering a post-UFC career with the WWE ... and it doesn't look good. 

Ronda Rousey's Husband Down for WWE Tag Team ... With Ronda!

7/18/2018 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Imagine Ronda Rousey teaming up with her own husband for a crazy WWE mixed gender tag team match -- dope, right? 

Well, her husband -- UFC fighter Travis Browne -- says he's in ... but he's not looking to steal any of his wife's shine. 

In fact, Browne says he LOVES that Ronda's become such a huge WWE star -- telling TMZ Sports she's never been happier. 

But, with WWE superstars like Triple H and Stephanie McMahon (among others) who have used their  real-life relationships to fuel storylines ... Travis says he's down to get in the ring too!

"I'll never say no to the possibility of going out there and wrestling," Browne says ... "I'd love to go out there and work with my wife!"

For the record, Travis is listed at 6'7" and 255 pounds ... just a tad shorter than guys like Kane, The Undertaker and Baron Corbin

LET'S DO THIS!!!!

Farrah Abraham I've Got a Wrestling Fantasy ... Bring On Alexa Bliss!

7/17/2018 6:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Hulk Hogan. Ultimate Warrior. The chick from 'Backdoor Teen Mom.'

Yes, Farrah Abraham has dreams of becoming a professional wrestler -- and tells TMZ Sports she's got her sights set on squaring off with some of the biggest names in WWE. 

FYI, the former MTV star recently inked a deal with World Class Revolution Pro Wrestling -- but, it appears to be more of a promotional thing than an actual wrestling contract. 

Still, when we saw Farrah at the Syndicate L.A. party at Jimmy Goldstein's home on Monday night ... she seemed excited about the possibility of throwing down at some point. 

"I would probably choose Alexa Bliss or maybe the Bella Twins," Farrah said ... "I think those ladies are great."

She also claims to be a HUGE wrestling fan -- and says a match with Stone Cold Steve Austin or Hulk Hogan would be a dream come true. 

There's one WWE superstar Farrah's afraid of ... for a good reason.  

Mark Wahlberg I Bet Real Money On the Browns ... To Win 6 Games!

7/17/2018 6:04 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mark Wahlberg says he believes in Baker Mayfield -- so he placed a REAL bet on the Cleveland Browns to win 6 games in 2018. 

Yeah, he's being serious. 

Don't worry, he also made some less risky wagers -- betting on the Patriots and the Eagles to get back to the Super Bowl this season.  

Wahlberg also bet on Ronda Rousey -- casting her in his new movie, "Mile 22" ... and he's super fired up about her role in the flick. 

Mark raves about Ronda's performance and says she's more than just an action star -- she's a legit actress who nailed her dramatic scenes like a boss!!!

The movie -- which opens next month -- will be Ronda's most important Hollywood role yet. Of course, she starred in the "Entourage" movie ... but played herself. 

Now, she's got a real shot to follow stars like The Rock ... and parlay action sports stardom into a real Hollywood career. 

... and Mark Wahlberg is clearly a fan. 

WWE's Mark Henry '50-50' Split Among Black Wrestlers ... Over Hulk's Return

7/16/2018 2:15 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mark Henry says there's a divide among black wrestlers over the WWE's decision to accept Hulk Hogan back into the community ... just three years after he was caught on tape using the n-word.

"It's 50-50," Henry tells TMZ Sports. "I've talked to guys that were like, 'Man, the hell with him.'"

Don't count Mark on that side of the coin, however.

The ex-WWE world champ says he thinks Hulk's apologies over the incident have been sincere ... and he believes Hogan's punishment and penance since the rant have been enough.

"I do feel like he genuinely wants to clear his name," the host of "Busted Open" radio tells us.

"He sees people that used to respect him, they look at him different. And it hurts. And he brought that on himself. But, he's trying his best to clear that up."

Hulk Hogan Back in WWE's HOF 3 Years After N-Word Controversy

7/15/2018 1:56 PM PDT
Breaking News

Hulk Hogan is back in the WWE's good graces three years after he was caught on tape using the n-word ... reclaiming his place in the wrestling organization's Hall of Fame.

WWE issued a statement Sunday, saying that after a 3-year suspension ... Hulk was being reinstated in their HOF. They go on to say that this second chance follows multiple apologies and volunteer work from Hulk ... this in the wake of his angry rant using the n-word, which was caught on his sex tape and leaked in 2015.

We broke the story ... Hulk has been in talks with WWE honchos to be brought back into the fold, though the wrestling legend wanted it done the right way. 

Like the league notes, Hulk has, in fact, apologized many times over insisting the vile language does not reflect who he is as a person. He even referenced the scandal while being inducted into the Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame earlier this year. 

WWE mentioned the recent induction in their press release, saying he is helping young people learn from his mistake. 

Welcome home, Hogan. 

David Arquette Pimp Slapped at Movie Premiere

7/13/2018 8:59 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

What did the 5 fingers say to David Arquette's face? SLAPPITY SLAP SLAP!!!

The 46-year-old movie star took several open-hand slaps to the face on the red carpet at the 350 Days premiere in Hollywood on Thursday ... when he was ambushed by pro wrestler RJ City

The two -- who happen to be facing off at a wrestling match on July 15 -- started jawing at each other on the red carpet ... but things turned physical and RJ let them hands fly! 

The "fight" was quickly broken up and City was escorted off the carpet. 

Afterward, Arquette told us he's been training his ass off to demolish City on Sunday -- even traveling to Tijuana, Mexico to train with luchadores. 

Until then ... ice up! 

Ronda Rousey Cormier's the Best UFC Fighter ... At Least 'Right Now'

7/10/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ronda Rousey stopped short of giving Daniel Cormier G.O.A.T. status -- but tells TMZ Sports the UFC's new "champ-champ" is definitely the best in the game "right now."

The newly inducted UFC Hall of Famer was at LAX on Monday where we asked if DC's victory over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 cements him as the best to ever step in the Octagon. 

"I think right now, yeah," Ronda said ... emphasizing the words "right now."

"He's the best in the game right now."

Don't get it twisted -- there was no disrespect ... in fact, Ronda praised Cormier for all of his accomplishments. She considers him a friend. Nothing but love. 

Ronda's also friends with Brock Lesnar -- and says she's NOT looking forward to the Cormier vs. Lesnar superfight, because it'll tear her up inside!

"That one will be hard to watch ... I hate watching friends of mine fight!"

Ronda Rousey UFC Hall of Fame Speech ... Proud to 'Fight Like a Girl'

7/6/2018 6:26 AM PDT
Breaking News

Ronda Rousey became the first female fighter EVER inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on Thursday -- and proudly told the crowd, "We have changed what it means to fight like a girl."

She's the UFC's first-ever women's champion and defended her belt SIX TIMES during her historic run from 2012 to 2015 ... and, during her speech, thanked the fans for their support. 

"Because of you, I am the first woman standing up here accepting this incredible honor," Rousey said ... "May I be the first of many."

"I look around and think, together we built this. This division. This sport. This revolution."

"Together, we have redefined what it means to be strong, to be sexy. We have changed what it means to fight like a girl."

Remember, back in 2011 ... Dana White famously told TMZ Sports he would never sign a woman to a UFC contract -- but, Ronda was so dominant and interesting, she essentially forced his hand to create a women's division. 

Now, the women's division -- filled with stars like Amanda Nunes, Cris Cyborg, Holly Holm and others -- is thriving ... and they credit Ronda for opening the door. 

Congrats! 

WWE's Bray Wyatt At Fault in 3-Car Accident According to Crash Report

7/3/2018 6:57 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bray Wyatt wasn't paying attention to traffic when he smashed into the car in front of him and caused the driver to veer to the left and hit another vehicle ... according to the crash report.

The WWE Raw tag team champion was cited for "careless driving due to his failure to operate his vehicle in a careful and prudent manner" for the accident on Friday. It's unclear what, if anything, Bray was distracted by while driving ... the report simply says he was "inattentive."

Wyatt was transported to Tampa General Hospital via ambulance, and as TMZ Sports reported, he suffered multiple injuries and was forced to miss out on WWE's Live Events over the weekend and 'Monday Night Raw.'

Fortunately, Bray was in good spirits when we talked to him Monday after his hospital release, telling us ... "I'm gonna live through it because I can't die."

DeAngelo Williams I'm Coming Back To Impact Wrestling!!

7/2/2018 3:45 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

DeAngelo Williams is coming back .... no, not to the NFL (at least not yet) ... to the squared circle!!

The former Steelers running back announced he's returning to Impact Wrestling July 12 after swearing he was retired just days after his debut last year.

"I said I'd never do this again, but I'm back in the ring!" Williams says in a video obtained by TMZ Sports

Remember ... DeAngelo was an absolute star at Impact Wrestling's Slammiversary XV last July ... busting out backflips and showing off his ridiculous strength.

DW said he was hanging them up for good immediately after the bout ... but now, he's coming back to help former NFL player Moose train for the Impact World Championship at this year's Slammiversary on July 22!!

No word yet on what D-Will's role will be when the match finally arrives ... but we're all hoping it will include a few more Samoan Drops and flying shoulder tackles.

WWE's Bray Wyatt Injured In Head-On Car Crash 'I'm Gonna Live Through It'

7/2/2018 2:52 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

WWE Raw tag team champion Bray Wyatt suffered multiple injuries in a head-on car crash on Friday ... but tells TMZ Sports, "I'm gonna live through it because I can't die." 

Wyatt -- real name Windham Lawrence Rotunda -- was in Tampa, Florida and on his way to the airport to leave for Raw WWE Live Events when he smashed into another vehicle. 

Wyatt's car was totaled and he was treated at Tampa General Hospital. He's since been released. 

We just spoke with Wyatt, who tells us he's in good spirits -- "I'm moving around."

WWE has also issued a statement saying, "Due to the injuries sustained, Wyatt did not compete at this weekend’s WWE Live Events and will not be present at tonight’s Raw."

Wyatt is from a legendary wrestling family -- his father Mike Rotunda is a former WWE superstar (he's famously known as the buffed out tax guy nicknamed I.R.S.).

Wyatt's brother is Taylor Rotunda -- who wrestles in WWE as Bo Dallas

'WWE Tough Enough' Winner Matt Cappotelli Dead at 38 After Cancer Battle

6/29/2018 3:43 PM PDT
Breaking News

'WWE Tough Enough 3' winner Matt Cappotelli -- who bravely fought through two rounds of cancer -- has passed away ... this according to his wife. 

"Today my love-my strong, sweet, beautiful love-took his last breath at 3:30 a.m. and went Home to be with Jesus exactly one year after his brain surgery," Lindsay Cappotelli wrote in a statement. 

"You think you can be prepared for this when you know it’s coming, but you just can’t."

"The only person who’s comfort I want right now is the one who can’t give it to me. I miss him so much. I know where he is now is so much better, but it doesn’t change how much I miss him."

Back in June 2017, TMZ Sports reported on Matt's second surgery to remove a brain tumor -- over 10 years after he had one removed and had his pro wrestling career cut short.

But, in December, things took a turn for the worse ... doctors say he had a Grade 4 tumor that could not be operated on because it was too close to his brain stem. 

Cappotelli fought like hell and will definitely be remembered as a warrior inside and out of the ring. 

He was 38. RIP 

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