Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Hey Chippendales ... Show Me The Money

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Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is not willing to dance for Chippendales despite his rock-hard abs and background as a stripper ... Sitch says the male revue can't afford him!!!

We got the "Jersey Shore" star and ex-con in New York City, and our photog asked Mike if he's ever going to follow Vinny Guadagnino's lead and join the famous production in Vegas.

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Easy to see why folks think Situation and Chippendales are a match made in heaven ... the reality star is all about his abs.

There's also some history between the two ... Sitch judged a Chippendales competition back in October, but couldn't be coaxed into taking off his shirt.

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And, there's this ... "Jersey Shore" alums have a history of bringing in huge box office numbers at Chippendales. Vinny was such a smashing success last year, they brought him back for an extra 6 weeks.

Situation isn't shutting the door on a potential run at Chippendales ... but he's channeling Cuba Gooding Jr.'s character in "Jerry Maguire" and telling Chippendales to show him the moola.

MMA Star AJ McKee Puts TMZ Staffer In Sick Armbar ... TAP OUT!!!

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WARNING -- DO NOT TRY THIS MOVE ON ANYONE UNLESS YOU'RE A WORLD CLASS FIGHTER!!!

This is A.J. McKee -- one of the hottest young stars in MMA -- and he's REALLY good at submitting people.

So, when he came to the TMZ newsroom the other day, we had him put Lucas in the same crazy armbar he used beat Derek Campos at Bellator 236 in December ... and yea, it was AWESOME!

McKee is undefeated -- 16-0 as a pro -- with the most consecutive wins in Bellator history, including 5 wins by submission (the most in Bellator featherweight history).

Lucas -- who's locked horns with legends like Jon Jones, Brian Ortega, Henry Cejudo, Paige VanZant and Kayla Harrison -- offered himself up as a fight dummy for McKee and learned first hand what it's like to be in his grasp!

As for his fighting future, McKee is currently in the semi-finals of the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix ... where the grand prize is a $1,000,000 check!

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We spoke with McKee about his career goals, dream fight ... and his favorite moments inside the cage.

Dude is an animal!!! And, don't worry, Lucas is fine!

Warren Moon T.O. Is Wrong ... Dak's Better Than Brady

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Terrell Owens is dead wrong ... Dak Prescott -- NOT Tom Brady -- should be the Cowboys starting QB ... 'cause he's a flat-out better quarterback.

Chill, that ain't coming from us ... those are the sentiments of HOF signal caller Warren Moon, who's adamant, bringing TB12 to Big D is the wrong move.

Remember, during a recent radio interview, T.O. said Jerry Jones should sign Brady -- a free agent -- and hand him the starting job.

But, Moon tells TMZ Sports he ain't down with Owens' plan.

"I don't think it's a bad idea for anybody to sign Tom Brady cause I think he can still play, but I just don't think it's a good fit for the Cowboys right now because of the way that Dak Prescott has developed, and he's only gonna get better," WM tells us.

The Cowboys had a disappointing season as a team -- they missed the playoffs -- but Dak put up big numbers ... throwing for over 4,900 yards with 30 TD's and only 11 picks.

Prescott's stats -- with the exception of 3 less interceptions -- were significantly better than Brady's ... and according to Warren, that's not some fluke ... DP's numbers were better 'cause he's a better QB.

"[Dak] definitely played physically better than Tom," Moon says.

"Tom still has those mental gifts that you can't compare because he's got so much experience behind him, and he knows how to play in the biggest games, and that's something you gain when you bring in a Tom Brady."

"But, physically, Dak can really throw the football. He knows how to spread it around. He can run the ball and use his legs. So, I think physically he's a better quarterback than Tom right now."

So, if Brady wants out in New England, he'll have to go lookin' for a job somewhere other than Dallas.

Boosie Badazz Sorry For Kappa Gear ... But Don't Step To A Gangsta!!!

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Boosie Badazz says he meant no harm when he rocked Kappa Alpha Psi letters at an NBA game ... but he wants angry frat bros to chill out and stop talking gangster.

Boosie's apologizing for his fashion faux pas -- wearing a red sweater emblazoned with the black fraternity's Greek letters -- telling TMZ, he was just thinking about looking fresh, and didn't anticipate igniting a firestorm on social media.

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In case you missed it ... the rapper posted a selfie from his courtside seat at the Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks game, and frat bros were quick to rip Boosie for his choice of clothing, calling it offensive and dripping with disrespect.

Boosie says he's got Kappas from all generations coming at him sideways ... but he says the keyboard gangsters need to cool it on the tough talk.

Traditionally, only frat members can don the letters on clothing ... but Boosie thinks it's funny Kappas dance to his biggest hit, so he's extending an olive branch of sorts.

Rich the Kid & NBA YoungBoy Teaming Up for New Album Calls For $weet Matching Bling!!!

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Rich the Kid and NBA Youngboy are officially cementing their music collaboration ... with a couple of matching chains that cost the same as a modest home.

The rappers decided that ahead of their highly-anticipated project together they'd celebrate joining forces by flossing new bling. The flashy pieces are a mix of the rappers' logos -- YB's "Never Broke Again" tagline is replaced with Kid's music label, "Rich Forever."

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There's also Rich's trademark money bag being gripped tight by two gloves ... which is seamlessly centered on the pendant. The bling features emerald cuts, 25 carats VVS diamonds.

The price ain't for the faint of heart -- a cool $180k.

This isn't the first time the duo's worked together. Rich dropped "For Keeps" last year featuring NBA YoungBoy.

That track blew up, big time. In fact, the music video alone racked up more than 24.4 million views on YouTube.

With those kinds of numbers ... it's easy to see why they got back in a studio together. We're told they'll be releasing multiple tracks -- perhaps a full album, but at least an EP.

Michael Irvin I Love D.K. Metcalf ... Could Be Next 'Elite' WR

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Seattle Seahawks rookie phenom D.K. Metcalf officially has the Michael Irvin stamp of approval ... 'cause The Playmaker tells TMZ Sports he LOVES the guy!!!

In fact, the Hall of Famer says he believes D.K.'s playoff performance last weekend against the Eagles is the start of NFL STARDOM!!!

"I think it's the beginning of his journey towards the elite areas of the NFL," Irvin says.

Metcalf posted a stunning 7 catches for 160 yards and a TD to lead the 'Hawks into the Divisional Round this weekend ... and Irvin tells us he's super impressed with the wideout.

And, why? Outside of the dude's insane skill set, Irv just loves how Metcalf didn't get down on himself after he slipped out of the first round in last spring's NFL draft.

"He put that chip on his shoulder, he went out, worked out with Russell Wilson, 5:30 in the morning, catching passes with Russell Wilson and he's produced this year."

Metcalf could have a tougher time repeating his Wild Card performance this week ... the Packers have a MUCH better secondary than the Eagles -- and it's supposed to be snowing like crazy for Sunday's game.

But, if he is able to still shine? Irvin's message to DeAndre Hopkins and Michael Thomas seems clear -- MAKE ROOM FOR D.K.!!!

LeVar Burton Trump Didn't Make America Racist ... He Just Enabled Them!!!

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LeVar Burton is shooting down the theory that America's more racist now than ever before ... saying the difference now is President Trump's emboldened racists to come out of the woodwork.

We got the iconic "Reading Rainbow" host out Thursday at LAX and just had to know if he thinks America's more racist now than ever ... what with Trump's administration establishing divisive policies since being ushered into the White House in 2016.

You'll remember Trump once described African nations as "shithole countries." His anti-immigrant rhetoric also inspired a Texas man to kill Hispanics at an El Paso Walmart.

LeVar dropped some serious knowledge ... saying what we're experiencing now was ALWAYS lying under the surface champing at the bit to be out in the open. And, now they are.

He adds being black in America is not for the weak of the heart ... he tells us why and it's sad.

Heat Rookie Tyler Herro Turns Logo Into Iced-Out Chain ... Worth $55k!!!

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Tyler Herro is just a rookie, but he's turning into a vet baller right before our eyes ... by copping an insane diamond-filled chain ... and it's worth a whoppin' $55k!!!

The 19-year-old ex-Kentucky star has been a stud in his first year in the Association ... he's currently averaging 13.4 points a game and has already gotten praise from ex-Miami champs like Chris Bosh.

TMZ Sports has learned ... Herro wanted to immortalize his own "TH14" logo in bling, so he hit up celeb jeweler Iceman Nick to make it happen.

We're told Tyler got hooked up with a 14k gold pendant with 25 carats of VS1 white and blue diamonds ... and an iced-out 14k rose gold Cuban chain with 18 carats of diamonds.

Add all that good stuff together and you got a piece worth about $55k!!!

FYI -- Nick has a huge list of clients ... from folks like Errol Spence to Deshaun Watson to like, 1/4 of the Buffalo Bills roster.

Ball out, young man. Ball out.

R. Kelly Full Video of Brutal GF Brawl!!!

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R. Kelly's longtime live-in girlfriends punched, scratched and screamed at each other -- way more than what you've seen -- before cops were called, and we got the entire violent scene.

You know Azriel Clary was live on social media when she and Joycelyn Savage came to blows at Kelly's Trump Tower condo in Chicago -- but turns out their fight went on much longer. In this video, you see it spill into the hallway with fists flying.

Azriel is in the lighter-colored sweater and Joycelyn in the black -- each landed solid blows on the other, and at one point Azriel dragged Joycelyn across the floor.

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There were several other people present during the fight, who eventually stepped in, but not before some serious damage was done.

The Beatles George and Ringo's Handwritten Lyrics ... Hit Auction Block

There's a special piece of Beatles memorabilia up for sale ... handwritten lyrics to a classic song from the 'White Album' scribbled by George Harrison and Ringo Starr!!!

The lyrics to George's signature song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" are penned on the back of a studio recording sheet, and it's going up for sale through the memorabilia company Moments in Time -- and they're hawking this slice of Beatles history for $195,000.

It's pretty cool ... the lyric sheet is a working draft used during the hit song's recording way back in 1968 at EMI Studios in London.

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Betting Odds Suggest 2020 Pregnancy And Political Run?!?

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's stunning decision to step down as senior members of the Royal Family doesn't just have The Queen reeling ... it's shaken up the betting world.

Those looking for some action following the royal shake-up will find plenty of wagering options thanks to oddsmakers at US-Bookies.com ... but the most notable ones revolve around the Duke and Duchess potentially expanding their family.

As of now, the odds are 1/4 that Meghan will announce she's pregnant with the couple's second child in 2020 ... meaning a $100 bet only profits $25, because it's very likely to happen. The odds were 1/2 before they announced they were bailing on senior Royal duties.

Mark Wahlberg Dr. Oz is Wrong!!!! Breakfast CANNOT Be Cancelled!!!

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3:50 PM PT -- We got another A-lister to weigh in on Dr. Oz's recommendation to ditch breakfast ... one Kris Jenner.

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We asked the Kardashian momager if she'd skipped the morning meal herself, and she seemed kinda perplexed. When we told her DO had suggested it as a general health tip -- she quickly agreed and said it might not be that bad of an idea.

Unclear why she feels that way, but safe say ... she's definitely Team Oz on this one.

12:00 PM PT -- Dr. Oz has accepted Mark's challenge of coming to train with him in the absence of breakfast and see how he holds up, writing ... "Bring it on, @markwahlberg. Let's settle this in the gym. #TeamNoBreakfast #System20.

Place your bets, folks!!!

Mark Wahlberg begs to differ with Dr. Oz on a subject that has become as controversial as Mexit -- breakfast.

We got Mark Friday in Bev Hills and asked about to TV doc drawing a line in the sand on the first meal of the day, which Oz says is BS. Dr. Oz believes in intermittent fasting -- don't eat after 7 and don't eat breakfast. Oz believes in brunch.

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Mark couldn't disagree more ... he clearly believes breakfast provides body fuel, especially for people who work out like him. In fact, he believes in 2 breakfasts a day!!!

Fact is ... there have been recent studies that seem to support Oz's #cancelbreakfast campaign, concluding there is very little if any effect that meal has on the body, weight, resting metabolic rate, cholesterol or blood sugar levels.

And, the fittest guy on the block didn't miss an opportunity to hype F45, an Australian fitness company in which he's invested. It's doing gangbusters ... with more than 1000 locations around the world.

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In a showing of conciliation, Mark is forgetting their differences and inviting Oz to train with him. Be careful Dr. Oz ... he's a beast!!!

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Chris Johnson I'd Beat Lamar Jackson In A Race ... 'Right Now!!!'

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Retired NFL superstar Chris Johnson says he's still so fast ... he could beat Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson in a race TODAY!!!

The former Tennessee Titans running back told the guys on "TMZ Sports" (airing weeknights on FS1) he has zero doubts about it too ... saying, "Yeah, I beat him right now."

It's a WILD statement from the 34-year-old ... considering nobody has been able to catch up to Lamar at all this season (the guy has 1,206 rushing yards on just 176 carries).

But, Johnson swears he's still got wheels ... remember, he told us back in March he could still get his 40-yard dash time down to a 4.2!!!

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'Property Brothers' Stars Decorating Tips For Bomb Shelters ... WWIII's Got Us Thinking!!!

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The "Property Brothers" are giving Americans one less thing to worry about in the country's ongoing conflict with Iran ... dishing out advice on how to feel at home underground.

We got Drew and Jonathan Scott in New York City, and our camera guy asked the brothers the best way for concerned citizens to deal with the prospect of spending 20 years in a bunker. They tell us it all comes down to making your shelter seem spacious.

As you know ... President Trump's beef with Iran is causing a surge in the number of Americans in the market for bunkers, as nuclear threats and missiles whiz around the Middle East.

The "Property Brothers" say the best way to not go crazy in your burrow is to choose light colors to make it feel bright ... and they're recommending a special type of plant.

Jonathan also tells us the single best thing for bunkers ... hopefully, Trump gets the message.

Todd Gurley Rams Should Pay Jalen Ramsey He Deserves Fat Contract!!!

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Todd Gurley is going to bat for his teammate ... telling TMZ Sports the L.A. Rams should pay Jalen Ramsey the fat contract he deserves ASAP!!!

"He's a Pro Bowler!" Gurley told us in NYC on Friday. "Pro Bowler, man."

L.A. traded a HUGE haul to the Jaguars for Ramsey earlier this season to get him to Hollywood ... but the corner has repeatedly said he won't play in 2020 without a new deal.

And, Jalen's made no bones about how much he wants in his new contract -- remember when he showed up to Jacksonville camp last July in a Brinks truck???

Yeah, dude's looking for THAT kind of money!!!

But, when we asked Gurley -- who was leaving the NBA store after buying a 76ers hat to show support for Michael Rubin -- about it all, he told us Ramsey's worth every penny of it ... saying, "Of course he is!"

There's more ... we also asked Todd about the shine coming off of Sean McVay after his Super Bowl season a year ago -- and Gurley says he's not worried about his head coach at all.

As for fired Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, Gurley wished him the best ... and says he's sure the guy will land on his feet somewhere.

UFC's Colby Covington Hits Hardwood For Pickup Hoops Game ... Broken Jaw Looks Fine!

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Here's Colby Covington proving he's okay after having his face broken at UFC 245 ... playing a full basketball game just a little more than 3 weeks after breaking his jaw!

Colby hit up a Lifetime Fitness in Boca Raton, Fla. on Wednesday to get in a little rec-league run ... and while he wasn't exactly Michael Jordan on the court, he looked pretty good considering the injury he suffered on Dec. 14.

Remember, Covington's jaw was broken during his scrap with Kamaru Usman in a super violent welterweight title fight. Due to the injury, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended him from fighting until at least Feb. so he can heal up.

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But, Covington looked to be all right on the hardwood this week ... shooting jumpers, getting rebounds, playing defense and mixing it up in the paint.

In fact, one person who saw him play Wednesday tells TMZ Sports Colby didn't look beat up at all ... and other than a small cut near his eye, "he looked fine."

Covington himself told us the ball night went off without a hitch ... saying, "Basketball is great. You don't have to be good or in shape. Just woke. Ask LeBron."

Yeah, doesn't seem the injuries are affecting Colby one bit.