The UFC superstar was speaking with reporters in his native Dagestan Tuesday when he was asked about the comments his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, made to TMZ Sports about moguls in Saudi Arabia offering $100 mil to host the rematch.
That's when Khabib scoffed at the possibility -- saying he's only focused on fighting Tony Ferguson in April -- but says that kind of money could be better used by helping the needy.
"Why do I need that kind of money?" Khabib said ... "There are so many organizations. For example, there’s not only [soccer] for the blind, there’s sambo and other sports."
"Let [the UFC] give it to them if they don’t know what to do with the money. But giving me $100 million for me to beat up that idiot again? I don’t think that’s rational."
The comment was met with cheers from the Dagestani crowd.
As for his April 18 fight with Ferguson, Khabib called it a "very serious fight" ... and he's been training like a maniac.
"For the past month and a half, I’ve been consistently training day and night. I’ve gotten myself in good shape to where I’m supposed to be 70 days before a fight. I feel great."
Guessing McGregor will respond.
Stay tuned ...
Le'Veon Bell says he has absolutely NO beef with his head coach Adam Gase ... and tells TMZ Sports he wants to play for the NY Jets for AT LEAST the next few years!!
"Me and coach Gase had our exit meeting," Bell says. "It was fine, so we straight. Yeah, we good."
Of course, it's unclear if his team feels the same way -- there are a ton of rumors casting a shadow on Bell's future in the Big Apple ... and most of them stem from reports Gase doesn't like Le'Veon.
It was reported last off-season Gase had no desire to sign Bell to his huge contract ... and, in December, the coach didn't seem thrilled about the idea of bringing the RB back in 2020.
But when we got Bell out at Unique Rides pop-up in Miami (a sick custom car shop where Bell's brother is opening a new Midwest location soon), he told us he thinks everything is fine with the Jets.
"Everybody blowing everything out of proportion," Bell says. "Water under the bridge -- we're fine. We good ... Jets for four more years unless something drastic changes."
As for what Bell is doing to blow off the steam of all the rumors ... he's been focused on his rap career -- releasing his "Catch Me If You Can" album this month.
In fact, the 27-year-old even put on a performance at Rockwell Nightclub on Monday night to celebrate the release ... and we're told clubgoers LOVED his new music!
Ja Morant might still be a rookie, but he's a seasoned vet in TALKIN' TRASH ... 'cause he just clapped back at Steph Curry for getting involved in his beef with Andre Iguodala with an epic troll job!!!
To get y'all up to speed ... 36-year-old Iggy is currently a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, but it was understood he'd be traded to a contender of his choice before Thursday's trade deadline.
The situation has current Grizzlies players pissed, with Dillon Brooks saying "I can't wait 'til we find a way to trade him so we can play him and show him really what Memphis is about."
Ja echoed Brooks' comments ... and Curry went to Instagram to defend his ex-teammate by posting a pic of Andre holding the NBA championship trophy along with a "shut up" emoji.
20-year-old Morant didn't back down though ... clapping right back with a pic of Kevin Durant, insinuating the Warriors wouldn't have all those rings if it weren't for KD.
As entertaining as it would be for Morant to go out and just start disrespectin' the Dubs dynasty, the young hooper made it VERY clear he's a fan of Curry's game ... and was just keeping it real.
A lot more can go down before Thursday's deadline ... and we're guessing the drama keeps coming.
9:43 AM PT -- Cornell's attorney, Marty Singer, tells TMZ, "It is disappointing that Chris’ former band members have now sought to taint his legacy by making numerous false allegations, and that they continue to withhold substantial monies from his widow and minor children (despite using those same funds to pay for their own legal fees)."
He continues, "The issue in this case is not who wrote the songs but rather who owns the specific recordings made solely by Chris while he resided in Florida. We are very confident that the Court will vindicate the rights of Chris’ Estate, and that the case will properly remain in Florida, where Chris resided and recorded the songs that are now the lawful property of his Estate."
Chris Cornell's former bandmates are taking a stand against his widow ... insisting she's got the wrong idea about who owns a bunch of unreleased Soundgarden tunes.
Soundgarden is responding to Vicky Cornell's lawsuit, filed last year ... claiming ownership of 7 tracks she says she found on Chris' laptop after his death -- but the band says ... not so fast!
In new docs, they acknowledge there are unreleased songs but say they -- as a band -- had been working on them as far back as 2014. As evidence, they point to a February 2017 article where Chris himself spoke to Music Radar about Soundgarden's new material. He said, "We have a lot of interesting songs."
The operative word there being, "We" ... according to the band. According to the docs, Soundgarden got together in the studio in April 2017 to do more work on the songs. They acknowledge they took a break from polishing the songs later that month ... to go on tour.
It was during that tour, in May 2017, that Chris died by suicide.
Further, Soundgarden say they've corresponded with Vicky about the songs, and she's admitted they were the band's property ... not just Chris' solo work.
They also think she's filed her lawsuit in the wrong court -- a federal court in Florida -- because the band is based in Seattle. Therefore, they're asking a judge to dismiss Vicky's lawsuit or, at least, force her to refile in the proper district.
Originally Published -- 6:34 AM PT
Future says he's sick and tired of his alleged baby mama talking about their sexual encounters with anyone who'll listen ... and now he's suing her.
The rapper just filed suit against Eliza Seraphin, the woman alleging Future fathered his SEVENTH child with her, for defamation and invasion of privacy.
According to the suit, obtained by TMZ, Future claims Eliza's sharing intimate facts about him from their private sexual relationship in order to gain clout and squeeze money outta him.
Future doesn't address whether he's the father to Eliza's child, but he says they had a sexual relationship from 2016 to 2018 and claims he never would have slept with her in the first place if he knew she would kiss and tell.
In the docs, Future claims Eliza gave a vivid description of his genitals during an interview on Rah Ali's Onsite on Stationhead and then blasted it out to her Instagram followers.
In the suit, Future also claims Eliza is spreading lies about him on social media -- like the time she claimed he hired someone to murder her because she wouldn't get an abortion -- and claims it's hurting his brand and causing substantial emotional distress.
Future wants a court to stop Eliza from trashing his name publicly and he's going after her for damages.
A police report was filed against Floyd Mayweather accusing the boxer of assault stemming from an altercation at a Miami hotel ... but all parties agree Floyd never put his hands on anyone.
Here's the deal ... 32-year-old Ricco Kimborough claims he recognized Floyd standing with his security team at the valet stand at the Fontainebleau Hilton around 8:30 AM on Feb. 1, the day before the Super Bowl.
Ricco claims he asked Floyd for a picture but Mayweather turned him down saying, "I can't even get a good morning first?"
In the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports, Ricco claims Floyd's security team "pushed him away from Mayweather" while Floyd yelled at him, "I'll beat your ass."
We obtained footage from the incident -- in which you can see Ricco and Floyd shouting at each other as Floyd's security team tries to diffuse the situation.
At one point, Ricco says if he gets his ass kicked by Floyd, "I'll get all your money too!"
Floyd says, "You can get this ass-whooping for free."
At no point in the video, does Floyd ever get physical. It's just trash talk as he gets in his waiting SUV.
Now, the case is in the hands of the Miami Beach PD which is investigating the allegations as a possible simple assault.
We've reached out to Floyd's camp for comment -- so far, nothing back.
We've learned Clary has provided info about her experiences with the singer, and this time around, we're told she's not playing the role of supportive GF.
We broke the story ... Azriel was considering flipping on Kelly after cutting ties with him, and following a nasty fight with Joycelyn Savage while she was moving her stuff out of his condo. However, Clary was afraid ... because she'd allegedly lied to federal agents several times in the past to cover for Kelly.
We're told Azriel's no longer fearful of speaking out against Kelly and cooperating with the feds ... because she's finally fully disconnected from him and his team and wants to take control of her life.
There have been repercussions to her decisions ... our sources say she and her family have received death threats and been the target of online harassment since she left R. Kelly.
We're told prosecutors are monitoring the threats, along with those of the other alleged Kelly survivors ... but Clary's not letting it intimidate her.
As we reported ... Azriel has now moved back in with her family. Our sources say she's also focused on trying to help other women who've been in a similar situation ... whether with Kelly, or anyone else.
Helping the feds in their case against him is just the first step.
Kelly's lawyer, Steven Greenberg, tells TMZ he's not surprised by this development. He says, "It's not news to me. I've suspected it all along, but you can't get in the way of love... Rob's love for her."
3:04 PM PT -- Lyssa tells TMZ the cops were called over a fight she was having with her girlfriend. Lyssa says when officers arrived, she put her hand up in order to stop them from entering her room. Lyssa alleges the cop grabbed her by the arm and arrested her. She says she plans on filing a report for police misconduct against the officers.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Lyssa was arrested in Honolulu Thursday night and booked for harassment and resisting arrest. She's already bailed out for $600.
It's unclear who she allegedly harassed, but her most recent tweet from before the arrest is interesting ...
As we've reported ... the Chapman family is going through some turmoil right now. Just months after the death of Dog's wife, Beth, he proposed to her best friend and maid of honor at their wedding, Moon Angell, on "The Dr. Oz Show."
Our sources say Dog and Beth's kids are hurt and pissed off, and even though the proposal hasn't led to an engagement ... they don't support what's going on and don't believe their mom would either.
Lyssa, specifically, fired off a couple vague tweets after news broke of Dog proposing to Moon ... seemingly trying to keep her cool about the situation.
Apparently, she couldn't do the same when she was getting arrested.
Originally Published -- 9:53 AM PT
The husband and wife rappers were partying after 3 AM at Booby Trap On the River strip club in Miami, and were standing on stage next to a pole when the champagne started flying.
We're told Cardi got wet and wasn't thrilled about it, but Offset was enraged and immediately began looking for the guy. As you can see, once he spotted him, Offset wound up his fist and let it fly.
People at the club tell us the punch landed, and Offset kept throwing 'em until he was pulled off by security. We're told he and Cardi took off immediately after that.
It's pretty crazy, because both Cardi and Offset performed at David Grutman's LIV nightclub in Miami Beach earlier Thursday night ... kicking off a series of events this weekend leading up to Sunday's big game.
The vibes seemed to be all good, and the couple also seemed to have a great time when they first arrived at Booby Trap. Cardi danced on Offset, and he made it rain on her.
Obviously, things changed for the worse later on.
The strip club dust up came a day after Offset was detained in an L.A. shopping center. We broke the story ... Offset was released from jail after a few hours and told us cops had the wrong guy.
Two men in Offset's group were ultimately booked on firearms charges, though.
23-year-old Jake only needed 2 minutes and 18 seconds to destroy his 23-year-old opponent at Island Gardens in Miami, in a fight that was streamed on DAZN.
After the fight, KSI -- who recently defeated Jake's older bro, Logan Paul -- entered the ring and the two men got right in each other's faces.
The two cussed each other out and talked a LOT of trash -- with Jake telling KSI, "You had to beat my bro by a bad call."
Remember, when Logan and KSI fought back in November, KSI won by decision after the judges took two points away from Logan for a controversial punch while KSI was down.
"Let's make it happen," Jake told KSI ... and KSI seemed to be pretty receptive!
KSI and Logan Paul had fought on the same card -- but later agreed to a sanctioned rematch in the United States that counted as a pro fight ... making KSI 1-0 as a pro.
Thursday night's fight was also sanctioned as a pro bout and promoted by boxing honcho Eddie Hearn.
Bottom line ... there seems to be real interest in the Pauls' boxing careers -- which means there's real money to be made. Which means you probably haven't seen the last of them in the ring.
Minnie Mouse was in no mood to be sweet with a security guard who was jawing back and forth with her ... and she wasn't shy about dropping haymakers.
The surreal scene went down on a street in Las Vegas, where a woman in a Minnie costume took off her mouse head to throw down with a woman apparently working security.
In the video, it appears the woman in the security jacket lunges at Minnie ... and it's all downhill for her after that. Minnie throws and lands a series of violent punches, before getting on top of the woman to continue pulverizing her.
Mickey tries to jump in and break it up but appears to get popped once himself ... meanwhile, Goofy mostly looks on in dismay.
Eventually, the 2 women are separated and Minnie yells, "I ain't no bitch, bitch!" before taking off with Mickey. It's a pretty stark contrast from her usual, "Aren't you sweet" catchphrase.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Vegas cops are aware of the altercation and want to speak with both parties, but there's no investigation until either of them comes forward.
Take a look -- the Prince walked down the line Thursday, greeting world leaders at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem. Handshakes all around, until he got to VP Pence and his wife. Charles looked him right in the eye ... and moved right along.
No handshake, no shoulder pat, not even a head nod.
Pence appears to reach out and tap Charles on the arm, but the Prince was already engaged with Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Snub or not, Pence's office is already on the defensive ... it released a photo of the VP and the Prince sharing a moment and claims they "spoke prior to entering the event floor and after his remarks as well."
It's unclear if the handshake snub happened before or after what appears to be a friendly greeting outside the event.
Now, Ryan Garcia has a message for Tank ... LET'S DANCE IN DECEMBER!
The 21-year-old rising boxing star made it clear to TMZ Sports he ain't afraid of Floyd Mayweather's prodigy ... even after the way Tank violently dismantled Yuriorkis Gamboa last month.
"I'm already the bigger star," Garcia (19-0) told us outside of Westside Boxing Club ... "Now, I'm about to prove who's the better boxer, and that's me."
Both guys clearly want the smoke -- Davis (23-0) made that abundantly clear on Tuesday saying straight-up, "I will kill him."
"I’m being quiet and wait till that contract signed and then you will see the bad guy vs the good guy and I’m taking that role proudly."
These guys have been on a collision course for years ... back in early 2019, Floyd even offered to promote the fight if Garcia could get through some top-flight competition.
For his part, Garcia told us back in August a brawl with Davis "would be the biggest fight in boxing history."
But, before that ... Garcia needs to get through Francisco Fonseca (25-2-2) in Anaheim on February 14.
3:04 PM PT -- The Big 12 Conference just announced the official punishments for the brawl ... and it seems pretty light.
Kansas players Silvio De Sousa was suspended 12 games and David McCormack was suspended 2 games.
Kansas State's James Love was handed an 8-game punishment and Antonio Gordon was suspended 3 games.
Commissioner Bob Bowlsby released a statement on the incident ... saying “This kind of behavior cannot be tolerated and these suspensions reflect the severity of last evening’s events. I am appreciative of the cooperation of both institutions in resolving this matter.”
Worth noting -- all the players will be back from suspension in time for the Big 12 and the NCAA tournaments
10:11 AM PT -- Kansas coach Bill Self says Silvio De Sousa has been suspended indefinitely while the Big 12 investigates the altercation.
De Sousa was the player who held a stool over his head during the fight.
All hell broke loose at the end of the Kansas vs. Kansas State game on Tuesday ... with the players getting in a bench-clearing brawl.
It all got started in the closing seconds of the Jayhawks' 81-60 win ... when K. State's DaJuan Gordon stripped the ball from Kansas' Silvio De Sousa to try for a last-second bucket.
De Sousa ended up catching up with Gordon, stuffed his layup attempt ... and then proceeded to stand on top of his opponent.
The 2 players started going at it -- and then both teams rushed over to defend their teammates.
That's when MAYHEM ensued ... with players, coaches and other staff members getting involved. Punches were thrown, kicks and even one player thought about using a stool before an assistant coach yanked it from him.
Cops on the scene eventually broke up the fight after several minutes ... and both teams went to the locker room to cool off.
The craziest part??? The teams ended up having to come BACK out on the court to finish the last 0.1 seconds left in the game so K. State could shoot technical free throws.
Of course, there WILL be punishment handed down ... so it's just a matter of time before the teams find out the consequences of the melee.
Originally published -- 7:36 PM PT
Oprah spoke out Tuesday night in NYC, telling Adam Glyn she has no issue with the Duke and Duchess stepping back and forging their own path, and more than that ... said everyone should respect it.
She says Harry -- and even Queen Elizabeth herself -- made it clear he and his wife had been thinking about this for a long time. O, who ya gotta remember is in business with Harry, says his move wasn't made lightly either. PH noted that last weekend during his speech.
You gotta see how Oprah frames her staunch defense of Megxit -- she says when someone chooses what they believe is best for them, who are we (the public) to criticize that?
Her pal, Gayle King, was there too, and says nobody in the Royal family was "blindsided" ... especially not QE2.
As we've reported, Prince Harry and Oprah are coproducing a mental health series for Apple TV -- so, we expected her to back him -- but her explanation for why might influence other opinions.
It's kinda what Oprah does.
Robert De Niro's lawsuit against his ex-assistant is getting nastier -- he now claims she made veiled threats against him, if he didn't ante up on her demands.
According to new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, the famed actor says Graham Chase Robinson sent him an email in August 2019 claiming she would disclose personal info about him. He insinuates it's no coincidence she sent that when she did, because just days later he sued her for misusing the company credit card and binge-watching "Friends" on the job.
He also claims that in a separate email Robinson threatened to write a memoir containing personal information about De Niro if, again, her demands weren't met. In the docs, De Niro doesn't specify Robinson's alleged demands.
What's more ... De Niro claims Robinson only counter-sued him in October -- alleging harassment and discrimination -- because he called her out for her work misconduct.
De Niro denies making sexually-charged comments and, as we first reported, De Niro's attorney, Tom Harvey, called the allegations "beyond absurd."
De Niro, however, does admit leaving her the angry voicemail ... which Robinson had included in her lawsuit.