Dwayne Johnson Transforms Into Mark Kerr For New Movie Role ... Looks Unrecognizable!!!

If you can't spot The Rock in the first image from his latest movie set ... you ain't alone -- 'cause Dwayne Johnson looks unrecognizable in his new role as ex-UFC fighter Mark Kerr!

The WWE superstar transformed into the MMA legend for A24's upcoming project, "The Smashing Machine," and check out the first look from the film he posted ... the Brahma Bull's no longer distinguishable.

Dwayne covered up his signature tats ... added a wig -- and even appeared to put on some heavy face makeup to really look the part.

Ex-UFC Fighter Geane Herrera Dead At 33 ... After Motorcycle Crash

Former UFC fighter Geane Herrera -- who also competed in Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) -- tragically passed away following a fatal motorcycle crash in Florida on Saturday.

He was only 33 and a few days shy of his 34th birthday.

The Florida Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles told us the incident happened around 10:45 PM at Gandy Bridge in Tampa, FL ... when Herrera crashed into the back of another vehicle at a "very high rate of speed."

Themba Gorimbo I'm Gonna Finish Ramiz Brahimaj ... 'Here To Make History!!!'

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Ramiz Brahimaj has never lost by knockout or submission in his UFC career ... but Themba Gorimbo tells TMZ Sports that's all about to change when they face each other at UFC Vegas 92 on Saturday!!

"If you look at his records, he has not been finished yet, whether it's by submission or knockout," the welterweight said ahead of his big fight.

"The key word is 'yet' ... and I need to remove that and make it a reality and go out there and do what I do best."

Conor McGregor's Dad Suffers Heart Attack ... Gets Stent

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12:00 PM PT -- Tony is providing some more information on his health scare ... saying he suffered a heart attack.

McGregor added he had a stent put in this afternoon ... and is already back to feeling well enough to enjoy some sweet and sour chicken.

"See ya later suckers," Tony said on Instagram.

Jake Gyllenhaal Reprising 'Road House' Role ... Sequel Confirmed

Elwood Dalton is back -- Jake Gyllenhaal is slated to star in a sequel to the super-successful "Road House" reboot ... with Prime Video announcing the project on Tuesday.

The confirmation comes less than two months after the reimagining of the 1989 cult classic hit the streaming service ... but really, it should come as no surprise.

As we previously reported, the movie did NUMBERS when it came out in March ... becoming the most-watched debut in the platform's history.

Dana White FedEx Driver Fired ... After Viral Video

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The FedEx driver who carelessly tossed over a dozen packages into his truck has been fired by the delivery giant ... after Dana White captured the incident on camera before posting it on social media, where it went viral!

In case you missed it, White was being chauffeured in the Big Apple on Tuesday when he saw the delivery man throwing box after box ... as if he was Steph Curry shooting jump shots.

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"FedEx. We'll get your shit there, but we'll f*** it up," White said. "My boy don't give a f***." While Dana and many others online found the video comical, FedEx didn't.

Art 'One Glove' Jimmerson Boxer, UFC 1 Participant Dead At 60

Combat sports great Art "One Glove" Jimmerson -- who competed on the very first UFC card as a boxer -- has died, his family announced. He was 60 years old.

Jimmerson -- who famously wore just one boxing mitt in the UFC 1 match in 1993 -- came into the contest against Royce Gracie on a 15-fight win streak ... and fell to the MMA legend after tapping out in two minutes.

It's reported he wore one glove so he could punch with one hand and have the other free to grapple ... but was unable to land a strike on Gracie before being taken to the canvas.

TMZ TV Hot Takes Kim Kardashian Says 'Free Everybody' ... Tom Selleck, Dana White

It's starting to heat up as we hurtle toward summer, and we've got more hot takes to boot. Check out the best from the Wednesday that was!!!

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On "TMZ Live," Charles and Courtney talk about Kim Kardashian controversially saying "Free Everybody" in response to pro-Palestine protesters.

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Our "TMZ on TV" crew reveals Tom Selleck's not actually in danger of losing his ranch despite his claim to the contrary.

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And, "TMZ Sports" shakes their heads along with Dana White who caught a FedEx employee carelessly chucking packages into his truck.

Check your local listings for when TMZ is on in your area or catch up on past episodes!

A.J. McKee Max Holloway Is My MMA Dream Fight ... Before I Retire At 33!

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If MMA promotions didn't exist, and A.J. McKee could choose any fighter in the world to scrap with, who would it be?! TMZ Sports asked the former Bellator world champion.

"My dream in mixed martial arts has always been [Max] Halloway. He's just such a technician and a stud. That's the best of the best," 29-year-old McKee told Babcock during a sitdown interview at the TMZ office this week.

Of course, barring a big shakeup, it's unlikely it'll happen. Max -- who just beat Justin Gaethje -- is signed to the UFC, while A.J.'s under contract with PFL/Bellator.

UFC's Sean Strickland Brandishes Gun Outside Home ... Sends Stern Message To Ding-Dong Ditchers

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Former UFC champ Sean Strickland just proved yet again he's not one to play with ... flashing a gun on some pranksters who had just ding-dong ditched his home.

Strickland -- who last fought in the Octagon in January -- said the incident happened over the weekend ... at around 1 AM Saturday morning.

According to the fighter, some kids jumped out of a car near his pad, ran to the side of the house, and made a loud bang -- before bolting from the area.

Fighter Ben Rothwell Pumped McGregor's Buying Into BKFC ... Huge For The Promotion!

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Conor McGregor is now part owner of BKFC, and star bare-knuckle fighter Ben Rothwell couldn't be more excited ... telling TMZ Sports the move is a huge coup for the promotion!

42-year-old Rothwell, 3-0 in BKFC, had no idea the huge announcement was coming, saying, "I got told with all of you and I was just excited. I'm more excited, I think, than most people. It was awesome to see all the media and everything talked about. It was all BKFC, Conor McGregor. It's awesome for us."

Ben continued ... "For me, I know what this means. I know where we're going to go with this. And I just couldn't be more excited to be a part of this right now."

Francis Ngannou 15-Month-Old Son Passes Away

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12:58 PM PT -- Francis Ngannou released a statement on the loss ... and it's incredibly emotional.

"Too soon to leave but yet he's gone," he said. "My little boy, my mate, my partner Kobe was full of life and joy. Now, he's laying without life. I shouted his name over and over but he's not responding."

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Ngannou added Kobe made him his "best self" ... and he's now lost without him.

Fallece trágicamente el hijo de 18 meses Del excampeón de la UFC Francis Ngannou

La superestrella de los deportes de combate Francis Ngannou está de luto por el trágico fallecimiento de su hijo de 18 meses esta semana, expresando su dolor desgarrador en redes sociales.

"¿Cuál es el propósito de la vida si lo que estamos luchando con uñas y dientes para alejarnos es lo que finalmente nos golpea más fuerte?". Ngannou publicó en X el lunes. "¿Por qué la vida es tan injusta y despiadada?".

"¿Por qué la vida siempre nos quita lo que más queremos? Estoy jodidamente cansado".

UFC's Islam Makhachev I'm A Bad Matchup For Dustin Poirier ... Should Be An 'Easy Fight'

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Islam Makhachev is putting his lightweight title on the line at UFC 302 ... but, it's a low-risk fight according to the champ, who tells us he's an awful stylistic matchup for Dustin Poirier.

"[Dustin's] problem is his style. That's one problem the guy has. His weak point is wrestling and grappling," 32-year-old Makhachev told TMZ Sports, adding, I have the key for the easy fight. And I think if I follow the plan, I can beat him easy."

Poirier is regarded as a well-rounded fighter who is a great striker, and solid on the ground ... which happens to be the area where Makhachev excels.

UFC's Paddy 'The Baddy' Pimblett I'm A Dad To Twins ... Betsy and Margot!!!

Paddy "The Baddy" is now a daddy (say that five times fast) ... 'cause the UFC star and his wife just welcomed twin girls -- and they are adorable!!!

The 21-3 lightweight MMA fighter introduced his baby girls to the world on Instagram, announcing April 17th was the day he and Laura Gregory's lives changed.

"All worth it for you 2 perfect little girls Betsy and Margot Pimblett ❤️," Paddy wrote on Instagram.

UFC's Maycee Barber Nearly Beats Up Trash Talker ... In Bizarre Parking Lot Altercation

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Talk about messing with the wrong person ... a woman in Southern California nearly picked a fight with one of the baddest women on the planet, UFC star Maycee Barber -- and it's all on video!

TMZ Sports talked to 25-year-old Barber, the 4th ranked flyweight, and YouTuber/social media star Demi Bagby ... where the two athletes recounted the entire crazy incident.

Check out the clip for the full story, and what was going through Barber's mind (like how she'd have to call Dana White were she arrested) ... but the cliff notes go like this!

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