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UFC's Yair Rodriguez Reveals Gnarly Injuries Broken Nose, Busted Feet

11/13/2018 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Yair Rodriguez might've handed out the greatest knockout in UFC history ... but he didn't escape unscathed ... 'cause dude's whole body is jacked up -- from head to toe.

Literally.

Rodriguez -- fresh off his INSANE last second KO of the "Korean Zombie" -- joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs nightly on FS1) ... and showed off his battle scars.

"My nose is broken, and both my eyes are purple" ... Rodriguez told us.

But, the worst part?

His freakin' feet are ridiculously swollen ... so bad that he can't even move around on his own.

"I cannot walk without crutches, right now."

The fight was unbelievably entertaining ... and fans are already calling for a rematch.

So, is Yair down for another scrap?

"I'm always trying to move forward on my life and my career. I don't know what's coming next. Korean Zombie is a fighter I really respect a lot. I have tons of respect for him, of course."

"If I ever have to fight him again, it'll still be an honor for me to fight him."

Tyron Woodley Mayweather, Weed and McGregor? ... Let's Talk.

11/9/2018 3:07 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tyron Woodley says he believes Floyd Mayweather's explanation for backing out of his New Year's Eve fight in Japan -- and explains why small exhibition fights are a SMART move for TBE. 

In fact, the UFC champ says he'd be down to take an exhibition fight anywhere -- including someone's living room -- as long as the price is right!!

Woodley also talks about Mike Tyson's new plans to become a marijuana baron -- and if it's a smart move for guys like Conor McGregor to embrace weed so publicly.

Also, can CBD help fighters in the ring? Tyron has the breakdown. 

Plus, Woodley dishes out his weekly punch in the face and pat on the back. 

Check out new episodes of 'The Hollywood Beatdown' every Friday on the TMZ Sports YouTube channel

Mike Perry To Donald Cerrone I'm Gonna Knock You The F**k Out ... And Eat You Alive

11/9/2018 10:58 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"I'ma f**kin' eat this man alive."

That's what "Platinum" Mike Perry promises to do to Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone when they square off at UFC Fight Night 139 Saturday night.

Perry didn't stop there ... telling TMZ Sports, "I'm gonna knock this man the f**k out, period. That's all there is to it."

"I gotta take over. I'm gonna go forward, push him in the wall. Grind my elbows in his face. Slice his face open, and knock him out cold."

Cerrone ain't the only one feelin' Platinum Mike's wrath ... Perry also had harsh words for the UFC's newest fighter, Ben Askren -- an NCAA champ and Olympic wrestler.

"Who's afraid to get laid on top of? That's like a sexual fantasy to some people. They hire like 400-pound women to drop that ass on them. Ben Askren's like a 400-pound woman. F**kin' bitch. Biggest bitch I ever saw."

UFC's Cowboy Cerrone 'Red Dead Redemption 2' Outfit ... For Fight Week

11/8/2018 2:22 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

UFC star Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone is so obsessed with "Red Dead Redemption 2" -- he's even dressing like the characters for a little fight week inspiration. 

Cerrone is fighting "Platinum" Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night 139 in Denver on Saturday --  and if he seems extra violent this week, it's because he's been murdering everyone in New Hanover. 

Cowboy doesn't even consider himself a "gamer" -- but said he HAD to buy 'RDR2' because it seemed to be right up his alley ... and he was right. 

The game is already a massive hit -- earning a record $750 MILLION in the first 3 days of sales. In fact, one of the plot points in this week's "South Park" episode is how everyone is obsessed with the game. 

Right before we started the interview with Cerrone, he told us his outfit was inspired by Arthur Morgan -- the main character in the game.

"Not only have I been playing the game, but I pre-purchased the $100 package with the horses and the guns."

"It's Cowboy all the way. So, I love it. Yeah. It's so cool. Just how you can just kill everybody. Whatever you want. I can't go into any town without being harassed by everyone, 'cause I just murder everybody."

Game on. 

Conor McGregor Bathroom Self-Affirmation ... 'You The Man!'

11/8/2018 6:33 AM PST
Breaking News

Conor McGregor felt Conor McGregor needed a little confidence boost Thursday morning -- so, he looked in the mirror and told himself how great he is. 

Over and over and over. 

With his Versace robe hanging on his bathroom door, Conor pointed at himself and repeated, "You the man. You the man. YOU are the man!"

He then cackled like a maniac. 

So, why? He's Conor McGregor, that's why. 

Seems to be getting over his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov -- you remember, Conor was smashed up at UFC 229 in Vegas on October 6. 

It was Conor's first MMA fight in nearly 2 years -- and he didn't exactly look like the world-beater we got used to seeing against guys like Jose Aldo and Eddie Alvarez

Conor has said he wants a rematch with Khabib -- but has told Dana White he's willing to fight whoever it takes to get it. 

In the meantime, at least he's got his mirror. 

Mike Tyson I Hope Mayweather Fights Again ... But No MMA!

11/8/2018 12:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Mike Tyson tells TMZ Sports he's rooting for another Floyd Mayweather comeback fight -- as long as it ain't in the Octagon! 

After that whole Japan fight debacle, Floyd insists he's retired (again) ... but Iron Mike says he hopes he reconsiders because he likes watching Mayweather fight ... as a boxer. 

Also worth noting ... Mike Tyson is stoned to the bejeezus in this clip. 

How do we know? 'Cause Mike's out promoting his new Tyson Ranch weed brand -- and his business partner, BigMike, told us they just lit up. 

In fact, Mike recently smoked out Conor McGregor -- and got the UFC star's marijuana seal of approval. 

"Hey, McGregor's a good guy," Mike said ... "He liked our kush. I'm very grateful for that."

Mike's marijuana ranch is huge -- 400 acres right in the Coachella Valley in Southern California ... and Tyson tells us his goal is to take over the whole THC industry. 

Now somebody get that man some Funyuns!!!

Paige VanZant I'm a 'Much Better' Fighter ... After Breaking Arm

11/7/2018 10:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Paige VanZant says she's got a lot of pent up "anger and aggression" to unload on Rachael Ostovich when they fight in Jan. ... telling TMZ Sports her nasty arm injury has made her BETTER! 

Remember, Paige broke her arm throwing a spinning back fist at Jessica-Rose Clark at UFC Fight Night 124 back in Jan. 2018 -- and she needed TWO surgeries to fix the injury. 

But, despite the 10-month layoff, the 24-year-old star says she's been working on other parts of her game and truly feels she's a more well-rounded fighter. 

"I'm gonna be so much better," Paige told us while out in Portugal ... "'I've been able to focus on so many other things while the arm was healing."

Paige says she's been champing at the bit to get the fight deal done -- explaining how UFC has been trying to make it happen for a while. 

The problem ... Paige's first surgery on the arm failed -- despite doctors using a titanium plate to try and stabilize the bone -- so she needed to go under the knife for the second time. 

That surgery worked and Paige says she's been training her ass off ever since. 

Paige and Rachael will face off Jan. 19 in Brooklyn -- Paige says she expects it to be a helluva fight. 

UFC's Israel Adesanya Floyd's Japan Fight Better Be MMA ... Don't Be a Bitch!

11/6/2018 1:31 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

UFC star Israel Adesanya says Floyd Mayweather needs to "grow some f*cking cajones" and make his upcoming fight MMA-style ... otherwise, Israel ain't gonna watch it.

"What's all this, 'Yeah, man, we gonna f*cking fight! What's up! Oh, but, nah, um, you can't touch -- no legs, no knees, no grappling,'" Israel tells TMZ Sports.

"I mean, what the f*ck are we doing?!"

Of course ... Floyd just announced he's gonna fight 20-year-old kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Toyko on NYE -- but no word yet on whether it will be boxing rules or a legit MMA bout.

Israel -- fresh off his dominating performance at UFC 230 -- says there better be knees, feet and legs involved ... 'cause he says he's tired of hearing Floyd talk without backing it up with a REAL fight.

As for Floyd's chances in a scrap like that ... Israel says he'd actually give Mayweather a shot -- especially if the legendary boxer was willing to take some time off to train for it.

"Take a chance! He could take a year off and just learn grappling. Learn wrestling ... but f*cking stay in your little bubble then if you want to be that bitch."

As for all the talk about what an MMA loss would do to Floyd's legacy ... Israel says Money needs to read up on James Toney's fight career to see why that's really not an issue.

BTW ... when it comes to the upcoming fight -- Israel tells us why people better be watching for some fishy stuff in the tilt -- saying, "My Spidey Senses are tingling, if you will."

Daniel Cormier Brock Lesnar Fight 'Going To Happen' ... Here's When

11/6/2018 6:16 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Daniel Cormier tells TMZ Sports the fight with Brock Lesnar is 100% going to happen -- and he's already putting together a timeline to prepare his training camp.

The two have been going at each other in public for months but Brock's obligations to the WWE are an issue, especially since he's now the WWE Universal Champion. 

But, Cormier says he's thinking about a March date for the Lesnar fight -- which lines up perfectly with UFC 235 on March 2 in Las Vegas. 

"My preparation for that fight won’t start until the beginning of the new year," Cormier told the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs weeknights on FS1).  

"I got the Gilroy High School wrestling season up until February (he's a coach at the high school in Northern California). So, it has to be after that. So, I’m off limits until early March."

Cormier insists he's deadly serious about walking away from fighting on his 40th birthday -- which is March 20 -- so, UFC 235 would make the most sense. 

That said, Cormier's career is on fire right now -- both in and out of the Octagon. So, we asked if Dana White came to him with an 8-figure offer to fight Jon Jones for a 3rd time, would he take it? 

Ya gotta see his answer ... 

Dana White NFL Commissioner Is 'The Worst F***ing Job In Sports'

11/5/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

At $31.7 MILLION A YEAR ... Roger Goodell is actually UNDERPAID -- so says Dana White.

"That's the worst f***ing job in sports," White says of being the NFL's commish.

We got the UFC honcho out in NYC ... and asked about football's latest controversy -- a 49ers cheerleader taking a knee during the national anthem -- and that's when Dana said he's SUPER STOKED to not be in Goodell's shoes.

It's seemingly one headache to mitigate after another --- Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, President Trump, and now, cheerleaders protesting -- and White seems so grateful that's not going down in the UFC.

"Worst job in sports," Dana says ... "They're not paying that guy enough money."

As for how Dana would handle it if it did happen in his league ... he says it wouldn't.

"We don't do the national anthem. So they can kneel all they want."

BTW ... Dana says he wishes NFL players would find a different way to protest, but added, "At the end of the day, it's a free country. You can do whatever you want."

Interesting, considering Dana is a big Donald Trump guy ... and POTUS says NFL owners should fire players who kneel for the anthem, referring to them as "sons of bitches."

Floyd Mayweather Announces NYE Fight in Japan ... Might Be MMA

11/5/2018 6:07 AM PST
Breaking News

Floyd Mayweather has signed a deal to fight on New Year's Eve in Japan -- and it might be an MMA match -- but, it ain't against Conor McGregor or Khabib Nurmagomedov

Just like TMZ Sports told you would happen ... the 41-year-old boxing superstar announced he'll be fighting at RIZIN 14 on Dec 31, against an undefeated 20-year-old kickboxer named Tenshin Nasukawa

We broke the story ... Floyd was in talks to get a fight done in Asia back in September. The plan is to get 2 fights under his belt ... a tune-up fight and then a bigger opponent, someone like Manny Pacquiao

Floyd says he's still working with the promotion to decide on whether it will be boxing rules, kickboxing rules, MMA rules, etc. 

Floyd says the fighting rules will be sorted out in the coming weeks. Floyd also says the two sides are still figuring out what weight the fight will be at. 

Floyd held a press conference in Japan late Sunday night -- Floyd did not say how much money he expects to make for the fight. 

As for Tenshin, RIZIN says he's 20-years-old and has more than 30 fights under his belt. His kickboxing record is 27-0. 

The fight will go down at Saitama Super Arena -- the 3rd largest indoor arena in the world. It seats around 36,500 people. 

As we previously reported, Floyd has had some MMA training in the past -- and UFC champ Tyron Woodley has offered to work with him because he believes Mayweather can really win. 

Floyd says he chose to have this fight in Japan because he loves the country and the people. 

As for his opponent, Floyd says the guy is in great shape -- "very young, very fast" -- and he's impressed with Tenshin's physique. Says the guy looks like a serious gym rat. 

Tenshin says Floyd is taller than he looks and he believes he'll be able to "hit him" when they fight.

Floyd is 50-0 as a pro boxer -- with his last victory coming over Conor McGregor. 

Mayweather has recently told us he's been itching to fight again and predicted his next bout would be a 9-figure boxing match against Khabib. Now that he's inked this deal, seems the Khabib fight will be on the backburner ... at least for now. 

"I'm very happy to be back in Tokyo," Mayweather told the media ... "I look forward to coming back more often."

Mayweather says his relationship with RIZIN is bigger than this fight -- but unclear exactly what that means. Obviously, he wants to continue to work with the promotion, but unclear if it will be as a fighter or a promoter.  

Khabib's Manager MMA Fight With Floyd Can't Happen ... 'It'd be Manslaughter!'

11/4/2018 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Khabib's manager tells TMZ Sports if a fight with Floyd Mayweather goes down ... it's gotta be in the boxing ring -- 'cause the UFC star would end up behind bars if the two fought MMA!!

"An MMA fight, I don't think any state athletic commission should allow that," Ali Abdelaziz tells us ... "It would be illegal. It would be voluntary manslaughter."

Of course ... a fight between Nurmagomedov and Floyd has been rumored for weeks -- with Ali telling us he's actually had conversations with Money and his team about a possible tilt.

But, Dana White told us earlier this week, if the two do square up -- it's gotta be MMA ... and that's something Ali says is a horrible idea for BOTH Floyd and Khabib.

Instead ... Ali seems much more open to the idea of a boxing match -- and says Khabib could easily win that too -- without going to jail for murder.

"Khabib is wide. When Khabib is boxing him, he will cover him. He will put his body on him, make him tired. Carry the weight and get him tired. I think 100 percent [Khabib can win]."

The problem? Khabib's manager tells us he thinks Floyd wants no part of the match -- saying Mayweather's all talk.

"I think Floyd just wants to keep his name relevant. He's 57 years old. He's almost 60 ... He can't do nothing to Khabib."

Still ... Khabib clearly wants it -- writing on his Instagram Friday, "Where are you? @floydmayweather #27vs50."

Will it ever go down? Stay tuned.

UFC's Michelle Waterson WWE's Onto Something ... All-Female UFC PPV Card!

11/4/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

UFC badass Michelle Waterson tells TMZ Sports ... Dana White should take a page outta Vince McMahon's playbook and put together an all-female fight card!!!

"The girls can definitely hold it down," The Karate Hottie says.

Of course, the WWE just wrapped up its first-ever all-women pay-per-view event ... and it was a big-time success. Ronda Rousey said she hopes it's a game changer for all pro sports. 

So, when we got Waterson out in NYC this week -- we had to ask ... could the UFC do the same??

"If they did an all-female card, that would be amazing and we could definitely hold it down. Something definitely to think of for the future."

Karate Hottie even tells us she's got the perfect headliner for the night -- HERSELF!!!

There's enough talent in the UFC's women's division for sure -- with superstars like Cris Cyborg, Amanda Nunes, Rose Namajunas, Holly Holm and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

As for Dana, he once said he'd never let women fight in the UFC -- but admits he was super wrong about that ... and now, the women are KILLING it. 

As for Waterson, we asked who she's eyeing for her next fight and she tells us Karolina Kowalkiewicz -- 'cause she thinks it'll put her next in line for a title fight with the UFC strawweight champ, Rose Namajunas 

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