Chris Weidman has his sights set on Jon Jones for his next fight … telling TMZ Sports he’s, “Always imagined going up and taking his belt.”
Of course, Weidman’s dealing with a neck injury … and says surgery might be an option — but once he’s cleared — he’s gunnin’ for Jones.
“He’s been on my radar since I was a champion and he was champion at 205. I always imagined going up and taking his belt.”
Weidman even threw some shade Jon’s way … saying the guy can’t be considered the G.O.A.T. ’cause of his positive PED tests!!!
Jon’s next fight is Anthony Smith at UFC 235 — but he is lookin’ for a ’bout after that … and Chris says even if he needs surgery — he’ll DEFINITELY be ready to fight sometime in 2019.
So … could the fight go down?? Stay tuned.
Colin Kaepernick and his close circle of friends are strongly DENYING a report rapper Travis Scott “consulted” with the ex-NFL quarterback before agreeing to do the Super Bowl halftime show.
The report claims Travis and Kap spoke over the phone — and while they didn’t exactly see eye to eye, there was a mutual understanding.
The report seemed to imply Kap was okay with Scott performing because the NFL and Scott agreed to donate $ 500k to a social justice organization.
But now, Kap’s crew is calling BS — and the QB is putting his stamp of approval on the public denials.
Kap’s friend, Ebro Darden — the famous HOT 97 radio host who works closely with Kap’s girlfriend, Nessa — tweeted, “Kap did not approve this bullshit! Get the f*ck outta here.”
Kaepernick retweeted Ebro’s statement — and Nessa also weighed in saying, “FACTS @EBRO!!! THEY NEED TO STOP LYING.”
In fact, the same day it was announced Big Boi from Outkast would also be performing at the Super Bowl, Nessa posted the urban dictionary definition of the word, “Sell out.”
She added, “If you are with them, then you are definitely not with us.”
Ryan Garcia is one of the fastest rising stars in boxing … with a 17-0 record and a huge contract with Oscar De La Hoya‘s Golden Boy Promotions.
But, what he REALLY wants … is a date with Selena Gomez!!
“She’s single so lemme shoot my shot,” the 20-year-old told us … “Lemme take you out!”
Garcia even gave a pitch to Gomez … saying, “I would protect you, you know!?”
He’s right … dude’s got a lethal left hook and has been obliterating opponents since he turned pro at 17 years old back in 2016.
Since then, Garcia has developed a huge following — with 1.7 million followers on Instagram!
Garcia tells TMZ Sports he’s working on closing a deal for his next fight in March — but he’s also seriously interested in fighting Tenshin Nasukawa … the guy who got beat up by Floyd Mayweather.
“He should fight me,” Garcia says … while making his case for why the two 20-year-olds would actually be an entertaining matchup.
Long story short … they’re more equally matched in size and experience — but Garcia says the outcome will be the same … Tenshin gets KO’d.
$ 9 million for 2 minutes of work??
Conor McGregor wants some of that action — which is why he’s calling out Tenshin Nasukawa … the guy who got his ass kicked by Floyd Mayweather on New Year’s Eve.
“I wish to go to Tokyo to face Tenshin Nasukawa in a Mixed Martial Arts exhibition bout,” McGregor said in a note to the UFC and his agents at Paradigm Sports Management.
“Before this summer. Please arrange this, this instant. Yours sincerely, The champ champ.”
The Tenshin vs. Floyd fight was supposed to be a 3 round exhibition — but Tenshin’s corner threw in the towel with 41 seconds left in the 1ST ROUND after Floyd knocked him down multiple times.
Some people think the fight was fixed and Tenshin took a dive … but Conor doesn’t seem to care — all he sees is EASY MONEY!
Remember, McGregor made $ 100 million to box Floyd — but LOST when the fight was stopped in the 10th round.
McGregor then made around $ 50 mil to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov … but tapped out in the 4th after getting mauled by the Dagestani.
So, a couple mil to beat up on a tomato can? Nice work if you can get it!
An employee at Moschino USA has a code name for black clients who don’t look like ballers — “Serenas” … so claims an ex-employee who’s suing the company.
Shamael Lataillade is suing the Italian luxury clothing company, claiming her female supervisor at the WeHo shop had a specific protocol for black clients if they didn’t have diamonds or carry name brands. In docs obtained by TMZ, she says the woman would call them a “Serena” and instructed other employees to follow and watch them closely — sometimes even writing down their license plates.
It’s not spelled out in the suit, but the alleged code would seem to be a reference to Serena Williams.
What’s more … Shamael claims the supervisor told employees to tell “Serenas” they were out of stock on many items — and even called cops once to report a suspicious black customer. She says the guy turned out to be a high-profile rapper, but she doesn’t name him.
On a personal level, Shamael — a black, Haitian-American woman — claims the supervisor discriminated against her and mocked her as someone who practices voodoo. She was canned for complaining to corporate about the “Serena” code word and other things … according to the suit.
She’s suing Moschino for unspecified damages. The company tells us it denies Shamael’s allegations and adds … it “complies with applicable equal employment laws and values and respects all customers and clients regardless of their race or background.”
“Hold tight, I’m coming, Princess.”
Luke Rockhold wants a big piece of Jon Jones … and that’s his message to the UFC superstar.
TMZ Sports spoke with Luke — the former UFC middleweight champ who’s moving up to light heavyweight — and he ain’t switching divisions just ’cause cuttin’ weight sucks.
He wants to fight Jon Jones.
“I’m a different man at this weight, with the power behind me. I’m moving up to get after him. So, that’s what I’m here for.”
Luke’s just the latest to throw his hat into the super crowded “I wanna fight Jon Jones” ring. Earlier this week, Anthony Smith AND Corey Anderson also told us they want a crack at Jones.
But, Rockhold’s got the best resume of the 3 fighters … and a fight with him and Jones would be a big money maker … and it’s a match L.R. is totally confident he’ll win (he told us he’ll be champ in ’19).
Why? ‘Cause he wasn’t all that impressed with Jon’s performance against Alexander Gustafsson.
“I thought he looked beatable.”
So, who’s Jon gonna pick???
Stay tuned …
Diddy might want to ask for a refund from his former trainer … because sources claim the guy he hired to keep Cassie in shape was banging her on his dime … but she says his timeline is wrong.
Here’s what we’re told. Diddy’s trainer, Jamal Liggin, got so busy he hired several trainers as backup, including Alex Fine. Diddy tagged Alex to train Cassie over the last year.
As we reported, Diddy and Cassie broke up several months ago after a decade-long relationship, but our sources claim Cassie and Alex hooked up before the split. We’re told what especially galls Diddy … he paid Alex to train his then-girlfriend and feels betrayed.
Cassie sure seems smitten with Alex. She has not ever publicly talked about a timeline, but we’re told Diddy is convinced there’s an overlap.
Sources connected to Cassie insist she did NOT start dating Alex until after she broke up with Diddy.
We reached out to Alex … so far, no word back.
Diddy has bigger issues to deal with, like raising his 3 children after the death of Kim Porter in November. Diddy was destroyed when Kim died, saying they were more than soulmates.
The Antonio Brown drama keeps raging on … ’cause the Steelers WR just called his ex-teammate, Ryan Clark, an “Uncle Tom” after Clark ripped him on TV.
Clark — an ex-Steelers DB who’s now an ESPN NFL analyst — tore into A.B. after reports surfaced that Brown was benched for blowing up on teammates during practice last week.
“This is where Mike Tomlin has to put his foot down and shop Antonio Brown,” Clark said … “You have to take that stand. You have to. Time for him to go.”
Brown — who played 4 seasons with Clark in Pittsburgh — didn’t take long to fire back, calling Clark an “Uncle Tom” in a comment on an ESPN NFL Instagram post about Clark’s criticism.
It’s the latest chapter in a drama that’s already featured Brown getting benched, requesting trade AND not returning Ben Roethlisberger‘s phone calls and messages.
For his part … Brown says a “big interview” with James Harrison is on the way — so seems we’ll get Antonio’s side of the story shortly.
Stay tuned …
Montae Nicholson‘s violent street fight got so out of hand that several people called 911 and frantically described a “huge fight” scene … according to audio obtained by TMZ Sports.
The Washington Redskins defensive back pummeled a man in the middle of a Virginia street around 2 AM … and the video we obtained shows the brutal knockout punch.
Seems the brawl went on for some time and created quite the scene … ’cause several witnesses frantically called 911 for help, describing a wild fight.
“I don’t want to interfere in the interaction whatsoever, all I’m saying is I’m in the car and there’s a male unconscious on the ground,” one witness says.
Another adds, “I need you to come immediately … we need an ambulance and a fire rescue here immediately!”
Another witness tells dispatch, “There’s a fight going on out here … there’s a fistfight that’s been going on now!”
23-year-old Nicholson — 6’2″, 215 lbs — was arrested and booked for assault and battery, and drunk in public.
The Redskins announced just days later they placed Montae on the Reserve/NFI list.
Nicholson played in 14 games for the ‘Skins this year, starting 7 of them.
The father of one of the kids killed in the Parkland Shooting is tearing into Louis C.K. after leaked audio from the comedian’s set included a joke about the massacre.
Fred Guttenberg — who lost his 14-year-old daughter Jamie — in the attack just shared a message for C.K., saying, “To anyone who knows Louis CK, please deliver this message for me. My daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting. My son ran from the bullets. My wife and I deal with loss everyday. Why don’t you come to my house and try out your new pathetic jokes?”
The joke Guttenberg is referring to attacks the Parkland survivors, saying the kids who survived are not interesting just because they went to a high school where people were shot … and that he shouldn’t have to listen to them just because they “pushed some fat kid in the way.”
The audio was leaked from a show C.K. did earlier this month … he has not commented since it leaked.