Normally, UFC fighter Vicente Luque wouldn’t give two craps how his face looked after going to war in the Octagon — but this time it’s different, he’s getting MARRIED next month!
Luque was the winner of that INSANE 3-round brawl with Bryan Barberena on “UFC on ESPN 1” on Sunday night … a fight that was so violent, each guy won a $ 50,000 fight of the night bonus!
Luque tells TMZ Sports … he was in A LOT of pain after getting home Sunday night and could barely fall asleep because his face hurt so much.
“I was in a lot of pain, man. So, I would sleep like 10 minutes on one side and then my face was hurting and I would move!”
The 27-year-old — who born in New Jersey — says his fiancee has been encouraging him to ice his face in the hopes that his bruising and swelling will go away by the time he’s got to pose for wedding pics … but we think the damage will make the pics look that much cooler!!!
“I’m not gonna have the best face for the wedding, but we’re gonna have a good time.”
Despite the damage, Luque says he had a BLAST during the fight and can’t wait to get back in the Octagon again as soon as possible.
We asked if he’d be down for a rematch with Barberena — but he told us he wants to get a shot at a Top 10 fighter first … and then maybe a rematch down the line.
He’s got a ton of respect for Barberena — telling us no one has hit him as hard as that guy — but his main focus is climbing the ranks and getting a title shot.
T-Painain’t down for shots to the face — even if it’s just a beach ball — and his fans definitely know that now after he abruptly pulled the plug on a weekend concert.
We got this video from his Sunday set at the BBYO (B’Nai B’Rith Youth Org.) Convention in Denver, and you see him rapping “Bartender” as the beach ball comes flying through the air, bouncing off the side of his dome!
It definitely looked funny, but T-Pain wasn’t in a playful mood. He immediately beelined for the exit. Fans at the concert tell us T-Pain was only about 30 minutes into his set when he bounced.
Tension was building because witnesses tell us T-Pain had already warned the crowd he was leaving if they threw another ball onstage. We’re told T-Pain’s people tried to get him to go back on … but he refused.
Keep your balls to yourself at a T-Pain show. The more you know!
Former NFL DB Tony Beckham — a Titans 4th-round pick in 2002 — beat the hell out of a man after he allegedly caught the guy masturbating outside his 15-year-old daughter’s window.
Cops in Palm Beach County, Florida say Tony saw a man with his hands down his pants in the bushes next to his daughter’s window Monday morning … and went after him when he saw the guy making masturbating motions.
Police say Tony chased the guy down about 50 feet from his house … and proceeded to smash the guy up bad — breaking his face in a couple different places.
Cops arrested the man — a 48-year-old named Geoffrey Cassidy (who claimed he was a transient) — and booked him for Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition in the Presence of a Child.
If convicted on that count, Cassidy faces up to 15 years in prison.
Cassidy is still being held in Palm Beach County Jail on $ 1,500 bond.
Beckham played 5 seasons in the NFL from 2002 to 2007 … logging 6 total starts and 1 career interception.
Two USC fans have been charged for allegedly vandalizing UCLA‘s on-campus statue and now face up to 3 YEARS in JAIL.
Louis Torres (19) and Willie Johnson (18) allegedly hit up UCLA’s campus on Nov. 13 — just days before the Trojans’ rivalry game with the Bruins — and sought to violate the bear statue.
Officials say the two men doused the statue in Trojan-colored paint … and also inked the letters “SC” into the landmark’s pedestal.
It’s interesting … ’cause in preparation for the big game — UCLA officials actually boxed up the bear … which means the vandals had to go the extra mile to get to it … physically prying open the box to get to the statue.
Reports estimate the vandalism caused $ 15,000 worth of damage … and now, officials say both suspects could face up to 3 years in jail, if convicted.
This ain’t the first time the Bruin bear has been subject to USC antics … back in 2009, it was also doused in red and yellow paint — which caused a reported $ 20,000 of damage.
For their part … USC fans make sure UCLA can’t retaliate by wrapping their on-campus statues in duct tape and having students guard them throughout rivalry week.
Kendall Jenner is partnering up with Proactiv to fight acne everywhere … and the timing of the announcement is nothing short of ironic.
The supermodel shared the news Sunday alongside her new employer after teasing a clip Saturday in which she said she’d be helping a lot of people with her announcement. Proactiv tweeted … “Welcome to the family, dahling! @KendallJenner is the new face of Proactiv.”
The company also released Kendall’s testimonial to plug their skin-care brand, and she recounted her Golden Globes appearance in 2018 … when tons of people skewered her for not being able to cover up her acne. Kendall says Proactiv cleared her up for good.
Of course, Sunday marks the one year anniversary of that red carpet display … so it’s fitting that Kendall and Proactiv put out the news just in time for the award show.
She joins a long list of Proactiv celebrity endorsements, including Jessica Simpson, Katy Perry, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kaley Cuoco, and many more.
The child Dikembe Mutombo flew to the U.S. to remove a massive tumor from his face has sadly died after he suffered a “rare and unpredictable genetic reaction to anesthesia” during surgery … TMZ has learned.
8-year-old Matadi from the Democratic Republic of Congo died Friday night after complications from his delicate surgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in L.A. … according to The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation.
The foundations says … “We are devastated by the loss of Matadi and our heart goes out to his father, his mother and the rest of his family, and all his old and new friends.”
We broke the story … Matadi went intocardiac arrest during his surgery and was transferred to the ICU, but we didn’t know why his operation wasn’t completed. Now we know it was due to his bad reaction to the anesthesia, but despite the best efforts of his medical staff … he was never able to recover.
As we showed you … the former NBA star flew Matadi to the U.S. a week ago for free surgery in hopes of removing the life-threatening, massive tumor on his face. We captured theirmeeting at LAX.
Mutombo told us the boy had been shunned in society because of his condition, so he wanted to help him out.
His foundation says Matadi was “was a pioneer, and his memory will inspire us to continue to develop efforts and partnerships to improve the lives of the children of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”
The child Dikembe Mutombo flew to the U.S. to remove a massive tumor from his face required CPR after he went into cardiac arrest during surgery … TMZ has learned.
According to dispatch audio — obtained by TMZ — 8-year-old Matadi was administered CPR Sunday at around 6 PM PT as an ambulance arrived to take him from one section of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center campus — where he was undergoing surgery — to an Intensive Care Unit in a nearby building.
At one point, a dispatch operator calls off one ambulance and sends another that’s closer.
The surgery was scheduled to last 6 hours and Matadi went into cardiac arrestaround the 6-hour mark. We don’t know if the operation was completed. We’ve been trying to get an update for days, to no avail — no one’s talking. We were told, as of Monday night, Matadi was in stable condition and was able to move his hands and feet. Otherwise, everyone’s radio silent.
As we showed you … Dikembe flew Matadi to the States a week ago for free surgery in hopes of removing the life-threatening, massive tumor on his face. We captured their meeting at LAX, and needless to say … it was a heartwarming moment.