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UFC’s Brian Ortega Gunning for Khabib You’re On My ‘Bucket List’

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If Brian Ortega takes out Max Holloway this weekend, he’s already got another big fight in his sites — Khabib Nurmagomedov

“We all have our bucket lists, right? And, my bucket list is to fight Max and fight Khabib,” Ortega told the guys on the “TMZ Sports” TV show. 

“Those are the top guys in the sport … those guys are the top dogs.”

In fact, Brian was at UFC 229 back in October when Khabib destroyed Conor McGregor and says it was essentially a scouting mission. 

“I was watching the fight and we were there and all I could think of was, ‘If I was in there, I would do this differently.'”

“And, that’s kinda when you start realizing that maybe you should share the Octagon with him … if you think you have the answer.”

Ortega also says he already knows how the fight would play out if they ever get to square off. 

But, before any of that happens, Brian takes on Holloway at UFC 231 on Saturday night.  

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UFC’s Rachael Ostovich ‘Totally Cool’ Fighting on Same Card as Greg Hardy … Says Dana White

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Dana White says Rachael Ostovich is “totally cool” fighting on the same card as Greg Hardy in January … despite his history with domestic violence. 

There’s been backlash over the decision to put Hardy on the Jan. 19 card considering Ostovich was JUST involved in a D.V. incident last month — and claims she suffered bad injuries at the hands of her MMA fighter husband

But, Dana White appeared on TSN in Canada early Thursday morning and addressed the issue head-on — saying he will NOT move Hardy off the card … and that Ostovich has “no problem” with the decision. 

White explained that Hardy will be tied to the domestic violence allegations for the rest of his life — but he’s put in the work to rehabilitate himself and White feels he’s a changed man who deserves a 2nd chance. 

White says during his conversation with Ostovich, Rachael told him, “[Greg’s] story is not my story and I believe in second chances.”

Dana says having Rachael’s support was a “key factor” in making the decision to keep Hardy on the card. 

Ostovich will Paige VanZant that night. Hardy will square off against Allen Crowder. 

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UFC’s Rachael Ostovich ‘Totally Cool’ Fighting on Same Card as Greg Hardy … Says Dana White

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Dana White says Rachael Ostovich is “totally cool” fighting on the same card as Greg Hardy in January … despite his history with domestic violence. 

There’s been backlash over the decision to put Hardy on the Jan. 19 card considering Ostovich was JUST involved in a D.V. incident last month — and claims she suffered bad injuries at the hands of her MMA fighter husband

But, Dana White appeared on TSN in Canada early Thursday morning and addressed the issue head-on — saying he will NOT move Hardy off the card … and that Ostovich has “no problem” with the decision. 

White explained that Hardy will be tied to the domestic violence allegations for the rest of his life — but he’s put in the work to rehabilitate himself and White feels he’s a changed man who deserves a 2nd chance. 

White says during his conversation with Ostovich, Rachael told him, “[Greg’s] story is not my story and I believe in second chances.”

Dana says having Rachael’s support was a “key factor” in making the decision to keep Hardy on the card. 

Ostovich will Paige VanZant that night. Hardy will square off against Allen Crowder. 

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UFC’s Rachael Ostovich ‘Totally Cool’ Fighting on Same Card as Greg Hardy … Says Dana White

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Dana White says Rachael Ostovich is “totally cool” fighting on the same card as Greg Hardy in January … despite his history with domestic violence. 

There’s been backlash over the decision to put Hardy on the Jan. 19 card considering Ostovich was JUST involved in a D.V. incident last month — and claims she suffered bad injuries at the hands of her MMA fighter husband

But, Dana White appeared on TSN in Canada early Thursday morning and addressed the issue head-on — saying he will NOT move Hardy off the card … and that Ostovich has “no problem” with the decision. 

White explained that Hardy will be tied to the domestic violence allegations for the rest of his life — but he’s put in the work to rehabilitate himself and White feels he’s a changed man who deserves a 2nd chance. 

White says during his conversation with Ostovich, Rachael told him, “[Greg’s] story is not my story and I believe in second chances.”

Dana says having Rachael’s support was a “key factor” in making the decision to keep Hardy on the card. 

Ostovich will Paige VanZant that night. Hardy will square off against Allen Crowder. 

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UFC’s Kamaru Usman Dana Offered Me Colby Covington … But He’s Scared Of Me!!

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UFC star Kamaru Usman says Dana White offered him a fight with Colby Covington next month … and he’s waiting on Donald Trump‘s favorite fighter to sign the contract. 

Both fighters have been dying to get a shot at the welterweight champ Tyron Woodley — and it seems the winner of the proposed January 19 bout would get their wish.

TMZ Sports talked to Usman … who tells us Dana called this week and made the offer.

Kamaru ain’t exactly confident the fight will actually happen … saying Colby has refused to accept the match on 4 other occasions in the past.

So yeah, Kamaru and Colby hate each other … and straight-up, Usman says Covington is scared.

If he accepts, Usman vs. Covington would join a bunch of solid fights on the first UFC event on ESPN — including Paige VanZant vs. Rachael Ostovich and Greg Hardy vs. Allen Crowder

Usman just dominated Rafael dos Anjos when they clashed on Saturday night at “The Ultimate Fighter” finale. 

Covington’s last fight was also against RDA — Colby scored the “W” in a 5-round decision at UFC 225 back in June. 

After the fight, Colby underwent surgery to correct a nasal issue. He visited Trump at the White House in August and took a pic with POTUS while Donald held the UFC interim welterweight championship belt over his shoulder.

We reached out to Covington for comment … so far, no word back.

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UFC’s Kamaru Usman Dana Offered Me Colby Covington … But He’s Scared Of Me!!

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UFC star Kamaru Usman says Dana White offered him a fight with Colby Covington next month … and he’s waiting on Donald Trump‘s favorite fighter to sign the contract. 

Both fighters have been dying to get a shot at the welterweight champ Tyron Woodley — and it seems the winner of the proposed January 19 bout would get their wish.

TMZ Sports talked to Usman … who tells us Dana called this week and made the offer.

Kamaru ain’t exactly confident the fight will actually happen … saying Colby has refused to accept the match on 4 other occasions in the past.

So yeah, Kamaru and Colby hate each other … and straight-up, Usman says Covington is scared.

If he accepts, Usman vs. Covington would join a bunch of solid fights on the first UFC event on ESPN — including Paige VanZant vs. Rachael Ostovich and Greg Hardy vs. Allen Crowder

Usman just dominated Rafael dos Anjos when they clashed on Saturday night at “The Ultimate Fighter” finale. 

Covington’s last fight was also against RDA — Colby scored the “W” in a 5-round decision at UFC 225 back in June. 

After the fight, Colby underwent surgery to correct a nasal issue. He visited Trump at the White House in August and took a pic with POTUS while Donald held the UFC interim welterweight championship belt over his shoulder.

We reached out to Covington for comment … so far, no word back.

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UFC’s Brian Ortega Chokes Out TMZ Staffer … Again

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UFC star, Brian Ortega returned to the TMZ newsroom this week — and once again, he put a chokehold on one of our guys!!!

Here’s the deal … the last time Ortega was here, he taught us the proper way to execute a rear-naked choke and used Lucas to demonstrate. 

This time, Ortega wanted to teach us a few tricks about how to put a guy to sleep in a street fight … once again, Lucas volunteered his neck. 

Ya gotta watch the clip … Lucas taps out even faster than Conor McGregor at UFC 229!!! 

Of course, Ortega will get a chance to fight someone his own size when he takes on Max Holloway at UFC 231 in Toronto, for the Featherweight title on Saturday, Dec. 8. 

Don’t worry, Lucas is fine! 

Check out the entire interview with Ortega on the “TMZ Sports” TV show Tuesday night on FS1. 

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UFC’s Rachael Ostovich Injury Photos Show Major Damage to Face and Body

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TMZ Sports has obtained injury photos of UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich — taken in the wake of the domestic violence incident with her MMA fighter husband … and they’re brutal. 

The photos show damage to Rachael’s face, body, arms and head — including a black and blue bruise under her right eye. 

We spoke with a member of Rachael’s family who tells us the photos reflect the “truth” of what really went down that day. 

As we previously reported, Ostovich claims her husband, Arnold Berdon, savagely attacked her during a dispute at their home in Hawaii on Nov. 18. 

Ostovich initially claimed she suffered a broken orbital bone (eye socket) during the altercation and pulled out of her scheduled UFC bout with Paige VanZant. She has since gotten a second opinion from a doctor who cleared her to fight

Berdon was arrested and charged with 2nd degree assault. He has pled not guilty and family members have told us he will argue self-defense. 

Ostovich filed a request for a restraining order against Berdon — and court docs show the judge granted the order after Berdon agreed to stay away for 20 YEARS. 

Berdon is due back in court on Dec. 18. 

Meanwhile, Ostovich is gearing up for her January 19 fight against VanZant. 

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UFC’s Rachael Ostovich Breaks Silence On Dom. Violence … Still Has Black Eye

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UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich says she feels like she HAS to fight Paige VanZant after suffering serious injuries in an alleged domestic violence incident … saying she NEEDS to send a positive message to other D.V. victims.

TMZ Sports broke the story … Ostovich was hospitalized with a broken orbital bone and other injuries after a violent Nov. 18 incident with her husband, Arnold Berdon, who is also an MMA fighter.

The injuries forced the UFC star to back out of her fight with PVZ … but speaking publicly with a black eye for the first time since the incident — Ostovich says the fight’s back on ‘cause she feels like she HAS to do it.

“I felt that it was extremely important to me to follow through with it and not only for me but for my daughter and other people that might be going through similar situations,” Ostovich told KHON2 in Hawaii.

“I want to take a stand against domestic violence and show others that it’s okay to come out and speak about it and not be quieted.”

Ostovich continued, “I’m extremely grateful and blessed for my support system. My family, who has done so much for me and has kept me together and kept me strong. I feel like I have to do this.”

“This is something that can’t be taken away from me. I want to use this big worldwide UFC platform to show people that don’t let anyone or anything come between you and your dreams and your career.”

For her part, VanZant tweeted earlier this week, “Yes we are going to war with each other in the cage, but I stand by her side with her ongoing battle at home. Let’s put on a fight and show these people how strong we are. #GirlPower #UFC.”

The fight is set for Jan. 19 in New York.

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UFC’s Rachael Ostovich Breaks Silence On Dom. Violence … Still Has Black Eye

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UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich says she feels like she HAS to fight Paige VanZant after suffering serious injuries in an alleged domestic violence incident … saying she NEEDS to send a positive message to other D.V. victims.

TMZ Sports broke the story … Ostovich was hospitalized with a broken orbital bone and other injuries after a violent Nov. 18 incident with her husband, Arnold Berdon, who is also an MMA fighter.

The injuries forced the UFC star to back out of her fight with PVZ … but speaking publicly with a black eye for the first time since the incident — Ostovich says the fight’s back on ‘cause she feels like she HAS to do it.

“I felt that it was extremely important to me to follow through with it and not only for me but for my daughter and other people that might be going through similar situations,” Ostovich told KHON2 in Hawaii.

“I want to take a stand against domestic violence and show others that it’s okay to come out and speak about it and not be quieted.”

Ostovich continued, “I’m extremely grateful and blessed for my support system. My family, who has done so much for me and has kept me together and kept me strong. I feel like I have to do this.”

“This is something that can’t be taken away from me. I want to use this big worldwide UFC platform to show people that don’t let anyone or anything come between you and your dreams and your career.”

For her part, VanZant tweeted earlier this week, “Yes we are going to war with each other in the cage, but I stand by her side with her ongoing battle at home. Let’s put on a fight and show these people how strong we are. #GirlPower #UFC.”

The fight is set for Jan. 19 in New York.

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