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ARIEL HELWANI RUMORS

Ariel Helwani alleges that the UFC had him pulled from Showtime’s Mayweather-McGregor press tour

The UFC and MMA journalist Ariel Helwani have a frosty relationship (to put it mildly). In 2016, UFC president Dana White called Helwani’s reporting “full of shit,” which eventually led to Helwani leaving his role covering the UFC for Fox. Months later, Helwani and a pair of colleagues were “banned for life” by the UFC, which led to pushback by plenty MMA reporters and...
Via Awful Announcing
15 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ariel Helwani: McGregor has already won

MMA Insider Ariel Helwani joined The Andrew Walker show to discuss the super fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
Via SportsNetCanada
June 15, 2017  |  Discuss

MMA reporters form professional association a year after Ariel Helwani’s controversial ban

In June 2016, Dana White and UFC banned MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani for life after Helwani simply reported Brock Lesnar’s plan to fight at UFC 200 before the organization was ready to announce it. Though UFC quickly lifted Helwani’s ban amid backlash, White continued to trash the reporter for weeks thereafter. With that event likely in mind that a collection of reporters...
Via Awful Announcing
June 15, 2017  |  Discuss

Two fighters get into altercation at UFC retreat, police get involved

Two fighters got into a fight at the UFC Athlete Retreat on Sunday in Las Vegas, according to multiple reports.Cris Cyborg and Angela Magana got into an altercation, according to MMA reporter Ariel Helwani. Helwani says Cyborg punched Magana. Chris Taylor provides more information about the fight, saying Cyborg knocked out one of Magana’s teeth. He also says the altercation occurred...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 21, 2017  |  Discuss

Conor McGregor is wrong to charge for an interview

2016 was the year of Conor McGregor. Over the course of 12 months, he revolutionized the fight business. His spectacular knockout victory over José Aldo in 2015 earned him a title shot at lightweight in early 2016, but an injury to the then-champion Rafael dos Anjos triggered a series of events that would push McGregor’s stardom to the next level.Nate Diaz showed up to face McGregor...
Via The Sports Post
January 25, 2017  |  Discuss

Mike Goldberg opens up about UFC release

For 15 years, Mike Goldberg was the voice of the UFC. The longtime announcer teamed with Joe Rogan to call UFC fight cards, but that ended during the transition as the new ownership took over the MMA company.During an interview on “The MMA Hour” on Monday with Ariel Helwani, Goldberg finally talked about his release.“It was a shock. It was a shock,” Goldberg said of his reaction...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 24, 2017  |  Discuss

Ariel Helwani alludes to alleged assault by UFC security

Ariel Helwani poured out his heart and shared a lot of personal information during Monday’s edition of “The MMA Hour” — his weekly show. At one point he even referenced an event that got “physical” in 2014. Though Helwani declined to go into specifics about the incident, MMA insider Front Row Brian elaborated on Twitter. He said the allusion by Helwani was to an actual...
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 07, 2016  |  Discuss

UFC reverses Ariel Helwani’s ban, but still looks bad from this situation

Only two days after kicking journalist Ariel Helwani out of UFC 199 and banning him for life after he accurately reported the lineups for two future events, the UFC has reportedly overturned that ban after receiving widespread backlash and condemnation. Helwani’s reinstatement was reported by several prominent MMA journalists Monday night: UFC has lifted the ban on @arielhelwani...
Via Awful Announcing
June 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Ariel Helwani kicked out of UFC event, banned over reporting Brock Lesnar news

The UFC’s habit of bullying reporters and controlling the news took a new twist on Saturday night when MMA reporter Ariel Helwani says he was kicked out of UFC 199 and banned for life. Helwani tweeted the news of his removal from the show in Inglewood, Calif. at a little after 10 p.m. PT Saturday night just before the main event at UFC 199. The veteran MMA reporter had broken...
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 05, 2016  |  Discuss

UFC banned reporter for life for breaking Brock Lesnar news?

The UFC is a notoriously thin-skinned organization. They’ve fired fighters for not wanting to sign away their lifetime likeness rights (only to relent and hire them back). They’ve banned reporters from covering their events because of reports on news that wasn’t public. At best, their treatment of the media could be called “misguided”. At worst, it’s “petty and unethical”...
Via Awful Announcing
June 05, 2016  |  Discuss
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