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Ariel Helwani opens up about his departure from Fox

On Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour, Ariel Helwani revealed some details about his departure from Fox Sports, though he didn’t exactly confirm or deny some of the more popular rumors surrounding his exit. Helwani confirmed that he was fired by Fox as opposed to resigning, while also praising UFC president Dana White for initially giving him access and possibly opening the door...
Via Awful Announcing
March 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Ariel Helwani leaves Fox’s UFC coverage, will continue at MMAFighting.com

One of Fox Sports’ most-connected insiders has left the network. That would be prominent MMA journalist Ariel Helwani, who’s been an important part of Fox’s MMA coverage since 2011. Helwani tweeted Wednesday that he and Fox have parted ways, but he’ll be continuing his regular work for SB Nation’s MMAFighting.com. Here’s his full statement: I wanted to let you know that...
Via Awful Announcing
March 23, 2016  |  Discuss

GSP attends UFC 196, sparks UFC 200 rumors

Georges St-Pierre attended the UFC 196 fight card in Las Vegas on Saturday night, sparking some rumors about a potential superfight with Conor McGregor at UFC 200. The UFC posted the following video to their Vine account ensuring that their fans would see it: Multiple MMA insiders such as Ariel Helwani pointed out how unusual it is for GSP to attend a fight in Las Vegas indicating...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 05, 2016  |  Discuss

CM Punk’s UFC debut delayed; must undergo back surgery today

When CM Punk (0-0) announced that he had signed with the UFC back in December of 2014, I don’t think anyone, including Punk himself, thought we wouldn’t see him debut until late 2016. Unfortunately, due to a lingering back injury that will require surgery, Punk’s spring debut against Mickey Gall (2-0) has been delayed. MMAFighting‘s Ariel Helwani broke the news earlier reporting...
Via Fight Booth
February 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Dana White called out Ariel Helwani over “full of s—” report that ended up true

UFC President Dana White is a man who wears his emotions on his sleeve and doesn’t have much of a filter. He continually snipes at fans and reporters on Twitter over the silliest things, and his mouth has gotten himself in trouble before (most notably, when he ranted about a report from MMA reporter Loretta Hunt on video years ago). One frequent target of White’s is Ariel Helwani...
Via Awful Announcing
January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Hisaki Kato levels Joe Schilling with a brutal Superman punch (VIDEO)

Joe Schilling has a reputation as a knockout artist and even told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Beat (via MMAFighting.com), “I just think anybody that says they're gonna stand up with me is just blowing smoke.”Well it seems unheralded Hisaki Kato didn't stand for that sort of talk Friday night. In his U.S. debut at Bellator 139, the Japanese fighter landed a nasty Superman...
Via The Other Paper
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Eager to return to action, Siyar Bahadurzada fights on for the Afghan people

According to a UFC Tonight report from Ariel Helwani, UFC welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada fell awkwardly before his last fight, back at UFC 168, and injured both his labrums and biceps. As a result, the Afghan fighter couldn't wrestle, punch or kick leading up to his contest against John Howard in late 2013. After losing a decision, he tried rehabilitating the injuries with physical...
Via Fox Sports
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

MMA Interview: CM Punk Talks When He Will Debut In UFC, WWE’s Reaction To His Jump To UFC

We noted earlier today that Ariel Helwani spoke with CM Punk during the FOX Sports 1 UFC 181 post-show. Helwani caught up with Punk backstage again on Saturday night for a second interview with MMAFighting.com. Here are the highlights: -Punk said it was surreal being with UFC. He said a lot of fighters who don’t have to be cool with him have been very friendly and welcoming...
Via Wrestling News Depot
December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

War Machine joked about killing Christy Mack if they broke up (Video)

War Machine may have just been joking when he talked about killing Christy Mack if they broke up, but his words may have contained some truth and foreshadowing in light of recent events. War Machine and Mack joined Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour” for an interview on July 30, 2013, to promote War Machine’s […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Dillashaw-Barao rematch appears to be headed for UFC 177 in Vegas

It looks like ‘The Baron’ will get a shot a bringing the gold back to Brazil soon after all. UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani was the first to report, and multiple sources have since confirmed that UFC officials are extremely close to announcing T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao 2 as the main event of UFC 177. If so, this would mark Dillashaw’s first title defense since scoring what...
Via Fight Booth
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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