BMF champion Jorge Masvidal takes Ariel into the back-and-forth conversations he and Kamaru Usman have had regarding a welterweight title fight, and Masvidal also talks about why he's happy Colby Covington no longer trains at American Top Team (1:02:36). Before that, Covington himself opens up on his departure from ATT, the founding of Colby Covington Inc., who he hopes to fight next, and his beef with WWE's Drew McIntyre (32:30). Tyron Woodley, set to fight Gilbert Burns on Saturday night, discusses his status in the welterweight title conversation and why he doesn't regret the extracurriculars he participates in outside of fighting (5:10). Plus, heavyweight Francis Ngannou talks about the speculated Jon Jones fight and why it's fallen through this time, if a Jones fight or Stipe Miocic rematch would be bigger, and what might happen when he eventually hits free agency (1:21:32).
Daniel Cormier tells Ariel who he'd like to see Kamaru Usman defend his welterweight belt against now that Jorge Masvidal wants to take his business elsewhere (41:35). Plus, with Henry Cejudo's retirement official, the guys discuss who deserves a bantamweight title shot (33:10), as well as what must happen before a Jon Jones/Francis Ngannou heavyweight bout can get signed (53:40). And, Ariel takes credit for helping propel DC's UFC career.
One week after his controversial Fight Night bout against Glover Teixeira, UFC light heavyweight contender Anthony Smith passionately defends decisions made by his corner and referee Jason Herzog, each of whom allowed the fight to continue longer than most believe it should have. Plus, WWE legend and AEW commentator Jim Ross talks to Ariel about how he scored a ticket to UFC Jacksonville, comparisons between Dana White and Vince MacMahon, why the fan-less MMA experience works on TV and much more (52:32).
Daniel Cormier and Ariel put a bow on the Jacksonville events before discussing whether Jon Jones can move up to heavyweight and beat Francis Ngannou (44:42), Justin Gaethje's comments on Conor McGregor (56:48) and DC's dream scenario for McGregor/Diaz III. Plus, some love for "The Beverly Hillbillies."
After a controversial main event between Anthony Smith and Glover Teixeira, a fiery Chael Sonnen joins Ariel on ESPN Radio to explain why Wednesday night's events were "disgusting" (14:06). UFC lightweight Drew Dober also explains why, at age 31, he feels more confident than ever following his victory over Alexander Hernandez in Jacksonville. Plus, in a moment he's been waiting the past 10 years for, Ariel asks The Undertaker to reveal a big secret (43:35).
Fresh off calling the fights in Jacksonville, Daniel Cormier rejoins Ariel to break down Justin Gaethje's impressive performance, Henry Cejudo's sudden retirement and Stipe Miocic's unwillingness to fight him soon. They also talk about calling fights in an empty arena...and DC breaks big personal news! Then, Dominick Cruz joins Ariel two days after his UFC 249 bantamweight title loss to discuss the controversial early stoppage to the fight, his issues with the referee, and the devastation of losing after a 3+ year layoff from the sport (1:20:12). And, Francis Ngannou talks about his big knockout, the state of the heavyweight division and why the past year has been so frustrating for him (1:57:00).
The headliner of Saturday night's highly-anticipated UFC 249 card, Tony Ferguson, joins Ariel to talk about how he's feeling heading into the interim lightweight title fight, and why he won't fall for the trap Justin Gaethje may be setting (7:00). Then, strawweight Michelle Waterson discusses her unique training camp experience, lessons learned from her loss to Joanna Jedrzejczyk, her matchup with Carla Esparza and more (15:32). Featherweight Jeremy Stephens also explains why he's been away from social media, why he was born for this moment, and what it's been like training alongside Dominick Cruz (39:40). Plus, TST tells some wild stories from the weekend (1:01:00).
Fight week is back! To celebrate the occasion, Daniel Cormier and Ariel discuss why Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje won't disappoint (47:08). Plus, DC calls out Stipe Miocic (1:03:40) and gives his take on Donald Cerrone's recent comments about the Conor McGregor fight (33:54). DC also talks about his relationship with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson right after we learn of another one of Ariel's childhood enemies.
Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker tells Ariel why he needed time off after losing the belt to Israel Adesanya, if he considered walking away from the sport entirely, his experience grappling with his wife during quarantine, and why he's excited to face Darren Till later in 2020. Plus, Top Rank Founder/CEO Bob Arum -- who began postponing boxing events in late February -- explains what must happen for boxing to return, how the coronavirus challenge stacks up against others he's faced in his storied career, if Wilder/Fury III could be fought without fans, and more (38:45). Ariel also gives his thoughts on the perception of Cowboy Cerrone (1:14:20).
One week after Amanda Nunes' decision to withdraw from UFC 249, Ariel asks Daniel Cormier the question: What do top fighters have to gain (or lose) by fighting under adverse circumstances? Plus, DC tells Ariel about the real Henry Cejudo and whether Dominick Cruz has a shot at dethroning him at 249 (17:08). The guys also talk about their elementary school nemeses (49:34).
A decade ago, Jason "Mayhem" Miller was one of the most popular MMA fighters on the planet. But when his fighting career came to a halt in 2012, his life took a dramatic turn for the worse, with years of arrests and prison stints to show for it. Today, nearly eight years after Miller infamously walked off Ariel's set, the guys reconnect to talk about the rise and fall and -- maybe -- rise again of "Mayhem."
Daniel Cormier tells Ariel whether it was smart or foolish for Tony Ferguson to make weight this past weekend, despite possibly having an interim title shot on May 9 (13:06). Plus, the guys remember DC's UFC debut - which happened seven years ago today -- before discussing how MMA history would be different had Strikeforce stayed around longer (31:50).
Tony Ferguson speaks with Ariel moments after making weight on Friday for a fight that isn't happening. The former interim UFC lightweight champion talks about why he's decided to make weight, if he's fighting on May 9 against Justin Gaethje, the crazy past month, Conor McGregor's Twitter comments about him and more.
Two of the greatest athletes of all time, the first being UFC legend Georges St-Pierre, joins Ariel to discuss what it would take to pull him out of retirement, the love/hate relationship he has with fighting, where he belongs in the G.O.A.T. conversation, and how he avoided trouble despite being in the public eye. Then, Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal explains how MMA training helped him win multiple NBA titles and why he feels his Lakers team could have beaten Michael Jordan's Bulls (52:50). Plus, "TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week" (1:14:28).
Daniel Cormier was pegged to be on the broadcast team for UFC 249, and he tells Ariel how the UFC was preparing to make the event as safe as it possibly could be (9:07). Plus, DC takes us into the psyche of the fighter during this time before the guys try to make sense of Ronda Rousey's fiery comments about WWE fans (34:00). And, could Ariel beat Ben Askren in a boxing match?
Chael Sonnen, who once fought on an island, tells Ariel about his own experiences before the two friends discuss Sonnen's fascination with the TBD location of UFC 249, the UFC's harrowing back to its early days, a stacked lightweight division, and how Conor McGregor could somehow become the top contender in the welterweight division. Plus, John Kavanagh of SBG Ireland shares memories of McGregor's UFC debut -- seven years ago this week -- (1:23:04) and UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya explains why he wants to fight on the island, why he respects Dana White's efforts to keep UFC events going, why he vows to not repeat Jon Jones' mistakes and much more (54:52).
With the UFC reportedly close to finalizing a location for UFC 249, Daniel Cormier and Ariel discuss possible matchups, as well as Khabib's handling of the situation (10:20). Plus, DC explains why he thinks Jon Jones' latest incident won't change him (33:16) and why he understands that Stipe Miocic isn't thinking about a trilogy fight right now (27:44). And, Wrestlemania 36 reaction and a mysterious text Jones once sent to DC.
Tony Ferguson explains to Ariel why he believes Khabib Nurmagomedov is "running away" from him, why the highly-anticipated fight won't ever happen, and if he's willing to face top contender Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 (5:05). UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic also gives the latest on his injured eye and discusses his role in combating the coronavirus as a part-time firefighter (43:31). Plus, professional wrestling titan Triple H on why WrestleMania 36 is a go (19:36), Ariel delivers his thoughts on UFC 249 (11:44), and TST gives his "Minimalist Tip of the Week" (1:01:13).
Due to travel restrictions, the UFC 249 headliner between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson looks like it won't happen...again. Daniel Cormier and Ariel discuss who should replace Khabib and why the UFC is so devoted to salvaging the event. Plus, DC builds his dream 249 card (21:28) and the guys each explain why they're worried about Jon Jones following his latest arrest, and if they think Jones is capable of changing (33:06). Oh yeah, and DC talks about the time he spent five days in jail.
WrestleMania 36 is still a go, despite mass cancellations in the sporting world. PostWrestling.com's John Pollock joins Ariel to discuss WWE's decision-making under these circumstances, the logistics behind producing the taped two-day WrestleMania event and how Vince McMahon has handled this situation better than Dana White. Plus, the guys talk about the wrestling careers of former UFC fighters Cain Velasquez and Shayna Baszler (24:16) and the new Chris Benoit documentary before TST gives his "Minimalist Tip of the Week" (47:03).
Daniel Cormier rejoins Ariel and together the two discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the UFC's future, as well as DC's own fighting future (13:20). Plus, DC talks about the evolution of Khabib Nurmagomedov before revealing his epic plan to keep UFC 249 afloat (27:30). The guys also give some recommendations for all-time fights to watch (48:52).
With three UFC fight cards postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the UFC finds itself in flux. NewYorkRic and Marc Raimondi join Ariel to discuss the UFC's commitment to holding on when every other sport decided to shut down. Plus, they wonder if Leon Edwards will get the Tyron Woodley fight taken away (23:20), if the UFC could then justify a Colby Covington/Woodley fight, if UFC 249 will happen (36:34) and if all of this craziness could lead to a Conor McGregor/Khabib Nurmagomedov fight faster than we expected. And, everyone shares their own experiences with social distancing and TST gives his "Minimalist Tip of the Week."
"Filthy Tom" Lawler announces his return to MMA and explains why, even after a rocky ending with the UFC, he feels now is the right time to get back into fighting (41:36). Before that, Chael Sonnen on the time Ariel supposedly stabbed him in the back, why "good things happen to bad people," if he misses fighting, his beef with Valentina Shevchenko and affinity for Kevin Lee. Plus, the debut of "Legitimate Questions" with Marc Raimondi (53:34) and "TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week" (1:01:52).
After a bizarre main event at UFC 248, Ariel defends Israel Adesanya against the criticism he's received since Saturday night. Plus, he explains why he's in awe of Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk following a fight some are calling the greatest female fight in MMA history. Then, --UFC lightweight Sean O'Malley on a stressful fight week, the special bond he shares with his coach and how long he plans to wait before fighting next (23:16). --UFC welterweight Neil Magny discusses his first win since May 2018, his storied UFC career and how fatherhood affected the lead-up to Saturday's fight (39:31). --Korean hip-hop artist Jay Park gives his side of the story on what happened at UFC 248, where UFC featherweight Brian Ortega slapped him for what his friend, The Korean Zombie, said on Ariel's show last month (53:46). --UFC women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko explains why she believes Joanna won on Saturday and why Zhang didn't impress her. She also discusses Yoel Romero's odd strategy against Adesanya (1:19:01). --UFC strawweight champion Zhang (and her translator) discuss how she's feeling physically after a grueling five-round fight, a challenging fight week, if she regrets taking the fight given the tumultuous lead-up to it and if/when she anticipates a rematch against Joanna (1:39:47). --Bob Arum, Founder/CEO of Top Rank, on why the UFC is "trash", his fictional feud with Dana White, Wilder/Fury III and what makes a great promoter (2:12:20). --UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya explains why the Romero fight was the "weirdest" one he's ever been a part of and why he wasn't fooled by his strategy. He also talks about his private conversation with Dana White following the fight, what he makes of Paulo Costa's comments and much more (2:36:20).
In the very first edition of "DC & Helwani" on ESPN Radio, Daniel Cormier and Ariel discuss DC's future, Israel Adesanya's stardom, memories of Yoel Romero's early days, Joanna Jedrzejczyk's chances against Zhang Weili, DC's relationships with Deron Winn and Khabib Nurmagomedov all while taking phone calls from fans. Plus, DC makes his case for James Harden as NBA MVP and we find out the guys stink at math and changing oil in cars.
With Israel Adesanya's star on the rise ahead of UFC 248, ESPN's Phil Murphy joins Ariel to discuss Adesanya's growing popularity around the globe (35:32). But before that, Zhang Weili's manager Brian Butler talks about Zhang's wild journey to Las Vegas and the possibility of a Rose Namajunas fight (18:46) while ESPN's Marc Raimondi puts a bow on UFC Norfolk and discusses whether this is Yoel Romero's last chance at a title fight. UFC veteran Olivier Aubin-Mercier also joins to break news about his fighting future (51:46), Ariel plays some UFC 248 trivia (1:04:40) and TST returns from his short-lived retirement (1:16:13).
The UFC flyweights should stick around, Ariel says, despite the controversial weekend for the division in Norfolk. The show's first guest, UFC featherweight Felicia Spencer -- a winner in Norfolk -- explains how she was able to bounce back from her first pro loss before stating her case for a title shot against Amanda Nunes (22:12). Yoel Romero, the challenger in this upcoming weekend's UFC 248 headliner, talks about his emotions heading into the fight, his hectic fight week schedule, his weight cut and what it would mean for the 42-year-old to finally hold the UFC middleweight belt (40:10). Next, another winner from Norfolk, featherweight Megan Anderson, tells Ariel why she should be the one to face Nunes and also discusses her upcoming color commentary opportunity for Friday's Invicta FC event, which will feature open scoring (57:55). Former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson then talks about the state of the division he once ruled, what he would do about the flyweight division if he were the one running the UFC, as well as Henry Cejudo's recent behavior (1:13:13). Next, almost two weeks after his tough loss at UFC Auckland, lightweight Paul Felder talks about how he's feeling, if the judges should have awarded him the victory over Dan Hooker, his future and how he's drowned his sorrows in gluttony since the loss (1:32:17). Deron Winn, who also fights at UFC 248, previews his fight before talking about his relationship with Daniel Cormier (1:52:24). After that, Luis Pena, who recently reunited with his biological brother and father via Ancestry, talks about his win in Norfolk and how it felt even better to do it in front of his long-lost family members (2:09:50). Lastly, the UFC middleweight champion himself Israel Adesanya discusses his winning of a very special award in New Zealand, the positives and negatives of stardom, his preparation for UFC 248, walkout plans, recent controversial comments he's made, the latest between he and Jon Jones and much more (2:27:40).
On this week's episode, Ariel is first joined by NewYorkRic to talk about the state of the flyweight division going into this weekend's UFC Norfolk card (8:00). Then, they discuss the Henry Cejudo vs. Jose Aldo title fight booked for May and NewYorkRic's experience at Wilder-Fury 2. Afterwards, Fury's co-promoter Frank Warren joins the show to talk about what's next for Fury, the likelihood of the Anthony Joshua fight happening soon and his feud with Eddie Hearn. Finally, TST joins the show from Denmark to tell us about his trip to Scandinavia and offer his Minimalist Tip of the Week, which concluded with a potentially shocking twist (32:00)
Coming off a historical weekend in the boxing world, Ariel reacts to the Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder rematch and what could be next for Fury and the UFC Auckland card. Then he welcomes famed combat sports nutritionist George Lockhart, who worked with Tyson Fury leading up to the big fight. Lockhart explains how he prepped Fury for this win. (22:46) Then, Eddie Hearn, Sports Promoter and Managing Director of Matchroom Sport, joins the show to talk about the possibility of a fight between Fury and Anthony Joshua and the beef between him and Fury (44:16). After that, MMA fan and Center for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Steven Adams, talks with Ariel about his MMA fandom and which fighters are his favorite. (1:12:00) Next, UFC Women's strawweight contender Joanna Jedrzejczyk calls in to preview her upcoming match on March 7 vs. Zhang Weili and how she can potentially make history with a big win in just a couple weekends. (1:18:20) Speaking of making history, UFC Flyweight Contender Joanne Calderwood steps away from her training to preview her upcoming title fight vs. Valentina Shevchenko and her upcoming wedding. (1:35:18) What's next for UFC Featherweight Ryan Hall, you ask? Ariel brings Hall on the show to talk about what the future holds and whether or not he feels like he is being frozen out. (1:50 :16) Next, Conor McGregor's teammate, Bellator bantamweight James Gallagher talks to Ariel on his progress following a small muscle tear in his back. Gallagher is training again and has a few things to say to Ricky Bandejas who says he "doesn't deserve a rematch". (2:09:11) UFC light heavyweight Jimmy Crute joins the show next to discuss his bounce back win vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk. Crute tells Ariel that he "has never felt more nervous" before a fight. (2:22:37) Another fighter coming off a great win, UFC lightweight Dan Hooker calls into the show to discuss his somewhat controversial victory over Paul Felder. Hooker breaks down what was going through his head throughout the fight and says Felder is "one heck of a poker player." (2:31:46) Lastly, Hooker's teammate UFC lightweight Brad Riddell joins Ariel to recap his victory over Magomed Mustafaev. He says the experience fighting in New Zealand in front of his home crowd was unreal. (2:46:07)
In a contentious episode of the show, UFC legend Diego Sanchez and his coach and life guru, Josh Fabia, defend themselves against the criticism they've each received since Saturday night's controversial ending in Rio Rancho. Plus, ESPN's Antonietta Collins is in Las Vegas to set the scene for Tyson Fury/Deontay Wilder II and also to describe what it's like being from Jorge Masvidal's hometown (56:02). And, TST brings another "Minimalist Tip of the Week" (1:11:57).
Ariel begins by delivering his thoughts on Jan Blachowicz's Saturday night win in Rio Rancho and the illegal knee that defined the Diego Sanchez/Michel Pereira fight. Then, Blachowicz himself discusses the magnitude of the win, his callout of Jon Jones, if he thinks he's ahead of Dominick Reyes for a title shot and the reception of him in Poland (25:48). UFC bantamweight Aljamain Sterling, absent since June, next talks about his recent injuries, the Petr Yan "hype train" and why Sterling feels he deserves a shot at the belt (45:35). Then, just days away from his highly-anticipated boxing heavyweight rematch with Deontay Wilder, "The Gypsy King" Tyson Fury discusses what it's like being the betting underdog, if he'll approach this fight differently than the first time around, what he may do next and when he thinks he'll call it quits (1:09:10). After that, former interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier on the possibility of fighting Nate Diaz, his campaign for a Conor McGregor matchup, if anyone can beat Khabib Nurmagomedov and his work with the Good Fight Foundation (1:27:47). Gegard Mousasi, former Bellator middleweight world champion, next talks about this upcoming weekend's bout with Douglas Lima (1:45:02) and then UFC middleweight Darren Till discusses his Twitter game, budding friendship with Israel Adesanya and the impact of his visa issues on UFC 248 (2:05:48). Next, a new-look "Platinum" Mike Perry on potentially moving weight classes, dealing with his UFC 245 loss to Geoff Neal, and his Saturday Submission Underground grappling matchup against Al Iaquinta (2:28:10). Lastly, Iaquinta talks about facing Perry, why he wants to fight Poirier and more (2:45:00).
In the wake of a controversial UFC 247, Ariel welcomes veteran MMA official Marc Goddard to discuss misconceptions about officiating, the scoring of close rounds, the criteria officials adhere to and the comments Colby Covington made about him. Plus, Andy Foster, Executive Director of the California State Athletic Commission, joins the show to examine how officiating can improve (31:17). Later, Marc Raimondi explains the new Kansas open scoring laws and how they will be implemented (52:48). And, false accusations against Nate Diaz (1:06:40), the latest on Conor McGregor, "TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week" and a special Valentine's Day surprise for Ariel.
Nearly 48 hours after a controversial end to UFC 247, Ariel delivers his thoughts on the main event and how officiating soured the night. One fighter affected by the officiating, lightweight James Krause, first explains why he took a fight on such short notice and also why even though he lost, he actually feels like he won (21:06). "The Black Beast" Derrick Lewis, a winner at 247, then talks about the emotions of winning in his hometown of Houston...and why he no longer trusts Ariel (42:00). Then, fresh off a dominant title defense against Katlyn Chookagian, flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko discusses why she approaches each fight differently, the early stoppage, if she'll consider fighting Amanda Nunes and her unique relationship with actress Halle Berry (1:02:56). Next, Dominick Reyes opens up about his emotions following an impressive performance against Jon Jones and explains why he feels the referees robbed him of the light heavyweight title (1:23:28). Plus, Reyes discusses how he felt in the late rounds of the fight, if he has any regrets, what Jones and Dana White told him afterward, the support he's received from the MMA community and if he wants an immediate rematch with Jones. Then, Jones' striking coach, Mike Winkeljohn of Jackson Wink, says he and Jones respect Reyes and how he battled on Saturday night, but that the judges ultimately made the correct decision in awarding Jones the victory (1:44:15). UFC welterweight Diego Sanchez, who fights this weekend in New Mexico, then issues an important warning to fighters and everyday people who take supplements to look and train better (2:08:09). Light heavyweight contender Jan Blachowicz, who also fights on Saturday, next talks about the Jones/Reyes fight and what he feels he must accomplish in order to jump ahead of Reyes in the eyes of the UFC (2:32:21). Lastly, "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung talks about the possibility of fighting Alexander Volkanovski...and why he thinks he's an easier opponent than Frankie Edgar (2:44:10).
Albuquerque's own Jon Jones fights this weekend, so Ariel welcomes Geoff Grammer of The Albuquerque Journal to talk about the perception of Jones in the city and a personal connection he shares with the UFC's light heavyweight champion. ESPN's Marc Raimondi also discusses the possibility of Jones losing and what his next move will be, win or loss (42:36). Plus, MMA legend Dan Henderson -- who helped train Dominick Reyes for Jones -- discusses Reyes' readiness for UFC 247 (26:54) and "TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week" (1:00:38).
To lead off UFC 247 fight week, Ariel welcomes Eliot Marshall of Elevation Fight Team in Denver to talk about the recent success of his gym, his transition from fighting to coaching and how he deals with anxiety issues on a daily basis. Then, Bellator's Sergio Pettis discusses his Bellator debut win, the impact of his brother Anthony on his career and the "mission statement" that changed his life (33:46). After that, former UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington breaks his silence to air his grievances on the officiating in his UFC 245 title shot against Kamaru Usman and the releasing of the audio tapes from his corner (46:17). Plus, he discusses fighting Usman again, his emotions since that fight and if he expects a contentious return to American Top Team. Then, Ariel's interview with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who opens up about dealing with his shadowy past, his balance between "working and playing," his legacy, his fiery back-and forth with Israel Adesanya, why he first started fighting at age 19, how long he plans to continue fighting and much more (1:15:40). Then, Jones' UFC 247 opponent, Dominick Reyes, addresses Jones' recent comments about him, if he thinks Jones is slowing down and if he feels Jones respects him heading into Saturday night's headliner (2:02:20). UFC light heavyweight Anthony Smith -- absent since June -- then discusses what it's like to fight Jones before telling a crazy story about how he nearly had a finger amputated (2:23:10). Lastly, new UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski on life as champion, his future goals and what Australia has been like as the devastating bush fires have wreaked havoc on his home country (2:46:40).
Jorge Masvidal calls in to talk about his verbal altercation with Kamaru Usman in Miami (1:10:52). But before that, Ariel talks to Stephen A. Smith about the criticism he received from Joe Rogan and others following his post-UFC 246 analysis (4:35). Ariel and NewYorkRic also discuss the state of the heavyweight division, favorite MMA Super Bowl weekend moments, Ariel's crazy Jon Jones story and Kobe Bryant memories (35:20). Plus, "TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week" (1:25:49).
Ariel begins the show by emotionally reacting to the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others who perished in a helicopter crash on Sunday. The show's first guest, former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, talks about his memories of meeting Bryant, working with him on Bryant's ESPN + show and how "The Black Mamba" will motivate him for the rest of his life. Then, DC tells Ariel if a Stipe Miocic trilogy fight is the only matchup he wants for the final fight of his career. Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, who fights Leon Edwards in March, then sounds off on the unfair hand he's been dealt by the UFC (31:02). Next, heavyweight Curtis Blaydes talks about his Fight Night win and if he feels he's the best he's ever been, as well as if he hopes to fight Miocic, Francis Ngannou, or another top contender in his next fight (53:14). After that, just days after winning her Bellator debut, Cris Cyborg discusses how it feels now to win in four different promotions, how she made out financially in the fight and if she hopes to end her fighting career with Bellator (1:06:50). Next, Maycee "The Future" Barber, who sustained a severe knee injury in her UFC 246 loss to Roxanne Modafferi, discusses her surgery plans, when the injury happened, why she refused to stop, what she would have done if she were in Modafferi's shoes, and why she wouldn't change anything about that night (1:27:24). Then, Owen Roddy, the striking coach for Conor McGregor, breaks down McGregor's UFC 246 performance before telling Ariel why he worries more about maintaining McGregor's motivation than he does about his next opponent (1:44:45). UFC bantamweight Sean O'Malley, absent for the last two years thanks to a USADA suspension, tells Ariel why he believes the two years away have helped turn him into one of the top fighters in the world (1:59:26). The UFC's Jessica Penne, also suspended by USADA, is joined by her manager to open up about the four-year suspension, if she's ever knowingly cheated, if USADA is treating her fairly, her next steps and more (2:12:50). Bellator's AJ Agazarm joins to talks about Saturday's win and if he feels he's earned a step up after winning three straight bouts (2:31:15). Plus, does he expect Nick Diaz to fight in 2020? Lastly, Michael Chiesa recaps his Fight Night win over Rafael dos Anjos and tells Ariel why he almost considered pulling out of the fight (2:48:39). And, he says he wants a shot at Colby Covington before Ariel offers Chiesa a surprise.
Is Conor McGregor back? NewYorkRic weighs in on that before he and Ariel lay out a number of possibilities for McGregor's next fight. Then, MMAFighting's Peter Carroll discusses the perception of McGregor's win in Ireland and if the people of the Emerald Isle are convinced McGregor has changed for the long-term (32:09). Plus, TST's impressions of the fight and his "Minimalist Tip of the Week" (52:20).
Ariel opens the show by offering his immediate thoughts on UFC 246 and Conor McGregor's 40-second TKO of Cowboy Cerrone. Then, after the best win of her career, UFC flyweight Roxanne Modafferi tells Ariel why she didn't take advantage of Maycee Barber's apparent leg injury, what she attributes this upset win to and how she can build off this win (7:17). Then, a fiery Kevin Lee, who will take on Charles Oliveira in March, explains why the fight with Islam Makhachev fell through before sounding off on the UFC's top names and why they don't impress him (28:55). Next, ESPN analyst and former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping breaks down McGregor's fighting strategy and what this loss means for Cerrone's legacy (40:22). After that, Diego Ferreira, a winner over Anthony Pettis on Saturday, talks about his preparations for the fight and what it was like to be on the 246 card (56:44). Then, bantamweight legend Holly Holm discusses if she's happy with her Saturday performance against Raquel Pennington before talking about when she hopes to fight next and some personal struggles she's been dealing with (1:11:32). Then, Brian "Boom" Kelleher on Saturday night, if he considered it a must-win and how he would have considered retirement had he lost (1:25:04). Drew Dober, who received a bonus for his Saturday performance, then tells Ariel what he hopes for next (1:35:42). After that, McGregor's post-fight interview with Ariel where the guys discuss McGregor's welterweight TKO, what it felt like to be out there again, what the future could hold in store and more (1:45:04). Next, BMF champion Jorge Masvidal - one of McGregor's potential next opponents - weighs in on the fight and if he wants to battle McGregor or Kamaru Usman next (2:07:18). Plus, he (kind of) reveals why he wore the robe he did on Saturday night. McGregor's manager, Audie Attar, then discusses McGregor's new mindset and how he sees McGregor's 2020 unfolding (2:35:15). Lastly, McGregor's longtime coach, John Kavanagh, explains why Saturday was about much more than just winning a fight. He also tells Ariel who he wants McGregor to fight next...and it's not the guy you may think (2:50:44).
On Saturday two UFC legends collide on ESPN+ as Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone faces Irishman Conor McGregor, perhaps the most notorious fighter in mixed martial arts. ESPN Senior Writer Kevin Van Valkenburg visited Ireland to see how years of controversy, troubling behavior, and criminal allegations have affected McGregor's folk hero status at home.
Following Wednesday night's UFC 246 press conference featuring Conor McGregor, Cowboy Cerrone and Dana White, Ariel hits the ESPN Radio airwaves to take fan calls and to speak with Chael Sonnen (12:48) about his takeaways from the night. Plus, "TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week" with some help from McGregor (39:17).
Ariel and NewYorkRic begin their 2020 preview by looking back on the fallout of Ariel's controversial picks from the 2019 Helwani Nose Awards. Then, the two old friends discuss the fights that must happen in 2020 (15:17), bold predictions (27:37), the biggest stories they're watching (39:06) and who they expect to win the male and female fighters of the year (51:24). Plus, TST's own predictions and his "Minimalist Tip of the Week," which takes on a New Year's spin (1:06:29).
In an annual tradition, Ariel announces his winners of the most coveted awards in MMA. Male (1:51:44) and Female (1:09:01) Fighter of the Year are on the line, as well as Breakout Fighter (24:02), Most Improved Fighter and Promo of the Year (1:13:42). Chael Sonnen also joins Ariel to hand out all-decade awards (47:26) and Ben Askren (1:15:08), Jorge Masvidal (1:59:34), Israel Adesanya (2:22:20) and NewYorkRic (2:39:28) react to Ariel's selections.
In an exclusive interview, former UFC title contender and Bellator champion Rory MacDonald joins Ariel to explain why he has decided to sign with PFL. Then, ahead of her Bellator title fight in her native Hawaii on Saturday, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane says she's offended by MacDonald's Bellator exit before she discusses her preparation for the fight and why she's more emotional than she's ever been in the days leading up to a bout (27:34). Lastly, NewYorkRic on the fallout of UFC 245 and which exciting matchups lay on the horizon in 2020 (51:21). And, TST's Minimalist Tip of the Day and the holiday dilemma he's having (1:15:36).
In the final live show of the decade, Ariel begins by offering his reactions to UFC 245. He then welcomes one of the darlings of the weekend, 20-year-old featherweight Chase "The Dream" Hooper, to talk about the origin of his UFC dreams, the public's perception of him, why he's a "weird dude" and much more (16:35). Then, welterweight Geoff Neal discusses his knockout of Mike Perry, why he'd rather wait for a title shot than rush into one and his decision to stop waiting tables in his free time (29:42). Next, welterweight contender Leon Edwards explains why Kamaru Usman's performance didn't impress him and if he's worried the UFC will favor Jorge Masvidal for the title shot over him (44:40). Then, after winning a fight she failed to make weight for, Jessica "Evil" Eye reveals why she missed weight before talking about life in Las Vegas and how long it took her to get over the tough loss to Valentina Shevchenko in June (1:00:15). After that, PFL's Kayla Harrison previews her Dec. 31 bout before discussing her decision to resign with PFL and why she refuses to cut weight (1:15:52). Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson, who defeated Vicente Luque at UFC 244, then joins Ariel in studio (and is presented with a gift) to talk about the state of the welterweight division, who he'll fight next, if he thinks he'll regret it if he never wins a UFC belt, Usman's impressive performance, Colby Covington's toughness, his close relationship with his father and more (1:28:21). Australian featherweight Megan Anderson then steps in the studio to break some news about her next fight and also to discuss what it would take to earn a shot at Amanda Nunes (2:06:02). She then opens up about her mental health battles and the suicide attempt that landed her in the hospital before she ever started fighting, but also about MMA's impact on her and how it's allowed her to take control of her life (2:06:02). Lastly, after losing to Petr Yan this past weekend, UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber tells Ariel if he regrets taking the fight before speculating on his future in the sport and discussing what it's like for his loved ones to watch him lose so handily (2:46:44).
Live from Jimmy Kimmel's Comedy Club at The LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas, Ariel hosts the Second Nose World Order Trivia Challenge. Fighters Dominick Reyes, Derrick Lewis, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Michael Chiesa compete for the prestigious N.W.O. belt in front of a packed audience one night before UFC 245. Only one can come out on top. Who will it be?
Colby Covington is one of the most polarizing figures in all of MMA, and so Dan Lambert, founder and owner of American Top Team - Covington's gym - joins Ariel to discuss the welterweight's ascent, how the outside world views him, his contentious relationship with teammate Jorge Masvidal and the UFC, and more. ESPN's Marc Raimondi discusses the latest on Liz Carmouche and Jairzinho Rosenstruik after revealing what he learned about Covington while spending one-on-one time for his new ESPN profile on Covington (40:12). Plus, Northern Ireland's Mick Conlan talks about his chance to right the wrong of the 2016 Olympics, as well as the state of Conor McGregor's career (25:43).
Two days after winning his headlining fight against Alistair Overeem, UFC heavyweight Jairzinho Rozenstruik phones in to discuss the win and his chances of landing a fight against heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou. Then, reigning UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes joins ahead of her UFC 245 title defense to discuss the matchup with Germaine de Randamie and if she believes she is in fact the greatest female fighter of all time (20:42). Next, just days after the MMA world learned of her release from the UFC, Liz Carmouche candidly discusses how the separation happened, if she wants to keep fighting, if she holds any regrets, and how she could have changed UFC history by beating Ronda Rousey in the UFC's first female fight in 2013 (32:21). "Thug Nasty" Bryce Mitchell, winner of a second-round submission this past weekend, then talks about his execution of "The Twister" and the superstar boxer he hopes to fight next (46:59). After that, UFC lightweight Paul Felder discusses what it means to him to fight Dan Hooker in February in Hooker's native New Zealand, his preparations for a fight on the other side of the world, and his new UFC deal...and why it could be his last (1:11:18). Next, WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford joins ahead of his Saturday night title defense to dish on his MMA fandom, who he hopes to see in the ring in the future and if he'd ever consider doing MMA (1:26:21). Ngannou himself then joins Ariel to express his frustration with the UFC and why he wants to see more than a "lucky comeback" from Rozenstruik before considering fighting him (1:47:10). Another UFC heavyweight, Stefan Struve, then explains why he holds no grudges after this past weekend's controversial loss to Ben Rothwell (1:58:46). Fighting legend Diego Sanchez then talks about his love for the UFC and why he chose to re-sign, his thoughts on fighting Michel Pereira in February and the famous fighter he hopes to have in his corner (2:11:48). Kai Kara-France, who will fight on the UFC 245 card, joins Ariel (2:30:12) as does co-main fighter Alexander Volkanovsi, who will participate in his first UFC title fight on Saturday against Max Holloway for the featherweight belt (2:48:10). Lastly, UFC bantamweight Aspen Ladd on her win from this past weekend and her predictions for the Nunes/GDR fight on Saturday (3:03:20).
It's Stuart Scott Day at ESPN, so Ariel welcomes Scott's most well-known SportsCenter partner-in-crime, Rich Eisen, to reminisce about the beloved anchor, who succumbed to cancer in 2015. Then, Ariel and ESPN's Marc Raimondi discuss if Cowboy Cerrone is the right matchup for Conor McGregor, if McGregor's decision to fight at 170 is the correct one, whether Jorge Masvidal could be McGregor's next opponent, McGregor's reputation, the excitement surrounding the Khabib Nurmagomedov/Tony Ferguson fight and more (35:21). And before "TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week" (1:14:58), Ariel reveals the four UFC fighter contestants who will take part in next week's Nose World Order Trivia Championship in Las Vegas (1:07:49).
Ariel begins by explaining why Donald Cerrone is the perfect matchup for Conor McGregor's return fight. Plus, Ariel's thoughts on the Tony Ferguson/Khabib Nurmagomedov lightweight title fight, set for April 18 in Brooklyn. Then, the founder of Fortis MMA, Sayif Saud, talks about the growth of his Dallas-based gym and his approach in training the next wave of MMA stars (27:28). Plus, Saud discusses his training with Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis and Saud's own hopes of winning the 2019 Helwani Nose Award. Next, UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko talks about her role in a Halle Berry movie and why Katlyn Chookagian poses the best challenge to her belt in February (48:09). After that, Alberto El Patron discusses Saturday's Combate Americas matchup against Tito Ortiz and why this will be his last MMA fight ever (1:04:48). Israel Adesanya, the UFC middleweight champion, then joins Ariel for "Matzah Ballin'" to talk about the origins of his name, Nigerian food traditions, life in New Zealand, practicing gratitude and much more (1:28:52). Then, Tony Ferguson discusses how the Khabib fight came together, why they're holding it off until April, his training camp strategy, what it would feel like to beat the undefeated lightweight champion, if he expects he'll speak with Khabib before the fight and more (2:09:18). After that, UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem reacts to the troubling news surrounding Walt Harris, whom he was supposed to fight this upcoming weekend. Instead, he'll fight Jairzinho Rozenstruik, who he and Ariel discus (2:33:27). Lastly, "The Haggis Hunter" Robert Whiteford on his next Bellator fight, if he plans to return to the UFC and more (2:48:08).
In a special episode devoted to the ins and outs of growing MMA all throughout the world, Ariel first speaks to Martin Lewandowski, the co-founder and CEO of KSW, Poland's leading fight organization, which Lewandowski says easily exceeds the UFC's popularity in the country. But he explains how difficult it was to grow the league from its origins up until now, where he says fighters routinely make over $1 million per fight. Then, fighter-turned-trainer-turned-manager Tiki Ghosn talks about his career arc, Instagram's role in changing how much fighters make and the potential UFC champion he has waiting in the wings (28:15). Lastly, brand builder Hans Molenkamp discusses his direct work with the athletes and agents, including the difficulties of parting ways with fighters he admires. And, he explains how he inked a deal with Monster Energy and how even the top fighters can cost themselves large sums of money by failing to market themselves properly (46:45). Plus, the latest on Khabib vs. Ferguson (1:14:02) and TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week (1:20:30).
Veteran combat sports reporter Gareth A. Davies joins Ariel to talk for the first time about his recent heart attack and how he's feeling. He also discusses his visit with Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury's flirtation with MMA, Ben Askren's retirement, Conor McGregor Watch and this weekend's Bellator Europe card.
Ariel opens the show by talking to Junior dos Santos about the severity of the UFC heavyweight contender's infected leg, his thoughts on Curtis Blaydes and more. After that, Ben Askren tells Ariel he's decided to retire from fighting, choosing instead to focus on rehabbing his hip injury and to pursue his many other interests (23:09). He also discusses whether he regrets not joining the UFC earlier, and if he ever even loved fighting. Next, WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley dives into the crossover between wrestling and MMA and how he would fare in today's world of combat sports (1:03:14). Cesar Gracie, trainer to the Diaz brothers, then talks about the latest with each brother before explaining why newer MMA fans don't know the real Nick Diaz (1:28;16). Next, the UFC's Cory Sandhagen discusses his title fight hopes, his interest in transcendentalism and the significance of his January bantamweight showdown with Frankie Edgar (1:50:38). Then, Yoel Romero tells Ariel why he's the top contender in the middleweight division, comparing himself to Muhammad Ali in the process before directing a message toward the champion, Israel Adesanya (2:14:16). After that, two winners from this past weekend in Brazil, James Krause (2:33:52) and Paul Craig (2:52:31) discuss their victories and hopes for their careers moving forward. Lastly, the 2019 Dan Hodge winner Bo Nickal tells Ariel why he's decided to begin a career in MMA following a decorated collegiate wrestling career at Penn State (3:04:18).
With Ariel experiencing separation anxiety from his partner-in-crime, he welcomes on Chael Sonnen from Israel to talk about Bellator's popularity in the country, his impressions of Ariel's interview with Nick Diaz and if he thinks Diaz will return in 2020 to fight Jorge Masvidal. Plus, they talk about hummus. Then, old friend NewYorkRic breaks his silence on his new gig before discussing who UFC champions Stipe Miocic and Israel Adesanya should fight next, who Rose Namajunas could target in her return, whether Corey Anderson or Dominick Reyes could take down Jon Jones in a title fight and much more (30:46). Plus, the debut of TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week (1:01:42)!
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson makes his debut on the show by first discussing his time at UFC 244, the BMF belt and the spontaneity of MMA as compared to pro wrestling. And on a personal note, he opens up about his battles with anxiety and depression and how he manages to stay upbeat during tough times. Next, UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou talks about his comments on Alexander Volkov and possibly fighting Jon Jones next (31:50). Then, in her first interview since Jessica Andrade knocked her out at UFC 237, former strawweight champion Rose "Thug" Namajunas gets emotional talking about that loss and how it drove her to some dark places (48:31). She explains how winning the belt in November 2017 changed her for the worse after discussing why she's in a better place now and if she plans to fight in the UFC again (48:31). After that, a wide-ranging conversation with Nick Diaz about what he's been up to in his five-year suspension from the UFC, why he feels he's the true owner of the BMF belt, some bones to pick with Jorge Masvidal, if he believes he'll return to the Octagon in 2020 and much more (1:13:35). Then, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic discusses the belt and if it feels any different having it the second time around, his physical health and the guy he hopes to fight next - and it's not who you may think (2:03:36). Next, former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley tells Ariel who he wants to fight next and why, with some shots taken at Colby Covington in the process (2:22:16). And then, 42-year-old Demien Maia talks about his win over Ben Askren a few weeks ago, if he regrets never winning a belt and how he's managed to perform at a high level for so long (2:35:51). The show's final guest, Katlyn "Blonde Fighter" Chookagian takes some jabs at Ariel before staking her claim for a title shot versus Valentina Shevchenko (2:54:25).
"The World's Most Dangerous Man" Ken Shamrock joins Ariel in studio for an in-depth conversation on a multitude of topics: his return to pro wrestling at 55 years old, the current state of MMA, his relationship with his brother Frank, what really happened the night he pulled out of the Kimbo Slice fight, his greatest regret and much more.
Ariel begins the show by sharing his thoughts on how amazing UFC 244 was and for the first time in show history, has a line up filled with all 5 PPV main card winners. The show's first guest, Darren Till, talks to Ariel about his decision defeat of Kelvin Gastelum in his Middleweight debut (4:18). Then, the undisputed BMF champion Jorge Masvidal joins to delve into his victory over Nate Diaz, his next big challenge and his thoughts on Conor McGregor (24:10). Next, Ariel chats with Kevin Lee on how he managed to knock out Gregor Gillespie with a fierce head kick, if he anticipated the fight would end the way it did and where he goes from here (49:00). After that, Stephen Thompson gives Ariel insight on his win over Vicente Luque, his hand injury and if surgery will be required (1:02:45). "The Black Beast" Derrick Lewis stops in via Facetime (1:11:55) to weigh in on his UFC 244 victory against Blagoy Ivanov and why he says Ivanov was one the toughest guys he's ever fought. Plus, he shares whether or not there's a chance he'll fight Alistair Overeem. While dealing with car trouble, UFC's Mike Perry talks with Ariel about his upcoming matchup with Geoff Neal at UFC 245 in Las Vegas on December 14th (1:27:20). Then, Ariel takes a break from the weekend's big matchups to hear from Walt Harris via FaceTime (1:46:35), who shares updates on his missing daughter and how the community can help with finding her by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with any information they have. Ariel gets back in championship gear with guest Israel Adesanya who joins him in studio to discuss his visit to Nigeria, his impression of Darren Till and why he shouldn't be the next challenger over Yoel Romero. Also, he chats about Jared Cannonier being the divisional "dark horse," when he wants to defend his title again and how soon he expects to fight Jon Jones (2:05:26). And finally, Audie Attar, Founder of Paradigm Sports Management and MMA manager Tim Simpson converse with Ariel on representing Israel and Leon Edwards. Plus, they weigh in on the latest updates with McGregor's next fight, his relationship with the UFC and his eagerness to overcome the legal and moral challenges in the upcoming season (2:59:30).
With the highly-anticipated battle for the BMF title just days away, Jorge Masvidal's manager Abraham Kawa joins Ariel to discuss the resurrection of the man they call "Gamebred" (36:01). Masvidal himself even makes an unannounced cameo! Plus, Kawa reveals what really happened between he and fellow manager Ali Abdelaziz in Las Vegas earlier this month. But before all that, ESPN's Marc Raimondi talks with Ariel about the crazy 35-50 hours last week that threw the MMA world into a frenzy, the relationship between the UFC and USADA, Masvidal's mainstream stardom and why this fight is so inspiring.
With UFC 244 just days away, Ariel begins the show by sharing an important message about Walt Harris, whose daughter went missing last week. Then, Ariel gives the latest on Conor McGregor's next opponent, Randy Couture's health and what the heck happened with Nate Diaz last week. The show's first guest, Frenchman Cyril Gane, talks to Ariel about his win in Singapore this past weekend (24:36) and "The Big Pygmy" Justin Wren talks about his latest humanitarian efforts (38:00). Next, Ariel chats with the new Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima about how it feels to own the belt (56:40) and then Ariel plays his interview with Nate Diaz, which he conducted on Sept. 19 at Madison Square Garden. In it, they discuss Diaz's relationship with Jorge Masvidal, the making of the BMF belt, if any other fighters deserve to fight in the BMF division and more (1:09:20). After that, "The California Kid" Urijah Faber discusses his Dec. 14 fight, why he wants to stay with the UFC for the rest of his career and more (2:06:10). Action Bronson then makes another appearance in the show, this time bonding with Ariel in Brooklyn while talking MMA over matzah ball soup (2:23:42). UFC welterweight Ben Askren then discusses whether he is considering ending his MMA career after two consecutive losses, if he loves fighting and if he thinks the UFC will even offer him another fight (2:44:30). After that, Masvidal fields questions from the media about fighting Diaz for the BMF belt, if he'll try to defend the belt if he wins it, why he respects Diaz and more (3:04:40). And finally, Diaz himself takes questions from reporters and clarifies what happened last week and explains why he believes the UFC was out to get him (3:34:14).
UFC heavyweight Greg Hardy calls in to tell Ariel about why he's fighting Alexander Volkov in Russia on 18 days' notice. He also opens up about his feelings on last Friday's controversial overturned decision before discussing his handling of criticism and the media's portrayal of him (41:16). But before that, MMA legend Frank Mir talks about his upcoming Bellator bout and his own daughter's decision to become an MMA fighter (2:55). Plus, ESPN's Marc Raimondi on Hardy and if he has a chance at winning his appeal of the overturned call and the drama surrounding Paige VanZant and Maycee Barber (25:53).
Will Georges St-Pierre fight again? ESPN's Mark Kriegel gives his thoughts following his sit-down interview with the retired UFC welterweight fighter (31:28). Plus, Kriegel, a highly-esteemed boxing writer, gets emotional discussing the brutal realities of covering the sport. After that, the director of the new 30 for 30 documentary, "Chuck & Tito," discusses the inspiration behind the film and the famed rivalry between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz that defined the early days of the UFC (57:35). ESPN's Marc Raimondi also discusses his time spent backstage at last week's PFL event and the recent California State Athletic Commission hearing, which produced some notable outcomes (5:18).
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! Ariel Helwani begins the show with holiday cheer and shares his thoughts on Joanna Jedrzejczyk's victory over Michelle Waterson and Cub Swanson's win over Kron Gracie in Fight of the Night. Then, Jedrzejczyk joins to delve more into the story of whether or not she would make weight, share updates on the injury to her foot, and how important this win was for her (7:00). Then, UFC strawweight contender Tatiana Suarez explains how her neck injury is the reason why she has yet to call out for a title shot (27:00). Next, UFC's Mike Davis talks about his UFC FN win with just a few days' notice and his surprise that the fight against Thomas Gifford wasn't stopped sooner (43:00). After that, David Michaud speaks about advancing to the PFL WW Finals on December 31 on ESPN2 and how he drives to his fights because he's afraid to fly (58:00). Then, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez explains why he's so excited about his new contract in pro-wrestling, his debut on Smackdown and his title matchup against Brock Lesner at the end of the month. (1:14:00). Plus, after going 15-0 in Bellator, Aj McKee joins via Facetime to discuss being No. 1 on the list of Top 25 Fighters Under 25 and if he's surprised that he ranked that high. Also, he describes the feeling of he and his father fighting on the same card, and both winning (1:34:00). After that, Ariel catches up with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson who details his upcoming fight at Bellator in December against Fedor Emelianenko and shares family updates (1:49:00). Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker comes aboard and tells Ariel about what drew him to MMA, how the birth of his son fueled his ambition to train for boxing and jujitsu and life after the plane crash (2:08:00). ONE FLW WGP Champion Demetrius "Mighty Mouse" Johnson talks about his wins over Yuya Wakamatsu, Tatsumitsu Wada, and Danny Kingad to win the eight-man competition and gives Ariel his dental regimen. He also discusses a recent diagnosis and how it affects his fighting (2:28:00). From New Zealand, City Kickboxing head coach Eugene Bareman expresses that UFC 243 was the best night of his professional career and expands on how things have changed for him and Israel Adesanya following the win (2:48:00). And finally, Brian Ortega discusses needing two surgeries after a title loss, the reality check he received to get himself in better shape and his upcoming matchup with the Korean Zombie Chang Sung Jung in December (3:09:00).
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show begins with Ariel's thoughts on Israel Adesanya's rapid rise to UFC superstardom and the race for "Fighter of the Year." Then, UFC middleweight Jarod Cannonier weighs in on who he may fight next now that Adesanya owns the title (27:42). Plus, he tells Ariel how his stone collection makes him happier and why he no longer practices religion. Next, UFC strawweight Mackenzie Dern opens up about her journey back to the Octagon, where she returns this upcoming weekend in Tampa just four months after giving birth (45:47). PFL's Mike Tyson then updates Ariel on his latest activities, like his podcast and his involvement in the marijuana industry. He also admits to Ariel that he's not proud of the person he used to be before explaining how Conor McGregor can learn from his mistakes (1:08:53). Then, from her home in Singapore, ONE Championship's Miesha Tate explains her role with the organization and why she's so excited about it (1:40:44). Plus, the always-outspoken former fighter sounds off on the BMF belt and why it's a bad look for the UFC. After that, UFC featherweight Max Holloway tells Ariel about his efforts to get a UFC event in Hawaii before responding to McGregor's August comments about him (2:00:24). Bellator's Jake Hager then discusses how Chris Jericho convinced him to join AEW and how he's balancing his wrestling and MMA careers (2:22:49). From Australia, Brad Riddell joins (2:38:24) and then lightweight Dan Hooker discusses his UFC 243 victory and why he wants Dustin Poirier next (2:54:05). And finally, Adesanya himself discusses why Saturday night felt like a title defense, when he got the idea for his wild introduction, why he wasn't nervous, how he could tell Robert Whittaker wasn't prepared to beat him and when he could fight Jon Jones (3:07:37).
In his first interview since the big launch of AEW on TNT, professional wrestling legend Chris Jericho joins Ariel in studio to discuss his initial impressions of last night, how the promotion will compete with the likes of WWE and NXT, TV ratings, TNT's influence, his career and more. Plus, he dishes on his beef with Conor McGregor and Cage Warriors lightweight Paddy Pimblett joins at the end of the show to break some news about his next fight (46:29).
The last time the UFC hosted an event in Melbourne, Ronda Rousey suffered the biggest defeat of her career, something she's never quite recovered from. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, who covered Rousey extensively during her rise and fall, tells Ariel about the painful days she spent with Rousey following the devastating loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 (22:53). But before that, ESPN's Marc Raimondi talks about a huge night in professional wrestling and Jarod Cannonier's impressive performance last weekend. Lastly, NewYorkRic joins from Melbourne to talk about the upcoming UFC 243 card, the overall interest in the slate of fights headlined by Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya, and the nastiest food you've ever heard of (1:18:22).
Will the Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic rubber match happen? ESPN's Marc Raimondi opens the show by discussing that possible fight, as well as the controversial eye poke that ended last weekend's headliner in Mexico City. Plus, Marc and Ariel speculate about some of the headlining fights expected to happen in the coming months (9:30). And, just days before the debut of the UFC in Denmark, Ehsan Faizzad of the Danish newspaper, The Weekend, takes Ariel behind the growth of MMA in the country, the Danish perception of Jack Hermansson and the popularity of the "polarizing" Mark O. Madsen (22:11). Lastly, Irish journalist Sean Sheehan of SevereMMA.com digs deep into the tremendous growth of Bellator in Ireland, which begs the question...is Bellator more popular than the UFC in the Emerald Isle? (40:28) And, he discusses the next big thing in Irish MMA (55:14).
Ariel opens the show by speaking to MMAFighting.com's Danny Segura about the popularity of Yair Rodriguez in Mexico, if Rodriguez has something to prove in this Saturday's fight against Jeremy Stephens, as well as the state of MMA in Latin America. Then, NewYorkRic joins Ariel to explain why Justin Gaethje is not the right opponent for Conor McGregor. So instead, he throws out some names that McGregor would match up better with stylistically (23:40). They also speculate about the upcoming press conference with Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz (33:45). Lastly, former UFC fighter James Wilks discusses the motivations behind "The Game Changers," his new documentary about plant-based eating, and how switching to veganism changed his life and physical performance forever (43:02).
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a brief UFC Vancouver recap and Ariel's thoughts on a future Justin Gaethje/Conor McGregor matchup. The show's first guest, welterweight Tristan Connelly, joins the show to discuss his big win and how he made his way onto the Vancouver card with just five days' notice (6:01). After that, "Raging" Al Iaquinta joins two weeks ahead of his UFC 243 fight against Dan Hooker in Melbourne to discuss how the bout came together, what he learned from his last fight against Donald Cerrone and also, electric cars (33:25). Then, in one of the greatest back-to-back guest bookings in the show's history, Ben Askren speculates about the state of the welterweight division, the possibility of a Kamaru Usman/Colby Covington fight, the proposed "BMF" belt and his social media beef with McGregor and Dillon Danis (53:25). Next, about a week after suffering a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi, Dustin Poirier emotionally discusses how he's taking the loss, his biggest regrets from the fight and if he's interested in fighting McGregor the next time around (1:20:18). Cat Zingano, no longer a member of the UFC, discusses her future prospects and why she and the UFC split ways (1:49:49). And then, in ways that only he can, MMA superfan Action Bronson provides his thoughts on the latest with McGregor and other storylines surrounding the sport (2:10:58). UFC featherweight Jeremy Stephens, the headliner at this weekend's Fight Night in Mexico City, then tells Ariel about his Mexican roots and how he's preparing himself for his matchup against beloved Mexican fighter Jair Rodriguez (2:29:53). After that, Curtis Blaydes calls in to give an update on the health of Austin Hubbard, who suffered a nasty leg injury this past weekend in Vancouver (2:49:43). Lastly, UFC heavyweight Jeff Hughes calls in to share his side of the story concerning this past weekend's controversial fight against Todd Duffee (3:07:38).
Ariel starts off the show by giving his thoughts on Khabib Nurmagomedov's performance against Dustin Poirier and also by explaining how the Jorge Masvidal/Nate Diaz fight came together. Then, Irish MMA journalist Peter Carroll talks about the parallels between Conor McGregor's rise to fame in Ireland and Khabib's own ascension in the Middle East (8:03). He also sheds light on how rapidly McGregor's fame has diminished in Ireland due to his recent antics, but also explains how he can get back in to the good graces of the Irish people. Then, ahead of this upcoming weekend's card in Vancouver, Ariel welcomes Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie to look ahead to the Cowboy Cerrone/Justin Gaethje fight and some of the other notable matchups on this card (29:48). Lastly, ESPN's Marc Raimondi tells Ariel if Masvidal and Diaz fighting for the "BMF" title is the right decision for UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden (45:21). Plus, Ariel tells Marc why he hates the concept of the BMF belt before talking about a certain fear he has about Colby Covington.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a full recap of UFC 242. The show's first guest, Joanne Calderwood, discusses her weekend win over Andrea Lee, the difficult fighting conditions in the Abu Dhabi arena and if/when she may fight Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC flyweight belt (13:20). Next, Javier Mendez, head coach of Khabib Nurmagomedov, breaks down his pupil's win over Dustin Poirier (28:27). After that, UFC welterweight Colby Covington explain why he won't be fighting Kamaru Usman at Madison Square Garden in November (46:25). Plus, he gives his honest opinions of some of the UFC's other top fighters before telling Ariel why he'd rather fight in Washington, D.C. in December. Next, Cris Cyborg discusses her new deal with Bellator, the deterioration of her relationship with the UFC and why she's in a much happier place now (1:09:50). Then, a passionate Cain Velasquez joins Ariel in studio to preview his wrestling match at MSG this weekend as well as to discuss his uncertain MMA future (1:24:20). Next, Tony Ferguson claims Khabib fought a "lazy fight" and says he plans to expose him should the UFC grant him a shot at the undefeated lightweight champion (2:11:05). Plus, he gives Ariel a sneak peek at how he plans to do so. Todd Duffee, away from the Octagon for the last four years, then discusses his upcoming UFC Vancouver bout against Jeff Hughes and why fans haven't seen him fight in so long (2:30:20). Bellator's Ryan Bader joins (2:48:58) before Jorge Masvidal takes Ariel behind the scenes of the making of his UFC 244 bout with Nate Diaz (3:16:55). He also takes some shots at Covington.
Ariel hits the radio waves two days before the highly-anticipated UFC 242 fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier. He takes calls on the fight and updates the listeners on the latest with the UFC 244 Madison Square Garden card. Plus, appearances from Chael Sonen and NewYorkRic.
Ariel begins the show by previewing the huge weekend in MMA ahead. Then, after describing the scene in China last weekend, English UFC broadcaster John Gooden discusses Zhang Weili's importance to the future of MMA in China and to the UFC itself, and if she actually has what it takes to become an MMA superstar (5:07). Next, Arabic MMA broadcaster Mohammed Al Hosani reconnects with Ariel to talk about the making of the UFC 242 card and the overwhelming popularity of Khabib Nurmagomedov in the Middle East, and if the international fame has changed him (26:05). Lastly, almost 10 years after directing a documentary about a young Dustin Poirier, filmmaker Michael Tucker talks about his initial fascination with Poirier and the transformation of "The Diamond" since then (47:12).
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with an appearance from new UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili. She talks about what it's like to be the first Chinese UFC champion, who she could fight next and her hatred for Henry Cejudo. Then, Ariel explains why Zhang's win is vital to the future of the UFC. Next, lightweight Paul Felder joins from Adu Dhabi just days before his UFC 242 fight against Edson Barboza (38:50). Scotland's Joanne Calderwood, also on the Abu Dhabi card, then previews her own flyweight bout with Andrea Lee (54:15). After that, "The Natural Born Killer" Carlos Condit tells Ariel how he plans to reverse his career path when he squares off against Mickey Gall on Dec. 7 (1:06:50). Dominick Cruz, who will help broadcast UFC 242, then lays in to Cejudo and repeatedly explains why "Cejudo doesn't know who he is" (1:24:40). And, the "king without a crown," UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson makes a rare appearance to discuss how he's feeling, why he's stayed out of the limelight and what he thinks will happen in his division following this weekend's Khabib fight (1:53:30). Then, just weeks after the announcement that he'll fight Kelvin Gastelum at Madison Square Garden in November, "The Gorilla" Darren Till explains why it's better for him that MMA fans are doubting him (2:16:05). Next, Ariel blasts NewYorkRic and UFC welterweight Kevin Lee talks about the state of MMA after describing his emotions since his May loss to Rafael dos Anjos (2:35:52). Lastly, Ariel welcomes Bellator MMA President Scott Coker to discuss the breaking news in Bellator (2:51:40).
Ariel opens the show by speaking to NBC Sports Rugby Analyst Alex Corbisiero about former English rugby star James Haskell's transition to MMA and why it's such a big deal in the rugby world. He also explains why it's not a gimmick and why he expects more rugby players to make the switch in the coming years. Then, NewYorkRic previews this weekend's Jessica Andrade/Zhang Weili main event before discussing Paige VanZant's UFC contract and the ridiculousness of glove-touching (21:43). Lastly, Brett Okamoto talks about the recently-announced Kelvin Gastelum/Darren Till fight and which matchups some of MMA's biggest stars - including Conor McGregor -- are targeting over the next year (43:08). Plus, does Tight Ship Troy sound like Andrew Luck?
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a weekend recap and then Bellator newcomer Nick Newell talks about his breakthrough win this past weekend and his Bellator future (7:50). Then, MMA power couple Austin Vanderford and Paige VanZant join Ariel in studio to discuss how they support each other's careers, why the UFC won't offer Vanderford a contract, when VanZant might fight next, why she deserves more money and what it's been like battling through injuries (23:30). Plus, 11 months into their marriage, the couple plays "The Newlyweds Game" (56:42). Then, Ariel gives his thoughts on last week's exclusive Conor McGregor interview (1:21:40). Next, UFC newbie Brok Weaver talks about his road to the UFC, his heritage and how he hopes to inspire Native American children to reach their fullest potential (1:28:00). Then, Ariel speculates on which matchups he expects to fill the cards at UFC 244 and UFC 245 (1:46:46). After that, UFC featherweight Germaine de Randamie reacts to Cris Cyborg's fallout with the UFC before discussing her UFC 245 fight against Amanda Nunes (1:51:00). Then, one of Ariel's heroes, Bret Hart, speaks about his current relationship with WWE, his favorite MMA fighters and the advice he'd give to Conor McGregor (2:12:15). Next, UFC light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz tells Ariel why he deserves to fight Jon Jones for the title before delivering Jones a very stern message (2:33:45). Lastly, UFC welterweight Matt Brown discusses the latest in his career as well as his social media game (2:53:35).
Ariel speaks to McGregor about why he punched a man in an Irish bar earlier this year, his string of recent controversies, the fans turning on him, his hand injury, his relationship with the UFC, his return, Nate Diaz's big win, Khabib Nurmagomedov and much more.
Ariel opens the show by talking with John Branch of The New York Times about his time spent hanging out with Nate Diaz for his recent profile on the UFC star (2:30). Next, John Pollock of PostWrestling.com weighs in on the possibility of Brock Lesnar returning to the UFC and if he thinks the now-professional wrestler would fight Jon Jones in the Octagon (26:36). Lastly, Ariel and ESPN's Marc Raimondi discuss if Daniel Cormier's UFC 241 fight will be his last, as well as the increasing popularity of Jorge Masvidal and his potential fight against Diaz (46:10).
This week, Ariel is first joined by ESPN's Brett Okamoto to first talk about the buzz heading into UFC 241, as well as his recent sit-down with Nate Diaz (4:30). Then, ESPN's Marc Raimondi stops by to discuss Cat Zingano's release from the UFC and recently spending time with Stipe Miocic at his firehouse outside of Cleveland (26:00). Finally, Daniel Cormier's personal photographer Brian Vega talks about what it's like working for DC and whether he thinks this will be Cormier's last fight (47:11).
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of UFC Fight Night and Ariel expressing his excitement for the upcoming UFC 241. First, chats with UFC's Maycee "The Future" Barber about her hand injury and the upcoming Gillian Robertson fight. (10:00) Then, Bellator women's flyweight champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane comes aboard to talk about Liz Carmouche's performance in UFC FN and what's next for her (27:00). Paulo Costa's head coach Eric Albarracin joins to preview the bout vs Yoel Romero at UFC 241 and what is next for Henry "Triple C" Cejudo (51:00). Then, head coach Duke Roufus looks ahead to Anthony Petits' fight at UFC 241 and shares why he calls this training the "best of his career" (1:09:00). Next, UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier weighs in on his rematch this coming weekend vs Stipe Miocic and if this fight will be his last (1:25:00). After that, UFC's Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson shares why she is locked in and focused on her October 12 bout vs Joanna Jedrzejczy (1:52:00) and former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson looks back on his recent win in ONE Championship (2:07:00). Then, Darren "The Gorilla" Till tells Ariel that he does not have a fight lined up right now and has not made a decision yet about whether his next fight is at welterweight or middleweight (2:28:00). After that, Nicolas Dalby talks about his resigning to UFC and being back on the Copenhagen card (2:52:00). Lastly, UFC women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko discusses her win against Carmouche and her warning to Triple C for the intergender championship (3:12:00).
Ariel opens the show by talking to legendary MMA journalist Dave Meltzer about the public perception of Colby Covington, if he will ever be a big draw and his possible professional wrestling future. Then, Ariel welcomes back ESPN's Marc Raimondi to discuss his incredible access with Cain Velasquez last week as he prepared for his lucha libre debut (27:05). Lastly, Ariel chats with former UFC PR head Ant Evans about Michael Bisping's new book, which he co-wrote, "Quitters Never Win," and his fondest memories of working with the UFC in its early years (46:20).
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a weekend recap and Ariel's take on the Cyborg/UFC break-up. Then, flyweight Matt Schnell dishes on his beef with Ariel before explaining why he feels he deserves higher-profile fights (6:25). The star of the weekend, Colby Covington, then discusses his preparation for the Robbie Lawler fight and if/when he may fight Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight title (23:40). Next, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman talks about his decision to fight in the light heavyweight division for his October 18 bout against Dominick Reyes (47:07). Plus, he talks about his celebration of "Chris Weidman's Day." Next, former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley gives his take on the Covington/Lawler fight and how Covington would fare against Usman (1:04:32). After that, "The Black Beast" Derrick Lewis updates Ariel on his knee surgery and explains how this time away from the Octagon has allowed him to re-discover his love for fighting (1:26:05). Then, another celebrity MMA fan joins the show! Action Bronson talks about the origins of his love for the sport and his close relationship with Israel Adesanya (1:43:35). Next, UFC welterweight Ben Askren reveals some of the details surrounding his next fight following last month's knockout via the knees of Jorge Masvidal (2:04:52). Then, PFL's Sarah Kaufman joins Ariel in studio to discuss the PFL semifinals and why she believes the league wants her and Kayla Harrison to meet in the finals (2:23:47). Lastly, Alexander Volkanovski talks about where things stand in the featherweight division following UFC 240 (3:09:30).
Ariel opens the show by speaking to ESPN UFC Insider Brett Okamoto about Cris Cyborg's cloudy future and her strained relationship with Dana White and the UFC (3:24). Plus, they recap Max Holloway's UFC 240 win. Then, The Athletic's Chuck Mindenhall talks about the polarizing nature of Colby Covington, his true potential and what makes him one of the top villains in MMA (20:50). Lastly, NewYorkRic joins Ariel to discuss the tension between BJ Penn and Nik Lentz, if the UFC should be looking out for Penn, Felicia Spencer's rising profile and more (39:51).
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a UFC 240 recap and a passionate rant about the UFC's mistreatment of Cris Cyborg. Then, UFC welterweight Eric Koch sheds light on the difficulties of gaining and cutting weight so quickly (10:35). Next, Geoff Neal talks about his big win over Niko Price at UFC 240, his strong relationship with his dad and what's next for him (28:28). UFC featherweight Hakeem Dawodu then reflects on his fighting journey to this point, which began during his youth while he was in and out of juvenile prisons (47:20). After that, UFC women's flyweight Gillian Robertson talks about her UFC 240 victory, why she's "addicted" to fighting and how she manages to become a "savage" in the cage (1:03:55). Then, a heated Nik Lentz talks about his contentious relationship with BJ Penn, whom he will fight later this year in hopes to "end his career" (1:22:25). Next, Hollywood star and hardcore MMA fan Freddie Prinze Jr. tells Ariel about his history with combat sports, the fighters he enjoys watching most and the crazy idea he has for Dana White (1:50:20). Cyborg herself then opens up about her fractured relationship with the UFC and her fighting future (2:22:22) And, one week after the death of Maxim Dadashev, boxing promoter Lou DiBella gets serious to discuss the changes that must take place to prevent future tragedies in the sport (2:49:58). Lastly, months before the highly-anticipated UFC 243 fight, middleweight champion Robert Whittaker talks about his perception of Israel Adesanya and how he'll approach the fight, his first since June 2018 (3:06:15).
Ariel opens the show by speaking with ESPN's Marc Raimondi about the sudden death of boxer Maxim Dadashev and the ripple effect this news sends across all combat sports (7:35). Plus, they discuss the latest Jon Jones incident and who Leon Edwards could fight next. Then, Hawaiian journalist Rob DeMello talks about his earliest memories of Max Holloway and how special he is to the island (28:45). Lastly, long-time Australian MMA journalist Adam Curley stops by to talk about the UFC 243 card in Melbourne, the magnitude of the event and the rivalry between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker (52:25).
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a rant about well-done steak and the latest on the battery charge against Jon Jones. The first guest, veteran UFC referee Marc Goddard, tells a story about the first time he met Leon Edwards, the big winner from this weekend's event in San Antonio (19:09). Then, Edwards himself discusses his win over Rafael dos Anjos and why he deserves a Jorge Masvidal fight or a title shot (37:15). Next, Myles Jury announces some big news and explains why Bellator suits him more than the UFC (50:40). Chad "Money" Mendez then tells Ariel why he's decided to retire before reflecting on his career, including the moment that could have changed everything for him (1:05:20). Next, UFC strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk discusses the October fight against Michele Waterson and the upcoming documentary about her meteoric rise (1:30:32). Reality TV star Steve-O then makes his debut on the show to discuss how Ronda Rousey sparked his MMA fandom and his message for Justin Bieber (1:46:40). And after finally finding some time in his busy schedule, UFC legend Michael Bisping dives into his thrilling life story, which he chronicles in his new book, "Quitters Never Win" (2:06:47). Next, Felicia Spencer describes her preparations for Cris Cyborg at UFC 240 this upcoming weekend and if she believes she'll get a shot at Amanda Nunes if she can take down Cyborg (2:30:00). Lightweight Dan Hooker then details why the rise in popularity for Australian fighters like himself and Israel Adesanya shouldn't surprise anyone (2:43:15). Lastly, UFC heavyweight Walt Harris educates Ariel about "ghetto karate" and his transition from college basketball player to MMA (2:59:30).
Ariel reconnects with ESPN UFC Insider Brett Okamoto to discuss Dana White's Contender Series and if Urijah Faber deserves a title fight (3:02). Plus, did Henry Cejudo save the flyweight division? Then, Ariel and ESPN's Marc Raimondi delve into the dangers of weight cutting, a conversation spurred by the controversial Aspen Ladd knockout this past weekend in Sacramento (27:24). Ariel then explains why Ladd should move up to the 145-pound division. Lastly, NewYorkRic weighs in on the big Bellator featherweight tournament announcement and Jorge Masvidal's next matchup after answering the question: can Germaine de Randamie earn back the trust of the fans and of the UFC (47:51)?
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of a jam-packed weekend in MMA. Ariel's old friend, Andre "Touchy" Fili, first joins the show to discuss what he calls "the best weekend of his life" (8:40). Next, UFC featherweight Ryan Hall talks about his weekend win in Sacramento before passionately explaining why he deleted his Twitter account (31:30). Then, just days before his Saturday fight in San Antonio, Alexander "The Great" Hernandez looks ahead to his matchup with lightweight Francisco Trinaldo (52:50). Next, Bellator President Scott Coker announces some big news about the male featherweight division (1:08:00). UFC legend Tito Ortiz then explains why he is ending his retirement to face Alberto del Rio in Combate America later this year (1:27:25). After that, just days after tying the record for the second-fastest KO in the history of her division, Germaine de Randamie explains how she's moved on from her rocky past and why she's adopted a positive mindset (1:47:30). Plus, she discusses a potential fight with UFC featherweight champion Amanda Nunes. The man of the hour, bantamweight Urijah Faber, then discusses his return to the Octagon and what it's like now fighting as a father (2:27:12). Julianna Pena then talks about her win this weekend, her first fight since giving birth in January 2017 (2:48:10). Pena's opponent in that 2017 fight, Valentina Shevchenko, then discusses a possible trilogy fight with Nunes and what life feels like as a champion (2:56:40). Lastly, UFC heavyweight Greg Hardy talks about his boxing workouts at Floyd Mayweather's gym, if he still has the itch to play football and if he feels accepted by the MMA community (3:14:10).
Ariel welcomes back ESPN's Marc Raimondi to discuss Jorge Masvidal's UFC 239 win and if he deserves a shot at the welterweight belt (2:45). Plus, the guys also talk about Tito Ortiz's decision to fight former WWE champ Alberto del Rio at Combate Americas. Then, NewYorkRic discusses Jon Jones' fight this past weekend, the beef between he and Israel Adesanya and who the light heavyweight champion should fight next (27:00). Lastly, Sacramento radio legend Carmichael Dave tells Ariel about his close relationship with UFC bantamweight Urijah Faber, who will return to the Octagon this weekend at UFC Sacramento after a two-year hiatus (47:33).
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with Ariel's reaction to this past weekend's UFC 239 event in Las Vegas. Next, featherweight Arnold Allen discusses the 6-0 start to his UFC career (8:11). Mike Brown, coach of Jorge Masvidal, then explains how he prepared Masvidal for the Ben Askren fight...and the flying knee that led to a UFC record (26:44). And, after beating Diego Sanchez on Saturday, UFC welterweight Michael Chiesa describes the "weird" fight week that led up to his tough win (49:26). Another UFC welterweight, the always-confident and entertaining Colby Covington, tells Ariel the real reason he agreed to fight Robbie Lawler instead of Kamaru Usman (1:06:35). Next, Dominick Reyes says he'll present a difficult challenge to light heavyweight champion Jon Jones if given the opportunity to fight him, a man he idolizes (1:26:05). The recently-retired Jimi Manuwa also explains why he made the decision to step away from the octagon (1:51:12). Then, in his first interview since getting knocked out cold Saturday night, Ben Askren discusses how he's handled the public ridicule he's received, how he feels physically and emotionally and if/when he'll fight again (2:06:45). Next, UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou discusses who he may fight next (2:33:39) and Israel Adesanya then reveals where he will fight Robert Whittaker before predicting when he'll fight Jones (2:49:46). Last but not least, Masvidal talks about his stunning knockout of Askren and where he must go from here in order to get paid the way he feels he deserves (3:05:15).
Ariel returns from vacation and speaks with ESPN's Marc Raimondi about International Fight Week and the biggest storylines heading into this weekend's UFC 239 event in Vegas, like what's at stake for the legacies of Holly Holm and Jon Jones (2:42). Plus, they talk about the Ben Askren/Jorge Masvidal matchup and the August 3 Colby Covington/Robbie Lawler fight. Before welcoming on MMA reporter Peter Carroll to talk about this weekend's bloody Cage Warriors main event, Ariel announces the experience of a lifetime for UFC fans everywhere (37:10). Lastly, Shaun Al-Shatti of The Athletic discusses his lengthy new piece on the "enigma" that is Michael Bisping and more (58:48).
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with bantamweight Marlon Vera, who explains what he must do to get mentioned with the top names in MMA (6:38). Next, "Meatball" Molly McCann describes her experiences from Greenville inside and outside of the ring (19:55). After that, former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez talks about his upcoming August return (35:45). New Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Lovato Jr. then tells Ariel about his life's path and how it has prepared him for the success he's now enjoying (53:50). Next, a few days after winning on the premiere episode of Dana White's ESPN + show, Brendan Loughnane talks about his emotions following the UFC's decision to not offer him a contract (1:05:45). Liz Carmouche then discusses how she's feeling ahead of her August title fight against Valentina Shevchenko in Uruguay (1:27:09). After that, Jon "Bones" Jones discusses his beefs with Israel Adesanya and Dillon Danis after explaining why he's happy with where he is in life (1:44:40). Then, a confident Deron Winn joins to praise the UFC for how they've treated him so far in his short career (2:04:40). Next, Luis Pena discusses his decision to fight at 155 before telling the crazy story of how he found his biological father (2:28:25). Lastly, Ariel speaks with Zhang Weili, Jessica Andrade's August 31 opponent, and her translator (2:48:45).
On this week's episode, Ariel is first joined by TSN's Aaron Bronsteter to discuss the debut of Dana White's Contender Series on ESPN+, particularly the decision to not award Brendan Loughnane a contract following his win (3:40). Then, ESPN's Marc Raimondi stops by to weigh in on the Loughnane decision, Valentina Shevchenko vs. Liz Carmouche 2 and UFC Greenville (26:22). Finally, we're joined by NewYorkRic to get his thoughts on Loughnane, Chael Sonnen's legacy, the careers of Aaron Pico and Dillon Danis and lastly, Bellator's re-signing of Fedor Emelianenko (42:12).
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with some thoughts on the futures of Conor McGregor and Dillon Danis from John Kavanagh (in studio), who trains the two fighters at SBG Ireland (4:30). UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier then talks about preparations for his UFC 242 headliner against Khabib Nurmagomedov and explains why he's confident he'll win (1:01:23). Next, Dillon Danis reflects on his Bellator 222 performance after providing an update on his injured knee (1:16:10). Justin Willis then explains his beef with UFC's Tai Tuivasa and the UFC's decision to release him (1:32:00). An emotional Macy Chiasson joins the show next to open up about the June 9 construction accident that destroyed her Dallas apartment and left one person dead (1:44:25). Then, after discussing her gruesome arm injury, Paige VanZant talks about her modeling career and the dominance of Valentina Shevchenko (2:06:10). Next, former UFC fighter Elias Theodorou speculates about his plans for his post-fighting career (2:21:37). Brendan Loughnane, who fights tomorrow night on ESPN +, makes his debut on the show to discuss his road back to the UFC (2:35:30). After that, rising middleweight contender Jared Cannonier talks about his love for fighting before calling out one of the UFC's best (2:49:20). Lastly, Ariel speaks from the heart about the retirement of his friend and colleague, Chael Sonnen (3:04:50).
Ariel speaks with The Athletic's Josh Gross about Friday's Bellator 222 card, co-promotion, the uncertainty surrounding Rory MacDonald's future, Dillon Danis' potential and Aaron Pick (4:12). Then, Ariel welcomes NewYorkRic to talk about the potential end of the money fight era, Zhang Weili getting the next strawweight title fight and Cris Cyborg's future (28:50). ESPN's Jeff Wagenheim also stops by the studio to talk about Chris Weidman's move to 205, Henry Cejudo's next fight, Tony Ferguson's option and a potential Valentina Shevchenko vs. Liz Carmouche title fight (47:46).