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).
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of a wild weekend in Chicago at UFC 238. First, Chael Sonnen arrives at the studio to discuss Henry Cejudo's legacy and Sonnen's own Bellator fight this Friday night (6:06). Then, contrary to Dana White's words, UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg says she's up for a rematch with Amanda Nunes, although she does admit her future with the UFC is up in the air (50:32). "The Karate Hottie" Michelle Waterson then states her case for a title fight against Jessica Andrade in a top-heavy strawweight division (1:12:02). Next,"King" Muhammed Lawal explains his decision to retire and also talks about the latest in the MMA world (1:29:30). And, before opening up about the recent death of his best friend, "The Boston Finisher" Calvin Kattar tells Ariel he's developed a chip on his shoulder because he was never asked to appear on the show (1:50:10). After that, Mark Henry, coach of Marlon Moraes, discusses the disappointment he and his client feel following this weekend's loss to Henry Cejudo (2:05:40). Next, bantamweight Aljamain Sterling claims he fought "the perfect fight" this weekend (2:29:30). Flyweight Katlyn Chookagian then says she's hoping for a November fight against Valentine Shevchenko (2:42:20) and to cap it off, Cejudo, the champion of UFC 238's main event, gives a health update and explains why he deserves to get paid (2:55:13).
In the first-ever Helwani on the Road Show 1: Chicago, Ariel is joined by Ben Askren, Stipe Miocic, Paul Felder, Stephen Thompson and Eddie Alvarez for the Nose World Order Trivia Championship. This show was filmed in front a live audience at Lincoln Hall in Chicago.
Ariel is first joined by ESPN's Marc Raimondi to preview this weekend's UFC 238 card and talk about the return of Khabib Nurmagomedov in September. Then, pro fighter turned PFL play-by-play voice Sean O'Connell talks about his transition to full-time broadcaster. And finally, MMAFighting.com's Peter Carroll stops by to discuss Alexander Gustafsson's retirement, Makwan Amirkhani's big win, Petr Yan and Joanne Calderwood's fights at UFC 238 and more.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with UFC Light heavyweight Anthony Smith to discuss his broken hand and how he's feeling after Fight Night 153 (5:30), GGG stop by to discuss what he thought about Ruiz-Joshua (27:15), UFC heavyweight Tai Tuivasa on how he's using vodka soda's to slim down and why he's watches a replay of his loss against JDS (44:30), The California Kid Urijah Faber on his training regimen and why he's fighting Ricky Samone (1:17:00), and Nate Diaz does his first interview with Ariel in 2 years where he proclaims himself to be the king of the UFC's 155-pound division because he has defeated all of the big names and there is nothing left for him to accomplish there. Diaz also sounds off on Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, and explains why they aren't worthy of another fight with him. (1:36:00)
Ariel is joined in studio once again by veteran combat sports journalist and broadcaster Gareth A. Davies to talk about the state of MMA (and boxing), covering the fight game, his latest run-in with Nate Diaz, Paddy Holohan's political victory in Dublin, Urijah Faber's comeback fight, Gustafsson vs. Smith, Jeff Novitzky and much more.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with UFC Light heavyweight Anthony Smith to discuss the UFC's return to Sweden (5:00), UFC featherweight Makwan Amirkhani discusses his return (26:00), UFC light heavyweight Glover Teixeira in the studio (45:00), UFC flyweight Paddy Holohan discusses getting elected to a council seat in Dublin (1:30:00), UFC lightweight Al Iaquinta (1:50:00) UFC light heavy weight Alexander Gustafsson discusses his fight against Anthony Smith (2:09:00) and the UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway (2:24:00).
On this week's show, Ariel is first joined by NewYorkRic to talk about Felicia Spencer's debut and what's next for her, Deontay Wilder's recent brand of trash talk and UFC Memorial Day Weekend memories. Next, MMAFighting.com's Guilherme Cruz checks in to discuss the state of Brazilian MMA, Jessica Andrade's popularity in Brazil, Michel Pereira's ceiling and much more. We're then joined by former ESPN.com writer Chamatkar Sandhu, who recently joined the Professional Fighters League, to find out why he made the switch from MMA journalism to working for a promotion. And finally, Marc Raimondi stops by to update us on Tony Ferguson and the recent suspension reductions for Khabib Nurmagomedov's teammates.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with PFL Lightweight Chris Wade to discuss his upcoming bout, New York sports disappointment and more. Plus, UFC welterweight Leon Edwards discusses looking for a new fight (17:17), UFC bantamweight Petr Yan (30:15), Boxing heavyweight Tyson Fury discusses Deontay Wilder, his upcoming bout on ESPN + & more (50:00), five-time Eddie Bravo Invitational champion Garry Tonon (1:06:00), Bellator welterweight Raymond Daniels (1:30:00), UFC welterweight Tyron Woodley discusses his recent fight cancelation (1:52:00), fresh off a successful UFC debut Michel Pereira (2:11:00), UFC Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (2:28:00), UFC featherweight Felicia Spencer (2:42:00) and fresh off her UFC 237 win against Rose Namajunas we end the show with Jessica Andrade (3:04:00).
Ariel opens this week's show with an announcement about a live show that he'll be doing on June 7 in Chicago prior to UFC 238. Then, he's joined by NewYorkRic to discuss his experience in Chicago, whether BJ Penn and Anderson Silva should retire, what's next for Jessica Andrade and more. Later, Brett Okamoto stops by to talk about Rose Namajunas' future, Frankie Edgar vs. Max Holloway and more. Finally, we're joined by Marc Raimondi to talk about Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis vs. Nate Diaz, the UFC's reluctance to start a 165-pound division, Megan Anderson's weight cut, whether Andrade's slam should be outlawed and more.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with UFC featherweight Alex Volkanovski fresh off his big win over Jose Aldo in Rio at UFC 237 (10:00), UFC straw-weight Tatiana Suarez (30:00), Bellator welterweight Douglas Lima (51:00), UFC welterweight Anthony Pettis discusses his upcoming bout against Nate Diaz (1:08:00), trainer and nutritionist Mike Dolce responds to George Lockhart (1:23:00), former WWE superstar Jake Hager (1:54:00), former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (2:12:00), UFC welterweight Kevin Lee (2:33:00) and fresh off a huge win in Rio Jared Cannonier (2:51:00).
On this week's episode, Ariel is first joined by NewYorkRic, who is in Rio de Janeiro, to preview the Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade UFC 237 main event, plus Jose Aldo vs. Alexander Volkanovski and BJ Penn vs. Clay Guida . Then, Brett Okamoto stops by to discuss Anderson Silva vs. Jared Cannonier, Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 3, Anthony Johnson's latest legal troubles and what's next for Donald Cerrone (29:53). Finally, Marc Raimondi joins us to talk about Aaron Pico moving to Team JacksonWink, Bellator's big card this weekend and PFL's season 2 debut on ESPN (50:50).
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with Ben Askren in studio to discuss his upcoming wrestling match "Grapple at the Garden". Plus, actor, former U.S. Army sergeant, retired mixed martial artist and former collegiate and Greco-Roman wrestler Randy Couture in studio (48:15), UFC Heavyweight Daniel Cormier (1:41:00), Bellator Welterweight World Champion Rory MacDonald (2:12:00), Arjan Bhullar (2:31:51), UFC straw-weight Cynthia Calvillo (2:45:00) and big news from George Lockhart (3:03:00).
On this week's episode, Ariel is first joined by Marc Raimondi, the newest member of the ESPN MMA team, to talk about his career, his interest in the regulation side of the sport and Daniel Cormier vs. Brock Lesnar not coming to fruition. Then, NewYorkRic stops by to discuss ONE Championship's Agent Certification Program, Invicta FC's one-night tournament and Jacare Souza's loss to Jack Hermansson. Finally, TSN's Aaron Bronsteter joins the show to discuss Rory MacDonald's future, the state of Canadian MMA and this weekend's UFC Ottawa card.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of the weekend in UFC and Bellator. Ariel's first guest, Cory Sandhagen, talks about his strategy this past weekend and how he physically feels after the fight (6:15). Next, Bellator's Ilima-Lei Macfarlane says she agrees with the call that allowed her to retain the world title this weekend before explaining why she wants to rematch Veta Arteaga (25:40). Then, an overjoyed "Platinum" Mike Perry tells Ariel about the emotional rollercoaster he experienced before, during and after his Fort Lauderdale fight this weekend (44:20). Perry also makes it clear how much he despises Colby Covington. After that, bantamweight Sean O'Malley opens up about his recovery, USADA suspension and how difficult it's been staying away from the octagon (1:11:13). "Ragin'" Al Iaquinta then joins from the airport just days before his upcoming UFC fight and lets loose on Greg Hardy's young UFC career (1:33:05). Next, MMA coach Firas Zahabi provides the latest on his clients and also explains why the brutality of the sport can lead some fighters to walk away, while it remains a strong part of others' identity (1:51:15). "Meatball" Molly McCann then discusses what keeps her going and how she's preparing for her next fight in June (2:12:30). After that, WWE commentator Lilian Garcia makes a big announcement...and yes, it pertains to MMA (2:32:30). Lastly, the winner from the Sunrise main event, "Joker" Jack Hermansson reflects on his big win this past weekend against Jacare Souza and identifies who he hopes to fight next (2:52:00).
On this week's episode, Ariel is first joined by Brett Okamoto to talk about his recent trip to visit Rose Namajunas in Denver, then he's joined by MMAFighting.com's Esther Lin and E. Casey Leydon to reminisce about the old EliteXC days and Kimbo Slice, and then NewYorkRic stops by to talk about the differences between a big boxing event and MMA event, Bellator's return to San Jose this weekend and much more.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a preview of this weekend's upcoming UFC event in Florida. Then, heavyweight Alistair Overeem joins Ariel fresh off his first round TKO of Alexey Oleynik this past weekend in Russia (7:33). Next, "The Eraser" Paulo Costa discusses potential plans for a Yoel Romero fight and why Israel Adesanya doesn't impress him (21:13). After that, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman provides a health update, says he'd be a good matchup for Adesanya and talks about the important humanitarian work he's been doing in war-torn countries (37:40). UFC's newest face, Deron Winn, then talks about his UFC debut on June 22 and what it's like coaching high school wrestling with Daniel Cormier (1:00:03). After that, a week removed from winning UFC's interim lightweight belt, Dustin Poirier describes what it feels like to hold the belt, the logistics behind a possible title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov and how he's been able to take down some of the world's best mixed martial artists (1:13:20). Next, the 41-year-old Jon Fitch talks about his obsession for journal-writing, his quest to fight for titles in all of the major fighting leagues and if he thinks his next fight will be his last shot at a title fight (1:36:24). The always-entertaining Colby Covington then joins Ariel to discuss his improved relationship with Dana White, his goal of "making the welterweight division great again" and his role as MMA's "super-villain" (1:54:29). Welterweight Jorge Masvidal then reveals the real reason behind his decision to take a fight with Ben Askren and why he doesn't own a TV (2:18:34). Next, retired fighter Paddy Holohan updates Ariel on life after the UFC and his recent decision to run for office in Ireland (2:38:25). Lastly, Ross "The Real Deal" Pearson tells Ariel if he's really done competing (2:59:27).
Ariel is joined in studio by legendary British journalist Gareth A. Davies for a wide-ranging chat about his great career, Crawford-Khan, his search for Nate Diaz, UFC 236 fallout, Michael Bisping memories and much more.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with Israel Adesanya discussing about his win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236, why this fight was the toughest he's ever had and the love he has for his head coach Eugene Bareman (2:48), then Dominick Cruz talks about his shoulder injury and how his rehab has progressed, his thoughts on Dillashaw's positive drug test and what it means to be an authentic champion (27:49). Next up, Valentina Shevchenko talks the incredible homecoming she received in her home country of Kyrgyzstan and her upcoming title fight on June 8 against Jessica eye (45:34). Brandon Davis talks about his win at UFC 236, his training regimen of running 20 miles per day, why he fought at 135lbs, if he would've taken some time off if he had lost his last fight against Randy Costa and why he cut out drinking alcohol during his training (1:04:30). Khalil Rountree talks about on his trip to Thailand and what he's been learning as a fighter since moving there, how his training has changed due to his move and his love of elephants (1:30:02). Daniel Straus talks about what his life has been like since his motorcycle accident in 2017, why he was never afraid that he wouldn't walk again, if he's back to 100% yet and the anxiety he had going into his first post-accident fight (1:47:39). Dustin Poirier's head coach Mike Brown breaks down Poirier's win at UFC 236 win over Max Holloway and future matchup against Khabib Nurmagomedov (2:16:46). Olympic Gold Medalist Jordan Burroughs discusses his upcoming match against Ben Askren at 'Beat The Streets,' why there hasn't been any trash talk between the two, and his interest in fighting just once in MMA (2:37:22). UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker talks about the Adesanya v. Gastelum fight, if he was pulling for one over the other, Adesanya's recent criticism of him, when the fight could be and much more (3:11:50).
Ariel Helwani and Brett Okamoto go live from Atlanta after a thrilling UFC 236 event to discuss how they scored the co-main event fights. The guys echo the sentiment that Adesanya's win could end up being the fight of the year. Plus, the duo looks at the future opponents of tonight's winners: Khabib Nurmagomedov (when he returns from suspension) for Poirier and Robert Whittaker for Adesanya.
On this week's episode, Ariel is joined by Chael Sonnen to talk about all things TJ Dillashaw testing positive for EPO. Then, Brett Okamoto stops by to discuss Dillashaw's legacy, as well as the UFC 236 main event between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier. And finally, Ariel talks to NewYorkRic about Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya and Ariel's big wrestling week.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off recapping Ariel's experience at WrestleMania. Then, a few days ahead of a title belt fight, "The Last Stylebender" Israel Adesanya joins Ariel to discuss his preparation for Kelvin Gastelum in UFC 236 (4:58). Next, Alistair Overeem reacts to the news of Alexander Volkov pulling out of UFC Saint Petersberg and also rants about pro wrestling (18:42). Then, two days after winning his Bare Knuckle FC fight, a bloodied and bruised Artem Lobov explains his beef with Paulie Malignaggi and why bare-knuckle is the safest form of fighting (32:34). Next, "The Joker" Jack Hermansson talks about his upcoming main event fight against Jacare Souza and how close he is to getting a chance at a title fight (52:55). After that, Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson talks about his fighting future and how to navigate drug testing in the sport (1:09:17). Next, after ripping Ariel for getting corporate, an animated "Platinum" Mike Perry talks about his new marriage and why he's so excited for his next fight (1:28:28). Overeem's opponent, Alexey Oleynik, then explains his decision to take the fight (1:48:04). A confident Dillon Danis joins Ariel in his Bristol studio to talk Twitter drama, his relationship with Conor McGregor and to bash Ben Askren (1:57:56). Lastly, Ariel's colleague, Chael Sonnen, recaps WrestleMania and looks ahead to his own next fight (2:31:53). Plus, Sonnen tells a story about the time he realized Ariel was cool.
Ariel is joined by ESPN's Chamatkar Sandhu, Phil Murphy and Brett Okamoto to talk about the ugliness of the Conor McGregor-Khabib Nurmagomedov feud, Paulie Malignaggi vs. Artem Lobov in BKFC, International Fight Week, Josh Barnett signing with Bellator, Eddie Alvarez's loss, Amanda Nunes vs. Holly Holm, Paul Felder's interview with Justin Gaethje and much more.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with the latest news and notes from the MMA world. But before that, Ariel gives his thoughts on April Fools' Day and the controversial news surrounding Conor McGregor. Then, "The Karate Hottie" Michelle Waterson talks about the secrets to her recent success and why she hopes her next fight is for the UFC strawweight title (14:56). After that, featherweight Josh Emmett recaps his weekend win in Philadelphia (35:28). Then, Ben Askren joins Ariel for his weekly appearance to update fans on a potential fight with Jorge Masvidal (46:40) and then in perhaps the most entertaining segment in the show's history, Tyron Woodley interrupts the interview (while getting a haircut) to offer his thoughts on a potential Askren/Masvidal matchup (59:24). Then, Woodley sticks around to discuss a Robbie Lawler rematch and what his life has been like since losing to Kamaru Usman (1:14:32). Next, former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm gives an update on her UFC 239 training and also explains how she's living her best life right now (1:26:02). Then, "Thug Nasty" Bryce Mitchell discusses his choices of fighting apparel and why he lives in a trailer (1:46:02). After that, former heavyweight Josh Barnett joins Ariel in-studio to talk about his latest projects, Ronda Rousey's performance as a professional wrestler and the changes he'd make to UFC fights (2:00:16). At the end of the interview, Barnett makes a stunning announcement (2:46:25). Lastly, Artem Lobov joins the show ahead of his Bare Knuckle FC fight on Saturday (2:59:50).
On this week's episode, Ariel is first joined by ESPN's Brett Okamoto (6:00) to talk about Conor McGregor's sudden retirement and whether he'll ultimately return. Next, MMAJunkie.com's Mike Bohn (32:00) discusses Anthony Pettis' future options, Barboza vs. Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson's ONE debuts and more. And finally, NewYorkRic (49:00) stops by to discuss the latest on the flyweight and bantamweight divisions, Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic, Jorge Masvidal vs. Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley vs. Robbie Lawler and this weekend's UFC Philly card.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off recapping some of the latest MMA news and the Anthony Pettis knockout of Wonderboy Thompson. Henry Cejudo, the show's first guest, describes how his life has changed since knocking out TJ Dillashaw before giving a message to his next opponent, Marlon Moraes (5:50). An unimpressed Moraes immediately responds, saying he'll "put him (Cejudo) to sleep" (26:45). Next, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold talks about his injury rehab and his upcoming bout with Corey Anderson, as well as a potential Jon Jones fight down the road (53:50). Then, Pettis joins Ariel fresh off his UFC Nashville knockout of Stephen Thompson, saying he's hungrier than ever (1:09:05). After that, "The Black Beast" Derrick Lewis speaks with Ariel just hours before going under the knife to repair a torn MCL and meniscus, which he says will keep him sidelined for the next 4-6 months (1:22:30). After that, heavyweight Curtis Blaydes tells a crazy story after talking about his weekend win and the harsh comments that his opponent, Justin Willis, made about his father (1:40:11). Next, UFC welterweight Kamaru Usman talks about life as the champion, his beef with Colby Covington, why times are good and if he'd fight Tyron Woodley again (1:55:50). Urijah "The California Kid" Faber then talks about fatherhood and if/when he'll come out of retirement (2:19:04). After that, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza puts his English to the test and tells Ariel he might retire if not given a title fight soon (2:43:02). Lastly, former NBA first round draft pick Royce White talks about why he has committed himself to martial arts and why he's happier than he's ever been. He also clarifies the narrative about his mental health struggles before talking about his plans to fight in UFC's heavyweight division (3:02:10).
We begin this week's episode talking to NewYorkRic about TJ Dillashaw no longer being UFC bantamweight champion and his one-year suspension. Then, we're joined by MMAFighting.com's Peter Carroll who talked about Darren Till's future, Luke Rockhold moving up to 205 and what's next for Conor McGregor. Finally, we close out the show with UFC on ESPN reporter Laura Sanko who shares her unique perspective on the Masvidal-still altercation and talks about her transition from fighter to reporter.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of this weekend's London event and the mayhem that ensued. The man behind that controversy, Jorge Masvidal, joins Ariel from the airport to explain what happened and why he isn't proud of it (6:50). Then, a fired-up Ben Askren gives Ariel a list of who he's willing to fight next and also rants about how no one wants to fight him (24:42). Plus, he dishes on the beef between he and Dillon Danis. Next, Anthony Pettis' coach, Duke Roufus, talks to Ariel about Askren's rise, Pettis' progress and what motivates fighters today (48:43). After that, Ariel catches up with "Ragin' Al" Al Iaquinta, who talks about his side jobs and potential upcoming fights after revealing he stayed in on St. Patrick's Day to ensure he'd be in good condition for this interview (1:03:14). Then, bantamweight Nathaniel Wood talks about his London win and the struggles he faces trying to make weight (1:21:20). Next, Marc "Bone Crusher" Diakiese discusses Saturday's win and how much he needed it (1:35:52). Then, "Meatball" Molly McCann updates Ariel on her health and when she may fight next (1:50:40). Then, featherweight Arnold Allen talks about going 5-0 in the UFC and his unusual relationship with his family (2:02:02). Next, Ariel welcomes lightweight Corey Anderson to get the skinny on why the Alexander Gustafsson fight fell through (2:15:25). He also explains what makes him who he is and why he's been so happy lately. Then, Leon Edwards talks to Ariel about his win over Gunnar Nelson and the Masvidal incident and why he isn't pressing charges (2:36:46). Before Ariel announces some breaking news (3:14:18), AJ Agazarm discusses the latest in MMA and his insatiable work ethic (2:54:25).
Ariel is joined by NewYorkRic and Phil Murphy to talk about Conor McGregor's arrest from all angles, McGregor vs. Cerrone slipping away, a potential Cerrone vs. Nate Diaz rematch, Anthony Smith's quick turnaround, this weekend's UFC card in London and more.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of Saturday night's Wichita event. The winner from the main event, Junior dos Santos, joins Ariel to catch up and break down the win (8:12). Then, trainer Greg Jackson talks about his approach to his career, why he had to let his foot off the gas a few years ago, and the up-and-coming fighters he's training (27:10). Next, nine days after losing a five-round match to Jon Jones at UFC 235, a brutally honest Anthony Smith credits Jones and also opens up about his emotions since that loss and why he isn't thrilled about the June 1 Alexander Gustafsson fight he just signed up for (44:28). Then, lightweight Joseph "Irish Joe" Duffy discusses why he's taken a year and-a-half away from the octagon and how he feels about this weekend's bout with Marc Diakiese (1:08:10). Sarah Kaufman then joins Ariel on the heels of the announcement that she and Kayla Harrison are among the names who will compete for $1 million in the inaugural PFL women's lightweight title (1:19:55). Next, Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort joins to talk about signing with ONE Championship and his desire to fight Roy Jones Jr in his ONE debut later this year (1:36:12). Then, Ariel finally reconnects with Dillon Danis, who tells the story of the UFC 229 melee from his perspective and why he's at peace with his suspension. Plus, Danis says he'd put up $1 million to fight Ben Askren and that Conor McGregor, Danis' training partner, is rearing to return to the octagon (1:56:24). Then, featherweight Alex Volkanovski tells a heartwarming story and also says he can take down Jose Aldo in their upcoming UFC 237 bout (2:33:38). Lastly, Yoel "Soldier of God" Romero discusses his reality television show appearance and why he isn't fighting Paolo Costa in April (2:51:50). Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of Saturday night's Wichita event. The winner from the main event, Junior dos Santos, joins Ariel to catch up and break down the win (8:12). Then, trainer Greg Jackson talks about his approach to his career, why he had to let his foot off the gas a few years ago, and the up-and-coming fighters he's training (27:10). Next, nine days after losing a five-round match to Jon Jones at UFC 235, a brutally honest Anthony Smith credits Jones and also opens up about his emotions since that loss and why he isn't thrilled about the June 1 Alexander Gustafsson fight he just signed up for (44:28). Then, lightweight Joseph "Irish Joe" Duffy discusses why he's taken a year and-a-half away from the octagon and how he feels about this weekend's bout with Marc Diakiese (1:08:10). Sarah Kaufman then joins Ariel on the heels of the announcement that she and Kayla Harrison are among the names who will compete for $1 million in the inaugural PFL women's lightweight title (1:19:55). Next, Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort joins to talk about signing with ONE Championship and his desire to fight Roy Jones Jr in his ONE debut later this year (1:36:12). Then, Ariel finally reconnects with Dillon Danis, who tells the story of the UFC 229 melee from his perspective and why he's at peace with his suspension. Plus, Danis says he'd put up $1 million to fight Ben Askren and that Conor McGregor, Danis' training partner, is rearing to return to the octagon (1:56:24). Then, featherweight Alex Volkanovski tells a heartwarming story and also says he can take down Jose Aldo in their upcoming UFC 237 bout (2:33:38). Lastly, Yoel "Soldier of God" Romero discusses his reality television show appearance and why he isn't fighting Paolo Costa in April (2:51:50). Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of Saturday night's Wichita event. The winner from the main event, Junior dos Santos, joins Ariel to catch up and break down the win (8:12). Then, trainer Greg Jackson talks about his approach to his career, why he had to let his foot off the gas a few years ago, and the up-and-coming fighters he's training (27:10). Next, nine days after losing a five-round match to Jon Jones at UFC 235, a brutally honest Anthony Smith credits Jones and also opens up about his emotions since that loss and why he isn't thrilled about the June 1 Alexander Gustafsson fight he just signed up for (44:28). Then, lightweight Joseph "Irish Joe" Duffy discusses why he's taken a year and-a-half away from the octagon and how he feels about this weekend's bout with Marc Diakiese (1:08:10). Sarah Kaufman then joins Ariel on the heels of the announcement that she and Kayla Harrison are among the names who will compete for $1 million in the inaugural PFL women's lightweight title (1:19:55). Next, Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort joins to talk about signing with ONE Championship and his desire to fight Roy Jones Jr in his ONE debut later this year (1:36:12). Then, Ariel finally reconnects with Dillon Danis, who tells the story of the UFC 229 melee from his perspective and why he's at peace with his suspension. Plus, Danis says he'd put up $1 million to fight Ben Askren and that Conor McGregor, Danis' training partner, is rearing to return to the octagon (1:56:24). Then, featherweight Alex Volkanovski tells a heartwarming story and also says he can take down Jose Aldo in their upcoming UFC 237 bout (2:33:38). Lastly, Yoel "Soldier of God" Romero discusses his reality television show appearance and why he isn't fighting Paolo Costa in April (2:51:50). Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of Saturday night's Wichita event. The winner from the main event, Junior dos Santos, joins Ariel to catch up and break down the win (8:12). Then, trainer Greg Jackson talks about his approach to his career, why he had to let his foot off the gas a few years ago, and the up-and-coming fighters he's training (27:10). Next, nine days after losing a five-round match to Jon Jones at UFC 235, a brutally honest Anthony Smith credits Jones and also opens up about his emotions since that loss and why he isn't thrilled about the June 1 Alexander Gustafsson fight he just signed up for (44:28). Then, lightweight Joseph "Irish Joe" Duffy discusses why he's taken a year and-a-half away from the octagon and how he feels about this weekend's bout with Marc Diakiese (1:08:10). Sarah Kaufman then joins Ariel on the heels of the announcement that she and Kayla Harrison are among the names who will compete for $1 million in the inaugural PFL women's lightweight title (1:19:55). Next, Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort joins to talk about signing with ONE Championship and his desire to fight Roy Jones Jr in his ONE debut later this year (1:36:12). Then, Ariel finally reconnects with Dillon Danis, who tells the story of the UFC 229 melee from his perspective and why he's at peace with his suspension. Plus, Danis says he'd put up $1 million to fight Ben Askren and that Conor McGregor, Danis' training partner, is rearing to return to the octagon (1:56:24). Then, featherweight Alex Volkanovski tells a heartwarming story and also says he can take down Jose Aldo in their upcoming UFC 237 bout (2:33:38). Lastly, Yoel "Soldier of God" Romero discusses his reality television show appearance and why he isn't fighting Paolo Costa in April (2:51:50).
Ariel is joined by NewYorkRic and Phil Murphy to talk about BJ Penn's return, who Kamaru Usman should fight next, Tyron Woodley's future, Ben Askren's win over Lawler, Anthony Smith's decision to not take the DQ against Jon Jones, Mirko Cro Cop's retirement and much more.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of UFC 235. Then, Ariel is joined by welterweight Ben Askren, who discusses his first career UFC victory over Robbie Lawler and why he doesn't need to fight him again (8:10). Plus, he opens up about his rocky relationship with Dana White. Next, an animated Colby Covington details what really happened between he and Kamaru Usman Sunday and why he no longer feels safe in Vegas (29:27). After that, Ariel welcomes Johnny Walker on to discuss why he isn't satisfied with his TKO win, the dislocated shoulder that followed, and if he thinks he's ready to fight Jon Jones (51:38). Then, Ariel and Max Holloway preview UFC 236 and talk about Holloway's improved social media presence (1:03:35). After giving some updates from the MMA world, Ariel welcomes one of Jones' coaches, Mike Winkeljohn, to break down the Anthony Smith fight and provide updates on some of his other clients, including Holly Holm (1:34:40). Then, welterweight Tyron Woodley discusses Saturday night's loss, his respect for Usman, and his new rap album (1:47:06). Next, Brandon Gibson, Jones' striking coach, discusses Jones' Saturday night win and the challenges Smith presented (2:08:26). Henri Hooft, Usman's coach, then discusses Saturday night's win and the first UFC championship he's been a part of (2:19:42). After that, welterweight Diego Sanchez talks about his decision to move weight classes and how he hopes to "change the game for all fighters," (2:32:53). Lastly, UFC fighter Mackenzie Dern talks about her pregnancy, how it will affect the future of her fighting career, and how she hopes to become the first mother to hoist a UFC belt (2:54:40).
Ariel takes more callers, who ask about Jon Jones' health and Anthony Smith's chances of winning tonight. Plus, reigning Bellator lightweight defending champion Michael Chandler calls in to discuss his various connections to tonight's card. New York Ric then joins Ariel on set to tackle more questions from callers.
Ariel is LIVE from Vegas ahead of UFC 235 and takes a number of calls pertaining to tonight's bouts. Plus, Jon Jones' striking coach, Brandon Gibson, joins to discuss Jones' preparation for tonight's fight against Anthony Jones. Gibson says Jones is focused and ready and that he isn't buying into all of the hype around him.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with the breaking news of Dillon Danis' suspension and the weekend announcement of Georges St-Pierre's retirement. Then, heavyweight "Skyscraper" Stefan Struve discusses his retirement (13:41). After that, bantamweight James Gallagher discusses his weekend win at Bellator 217 in Dublin, when he might fight next, and the advice Conor McGregor gave him (29:50). Next, strawweight Tatiana Suarez speculates about a fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk (48:10). Ariel's mystery guests, Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison and PFL CEO Peter Murray, join in-studio to announce the breaking news about the PFL's 2-year deal with ESPN (1:03:15). After that, lightweight Dustin Poirier talks about his preparations for his UFC 236 fight with Max Holloway (1:33:14). Then, St-Pierre's coach, Firas Zahabi, sheds some light on why now is the time for GSP to step away from the octagon (1:48:20). "Ice Cream Kron" Gracie talks about his bursting onto the scene (2:10:55) and then featherweight Jeremy Stephens previews his UFC 235 matchup with Zabit Magomedsharipov and also opens up about his inspirational journey (2:28:20). Then, lightweight Paul Felder gives a health update following surgery on his collapsed lung (2:45:15). Last but not least, Robert Whittaker talks about the collapsed bowel that forced him to miss the UFC 234 headliner against Kelvin Gastelum (2:54:28).
On this week's episode, Ariel is joined by Jeff Wagenheim and Greg Rosenstein to talk about Georges St-Pierre's decision to retire, his legacy, the Khabib Nurmagomedov that didn't materialize and much more on GSP. Plus, they discuss the Gastelum vs. Adesanya interim title fight and Francis Ngannou knocking out Cain Velasquez.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off recapping Sunday night's UFC action, which was headlined by heavyweight Francis Ngannou's 26-second knockout of Cain Velasquez. Then, "The Silent Assassin" Vicente Luque joins fresh off an exciting win (09:47), Bellator President Scott Coker (28:10), former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic talks about a potential bout with Daniel Cormier (47:30) and Audie Attar of Paradigm Sports Management discusses when two of his clients, Conor McGregor and Cyborg, next fights might happen (1:04:20). Then, Francis Ngannou recaps his big win (1:22:30) and Alijamain Sterling joins the show (1:52:00) followed by UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas (2:11:40), Michael "Venom" Page (2:28:08), UFC welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio (2:41:55) and Jimmy Crute a week removed from his UFC 234 victory (2:53:28).
On this week's episode, Ariel Helwani is joined by NewYorkRic and Phil Murphy. The panel discusses the UFC's middleweight title picture, Anderson Silva's future, Conor McGregor's options, MVP vs. Daley not happening in the UK, the return of Cain Velasquez, Kron Gracie's UFC debut and much more.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off discussing the UFC 234 aftermath then fresh off defending herself from a brutal attempted robbery Polyana Viana joins (11:40), UFC Lightweight James Vick (26:30), UFC Lightweight Kevin Lee (41:50), Michael "Venom" Page in studio (57:00), Paul "Semtex" Daley in studio (1:40:45), UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou (2:24:05), UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum (2:38:38) and fresh off his UFC 234 win Israel Adesanya (2:57:00).
On this week's episode, Ariel Helwani is joined by ESPN's Jeff Wagenheim and Phil Murphy to discuss Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum, Anderson Silva vs. Israel Adesanya, what the next moves should be at 135 and 125, the ongoing Cormier-Miocic feud, Jose Aldo's future and much more.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with Johnny Walker fresh off a 15 second TKO win (9:25), UFC bantamweight Marlon Moraes (24:00), UFC bantamweight Aspen Ladd (43:23), after his official UFC press conference debut Ben Askren (52:45), UFC featherweight Artem Lobov (1:1300), UFC lightweight Islam Makhachev (1:37:00), manager to the stars Ali Abdelaziz (1:58:45), UFC welterweight Leon Edwards (2:23:35), UFC middleweight Israel Adesanya (2:33:25) and UFC middleweight Robert Whittaker (2:53:23).
NewYorkRic, Jeff Wagenheim and Ariel Helwani talk about the NAC suspensions for Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor and friends, Nurmagomedov and McGregor's future, Jon Jones' hearing, Max Holloway's social media skills and much more.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Champion Ryan Bader (7:30), Bellator MMA Heavyweight Jake Hager (32:45), UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum (47:45), UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje (1:30:00), former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm (1:42:27), UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal (2:05:00), UFC welterweight Darren Till (2:21:00), Bellator's Henry "Okay" Corrales (2:36:00) and ONE Championship flyweight Demetrious Johnson (2:55:20).
ESPN's Phil Murphy, Greg Rosenstein and Ariel Helwani discuss about what's next for Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw, McGregor vs. Cerrone, Greg Hardy's future, the conclusion of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix, Jack Swagger's debut and more.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off recapping the inaugural UFC card on ESPN and speaks with UFC Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo coming off of the fastest finish in flyweight history (9:17). Then interviews with UFC flyweight Paige VanZant (36:00), UFC Bantamweight Cory Sandhagen (51:20), UFC Lightweight Anthony Pettis (1:08:00), UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson (1:21:01), UFC women's flyweight Joanne Calderwood (1:40:30), UFC Bantamweight Marlon Moraes (1:58:47), after announcing his final fight UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez (2:16:25) and fresh off controversial loss TJ Dillashaw (2:42:00).
On this premiere episode of the show, Brett Okamoto, Jeff Wagenheim and Ariel Helwani discuss the UFC's debut on ESPN, Greg Hardy's first UFC fight, covering Hardy, the stakes going into Cejudo vs. Dillashaw, Till vs. Masvidal, Pettis vs. Wonderboy and much more.
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off from a new studio in Bristol CT with TJ Dillashaw's HC Duane Ludwig (7:00), some heat from Henry Cejudo's HC Eric Albarracin (30:30), "Filthy" Tom Lawler (51:45), UFC welterweight Kamaru Usman (1:25:30), UFC light heavyweight Anthony Smith (1:47:00), UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis (2:07:40), UFC Bantamweight Cody Garbrandt (2:27:30) and the reigning UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (2:46:15).
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with UFC Welter weight Colby Covington to discuss his title shot snub (4:30), UFC Women's Flyweight Joanne Calderwood (27:15), UFC Light Heavyweight Corey Anderson in studio (46:00), an update from UFC women's featherweight Cat Zingano (1:28:50), the return of former UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez (1:49:00), UFC women's flyweight Rachael Ostovich (2:04:30), fresh off of retirement Sean O'connell (2:25:40), and UFC lightweight Alex Hernandez discussing the ESPN inaugural card (2:48:30).
Ariel Helwani looks back at the year that was in MMA by handing out 19 awards. Categories include: male and female fighter of the year, knockout of the year, submission of the year, fight of the year, coach of the year, event of the year, poster of the year and much more. Special guests and award winners join the show throughout. In addition, UFC on ESPN+ headliners Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw stop by in what turned out to be a heated interview.