UFC releases statement on Ariel Helwani and team

June 6, 2016 8:33 pm by Russell Ess
mma journalist

MMA journalist Ariel Helwani poured his heart out on “The MMA Hour” on Monday.

As one of the most familiar faces reporting about the sport of mixed martial arts, many were shocked to hear that Helwani was kicked out and “banned for life” from the UFC after breaking the news of Brock Lesnar’s return at UFC 200.

Despite earlier comments from UFC President Dana White saying Helwani would never get a media credential as long as he was around, the UFC released the following statement late Monday:

Following a conversation with the editorial team at SB Nation, UFC will not prevent MMAFighting.com from receiving media credentials to cover live UFC events. We respect the role the media plays in our sport and beyond, including MMAFighting’s ability to report news. However, in our opinion, we believe the recurring tactics used by its lead reporter extended beyond the purpose of journalism. We feel confident our position has now been adequately communicated to the SB Nation editorial team.

UFC’s goal as the world’s leading mixed martial arts promotion is to cultivate interest in its world-class athletes and events, and deliver for the fans. We will continue to introduce this sport and its athletes to new fans across the world, and we will do so by working alongside media across all platforms.


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