Archive: Ariel Helwani

Dec 10, 2013 7:41 am

Daniel Cormier On Fighting His Friend Rashad Evans: I Have To Hurt Him

Daniel Cormier, the former Olympic wrestler and current MMA phenom has finally made the decision to go down to light heavyweight after compiling a 13-0 record in the heavyweight division. Unfortunately for him, his first test will be against his friend and former UFC light heavyweight champion “Suga” Rashad Evans. The fight will take place...

Dec 10, 2013 7:24 am

UFC Set To Release New Digital UFC Network As Part Of International Expansion

The UFC announced plans recently to create a digital, subscription based network to broadcast events. The reason for this plan involves the UFC’s  international expansion and the fact that they will be broadcasting more events than usual in the future. The UFC’s Chief Content Officer Marshall Zelaznik went on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour to...

Dec 3, 2013 7:43 am

Forrest Griffin Says ‘Biased’ Ex-Fighters Should Not Be Judges

Judging has always been a major problem in MMA, and many in the community have called for ex-fighters to be judges, as they have competed in the sport, and know how fights should be judged. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, on the other hand, thinks it is a bad idea. Griffin Spoke to...


Nov 25, 2013 1:36 pm

Mark Hunt Almost Turned Down Fight With ‘Bigfoot’

We’ve heard it time and time again: Fighter A doesn’t want to fight Fighter B, because they’re friends / training partners / came from the same neighborhood / part of the same breakdancing team / etc. Some of those fighters stick to their refusal, right or wrong. But some understand that – although it may...

Nov 23, 2013 10:51 am

UFC Meeting With Ben Askren Monday, Dana White Still Uninterested

Ben Askren, the undefeated former Bellator welterweight champion just can’t seem to pique UFC president Dana White’s interest. Luckily for Askren, UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta has agreed to sit down with the dominant wrestler, but it still seems unlikely that Askren and the UFC will be able to work out a deal. “We’re...

Nov 21, 2013 8:33 am

Jon Jones Taking Rest Of 2013 Off, Hopes To Return In Early Spring Of 2014

Jon Jones was recently in a hotly contested battle at UFC 165, where he faced Alexander Gustafsson. It seems Jones is still feeling the effects of that fight, as he has recently withdrawn from a scheduled fight with Glover Teixeira. Apparently, Jones suffered a foot injury in his match against Gustafsson, and is taking the...

Nov 21, 2013 8:19 am

Georges St. Pierre’s Manager Says UFC 167 May Have Been Last, Retirement Possible

Georges St. Pierre was criticized by UFC President Dana White for deciding to take some time off after his controversial split decision victory over Johny Hendricks. White has since changed his tune, and believes St. Pierre will not be retiring. It seems though, that St. Pierre may have other plans. According to a report from...

Nov 20, 2013 8:03 am

Firas Zahabi Confirms GSP is Healthy

Since UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre’s bizarre decision to walk away from the sport, rumors and assumptions have been flooding the MMA news cycle. Firas Zahabi, St. Pierre’s head coach and manager, went on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour to discuss the champion, and assured Helwani that St. Pierre was healthy. “Georges’ health is...

Jul 8, 2013 4:09 pm

Ed Soares Believes Anderson Silva “May have taken it too far this time.”

Ed Soares, longtime manager of former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva, spoke to Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting earlier today regarding Silva’s loss this past weekend to Chris Weidman. A shocking result, Silva –who had never lost a fight since debuting in the UFC- was knocked out by Weidman in the second round...

Jul 2, 2013 9:25 am

Seagal: Anderson better on paper and in real world

Steven Seagal was a recent guest on ‘The MMA Hour’ with Ariel Helwani and spoke at length about this weekend’s UFC 162 main event between longtime middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) and undefeated challenger Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC): Seagal: Where I come from we always say talk is cheap and...

Jun 19, 2013 9:04 am

Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks set for November 16 in Las Vegas

The recently announced title fight between current UFC welterweight champion (24-2 MMA, 18-2 UFC) Georges St. Pierre and number 1 contender Johny Hendricks (15-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) now has a date. According to a report by Ariel Helwani on Tuesday’s (June 18, 2013) edition of “UFC Tonight” on FUEL TV, the 170-pound title fight will...

Jun 11, 2013 5:47 am

Lawyer: Nick Diaz still retired for immediate future

Following his unanimous-decision loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 158, former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) announced his retirement from mixed martial arts. Shortly thereafter news broke that the Stockton native was getting into the MMA promoting business in North California. Today Diaz’s lawyer Jonathan Tweedale spoke to Ariel Helwani about...

Jun 6, 2013 6:41 am

Michael Bisping Eyes Bout with Cung Le After Eye Heals

In a strange twist, UFC middleweight Michael Bisping was recently told that his recent bout with blurry vision was due to a detached retina in his eye. I call this a strange twist because Bisping’s last fight with Alan Belcher at UFC 159, was called short after an unintentional eye-poke to Belcher forced the referee...

May 19, 2013 4:45 pm

Mark Hunt Receives His Visa; Set to Fight Dos Santos This Weekend at UFC 160

By Jake Chastain | After an odd sequence of events it seems that things for Mark Hunt and his scheduled appearance for UFC 160 next weekend against Junior Dos Santos are back on track. We gained word about two weeks ago that Hunt, who stepped up to face Dos Santos after Alistair Overeem pulled out of...

May 14, 2013 2:07 pm

Ariel Helwani on Dana White: “It’s a Professional Relationship”

Usually the one asking the questions, MMA Fighting and Fuel TV’s Ariel Helwani has recently experienced being on the other side of the microphone. The former three-time “Journalist of the Year” by the World MMA Awards, from 2010 to 2012, took some time to talk to the UG’s guest blogger Jonathan Shrager, when he detailed...

May 6, 2013 12:25 pm

Eddie Alvarez Blasts Viacom and Spike This Weekend

Former Bellator FC lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, took to Twitter this weekend to call out the organization for their mistreatment of fighters and to announce that he will be speaking out shortly.   Tied up in a long-standing legal battle with the companies that own Bellator FC, Viacom and Spike, Eddie Alvarez has been kept...

Apr 25, 2013 8:08 am

The Ultimate Fighter: Team Canada vs. Team Australia coming soon

In their attempt to globalize the UFC brand the company has set up headquarters many different countries such as Brazil and Japan, held numerous events worldwide, and even taken the ever popular Ultimate Fighter reality show to other countries. The latter has seen fighters from Brazil, the U.K. and Australia square off to fulfill their...