Ariel Helwani News
Ariel Helwani responds to Dana White's "total bulls**t" claims about UFC Saudi Arabia postponement
Zain Bando - January 23, 2024
Ariel Helwani goes to bat for Tom Aspinall after recent criticism from UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones
Susan Cox - January 10, 2024
Ariel Helwani claims Dana White and company “have a rabbit in their hat” for UFC 300
Susan Cox - January 4, 2024
Chael Sonnen shares his side of Ariel Helwani fiasco: "His opening line to me was a lie"
Zain Bando - November 8, 2023
UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones sounds off on "backstabbing" MMA journalist Ariel Helwani
Chris Taylor - November 4, 2023
Ariel Helwani is “baffled” by Tyson Fury’s extreme disrespect towards Francis Ngannou
Susan Cox - October 5, 2023
Ariel Helwani is ‘baffled’ by Tyson Fury’s extreme disrespect towards Francis Ngannou. Former UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou is set to make his boxing debut against WCB heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on Saturday, October 28th in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Ariel Helwani responds to recent criticism from former UFC champion Jamahal Hill: “I come here with love in my heart”
Harry Kettle - August 3, 2023
Ariel Helwani has responded to Jamahal Hill after being called out by the former UFC champion recently. Throughout the course of his career, Ariel Helwani has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. In equal measure, he’s also been the benchmark for MMA journalism in the eyes of many. He’s certainly a divisive figure and in recent years, that has also extended to the fighters themselves.
Jamahal Hill takes aim at Ariel Helwani for the “dirty, sneaky tactics that he likes to use” to get over on fighters
Susan Cox - August 2, 2023
Jamahal Hill is taking aim at Ariel Helwani for the ‘dirty, sneaky tactics that he likes to use’ to get over on fighters. Hill is making it known that he was less than thrilled about a recent conversation Ariel Helwani had with Jiří Procházka.
Bellator gets some serious props from Ariel Helwani: “There is no other promotion, outside of the UFC, that has a collection of champions like that”
Zain Bando - June 22, 2023
Ariel Helwani shares his thoughts about Bellator’s roster Long-time MMA journalist Ariel Helwani always gives credit where credit is due, especially when it comes to the sport as a whole. Last Friday showcased Bellator 297, which featured two world title fights. Bellator light heavyweight champion, Vadim Nemkov, took on Yoel Romero in the main event, while Sergio Pettis fought Patricio Pitbull for the bantamweight strep in the co-main.
Ariel Helwani takes aim at Dana White for his “bullsh*t way of framing” former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou
Harry Kettle - May 23, 2023
Ariel Helwani reveals Francis Ngannou could find his next MMA home as soon as this week
Josh Evanoff - May 1, 2023
According to Ariel Helwani, former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou won’t be a free agent for long. ‘The Predator’ has been out of the octagon for over a year, last defeating Ciryl Gane by decision in January 2022. That victory will likely end up being the last of Ngannou’s UFC career, as he left the promotion earlier this year. In the process, he vacated his heavyweight title.
Paddy Pimblett snubs idea of rekindling friendship with Ariel Helwani: "He tried to ruin my career"
Lewis Simpson - April 24, 2023
UFC lightweight Paddy Pimblett snubbed the idea of rekindling a relationship with mixed martial arts journalist Ariel Helwani, stating the Canadian “tried to ruin” his career prior to his UFC 282 fight with Jared Gordon. Before his UFC 282 clash with Gordon back in December last year, Pimblett’s stock was rising significantly. The lively Scouser joined the UFC in 2021 and quickly became a mainstream name, finishing his first three opponents under the UFC’s lights.
Ariel Helwani explains why the UFC should avoid giving “deserving” Valentina Shevchenko an immediate rematch with Alexa Grasso
Zain Bando - March 8, 2023
Alexa Grasso shook up the UFC flyweight division with a fourth-round submission victory over Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 285 in the night’s co-main event. While the upset arguably changed the trajectory of the division, it begged the question from many fight fans about whether the March 4 title fight should be run back right away. Shevchenko was arguably ahead entering round four before the tables turned, which led to the eventual outcome. The victory earned Grasso the new and distinct title of becoming the first female Mexican-born UFC champion.
Ariel Helwani shares theory as to why Ali Abdelaziz deleted IV-related tweet suggesting he would “expose everybody”
Harry Kettle - February 17, 2023
Ariel Helwani has given his thoughts on why Ali Abdelaziz deleted his tweet in relation to recent IV allegations. While Islam Makhachev did manage to defeat Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 284, there’s been a bit of controversy since then. It stems from a tweet by Dan Hooker that suggests Islam illegally used an IV before the fight in order to make weight.
Ariel Helwani believes USADA’s reputation is at stake following latest accusations from Dan Hooker: “We need to figure this out”
Susan Cox - February 15, 2023
Ariel Helwani dismisses comparisons between Islam Makhachev and Khabib Nurmagomedov following UFC 284: "I’m sorry, he isn’t as good as Khabib. He is not!"
Lewis Simpson - February 14, 2023
Following UFC 284, mixed martial arts journalist Ariel Helwani is confident that Islam Makhachev is not as good as his mentor Khabib Nurmagomedov. Since Khabib’s retirement in 2021, the former lightweight champion and his late father have pushed their prodigy Makhachev to become the next dominant sensation from their team.
Ariel Helwani responds to criticism from UFC commentator Joe Rogan: “Especially rich coming from the guy who was pushing false narratives”
Susan Cox - February 2, 2023
Ariel Helwani is responding to criticism from UFC commentator Joe Rogan. The two very popular YouTube podcasters, Ariel Helwani on ‘The MMA Hour’ and Joe Rogan on ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ are apparently coming to heads.
Ariel Helwani was left dissatisfied with the UFC's lack of hype on Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman 3 announcement
Lewis Simpson - January 23, 2023
Ariel Helwani was left dissatisfied with the UFC’s way of announcing the trilogy between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman. Following UFC Vegas 67, UFC President Dana White took to the post-fight press conference to make some massive announcements. The most surprising was the departure of Francis Ngannou. The Cameroon native was stripped from his heavyweight title and released from the company.
Ariel Helwani reacts to Dana White's New Years' Eve altercation with wife: "What are your kids going to say about you?"
Josh Evanoff - January 4, 2023
Ariel Helwani has chimed in on Dana White’s New Years’ Eve altercation with his wife. Over the weekend, the UFC president was in Cabo, Mexico, alongside his wife, Anna. In a video caught by TMZ, White was slapped by his wife in the midst of an argument. He then slapped her several times, prompting onlookers to break up the incident.
Ariel Helwani shares suggestions for next year’s 30-year anniversary UFC event
Zain Bando - December 19, 2022
Demetrious Johnson reveals Paddy Pimblett asked him to do his podcast amid Ariel Helwani beef: "He didn't offer me anything either"
Josh Evanoff - December 9, 2022
ONE Championship flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has given his take on the ongoing scandal involving Paddy Pimblett and Ariel Helwani. ‘The Baddy’ is set to return this Saturday night on pay-per-view at UFC 282. The bout will be Pimblett’s fourth in the UFC, as he will face Jared Gordon. Despite his short stint in the promotion, the British star has made a massive impact.
Ariel Helwani hits back at Paddy Pimblett and Dana White after recent comments: "They reached out to me!"
Josh Evanoff - December 7, 2022
Ariel Helwani has responded to Paddy Pimblett and Dana White’s recent comments. The longtime host of The MMA Hour and one of the most recognizable faces in the game, the journalist is a controversial figure. While Helwani is commonly respected among several fans and media members, he’s not well-liked by several UFC fighters.
Ariel Helwani and Darren Till have heated exchange on social media: “I’m just jealous you have as many wins as Dillon Danis since 2018 mate”
Harry Kettle - June 24, 2022
Ariel Helwani and Darren Till’s relationship seems to have deteriorated based on their recent Twitter exchange. In recent years we’ve seen some amusing interactions between Ariel Helwani and Darren Till over social media, largely due to the fact that they’re both fun personalities within the mixed martial arts sphere. As we know, Helwani is the most notable journalist in the sport, whereas Till has an entertaining personality that fans enjoy regardless of whether he wins or loses.
Ariel Helwani names the LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Steph Curry of MMA
Chris Taylor - June 4, 2022
Mixed martial arts journalist Ariel Helwani has shared the fighters he believes best resemble the LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Stephen Curry of MMA. On the most recent episode of The MMA Hour, Helwani discussed which fighters could be compared to the aforementioned NBA legends.
Sean O’Malley reacts to the Dillon Danis - Ariel Helwani beef: “I didn't think I could see a murder on Twitter”
Susan Cox - January 11, 2022
Giga Chikadze slams Ariel Helwani for feuding with MMA fighter Dillon Danis: “Real men don’t do this and also don’t cry on life television”
Harry Kettle - January 10, 2022
UFC featherweight Giga Chikadze has lashed out at reporter Ariel Helwani for feuding with MMA fighter Dillon Danis. This weekend, Giga Chikadze will help kickstart the UFC’s 2022 schedule when he meets Calvin Kattar in a fascinating Fight Night main event. If he wins, there’s a good chance he’ll be one of the next men in line for a shot at the UFC featherweight championship.
Dillon Danis responds following ruthless troll job from Ariel Helwani: "Your arms look like car antennas"
Chris Taylor - January 8, 2022
Bellator fighter Dillon Danis has responded after being ruthlessly trolled by MMA Journalist Ariel Helwani. Last week, the longtime MMA reporter seemingly commended Jake Paul for his ‘real challenge’ to UFC President Dana White.