Ariel Helwani, one of MMA’s most well-known journalists recently broke news that he was parting ways with FOX. While Helwani has had his share of criticism from fans, fighters, as well as promotional heads including UFC President Dana White, Helwani has also gained a huge following with the fans, fighters, as well as other media outlets.
Helwani said in his recent statement:
I wanted to let you know that I’ve parted ways with the UFC on FOX. That means I’ll no longer be appearing on UFC Tonight, as well as the event coverage on FS1.
It’s been an honor and a privilege to cover the sport for FOX. I was one of the first on-air MMA people hired back in 2011, and I met some wonderful people along the way. I hope to work with some them again at some point. I thank everyone involved for the opportunity.
But I’m completely at peace with this decision and believe it’s for the best.
While working at FOX was great, it was always a part-time job. My full-time job since 2009 has been working for MMAFighting.com. Nothing has changed there. The MMA Hour will air on Monday, The MMA Beat tomorrow … all status quo. I humbly believe that I am a part of the best team in the business, working for the best bosses in the business.
Anyway, perhaps I’ll talk about this more on Monday’s show.
For now, thanks to all of you, the amazing fans of this great sport, for your incredible support since the beginning of my career. I do not take it for granted, and it sincerely means the world to me. Thank you for always watching/listening/reading.
As Jay-Z once said, on to the next one …
On Monday’s edition of the MMA Hour, Helwani went on to talk about his career and parting ways with FOX (2:34:40 of the video).