Ariel Helwani is a Canadian mixed martial arts (MMA) journalist, formerly served as an MMA Insider for Fox Sports 1's weekly UFC Tonight show and currently host of The MMA Hour podcast.
Recent episodes featuring Ariel Helwani
The Curious Case of Colby Covington, Mick Conlan
Colby Covington is one of the most polarizing figures in all of MMA, and so Dan Lambert, founder and owner of American Top Team - Covington's gym - joins Ariel to discuss the welterweight's ascent, how the outside world views him, his contentious relationship with teammate Jorge Masvidal and the UFC, and more. ESPN's Marc Raimondi discusses the latest on Liz Carmouche and Jairzinho Rosenstruik after revealing what he learned about Covington while spending one-on-one time for his new ESPN profile on Covington (40:12). Plus, Northern Ireland's Mick Conlan talks about his chance to right the wrong of the 2016 Olympics, as well as the state of Conor McGregor's career (25:43).
Nunes, Crawford, Carmouche, Volkanovski, Felder, More
Two days after winning his headlining fight against Alistair Overeem, UFC heavyweight Jairzinho Rozenstruik phones in to discuss the win and his chances of landing a fight against heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou. Then, reigning UFC featherweight and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes joins ahead of her UFC 245 title defense to discuss the matchup with Germaine de Randamie and if she believes she is in fact the greatest female fighter of all time (20:42). Next, just days after the MMA world learned of her release from the UFC, Liz Carmouche candidly discusses how the separation happened, if she wants to keep fighting, if she holds any regrets, and how she could have changed UFC history by beating Ronda Rousey in the UFC's first female fight in 2013 (32:21). "Thug Nasty" Bryce Mitchell, winner of a second-round submission this past weekend, then talks about his execution of "The Twister" and the superstar boxer he hopes to fight next (46:59). After that, UFC lightweight Paul Felder discusses what it means to him to fight Dan Hooker in February in Hooker's native New Zealand, his preparations for a fight on the other side of the world, and his new UFC deal...and why it could be his last (1:11:18). Next, WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford joins ahead of his Saturday night title defense to dish on his MMA fandom, who he hopes to see in the ring in the future and if he'd ever consider doing MMA (1:26:21). Ngannou himself then joins Ariel to express his frustration with the UFC and why he wants to see more than a "lucky comeback" from Rozenstruik before considering fighting him (1:47:10). Another UFC heavyweight, Stefan Struve, then explains why he holds no grudges after this past weekend's controversial loss to Ben Rothwell (1:58:46). Fighting legend Diego Sanchez then talks about his love for the UFC and why he chose to re-sign, his thoughts on fighting Michel Pereira in February and the famous fighter he hopes to have in his corner (2:11:48). Kai Kara-France, who will fight on the UFC 245 card, joins Ariel (2:30:12) as does co-main fighter Alexander Volkanovsi, who will participate in his first UFC title fight on Saturday against Max Holloway for the featherweight belt (2:48:10). Lastly, UFC bantamweight Aspen Ladd on her win from this past weekend and her predictions for the Nunes/GDR fight on Saturday (3:03:20).
McGregor/Cerrone Reaction; Rich Eisen Remembers Stuart Scott
It's Stuart Scott Day at ESPN, so Ariel welcomes Scott's most well-known SportsCenter partner-in-crime, Rich Eisen, to reminisce about the beloved anchor, who succumbed to cancer in 2015. Then, Ariel and ESPN's Marc Raimondi discuss if Cowboy Cerrone is the right matchup for Conor McGregor, if McGregor's decision to fight at 170 is the correct one, whether Jorge Masvidal could be McGregor's next opponent, McGregor's reputation, the excitement surrounding the Khabib Nurmagomedov/Tony Ferguson fight and more (35:21). And before "TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week" (1:14:58), Ariel reveals the four UFC fighter contestants who will take part in next week's Nose World Order Trivia Championship in Las Vegas (1:07:49).
Tony Ferguson, Adesanya, Shevchenko, Overeem, El Patron, More
Ariel begins by explaining why Donald Cerrone is the perfect matchup for Conor McGregor's return fight. Plus, Ariel's thoughts on the Tony Ferguson/Khabib Nurmagomedov lightweight title fight, set for April 18 in Brooklyn. Then, the founder of Fortis MMA, Sayif Saud, talks about the growth of his Dallas-based gym and his approach in training the next wave of MMA stars (27:28). Plus, Saud discusses his training with Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis and Saud's own hopes of winning the 2019 Helwani Nose Award. Next, UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko talks about her role in a Halle Berry movie and why Katlyn Chookagian poses the best challenge to her belt in February (48:09). After that, Alberto El Patron discusses Saturday's Combate Americas matchup against Tito Ortiz and why this will be his last MMA fight ever (1:04:48). Israel Adesanya, the UFC middleweight champion, then joins Ariel for "Matzah Ballin'" to talk about the origins of his name, Nigerian food traditions, life in New Zealand, practicing gratitude and much more (1:28:52). Then, Tony Ferguson discusses how the Khabib fight came together, why they're holding it off until April, his training camp strategy, what it would feel like to beat the undefeated lightweight champion, if he expects he'll speak with Khabib before the fight and more (2:09:18). After that, UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem reacts to the troubling news surrounding Walt Harris, whom he was supposed to fight this upcoming weekend. Instead, he'll fight Jairzinho Rozenstruik, who he and Ariel discus (2:33:27). Lastly, "The Haggis Hunter" Robert Whiteford on his next Bellator fight, if he plans to return to the UFC and more (2:48:08).
The Business of MMA
In a special episode devoted to the ins and outs of growing MMA all throughout the world, Ariel first speaks to Martin Lewandowski, the co-founder and CEO of KSW, Poland's leading fight organization, which Lewandowski says easily exceeds the UFC's popularity in the country. But he explains how difficult it was to grow the league from its origins up until now, where he says fighters routinely make over $1 million per fight. Then, fighter-turned-trainer-turned-manager Tiki Ghosn talks about his career arc, Instagram's role in changing how much fighters make and the potential UFC champion he has waiting in the wings (28:15). Lastly, brand builder Hans Molenkamp discusses his direct work with the athletes and agents, including the difficulties of parting ways with fighters he admires. And, he explains how he inked a deal with Monster Energy and how even the top fighters can cost themselves large sums of money by failing to market themselves properly (46:45). Plus, the latest on Khabib vs. Ferguson (1:14:02) and TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week (1:20:30).
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Stats
Birthdate
Jul 8th, 1982
Location
Montreal, QC, Canada
Episode Count
1782
Podcast Count
30
Total Airtime
1 month, 2 days