Episode 39: Usman, Cejudo, Pettis, Faber, Moraes, Rockhold, Lewis, White, many more
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off recapping some of the latest MMA news and the Anthony Pettis knockout of Wonderboy Thompson. Henry Cejudo, the show's first guest, describes how his life has changed since knocking out TJ Dillashaw before giving a message to his next opponent, Marlon Moraes (5:50). An unimpressed Moraes immediately responds, saying he'll "put him (Cejudo) to sleep" (26:45). Next, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold talks about his injury rehab and his upcoming bout with Corey Anderson, as well as a potential Jon Jones fight down the road (53:50). Then, Pettis joins Ariel fresh off his UFC Nashville knockout of Stephen Thompson, saying he's hungrier than ever (1:09:05). After that, "The Black Beast" Derrick Lewis speaks with Ariel just hours before going under the knife to repair a torn MCL and meniscus, which he says will keep him sidelined for the next 4-6 months (1:22:30). After that, heavyweight Curtis Blaydes tells a crazy story after talking about his weekend win and the harsh comments that his opponent, Justin Willis, made about his father (1:40:11). Next, UFC welterweight Kamaru Usman talks about life as the champion, his beef with Colby Covington, why times are good and if he'd fight Tyron Woodley again (1:55:50). Urijah "The California Kid" Faber then talks about fatherhood and if/when he'll come out of retirement (2:19:04). After that, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza puts his English to the test and tells Ariel he might retire if not given a title fight soon (2:43:02). Lastly, former NBA first round draft pick Royce White talks about why he has committed himself to martial arts and why he's happier than he's ever been. He also clarifies the narrative about his mental health struggles before talking about his plans to fight in UFC's heavyweight division (3:02:10).