Episode 59: Miocic, Perry, Costa, Ngannou, Angle, Holm, many more
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of UFC 241. The show's first guest, Cory Sandhagen, then discusses the state of the bantamweight division and why he feels he can take down Henry Cejudo (6:40). Next, on his 37th birthday, new UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic explains how he overcame a slow start to beat Daniel Cormier on Saturday night. He also discusses if he ever thought he'd return to this point and who he might fight next (19:08). Connecticut native Nick Newell then joins Ariel in studio just days before his Bellator fight in Bridgeport (32:15). Next, lightweight Eddie Alvarez discusses the beginning to his ONE Championship career and why he believes the power has "shifted" into the hands of fighters nowadays (1:04:16). Next, Ariel asks Francis Ngannou for his thoughts on Saturday's card and whether he will be the one to fight Miocic for the heavyweight belt (1:21:00). Next, Holly Holm discusses how she's dealt with her emotions since losing to Amanda Nunes at UFC 239, as well as why she's already agreed to fight Raquel Pennington in Australia at UFC 243 (1:39:43). After that, "Platinum" Mike Perry talks about his recovery from the gruesome nose injury he suffered against Vicente Luque in Uruguay (1:56:45). WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle then dishes on his favorite MMA fighters and the state of professional wrestling (2:17:04). Next, Stefan Struve, one of two to ever defeat Miocic in a UFC fight, tells Ariel why he's decided to continue fighting (2:33:20). Then, Ariel gives his thoughts on Nate Diaz's return and Conor McGregor's UFC future (2:45:30). Lastly, before offering his assessment of Israel Adesanya, Paulo Costa updates Ariel on his health following his Saturday night bout with Yoel Romero (2:56:00). Lastly, with Jorge Masvidal out sick, his manager steps in to answer on his client's behalf concerning a possible fight with Diaz (3:21:30).