Episode 64: Cormier, Masvidal, Stephens, Joey Diaz, Edwards, Hermansson, Kampmann, more
Ariel's Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a quick recap of the UFC Mexico City event that ended in controversy this past weekend. The show's first guest, UFC strawweight Carla Esparza, gives an update on her injured arm before discussing her opponent's impressive performance in the Mexico City co-main event (7:15). The headliner from last weekend, featherweight Jeremy Stephens, then discusses his eye injury, if he thinks Yair Rodriguez poked it on purpose, if he agrees with the referee's decision to call the fight, if/when there will be a rematch and more (27:00). Next, Leon Edwards weighs in on the latest news and notes concerning the UFC welterweight division and if he thinks he'll beat out Colby Covington for a shot at Kamaru Usman (45:32). Then, legendary Danish fighter Martin Kampmann talks about his upcoming fight against Mark Madsen (1:02:28). After that, comedian and podcaster Joey "Coco" Diaz joins Ariel to talk about how he fell in love with MMA, his favorite fighters and the BMF title fight (1:27:07). Next, "The Joker" Jack Hermansson previews his bout with Jared Cannonier this upcoming weekend at UFC Fight Night in Denmark before telling Ariel about the impact his life coach has had on him (1:51:48). After that, in his first interview since his UFC 241 loss to Stipe Miocic, heavyweight Daniel Cormier opens up about the whirlwind of emotions he faced before, during and after that fight (2:11:50). Plus, he tells Ariel if he plans on fighting again and if so, who he hopes to face. Lastly, a sit-down interview between Ariel and Jorge Masvidal where "Gamebred" talks about the wild rollercoaster ride that's led him to this point in his life and career (2:48:00).