DC & Helwani
The podcast home of DC & Helwani, with new episodes every Monday, featuring UFC legend Daniel Cormier and ESPN's Ariel Helwani, as they talk to the biggest names, address the hottest topics, and preview/review the most important fight cards from across the world of MMA. Also the home of Ariel Helwanis MMA Show, with new episodes most Wednesdays, featuring Ariels conversations with the biggest and most relevant figures on the MMA scene.
Not Goodbye, Just See You Later: 6/14/21
On the final episode of DC & Helwani, the guys talk about all things UFC 263, where the big winners and losers go from here, Claressa Shield's successful MMA debut and much more. They also say goodbye to the show and put a bow on it once and for all.
Reminiscing With Old Friend NewYorkRic: 6/9/21
On the final edition of Ariel Helwani's MMA Show, Ariel welcomes back his old pal NewYorkRic to reminisce about their time together and to preview the busy weekend ahead in MMA. They also discuss Alistair Overeem's decision to return to kickboxing.
What To Make of Logan Paul vs. Floyd Mayweather, Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley, & UFC 263 Preview: 6/7/21
On this week's show, DC & Helwani talk about the future of the show after Ariel's announcement that he is leaving ESPN. Then, they discuss the wacky Logan Paul vs. Floyd Mayweather fight, who won and lost and what this all means. They also preview UFC 263 this weekend, and discuss what's at stake between Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley later this summer.
Paul Felder, Charles Oliveira, Carla Esparza: 5/26/21
On this week's show, Ariel kicks things off with the recently-retired Paul Felder. They discuss why he retired this past weekend, career regrets and highlights, what's next for him and more. Then, Ariel welcomes in the current UFC lightweight king Charles Oliveira, who talks about his big win over Michael Chandler recently, his comeback, the parade he received back home and his first title defense. Finally, Ariel talks to Carla Esparza about why she should fight Rose Namajunas for the strawweight title next, her massive win this past weekend, climbing back into the 115-pound title pictures and her cookie pound-for-pound rankings.
New Bantamweight Contender?, Rose Namajunas' Next Foe, Fury-Wilder-Joshua Drama, & More: 5/24/21
On this week's episode, DC & Helwani kick things off by talking about Rob Font's big win over Cody Garbrandt and where he goes from here. They also talked about whether Carla Esparza should be next for Rose Namajunas, and why Ariel hate-watched Jack Hermansson's win over Edmen Shahbazyan. The guys also discuss Paul Felder's retirement announcement, a potential Cris Cyborg vs. Kayla Harrison fight, the heavyweight boxing drama of the past week, GSP vs. De La Hoya, and much more.
Tatiana Suarez, Edson Barboza, Cris Cyborg: 5/19/21
On this week's show, Ariel speaks to undefeated Tatiana Suarez about her recent health issues and when she'll return to action. Then, Ariel talks to Edson Barboza about his win over Shane Burgos this weekend, his move to 145, who he wants next and more. After that, Ariel welcomes in Cris Cyborg, who fights Leslie Smith this Friday at Bellator 259. They also talk about her interest in fighting Kayla Harrison, her career and more. Ariel ends the show with a look at the upcoming MMA schedule.
UFC 262 Recap, Hail the New Lightweight King, Where does Tony Ferguson Go From Here?: 5/17/21
On this week's show, DC & Helwani pay homage to Charles Oliveira after his thrilling win over Michael Chandler. They discuss his future as lightweight champion, potential matchups to come and where Chandler goes from here. They also discuss Tony Ferguson's future after a third-straight loss and Beneil Dariush's winning streak. Also, they talk about the rest of UFC 262 before talking about some new fights made last week, a big win by friend of DC's, the upcoming weekend in MMA and much more.
Michael Chandler, Anderson Silva, Kayla Harrison: 5/12/21
On this week's show, Ariel kicks things off by talking to Michael Chandler about his vacant UFC lightweight title fight this Saturday night at UFC 262. They talk about his journey to get to this point and what a win would mean for him. Then, Ariel talks to the legend Anderson Silva about his MMA future, boxing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on June 19, Chris Weidman's leg break, DMX's death and more. Ariel also talks to Kayla Harrison about her recent win and tremendous post-fight promo, why she is fired up, her future with PFL and a potential future fight against teammate Amanda Nunes. Ariel closes the show by running down another busy weekend in MMA, including UFC 262.
Is Cerrone Done?, Harrison's Mic Drop, UFC 262 Preview, & More: 5/10/21
On this week's show, DC & Helwani talk about a busy week in combat sports. They start things off by discussing Marina Rodriguez's win over Michelle Waterson, Donald Cerrone's future after another loss and a potential Neil Magny vs. Khamzat Chimaev fight. Then, they discuss Canelo Alvarez's win over Billy Joe Saunders. Later, they discuss busy weeks for the PFL and Bellator, followed by a UFC 262 preview. They end things off with a chat about Stipe Miocic's future.
Chris Weidman, JiYí Procházka, Rory MacDonald: 5/5/21
On this week's show, Ariel first speaks to Chris Weidman about his horrific leg injury at UFC 261, the surgery he had immediately afterwards, the road to recovery and much more. Then, Ariel speaks to rising star JiYí Procházka about his recent win over Dominick Reyes, the love he is getting in his home country of the Czech Republic, whether he wants a title shot next and much more. And lastly, Ariel talks to Rory MacDonald about his successful PFL debut, his time away from the sport last year, how he regained his love for MMA, training in Florida and more. Ariel ends the show with a look at this weekend's MMA schedule.
A New Star at Light Heavyweight, Donation-Gate, Diego Sanchez's Release, Ngannou-Jones Alive Again?: 5/3/21
On this week's show, DC & Helwani open things up by talking about JiYí Procházka's scintillating win over Dominick Reyes, whether he should fight for a title next and where Reyes goes from here. Then, they talk about this weekend's UFC card, the donation drama between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, and Diego Sanchez's release from the UFC. After that, they discuss whether Francis Ngannou vs. Jon Jones will in fact happen next, Rory MacDonald's PFL debut and more.
Jorge Masvidal, Dustin Poirier, Rose Namajunas : 4/28/21
On this week's show, Ariel talks to Jorge Masvidal about his loss to Kamaru Usman, his feelings afterwards, where he goes from here and much more. He then talks to Dustin Poirier about all the drama surrounding Conor McGregor's donation, the trilogy fight on July 10 and not fighting for the belt next. Then, Ariel talks to Rose Namajunas about her emotions after winning the strawweight title again, her mantras, life as champion again and much more. He ends the show with some news and notes and a look at the weekend MMA schedule.
DC Challenges Jake Paul, Usman is the P4P King, Rose & Valentina Shine at UFC 261: 4/26/21
On this weeks show, DC & Helwani first talk about all the madness that transpired at UFC 261 Saturday night in Jacksonville: from Kamaru Usmans knockout, to Rose Namajunas highlight-reel head kick, to Valentina Shevchenkos dominance and what lies ahead for all the champs. They also discuss Chris Weidmans shocking leg injury and Anthony Smiths win over Jimmy Crute. Then, DC explains what happened with Jake Paul inside the arena and actually challenges him to a fight. The show wraps with a discussion about Nick Diazs potential return, Adesanya-Vettori 2 and Clay Collards win over Anthony Pettis at PFL.
Tyron Woodley, Anthony Pettis, Chris Weidman: 4/21/21
On this week's show, Ariel first speaks to Tyron Woodley about his friend Ben Askren's loss to Jake Paul, his desire to fight Paul next and the potential end of his UFC career. Then, Ariel speaks to Anthony Pettis about his departure from the UFC, signing with the PFL, and his PFL debut on Friday. Finally, Ariel speaks to Chris Weidman about a rematch 11 years in the making against Uriah Hall this Saturday at UFC 261 and his belief that he'll be UFC champion again. Ariel also runs down a very busy week in MMA.
Whittaker is the No. 1 Contender, Making Sense of Paul vs. Askren, Can Masvidal Upset Usman? : 4/19/21
On this week's show, DC & Helwani first discuss Robert Whittakers great win over Kelvin Gastelum this weekend, whether he has secured his spot as the top contender at 185 and whether a rematch against champion Israel Adesanya will go any differently this time around. Then, they talk about Jeremy Stephens' controversial push of Drakkar Klose at the weigh-ins and whether there should be a punishment for such actions. Later, they preview all things UFC 261, including Jorge Masvidal's chance in the rematch against Kamaru Usman. And then, they look back at the wild and wacky Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren fight and where both men go from here.
Rose Namajunas, Tony Ferguson, & Eddie Alvarez: 4/14/21
On this week's show, Ariel talks to Rose Namajunas about her upcoming title fight against Zhang Weili at UFC 261 next weekend. They discuss her recent broken nose, the making of the fight, her recent comments about Zhang, why she wants to be champion again and more. Then, Ariel talks to Tony Ferguson about his fight against Beneil Dariush next month at UFC 262. They discuss his recent loss, why he changed coaches, training with Freddie Roach and Georges St-Pierre. Ariel also talks to Eddie Alvarez about his last week's controversial DQ loss, potentially fighting again this month, being in talks to box Oscar De La Hoya, and more. Lastly, Ariel gives the latest on Poirier-McGregor 3 and other news and notes.
Who gets Adesanya next?, McGregor-Poirier feud explodes, Sterlings neck surgery, DJs Loss: 4/12/21
On this weeks show, DC & Helwani talk about whether Marvin Vettori deserves the next middleweight title shot, whats at stake in the upcoming Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum fight. Also, the simmering Conor McGregor-Dustin Poirier feud, Aljamain Sterlings next surgery, Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarezs recent losses, WrestleMania 37, DMXs passing, and much more.
Jorge Masvidal Exclusive : 4/7/21
In this exclusive sit-down, Ariel talks to Jorge Masvidal just a couple weeks before his UFC welterweight title rematch against Kamaru Usman. Masvidal opens up about why the Nathan Diaz fight didnt happen last year and also why the Colby Covington fight didnt materialize either. They then discuss how he got the rematch with Usman, what the difference will be this time around and what went wrong when they first fought in July 2020. Later, they talk about Masvidals long road to UFC stardom, what would happen if he wins the belt and much more.
Leon Edwards, Kevin Holland, Alex Volkanovski : 4/5/21
On this edition of The Helwani Show, Ariel first talks to Leon Edwards about his upcoming fight against Nathan Diaz at UFC 262. They discuss how the fight was made and whether he should get a title shot afterwards. They also discuss the unfortunate ending of the Belal Muhammad fight last month, why the Colby Covington fight never got made and more. Then, Ariel speaks to Kevin Holland about stepping in on short notice to fight Marvin Vettori this weekend and why he decided to take the fight considering he just lost to Derek Brunson last month. After that, Ariel speaks to UFC featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski about his recent scary battle with COVID, having to pull out of UFC 260, getting the call to coach on TUF opposite Ortega and Max Holloways recent win. Finally, Ariel talks about some recent news and notes and the upcoming busy schedule in MMA.
Francis Ngannou, Dominick Cruz, Miesha Tate: 4/1/21
On this weeks show, Ariel is first joined by the new UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. Ngannou talks about his long journey to the title, everything hes had to overcome and how it feels to finally realize a dream. He also talks about a potential Jon Jones fight next and his desire to compete in boxing, as well. Then, Ariel is joined by Dominick Cruz who reflects on his recent win over Casey Kenney. Cruz also talks about whether he wants to fight Sean OMalley next, whether he wants another title shot and more. And finally, Ariel is joined by Miesha Tate to talk about her decision to come out of retirement in July and why she is in a much better place mentally this time around. In addition to all that, Ariel talks about some recent breaking news, including the Nathan Diaz vs. Leon Edwards fight at UFC 262 on May 15.
The Ngannou Era Begins, Jon Jones Negotiations, Miocic & Woodleys future, & More: 3/29/21
On this weeks episode, DC & Helwani discuss Francis Ngannous emphatic knockout of Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 and everything that comes along with it: his future as champion, the potential Jon Jones super-fight, Miocics fighting future, and much more. Then, they discuss where Tyron Woodley goes following his loss to Vicente Luque and Sean OMalleys win over Thomas Almeida. DC also describes what the star-studded Club UFC was like on Saturday. They end the show with some news and notes, including an update on Poirier vs. McGregor 3.
UFC 260: Stipe Miocic, Tyron Woodley, Sean O'Malley : 3/24/21
On this weeks edition of the show, Ariel talks to UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic about his upcoming rematch against Francis Ngannou this Saturday at UFC 260. (5:23) They also discuss potential future fights against Jon Jones and Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. Then, Tyron Woodley stops by to discuss Saturdays fight against Vicente Luque and whether this is a do-or-die fight for him in the UFC. (30:58) And lastly, Sean OMalley joins the join to preview his fight against Thomas Almeida this Saturday and why he still considers himself undefeated after losing to Marlon Vera last year. (57:45)
Kevin Hollands Blunder, Khabib Walks Away For Good, Usman-Masvidal 2, UFC 260 Preview, & More: 3/22/21
On this weeks episode, DC & Helwani celebrate the one-year anniversary of the show! They also talk about Kevin Hollands loss to Derek Brunson on Saturday and the lessons he can learn from it. Later, they discuss Khabib Nurmagomedov officially vacating the lightweight title, the Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler title fight and Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal 2. Then, they discuss the UFC 260 heavyweight title rematch between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou as well as Tyron Woodleys big fight this weekend. Lastly, they celebrate their big day with a special surprise from a member of the team.
Israel Adesanya, Georges St-Pierre, Junior dos Santos: 3/17/21
On this weeks episode, Ariel talks to Israel Adesanya in his first interview since his loss to Jan Blachowicz two weeks ago. (6:48) They discuss went wrong at UFC 259, his regrets from the fight, whether hell move up in weight classes ever again, who will be next for him at 185 and more. Then, the legendary Georges St-Pierre stops by to talk about McGregor and Adesanyas recent losses, talk that Kamaru Usman is the best welterweight champion of all-time, his relationship with Nick Diaz and joining Karate Combat. (41:01) Then, Junior dos Santos, in his first interview since leaving the UFC, discusses how hes doing since parting ways with the company. (1:12:46) Ariel also talks about a couple big news stories that broke this week.
Leon Edwards' Eye Poke, Can MMA Gloves Be Fixed?, Lightweight/Welterweight Drama, & More: 3/15/21
On this week's episode, DC & Helwani discuss the unfortunate ending to Saturday night's Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad main event, whether MMA gloves can be fixed, and the difference between a no contest and a disqualification. They also discuss what should be next for Edwards and Muhammad coming off the fight and the rest of the welterweight division. Later, DC discusses his matchmaking prowess and the guys try to make sense of the lightweight division. They also discuss Julianna Peña's fiery promo on Amanda Nunes, Aljamain Sterling's recent comments, this weekend's Derek Brunson vs. Kevin Holland main event, Ben Askren training with Freddie Roach, and much more.
Jan Blachowicz, Darren Till, Julianna Peña: 3/10/21
We kick things off this week with UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz. (5:33) Blachowicz talks about his big win over Israel Adesanya, what surprised him about the fight, fighting Glover Teixeira next and more. Then, Darren Till stops by to talk about Adesanyas loss, his upcoming fight against Marvin Vettori and more. (24:55) And then, Julianna Peña cuts one of the all-time great promos in the history of the show. Seriously. Legendary stuff on Amanda Nunes. (50:29)
Adesanya's Failed Gamble, Yan/Sterling Controversy, Can Anyone Stop Nunes?: 3/8/21
On this week's episode, DC & Helwani dive deep into everything that happened at UFC 259 this weekend and the aftermath: Jan Blachowicz's big win, what went wrong for Israel Adesanya, can anyone beat Amanda Nunes, the future of the women's featherweight division, everything surrounding the Petr Yan DQ, how Aljamain Sterling behaved in the aftermath, Islam Makhachevs flawless performance, Dominick Cruz's win, and more. They also discuss Leon Edwards-Belal Muhammad this weekend, the UFC parting ways with Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem, the end of one of the sport's best rivarlies, and much more.
Israel Adesanya & Jan Blachowicz: 3/3/21
On this week's Helwani Show, Ariel talks to the two men who will be headlining UFC 259 on Saturday night: Jan Blachowicz and Israel Adesanya. First up, Blachowicz joins the show to discuss Adesanya's weight on fight night, life as a new father and champion and whether he feels like he's being disrespected leading up the title fight by the oddsmakers and fans. (3:59) Then, in a wide-ranging interview with Adesanaya, "The Last Style Bender" talks about why he's moving up to light heavyweight now, his future at 185, why he's coming in so light for this fight, Jon Jones, and much more. (19:48)
UFC 259 Mega-Preview, Defending Cyril Gane, Whats Up With Poirier-McGregor 3?: 3/1/21
DC & Helwani kick off this weeks show discussing the criticism Cyril Gane received after his win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik on Saturday night. Was it warranted? Where does he go from here? Then, the guys talk about a slew of title fights that were booked last week and what the bookings might mean for Poirier-McGregor 3, as well as Usman-Masvidal 2. After that, its UFC 259 talk, as the guys preview Saturdays loaded pay-per-view card featuring three title fights -- headlined by Israel Adesanya vs. Jan Blachowicz for the UFC light heavyweight title -- and a plethora of interesting names.
Max Holloway, Dominick Cruz, Dan Hooker & Sage Northcutt: 2/24/21
A month after putting on a boxing clinic against Calvin Kattar, UFC featherweight star Max Holloway joins Ariel to discuss the win, why he loved fighting on ABC, if hell fight at 155 pounds again and much more. Then, former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz talks about fighting Casey Kenney on the UFC 259 prelims (29:21), lightweight Dan Hooker joins from his extended quarantine (42:55) and ONE Championships Sage Northcutt reflects on his short time in the UFC (55:36). Plus, TST says goodbye (1:03:31).
Derrick Lewis Historic KO, Usman-Masvidal Drama, Colby Covingtons Next Move: 2/22/21
After Derrick Lewis impressive KO of Curtis Blaydes on Saturday, DC & Helwani discuss where The Black Beast fits into this exciting time for the UFCs heavyweight division that includes Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou next month and Jon Jones impending heavyweight debut. Plus, the guys discuss the latest wrinkle in the potential Kamaru Usman-Jorge Masvidal rematch (39:42), Leon Edwards agreeing to fight Belal Muhammad and how Colby Covington must approach 2021 (47:53).
Leon Edwards & Curtis Blaydes: 2/17/21
Top UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards delivers a very strong message to Colby Covington after Rocky tells Ariel about his feelings regarding yet another canceled Khamzat Chimaev fight. Then, ahead of Saturdays big heavyweight bout with Derrick Lewis, a brutally honest Curtis Blaydes discusses the stakes of the fight, why he doesnt enjoy Lewis humor and his respect for teammate Cory Sandhagen (24:54).
Underrated Usman, Masvidals Revenge & Leon Edwards Next Move: 2/15/21
Another dominant welterweight title defense for Kamaru Usman leaves DC & Helwani wondering where The Nigerian Nightmare ranks among the greatest fighters of past and present. Plus, the guys discuss the gift Usman gave Jorge Masvidal postfight (16:18), who Leon Edwards must fight next month (39:44), Alexa Grassos boxing and whats at stake for Saturdays Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis bout (49:37).
Nathan Diaz Breaks Silence, Cory Sandhagen : 2/10/21
In his first interview since late 2019, UFC fan favorite Nathan Diaz tells Ariel how Conor McGregor messed up at UFC 257 against Dustin Poirier. Plus, he says who he hopes to fight next and how often he hopes to fight in 2021. Then, bantamweight contender Cory Sandhagen discusses his viral flying knee, his plans to take over the division and..."the art of war.
Sandhagens Flying Knee, UFC 258: Teammate vs. Teammate, McGregor-Poirier 3?: 2/8/21
After watching a devastating knockout this past Saturday, DC & Helwani reconvene to discuss Corey Sandhagens incredible flying knee and what it means for his trajectory in the UFCs bantamweight division. Plus, an inside look at he teammate vs. teammate showdown between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns at Saturdays UFC 258 (33:20) and the guys break down what should happen this year in the lightweight division, and where exactly Nate Diaz fits in all of this (42:38).
Peter Rosenberg on Winning 24/7 Belt & McGregor's Comeback: 2/3/21
After Ariel delivers the latest news and notes in MMA, New York City media mogul Peter Rosenberg joins to discuss winning WWE's prestigious 24/7 championship, Conor McGregor's transformation (28:45) and why he disapproved of Michael Chandler's Ric Flair impression. Stay Maj.
Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler & Charles Oliveira: 2/1/21
In a special edition of The Helwani Show, top UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier joins Ariel to reflect on his UFC 257 win over Conor McGregor, later opening up about his future and why he dislikes fighting sometimes. Then, UFC newcomer Michael Chandler discusses his impressive debut, why he feels he's earned a shot at the division's best and how he hopes to capitalize on his momentum (28:52). And, the red-hot Charles Oliveira campaigns for a title shot (57:10).
Ben Askren, Jake Paul: 1/27/21
YouTube star Jake Paul speaks to Ariel for the first time in a wide-ranging conversation about Paul's decision to fight Ben Askren in a boxing match on April 17, why he's no longer interested in fighting Conor McGregor and his plans to "disrupt" boxing. But first, Askren, a former ONE Championship and Bellator champion, tells Ariel why he accepted the fight.
Next Steps for McGregor & Poirier, Chandler's Big Debut & John Kavanagh Exclusive: 1/25/21
After watching a wild UFC 257 unfold on Saturday night, DC & Helwani discuss Dustin Poirier's confidence gained during the fight, if Conor McGregor's nice guy persona is harming him in the cage, as well as Michael Chandler's statement win. Then, SBG Ireland's John Kavanagh tells Ariel whether he regrets anything from McGregor's fight camp and who he feels McGregor should fight next (1:07:25).
Helwani Island 2 feat. Action Bronson, John Kavanagh & ATTs Mike Brown: 1/20/21
Conor McGregors coach at SBG Ireland, John Kavanagh, joins Ariel for their usual pre-fight chat to discuss McGregors maturation in and out of the Octagon, the teams ambitious plans for 2021 and why McGregors motivations are different than they once were (1:01:17). Mike Brown, Dustin Poiriers coach at American Top Team, then talks about Poiriers evolution since 2014 and why they feel theyre prepared to beat McGregor this time around at UFC 257 (1:26:25). But before all that, another edition of Ariel Helwanis MMA Show LIVE featuring Action Bronson, the return of the (controversial) Helwani Nose Trivia Challenge with NewYorkRic and TST, as well as a fan Q&A session.
Conor McGregor Interview, Maxs Masterpiece, Khabibs Decision & UFC 257 Preview: 1/18/21
Conor McGregor joins Ariel in a sit-down interview to discuss his frustrations with not fighting more in 2020, his relationship with Dana White, why he feels hes in the best shape of his life, how he envisions Saturdays Dustin Poirier rematch going, if hell ever fight Khabib Nurmagomedov again and much more (1:05:58). But before that, DC & Helwani react to a record-breaking performance by Max Holloway and the results of Whites meeting with Khabib. Plus, a full UFC 257 preview.
Conor McGregors Boxing Coach, Max Holloway, Dan Hooker, Calvin Kattar: 1/13/21
Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway joins Ariel to discuss Saturdays historic matchup with Calvin Kattar and also his UFC 251 loss to Alexander Volkanovski. Kattar then talks about his preparation for the fight and the state of the featherweight division. Lightweight Dan Hooker, set to face Michael Chandler in the UFC 257 co-main event, next discusses the booking of the fight, potentially fighting Nate Diaz one day, lessons from losing to Dustin Poirier and more (33:13). And lastly, Conor McGregors boxing coach, Phil Sutcliffe, reflects on his relationship with MMAs biggest star (49:17).
UFCs ABC Debut, Chandler vs. Hooker & Will Izzy vs. Jones Happen?: 1/11/21
A history-making UFC fight card this Saturday leads DC & Helwani to discuss the rapid growth of MMA and also the stakes for Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar. Then, the guys dive into the stalled Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards fight, the booking of Michael Chandler and Dan Hooker for UFC 257 (30:20), Israel Adesanyas light heavyweight title fight in March (41:40), Dana Whites upcoming meeting with Khabib Nurmagomedov and more.
The 2020 Helwani Nose Awards: 1/6/21
In the most prestigious awards show in MMA, Ariel and a special guest look back on an incredible year by handing out 20 awards, including Male and Female Fighters of the Year, Breakout Fighter of the Year, Fight of the Year, and many more. Plus, a look ahead to the exciting year to come in 2021.
Wonderboys Win, Pettis Future & 2020 Year in Review: 12/21/20
The final 2020 edition of ESPNs fastest-growing podcast starts off with DC & Helwani reacting to this past Saturday night, including Stephen Thompsons impressive five-round win over Geoff Neal, Jose Aldos bounce-back and Anthony Pettis strong showing in what could be the final UFC fight of his career. Then, the guys look back on a wild 2020 in combat sports, discussing DCs UFC 252 loss to Stipe Miocic (33:30), Jorge Masvidals Fight Island moment (41:01) and capping it off with Daniel Cormiers Awards of the Year" (53:00).
Yoel Romero, Brandon Moreno, Kevin Holland & Anthony Pettis: 12/16/20
In the final Wednesday show of 2020, Ariel speaks to new Bellator light heavyweight Yoel Romero about the abrupt end to his UFC tenure. Then, flyweight Brandon Moreno discusses his epic UFC 256 bout with Deiveson Figueiredo and his frustrations with the outcome, as well as his hopes to run it back next year (13:10). Next, middleweight Kevin Holland talks about his ambitious plans for 2021 (27:58) and then, in a very honest and open conversation, former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis offers younger fighters some advice he wished somebody had told him during his rise (45:48). And lastly, Ariel thanks the fans for sticking by his side during a wild 2020 (1:00:50).
An Instant Classic, Fergusons Decline, Big-Mouth Holland & Romero Signs: 12/14/20
After watching Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno slug it out at UFC 256 on Saturday night, DC & Helwani react to what many are calling the greatest UFC flyweight title fight in history. Then the guys discuss the rise of Charles Oliveira and his place in the UFCs lightweight division, as well as Tony Fergusons next steps after losing twice this year (20:00). Plus, Kevin Hollands insane year continues, Yoel Romero unexpectedly signs with Bellator (38:31), Khabib Nurmagomedovs quest to make MMA an Olympic sport (55:18) and more.
Kevin Lee, Demetrious Johnson, Deiveson Figueiredo on UFC 256: 12/9/20
After Ariel provides the days breaking news, fan favorite Kevin Lee, who has fought both Tony Ferguson and Charles Oliveira, joins Ariel to look back on his experience against each guy and also to give the latest on his injury recovery and plans for fighting the UFCs biggest names, like Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. Then, ahead of his UFC 256 flyweight title defense, Deiveson Figueiredo (and translator Wallid Ismail!) tells Ariel about how this fight came together immediately after UFC 255, his desire to fight Henry Cejudo for a BMF belt, his beef with Saturdays opponent, Brandon Moreno, and more (24:15). Lastly, legendary flyweight Demetrious Johnson breaks down Figueiredo vs. Moreno and his future at ONE Championship (41:27).
Vettoris Big Win, Romeros Release, Ferguson at a Crossroads: 12/7/20
Marvin Vettori upset Jack Hermansson in a UFC middleweight clash, and then called out DC afterwards. DC & Helwani break it all down, as well as Jordan Leavitts controversial slam KO of Matt Wiman. Then, the guys discuss the UFC releasing Yoel Romero (19:32) before previewing UFC 256 on Saturday, which features another flyweight title fight and a co-main where all the pressure is on Tony Ferguson. Plus&Floyd Mayweather boxing Logan Paul (46:54) and the latest installment in the feud with Booker T.
Derrick Lewis, Anthony Smith, Jack Hermansson, Sydni Scott: 12/2/20
Fresh off an impressive weekend win, beloved UFC light heavyweight Anthony Smith joins Ariel to talk about his rebound against Devin Clark, how he convinced Dana White to make it a five-round fight, and some wild stories from earlier in his career. After that, "The Black Beast" Derrick Lewis discusses the delayed Curtis Blaydes fight, Jon Jones' place in the heavyweight division, and his beef with Ariel. UFC middleweight Jack Hermansson, who fights Marvin Vettori on Saturday's "Fight Like Hell" night, then tells Ariel about his title hopes and dreams. Lastly, the late Stuart Scott's daughter Sydni talks about her dad's MMA fandom and lasting legacy.
Return of the Mack, Mike Tyson Shines, A Good Cause, Jones/Blaydes?: 11/30/20
After winning this past weekends main event, is Anthony Smith again a major player in the UFCs light heavyweight division? DC & Helwani discuss that, as well as if the UFC should pivot from Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis and instead book Blaydes against Jon Jones (25:48). Then, the guys break down the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones fight and if theres an appetite for legends like Anderson Silva in all this. Plus, Dillon Danis vs. Jake Paul in the boxing ring, Israel Adesanyas commentary Khabib Nurmagomedov enters the business world (56:20), and memories of the late ESPN broadcaster Stuart Scott, who the UFC will honor Saturday on its Fight Like Hell night.
Mike Tyson : 11/26/20
Just days before his highly-anticipated exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr., boxing legend Mike Tyson joins Ariel to discuss why he chose to return now, the rules of the fight, the viral video of him that surfaced early in the pandemic, how he feels going into the fight, his future in boxing, old memories, and much more. Happy Thanksgiving!
Aljamain Sterling, Brandon Moreno, Kayla Harrison & AJ McKee: 11/25/20
As he continues to wait for his first UFC title shot, top bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling joins Ariel to tell his side of the story regarding Petr Yan pulling out of their Dec. 12 title fight. After that, UFC flyweight No. 1 contender Brandon Moreno discusses the whirlwind of events that led up to the UFC booking him in a title fight against Deiveson Figueiredo in the main event of UFC 256 on Dec. 12 (21:20). Then, PFL rising star Kayla Harrison talks about her Invicta FC experience, PED accusations from fans, advice she received from Ronda Rousey and if she thinks shell ever fight her teammate Amanda Nunes (36:24). Lastly, Bellator star AJ McKee on the lack of attention he receives and Ariel reveals what hes thankful for this Thanksgiving.
A Star is Born, Fergusons Return, Leave Khabib Alone!: 11/23/20
Deiveson Figueiredo won handily at UFC 255, and then agreed to fight Brandon Moreno next month at UFC 256. DC & Helwani discuss Figgys burgeoning stardom, as well as another dominant Valentina Shevchenko performance. Then, the guys talk about Tony Fergusons Dec. 12 lightweight fight with Charles Oliveira, Poirier vs. McGregor 2 happening on Fight Island potentially with fans in attendance, if we should take Khabib Nurmagomedov at his word about retirement, DCs ongoing beef with Jon Jones and much, much more.
Darren Till, Valentina Shevchenko & Deiveson Figueiredo: 11/18/20
Two title defenses at UFC 255 on Saturday, and both champions join Ariel in todays show. But first, the always entertaining UFC middleweight Darren Till stops by to discuss why he made the decision to drop out of his Dec. 12 main event against Jack Hermansson, his partnership with fellow Brit Leon Edwards, why Instagram removed his account, and much more. Then, UFC womens flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko talks about Saturdays co-main event against Jennifer Maia and why shes even more motivated heading into another title fight. Lastly, UFC mens flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo (alongside Wallid Ismail) tells Ariel about his old jobs as a hair stylist and sushi chef.
A Former Champs Return, Michael Chandlers Heel Turn & UFC 255 Preview: 11/16/20
A convincing Rafael dos Anjos win over Paul Felder on Saturday has DC & Helwani wondering&is the former 155 lb. champ a major player at lightweight again? The guys also discuss Khaos Williams insane 30-second TKO, the latest on Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor (25:31), Michael Chandlers snubbing of Tony Ferguson (31:16) and Leon Edwards big moment on Dec. 19 (37:41). All that and getting you set for UFC 255, which features both flyweight champs: Deiveson Figueiredo and Valentina Shevchenko (44:43). Plus, DC admits he isnt officially retired.
Leon Edwards Breaks Silence, Glover Teixeira, Kevin Holland: 11/11/20
In an exclusive interview, top UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards tells Ariel all about his chaotic 2020, including why he passed up a title shot against Kamaru Usman, the UFC briefly removing him from the rankings and how he plans to derail the Khamzat Chimaev hype train next month. Then, UFC light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira explains why at age 41 he hopes hes chosen to fight Jan Blachowicz for the title next (25:34). And lastly, Fighter of the Year candidate Kevin Holland discusses next weeks middleweight clash with Jack Hermansson, his beef with Israel Adesanya and also his beef with Ariel! (37:10)
UFCs Light Heavyweight Dilemma, Fighter of the Year Debate & DC Story Time: 11/9/20
At 41 years old, did Glover Teixeira just put a wrench in the UFC's plan to book Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya for the light heavyweight title next year? DC & Helwani discuss the UFC's dilemma and where the Izzy vs. Jon Jones fight fits into all this. Plus, the guys go over the list of "Fighter of the Year" candidates (22:26) before talking about Islam Makachev's last-minute withdrawal for this upcoming weekend's card (34:50) and Kayla Harrison's 145-pound prospects. And, DC shares some stories involving George Foreman, Derrick Lewis, The Montreal Screw Job and Jeopardy!
Israel Adesanya, Jan Blachowicz: 11/4/20
With a super fight looming in 2021¬ one, but two champions join the show. UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya talks about moving up to fight UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz, how the move could impact his rivalry with Jon Jones and also Izzys long-term plan of being&a triple champ? Then, the pride of Poland discusses stepping into the Octagon with The Last Stylebender and if he feels Jones is purposely avoiding him by fighting at heavyweight. Adesanya and Blachowicz agree their fight must happen next, so only one question remains: When and where will it take place?
Anderson Silva, Robert Whittaker, Neil Magny Fired up About Khamzat Chimaev: 10/28/20
One of the greatest fighters of all-time, Anderson Silva, joins Ariel just days before his final UFC fight to discuss competing at age 45, why he believes MMA saved his life, if he ever came close to fighting Conor McGregor and who he feels real GOAT is. Then, fired-up UFC welterweight Neil Magny explains why he feels disrespected by the UFCs booking of Leon Edwards and rising star Khamzat Chimaev. And, top middleweight contender Robert Whittaker recaps his UFC 254 win and also gives his thoughts on potentially fighting Israel Adesanya again for the belt.
Khabib's Retirement, Lightweight Title Picture & Leon vs. Khamzat: 10/26/20
Two days after Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement, DC tells Ariel all about Khabib's difficult UFC 254 training camp, if he believes Khabib will fight again, his Sunday phone call with the lightweight king and much more. And, with a vacant lightweight title on the horizon, how should the UFC proceed? Plus, the guys also talk about Khabib's place in the GOAT conversation, Rob Whittaker's worthiness of another shot at Israel Adesanya, Anderson Silva's upcoming fight and the crazy backstory behind the Dec. 19 Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev bout.
Alexander Volkanovski & Al Iaquinta Shares Khabib Memories: 10/21/20
Ragin Al Iaquinta, the only man to ever take Khabib Nurmagomedov five rounds in the UFC, discusses Khabibs unmatched style, Justin Gaethjes keys to victory at UFC 254, how Conor McGregor has already defeated Dustin Poirier for a second time, and much more. But before that, UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski tells Ariel whether he feels Brian Ortegas first win in two years warrants a title shot against him. Plus, the man responsible for bringing Khabib to American Kickboxing Academy, Muhammed Lawal, weighs in on Khabibs greatness. Remember, the PPV main card begins at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday!
Khabibs UFC 254 Mission, McGregor History Lesson & Brian Ortega 2.0: 10/19/20
After watching Brian Ortega handily beat The Korean Zombie on Saturday night, DC and Ariel break down Ortegas new style and whether he deserves the next shot at the UFCs featherweight belt. Then, the guys discuss Jessica Andrades potential path to a flyweight title fight (25:19) and the latest on a January bout between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier (34:50). Plus, DC talks about his relationship with Khabib Nurmagomedov as Khabib looks to defend his lightweight belt against Justin Gaethje Saturday on Fight Island.
Dustin Poirier, Cory Sandhagen, Joaquin Buckley on Viral Knockout: 10/14/20
Former UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier tells Ariel why talks on the Oct. 24 Tony Ferguson fight fell through. The Diamond also discusses the slap in the face regarding Michael Chandler, rumors swirling around a rematch between he and Conor McGregor, McGregors proposed $500K donation to The Good Fight Foundation and Justin Gaethjes chances of uncrowning Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254. Then, top UFC bantamweight contender Cory Sandhagen talks about his wild 2020, his impressive KO of Marlon Moraes and calling out TJ Dillashaw after the win. Plus, overnight UFC sensation Joaquin Buckley, whose spinning back kick knockout went viral last Saturday night, tells Ariel about his day job at Walgreens and the time Tyron Woodley snubbed him.
McGregors Power Play, Fergusons Gripes, Sandhagens Bounce-Back: 10/12/20
DC joins live from Fight Island to discuss Cory Sandhagens first round TKO of Marlon Moraes and what it means for the bantamweight division. The guys then talk about Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier and the ensuing domino effect the proposed fight would have on the UFC calendar. Plus, a potential fight between Nate Diaz and Dan Hooker, a complicated lightweight picture involving Tony Ferguson and Michael Chandler, Internet Izzy, and did we witness the greatest KO in UFC history on Saturday night?
Tony Ferguson on Poirier Falling Through + Holly Holm & GaryVee Enters MMA World : 10/7/20
In a captivating exclusive interview, former UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson gives Ariel a behind-the-scenes look at why a UFC 254 matchup between he and Dustin Poirier isnt happening, and expresses frustrations with the lack of movement regarding his next fight. Plus, top female bantamweight contender Holly Holm discusses her impressive win over Irene Aldana, who she hopes to face next, and why -- at age 39 -- she isnt ready to call it a career. And, renaissance man Gary Vaynerchuk gushes over the bright future of the UFC and tells Ariel all about Vayner Sports recent foray into MMA, including the signing of stars like Ferguson and heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.
Izzy vs. Jones Must Happen Next, McGregor-Poirier, Can Holm beat Nunes?: 10/5/20
After a week filled with insults thrown Daniel Cormier's way, DC talks about whether his feelings were hurt. The guys also talk about the resurgence of Holly Holm and whether she could beat Amanda Nunes. They also discuss Carlos Condit's big win and why it's so hard for fighters to know when to call it a career. Later, they talk about why the Israel Adesanya vs. Jon Jones fight has to happen now and whether their trash talk has gone too far. Plus, they get into the latest with Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier and whether McGregor and his rival Khabib Nurmagomedov can really coach "The Ultimate Fighter."
Israel Adesanya, Jan Blachowicz, Teddy Atlas on McGregors Boxing : 9/30/20
After successfully defending his UFC middleweight belt for the second time this past Saturday, Israel Adesanya addresses the elephant in the room and the many critics -- including Jon Jones -- who came after him following the fight. The Last Stylebender also talks about his new Puma deal and when he hopes to fight next (Hint: its sooner than you think). New UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz then tells Ariel how visualization training helped his championship dream come true and also explains his beef with DC, why 2020 is the best year of his life, and tells the WILDEST superstition story ever. Plus, ESPN boxing analyst Teddy Atlas on whether he believes Conor McGregor could beat Manny Pacquiao in a boxing match.
Adesanyas Revenge, McGregor vs. Pacquiao, Jon Jones Trolling & Is Covington Next for Masvidal? : 9/28/20
A dominant TKO win at UFC 253 for Israel Adesanya has DC buzzing about The Last Stylebender, leading the guys to wonder who, if anyone, can contend with Adesanya in the middleweight or light heavyweight divisions. Also, whats the appetite for a boxing match between Conor McGregor and Manny Pacquiao, and what the heck should the UFC do with the complicated welterweight picture involving Jorge Masvidal, Nathan Diaz, Colby Covington, Leon Edwards and future double champ Khamzat Chimaev? Plus, Jan Blachowiczs unlikely journey to light heavyweight champion and Jon Jones consequent Twitter trolling.
Michael Chandler, Wallid Ismail on Discovering Paulo Costa & UFC 253 + NFL RB Marshawn Lynch: 9/23/20
The middleweight title clash between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa that headlines UFC 253 is just days away. MMA legend Wallid Ismail passionately tells Ariel about the moment he knew Costa would be a star, and why he believes his client will be the first to take down the undefeated Adesanya. But before that, newly signed UFC lightweight Michael Chandler discusses the end of his decade-long run in Bellator, his first meeting with UFC brass, criticism from fans, and if he actually believes hell fight at UFC 254 next month. Plus, NFL running back Marshawn Lynch delivers his thoughts on Tyron Woodleys pre-fight press conference last week.
Covington Wins Convincingly, All Aboard the Chimaev Hype Train + Our First Fight: 9/21/20
Colby Covington dominated Tyron Woodley, then called out both Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman after the fight. DC & Helwani discuss if Covington should be next for Gamebred," instead of the BMF rematch, and if Woodley should call it a career after suffering his third straight loss. And, after another spectacular win on Saturday for Khamzat Chimaev, DC declares himself the conductor of the hype train. Plus, what to expect from former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandlers highly anticipated debut at UFC 254, and how the outcome of that main event could lead to fun stuff for Conor McGregor. Then, DC opens up about his first fight with Ariel.
Israel Adesanya, Jan Blachowicz, Miami Heat Star/MMA Fan Goran Dragic: 9/16/20
Undefeated UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya joins Ariel ahead of his long-awaited showdown with Paulo Costa at UFC 253. The Last Stylebender tells us why the energies between he and The Eraser dont mix and delivers a message to the critics who still believe he is all hype (8:38). Then, UFC light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz reflects on his long journey to a title fight against Dominick Reyes in the UFC 253 co-main event. And just one day after dropping a team-high 29-points in Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, Heat guard Goran Dragic talks Miamis playoff run and drops MMA knowledge about next months Khabib Nurmagomedov-Justin Gaethje main event, his dream MMA fight, and much more. But first, Ariel sets the stage for Saturdays stacked UFC Fight Night card, headlined by the long-awaited welterweight showdown between Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley.
Poirier vs. Ferguson Falls Through, Covington vs. Woodley Storylines & DCs Breaking News!: 9/14/20
DC begins the show with a major announcement before he and Ariel discuss why it appears unlikely Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson will square off in what was to be a highly anticipated co-main event at UFC 254 next month. Plus, the guys dive into the many storylines surrounding Saturdays Colby Covington-Tyron Woodley fight, the Khamzat Chimaev hype train and why strawweight Angela Hill reminds Ariel of Jorge Masvidal.
Alistair Overeem, Gerald Meerschaert Predicts Khamzat Chimaev Upset: 9/9/20
Fresh off another win in the UFCs heavyweight division, 23-year veteran Alistair Overeem discusses how much longer he plans on fighting, the best moments of his career and how Jon Jones would fare in the division. Then, UFC middleweight Gerald Meerschaert -- who fights Khamzat Chimaev on Sept. 19 -- talks about the holes in Chimaevs game and how he plans to stop the Khamzat hype train and derail the UFCs plans for the young phenom. Plus, Ariel shares some news and notes from around the world of MMA.
DC & Helwani: Nick Diaz Back?, Cormier vs. Lesnar, BMF Rematch: 9/7/20
With videos of a fit Nick Diaz swirling around social media, DC & Helwani talk about the UFC welterweight's potential path to a return, and some big names they'd like to see him fight. Plus, the guys discuss whether fans actually want to see Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal fight again, the partnership between Masvidal and Tyron Woodley, Alistair Overeem's incredible heavyweight run and...is there one man who could lure DC out of retirement?
Tyron Woodley, NewYorkRic on Masvidal/Diaz 2, Lesnar/Jones: 9/3/20
After an avalanche of MMA news, Ariels old pal NewYorkRic stops by to discuss the proposed rematch between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz, Leon Edwards standing in the welterweight division and if theres any truth to the rumors of a Brock Lesnar/Jon Jones heavyweight superfight. The guys also look back on their accomplishments as they usher in a new era of the show. Then, former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley talks about lessons learned from his loss to Gilbert Burns, training with Masvidal, Colby Covingtons shortcomings and why Kamaru Usman would be nothing without him.
DC & Helwani: Cormier Breaks Silence on Miocic Loss, Fighting Future & Jon Jones: 9/2/20
In a memorable first episode of the new DC & Helwani era, Daniel Cormier speaks for the first time since losing to Stipe Miocic at UFC 252, candidly discussing his regrets from the fight, Miocics controversial third round eye poke and if he truly feels hes done fighting. Plus, Cormier gives his thoughts on Jon Jones decision to leave the light heavyweight division and whether Francis Ngannou should fight for the heavyweight belt next.
Dominick Reyes, Anthony Smith, Jon Jones Future: 8/20/20
Before discussing preparations for his UFC 253 title fight next month, UFC light heavyweight contender Dominick Reyes explains why he feels Jon Jones chose to relinquish his belt. Then, light heavyweight contender Anthony Smith looks back on his May loss to Glover Teixeira before previewing next weekends fight against Aleksander Rakic and breaking down Jones' chances in the UFCs heavyweight division (27:08). Plus, Ariel weighs in on how the UFC should move forward with Jones (57:20).
DC & Helwani: UFC 252 Aftermath feat. Ben Askren: 8/17/20
Former UFC fighter Ben Askren joins Ariel to explain why Daniel Cormiers five-round loss at UFC 252 shouldnt affect his legacy. The guys then talk about the fights controversial eye pokes, if they believe DC will really call it quits, and Stipe Miocics place among the greatest of all time. Plus, a complicated heavyweight picture and Jon Jones place in it (31:58), Sean OMalleys falter (41:24) and Paige VanZants newest opportunity (58:10).
Sean O'Malley, Chris Weidman: 8/12/20
One of the hottest names in MMA, Suga Sean OMalley joins Ariel days before his UFC 252 bantamweight bout to discuss the UFCs decision to upgrade him to the co-main event, his new contract, inspiration hes taken from Michael Jordan, how he plans on beating Marlon Vera, his beef with Cody Garbrandt and more (6:54). Then, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman talks about his first win in three years, the hardest weight cuts of his career, proper foot hygiene and his new partnership with social media star Gary Vee (31:55). But before all that, Ariel shares some of his favorite Daniel Cormier memories.
DC & Helwani: Final Fight Week, Ben Askren Joins: 8/10/20
Days before the final fight of his UFC career, Daniel Cormier joins Ariel to discuss the crazy journey thats led to this moment, Khabibs advice for him and adjustments hes made since last fighting Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight belt. Then, former UFC fighter Ben Askren fills in for DC to talk about whats next in the UFCs heavyweight division (26:15), Chris Weidmans first win in three years (36:00), the speculation around Tyron Woodley vs. Colby Covington (1:01:00) and much more.
Darren Till, Dillon Danis: 8/5/20
From a pool in Dubai, UFC middleweight Darren Till talks to Ariel about his July 25 loss to Robert Whittaker, his dreams of holding the belt one day, why he doesnt want to be an Instagram fighter, past issues with Mike Perry, pina coladas and more (6:10). Plus, the latest on Conor McGregor and a conversation with Bellator welterweight Dillon Danis about his injury recovery and the many, many fighters he has beef with, including Jorge Masvidal (37:00).
DC & Helwani: Road to UFC 252, Khabib vs. GSP?, McGregor's Future: 8/3/20
With less than two weeks away from UFC 252, Daniel Cormier updates Ariel with the latest on his training, his plan for beating Stipe Miocic and his emotions going through the final fight camp of his illustrious career. Then, the guys discuss Khabibs plan to fight Georges St-Pierre in 2021 (42:25), Conor McGregors next step (55:50), flyweight Joanne Calderwoods costly decision and Derek Brunsons surprising win over UFC middleweight prospect Edmen Shahbazyan.
Tony Ferguson, Robert Whittaker, Roy Jones Jr.: 7/29/20
In an exclusive interview, UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson speaks candidly about his UFC 249 loss to Justin Gaethje, telling Ariel about his regrets from that fight, the difficulties of fighting Gaethje after preparing for Khabib Nurmagomedov, what it was like to experience losing for the first time in eight years, and when/who he hopes to fight next. Then, former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker discusses last weekends win over Darren Till and his overall thoughts on the division (27:00). Legendary boxer Roy Jones Jr. also talks about his upcoming exhibition bout with Mike Tyson and how it came together (48:18).
DC & Helwani: Whittaker/Till Recap, Whos Next For Khamzat?: 7/27/20
Daniel Cormier joins Ariel to discuss Robert Whittakers five-round decision victory over Darren Till this past weekend, and what it says about the former middleweight champs evolution in the UFC. The guys also talk about where Till goes from here, if Alexander Gustafsson should stay at heavyweight (26:10), and the road ahead for welterweight sensation Khamzat Chimaev (31:45).
Jack Hermansson, Joanne Calderwood, News & Updates: 7/22/20
Before running through the latest in the MMA world (42:20), Ariel speaks to UFC middleweight Jack Hermansson about last weekends big submission of Kelvin Gastelum and his predictions for Saturdays Darren Till/Robert Whittaker fight, as well as the rest of the middleweight division. Plus, UFC flyweight contender Joanne Calderwood explains why shes passing up a title shot against Valentina Shevchenko, choosing to fight on Aug. 1 rather than wait for the champion (24:15).
DC & Helwani: The New Flyweight King, Adesanya vs. Costa: 7/20/20
Daniel Cormier joins Ariel to discuss Deiveson Figueiredo becoming the new UFC flyweight champion, whether Joseph Benavidez is the best fighter to never win a UFC title, the recently booked Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa fight, Khabib Nurmagomedov's fighting future, Aljamain Sterling's chances of getting the next UFC title shot, the final Fight Island event of the month, and a heavyweight fight that definitely won't be happening this weekend.
Jorge Masvidal, Rose Namajunas; Fight Island Recap: 7/15/20
After reacting to Wednesday nights events, Ariel speaks to BMF champion Jorge Masvidal about Gamebreds performance against Kamaru Usman, the difficulties of last week's weight cut, why he feels fans are drawn to him, his hopes for fighting Usman again and more (4:50). Then, UFC strawweight Thug Rose Namajunas discusses a challenging Fight Island experience, if she thinks Zhang Weili is next, and why she feels shes a different person after beating Jessica Andrade (40:25).
DC & Helwani: UFC 251 Recap, Usmans Next Opponent: 7/13/20
Daniel Cormier joins Ariel to discuss if the Kamaru Usman/Jorge Masvidal fight lived up to expectations, controversy surrounding the Alexander Volkanovski/Max Holloway decision (34:06), if the referees should have stopped the bantamweight event sooner (50:07), if Rose Namajunas is ready for Zhang Weili (54:43) and Paige VanZants next move (56:38). Plus, the guys get heated while debating whether Gilbert Burns or Leon Edwards deserve the next shot at the welterweight title (21:50).
Ben Askren, Henri Hooft: 7/8/20
Jorge Masvidals flying knee seen round the world elevated his stardom to levels that his opponent that night, former UFC welterweight Ben Askren, believes he himself could have risen to had he won. Askren openly discusses his emotions surrounding that night one year ago, Masvidals chances against Kamaru Usman, Askrens own beef with Marty and more. Then, Henri Hooft, former coach of Usman and current coach of Gilbert Burns, breaks his silence to talk about Usmans departure from his gym and what it means for Sanford MMA if Usman and Burns face each other in the future (37:50). To sign up for Ariels LIVE podcast event on Friday at 8 p.m. ET, click here.
DC & Helwani: Masvidal Saves the Day, UFC 251 Preview: 7/6/20
Daniel Cormier joins Ariel to recap a crazy weekend that ended with Jorge Masvidal agreeing to terms to fight Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title on Fight Island. The guys share their insights about what really happened before debating which fighter faces more pressure Saturday night. Plus, they discuss whats next for Gilbert Burns (45:15), Max Holloways unorthodox training camp (56:30) and the slew of exciting fights slated for UFC 251. To sign up for Ariel's LIVE podcast event, click here.
Jorge Masvidal EXCLUSIVE: 7/6/20
In his first interview since agreeing to fight Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 on July 11, Jorge Masvidal joins Ariel for a wide-ranging chat about how the fight got made so quickly, whether hes happy with the deal, why he dislikes Usman so much and more.
Dustin Poirier, Rose Namajunas: 7/1/20
After beating Dan Hooker in a five round classic, former UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier discusses his grueling fighting style, his post-fight interaction with Hooker at the hospital, how his 2014 loss to Conor McGregor changed him, why he feels hes the last of a dying breed, and much more. Then, UFC strawweight Rose Namajunas on her UFC 251 preparation, if she misses holding the belt, COVID-19s impact on her family, and her spirituality (31:01). Plus, an update on when other MMA promotions might see a return to action (59:34).
DC & Helwani: The King of Lafayette, Perry's Girlfriend, Jon Jones' Threat: 6/29/20
Fight of the year? Daniel Cormier joins Ariel to break down Dustin Poirier's win over Dan Hooker and where it places him in the lightweight rankings. The guys also discuss Mike Perry's corner strategy (36:13), Max Holloway's new hair (48:48) and if they believe Jon Jones will actually sit out a few years (1:01:42). Plus, the time Ariel overstayed his welcome at DC's house and an update on DC's birds.
Paige VanZant, Mike Perry: 6/24/20
With her UFC contract set to expire after UFC 251, flyweight Paige VanZant talks to Ariel about where she and the UFC stand on contract renegotiations, if she's feeling additional pressure because of her situation, and the sacrifices she's made to focus her attention solely on this fight. Then, "Platinum" Mike Perry tells a bar fight story, shouts out the haters, and explains why his new girlfriend will be the only one cornering him this Saturday (27:40). Robert Drysdale, cornerman to Max Rohskopf, also explains why he ignored his fighter's pleas to stop the fight last Saturday (42:35).
DC & Helwani: Max Rohskopf Controversy, Blaydes' Win, Trilogy Training Camp: 6/22/20
Daniel Cormier joins Ariel to offer a different perspective on the controversy surrounding UFC lightweight Max Rohskopf and his cornerman Robert Drysdale (7:15). The guys also discuss what's next for Curtis Blaydes and the entire heavyweight division (37:40), the decision to hold the DC/Stipe Miocic fight at the Apex, upcoming fights they're excited for and if there's interest in watching Jon Jones and Mike Tyson fight each other (1:09:45).
Alexander Volkanovski, Cynthia Calvillo: 6/17/20
He's the champion, but Alexander Volkanovski still feels like he's got something to prove at UFC 251 when he puts his featherweight belt on the line against beloved fighter Max Holloway. Volkanovski tells Ariel about his renewed sense of motivation, his preparation for adverse conditions on Fight Island, and if he ever came close to fighting Henry Cejudo. Plus, Cynthia Calvillo discusses her move to flyweight, Jessica Eye's "weird" weigh-in performance last Saturday and how close she feels she is to challenging Valentina Shevchenko after defeating Eye (29:50). Ariel also delivers his thoughts on Amanda Nunes' recent comments about retirement (52:18).
DC & Helwani: Stipe Trilogy Fight, Masvidal's Missed Opportunity, Fight Island: 6/15/20
Daniel Cormier, who signed the Stipe Miocic trilogy fight last week, tells Ariel why he withheld the news from him on last week's show (15:15). Plus, DC on Jorge Masvidal's contract disputes, Fight Island, and the UFC 251 fighter facing the most pressure. Ariel also reveals why he only wears flannel shirts and DC admits he does not know the name of his pet bird.
Chael Sonnen Fired up About Fight Island, McGregor, Masvidal & Jones: 6/10/20
Following an "avalanche" of UFC news, ESPN's Chael Sonnen joins Ariel to discuss the revealing of Fight Island and a stacked UFC 251 card (15:38). Then, Sonnen unleashes on Ariel while talking about Jorge Masvidal's stalled negotiations, the UFC's failure to land Conor McGregor a fight, and Jon Jones' demands. Plus, Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic III (49:56).
DC & Helwani: McGregor's Retirement, UFC 250 Recap, Stipe/DC Latest: 6/8/20
Conor McGregor's retirement took the sports world by storm late Saturday night, and Daniel Cormier joins Ariel to explain the similarities and differences between McGregor's gripes with the UFC as compared to those of Jorge Masvidal, Jon Jones and Henry Cejudo (34:50). Plus, DC's advice to Amanda Nunes following her dominant UFC 250 performance, Aljamain Sterling's potential, the return of Cody Garbrandt, the fast-rising star of Sean O'Malley and much more, including an update on the potential trilogy fight between DC & Stipe Miocic (1:00:05).
Woodley, Spencer, Sterling, Sandhagen : 6/3/20
Days before UFC 250, headlining women's bantamweight contender Felicia Spencer joins Ariel to discuss her first UFC title fight appearance, what it was like to prepare during a pandemic, and Amanda Nunes' greatest weakness. Then, UFC bantamweight Aljamain Sterling explains his frustration with not being featured in Saturday's co-main event and also discusses the state of the division now that Henry Cejudo is out of the picture (27:35). Sterling's opponent, Cory Sandhagen, then tells Ariel about a very different fight week experience and why he believes he's a "more impressive" fighter than Sterling (44:45). Lastly, Tyron Woodley, who lost in a welterweight bout last weekend, explains why he's at an "eerie peace" with the loss before passionately describing how he hopes to make an impact in a country that badly needs it (1:05:42).
DC & Helwani: A Nation in Turmoil, Jon Jones vs. the UFC, Gilbert's Rise: 6/1/20
Daniel Cormier joins Ariel (as a co-host, not an interviewee) to recap the events of the last week, both in and out of the Octagon. DC explains why he thinks Jon Jones' threats of relinquishing his light heavyweight belt are legit (24:42) and also tells Ariel why -- after calling Gilbert Burns' dominant performance over Tyron Woodley this past weekend -- he believes the Brazilian deserves a shot at the welterweight title (47:30). Plus, Ariel and DC each send a message to a country currently embroiled in chaos.
Masvidal, Covington, Woodley, Ngannou: 5/27/20
BMF champion Jorge Masvidal takes Ariel into the back-and-forth conversations he and Kamaru Usman have had regarding a welterweight title fight, and Masvidal also talks about why he's happy Colby Covington no longer trains at American Top Team (1:02:36). Before that, Covington himself opens up on his departure from ATT, the founding of Colby Covington Inc., who he hopes to fight next, and his beef with WWE's Drew McIntyre (32:30). Tyron Woodley, set to fight Gilbert Burns on Saturday night, discusses his status in the welterweight title conversation and why he doesn't regret the extracurriculars he participates in outside of fighting (5:10). Plus, heavyweight Francis Ngannou talks about the speculated Jon Jones fight and why it's fallen through this time, if a Jones fight or Stipe Miocic rematch would be bigger, and what might happen when he eventually hits free agency (1:21:32).
DC & Helwani: Welterweight Logjam, Vacant Bantamweight Title: 5/25/20
Daniel Cormier tells Ariel who he'd like to see Kamaru Usman defend his welterweight belt against now that Jorge Masvidal wants to take his business elsewhere (41:35). Plus, with Henry Cejudo's retirement official, the guys discuss who deserves a bantamweight title shot (33:10), as well as what must happen before a Jon Jones/Francis Ngannou heavyweight bout can get signed (53:40). And, Ariel takes credit for helping propel DC's UFC career.
Anthony Smith Breaks Silence, Jim Ross Attends UFC Jacksonville: 5/20/20
One week after his controversial Fight Night bout against Glover Teixeira, UFC light heavyweight contender Anthony Smith passionately defends decisions made by his corner and referee Jason Herzog, each of whom allowed the fight to continue longer than most believe it should have. Plus, WWE legend and AEW commentator Jim Ross talks to Ariel about how he scored a ticket to UFC Jacksonville, comparisons between Dana White and Vince MacMahon, why the fan-less MMA experience works on TV and much more (52:32).
DC & Helwani: Jacksonville Recap, Jon Jones Latest, DC's Fight Island Plan: 5/18/20
Daniel Cormier and Ariel put a bow on the Jacksonville events before discussing whether Jon Jones can move up to heavyweight and beat Francis Ngannou (44:42), Justin Gaethje's comments on Conor McGregor (56:48) and DC's dream scenario for McGregor/Diaz III. Plus, some love for "The Beverly Hillbillies."
UFC Jacksonville Post-Show, The Undertaker's 10-Year-Old Secret: 5/13/20
After a controversial main event between Anthony Smith and Glover Teixeira, a fiery Chael Sonnen joins Ariel on ESPN Radio to explain why Wednesday night's events were "disgusting" (14:06). UFC lightweight Drew Dober also explains why, at age 31, he feels more confident than ever following his victory over Alexander Hernandez in Jacksonville. Plus, in a moment he's been waiting the past 10 years for, Ariel asks The Undertaker to reveal a big secret (43:35).
DC & Helwani: Recapping UFC 249; Cruz & Ngannou: 5/11/20
Fresh off calling the fights in Jacksonville, Daniel Cormier rejoins Ariel to break down Justin Gaethje's impressive performance, Henry Cejudo's sudden retirement and Stipe Miocic's unwillingness to fight him soon. They also talk about calling fights in an empty arena...and DC breaks big personal news! Then, Dominick Cruz joins Ariel two days after his UFC 249 bantamweight title loss to discuss the controversial early stoppage to the fight, his issues with the referee, and the devastation of losing after a 3+ year layoff from the sport (1:20:12). And, Francis Ngannou talks about his big knockout, the state of the heavyweight division and why the past year has been so frustrating for him (1:57:00).
UFC 249 Preview: Ferguson, Waterson, Stephens: 5/6/20
The headliner of Saturday night's highly-anticipated UFC 249 card, Tony Ferguson, joins Ariel to talk about how he's feeling heading into the interim lightweight title fight, and why he won't fall for the trap Justin Gaethje may be setting (7:00). Then, strawweight Michelle Waterson discusses her unique training camp experience, lessons learned from her loss to Joanna Jedrzejczyk, her matchup with Carla Esparza and more (15:32). Featherweight Jeremy Stephens also explains why he's been away from social media, why he was born for this moment, and what it's been like training alongside Dominick Cruz (39:40). Plus, TST tells some wild stories from the weekend (1:01:00).
DC & Helwani: UFC 249 Matchups, Cowboy's Comments, A Message for Stipe: 5/4/20
Fight week is back! To celebrate the occasion, Daniel Cormier and Ariel discuss why Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje won't disappoint (47:08). Plus, DC calls out Stipe Miocic (1:03:40) and gives his take on Donald Cerrone's recent comments about the Conor McGregor fight (33:54). DC also talks about his relationship with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson right after we learn of another one of Ariel's childhood enemies.
Robert Whittaker Opens Up, Bob Arum on Boxing's Future: 4/29/20
Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker tells Ariel why he needed time off after losing the belt to Israel Adesanya, if he considered walking away from the sport entirely, his experience grappling with his wife during quarantine, and why he's excited to face Darren Till later in 2020. Plus, Top Rank Founder/CEO Bob Arum -- who began postponing boxing events in late February -- explains what must happen for boxing to return, how the coronavirus challenge stacks up against others he's faced in his storied career, if Wilder/Fury III could be fought without fans, and more (38:45). Ariel also gives his thoughts on the perception of Cowboy Cerrone (1:14:20).
DC & Helwani: Cejudo vs. Cruz & Risk/Reward for Top Fighters: 4/27/20
One week after Amanda Nunes' decision to withdraw from UFC 249, Ariel asks Daniel Cormier the question: What do top fighters have to gain (or lose) by fighting under adverse circumstances? Plus, DC tells Ariel about the real Henry Cejudo and whether Dominick Cruz has a shot at dethroning him at 249 (17:08). The guys also talk about their elementary school nemeses (49:34).
Reuniting With Jason "Mayhem" Miller: 4/22/20
A decade ago, Jason "Mayhem" Miller was one of the most popular MMA fighters on the planet. But when his fighting career came to a halt in 2012, his life took a dramatic turn for the worse, with years of arrests and prison stints to show for it. Today, nearly eight years after Miller infamously walked off Ariel's set, the guys reconnect to talk about the rise and fall and -- maybe -- rise again of "Mayhem."
DC & Helwani: Ferguson's Weight Cut & Strikeforce Memories: 4/20/20
Daniel Cormier tells Ariel whether it was smart or foolish for Tony Ferguson to make weight this past weekend, despite possibly having an interim title shot on May 9 (13:06). Plus, the guys remember DC's UFC debut - which happened seven years ago today -- before discussing how MMA history would be different had Strikeforce stayed around longer (31:50).
Tony Ferguson Exclusive: 4/17/20
Tony Ferguson speaks with Ariel moments after making weight on Friday for a fight that isn't happening. The former interim UFC lightweight champion talks about why he's decided to make weight, if he's fighting on May 9 against Justin Gaethje, the crazy past month, Conor McGregor's Twitter comments about him and more.
Georges St-Pierre & Shaquille O'Neal: 4/15/20
Two of the greatest athletes of all time, the first being UFC legend Georges St-Pierre, join Ariel to discuss what it would take to pull him out of retirement, the love/hate relationship he has with fighting, where he belongs in the G.O.A.T. conversation, and how he avoided trouble despite being in the public eye. Then, Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal explains how MMA training helped him win multiple NBA titles and why he feels his Lakers team could have beaten Michael Jordan's Bulls (52:50). Plus, "TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week" (1:14:28).
DC & Helwani: UFC 249 Postponement & Angry Ronda Rousey: 4/13/20
Daniel Cormier was pegged to be on the broadcast team for UFC 249, and he tells Ariel how the UFC was preparing to make the event as safe as it possibly could be (9:07). Plus, DC takes us into the psyche of the fighter during this time before the guys try to make sense of Ronda Rousey's fiery comments about WWE fans (34:00). And, could Ariel beat Ben Askren in a boxing match?
Island Fighting, Israel Adesanya & McGregor Memories: 4/8/20
Chael Sonnen, who once fought on an island, tells Ariel about his own experiences before the two friends discuss Sonnen's fascination with the TBD location of UFC 249, the UFC's harrowing back to its early days, a stacked lightweight division, and how Conor McGregor could somehow become the top contender in the welterweight division. Plus, John Kavanagh of SBG Ireland shares memories of McGregor's UFC debut -- seven years ago this week -- (1:23:04) and UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya explains why he wants to fight on the island, why he respects Dana White's efforts to keep UFC events going, why he vows to not repeat Jon Jones' mistakes and much more (54:52).
DC & Helwani: Khabib/Ferguson Latest, Thoughts on Jon Jones & Stipe Miocic: 4/6/20
With the UFC reportedly close to finalizing a location for UFC 249, Daniel Cormier and Ariel discuss possible matchups, as well as Khabib's handling of the situation (10:20). Plus, DC explains why he thinks Jon Jones' latest incident won't change him (33:16) and why he understands that Stipe Miocic isn't thinking about a trilogy fight right now (27:44). And, Wrestlemania 36 reaction and a mysterious text Jones once sent to DC.
Tony Ferguson Exclusive, Triple H, Stipe Miocic: 4/1/20
Tony Ferguson explains to Ariel why he believes Khabib Nurmagomedov is "running away" from him, why the highly-anticipated fight won't ever happen, and if he's willing to face top contender Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 (5:05). UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic also gives the latest on his injured eye and discusses his role in combating the coronavirus as a part-time firefighter (43:31). Plus, professional wrestling titan Triple H on why WrestleMania 36 is a go (19:36), Ariel delivers his thoughts on UFC 249 (11:44), and TST gives his "Minimalist Tip of the Week" (1:01:13).
DC & Helwani: UFC 249 Latest and Jon Jones Arrest Reaction: 3/30/20
Due to travel restrictions, the UFC 249 headliner between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson looks like it won't happen...again. Daniel Cormier and Ariel discuss who should replace Khabib and why the UFC is so devoted to salvaging the event. Plus, DC builds his dream 249 card (21:28) and the guys each explain why they're worried about Jon Jones following his latest arrest, and if they think Jones is capable of changing (33:06). Oh yeah, and DC talks about the time he spent five days in jail.
How WWE, UFC Are Fighting On: 3/25/20
WrestleMania 36 is still a go, despite mass cancellations in the sporting world. PostWrestling.com's John Pollock joins Ariel to discuss WWE's decision-making under these circumstances, the logistics behind producing the taped two-day WrestleMania event and how Vince McMahon has handled this situation better than Dana White. Plus, the guys talk about the wrestling careers of former UFC fighters Cain Velasquez and Shayna Baszler (24:16) and the new Chris Benoit documentary before TST gives his "Minimalist Tip of the Week" (47:03).
DC & Helwani: The UFC's Next Moves & DC's Brilliant Plan: 3/23/20
Daniel Cormier rejoins Ariel and together the two discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the UFC's future, as well as DC's own fighting future (13:20). Plus, DC talks about the evolution of Khabib Nurmagomedov before revealing his epic plan to keep UFC 249 afloat (27:30). The guys also give some recommendations for all-time fights to watch (48:52).
Where Does MMA Go From Here?: 3/18/20
With three UFC fight cards postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the UFC finds itself in flux. NewYorkRic and Marc Raimondi join Ariel to discuss the UFC's commitment to holding on when every other sport decided to shut down. Plus, they wonder if Leon Edwards will get the Tyron Woodley fight taken away (23:20), if the UFC could then justify a Colby Covington/Woodley fight, if UFC 249 will happen (36:34) and if all of this craziness could lead to a Conor McGregor/Khabib Nurmagomedov fight faster than we expected. And, everyone shares their own experiences with social distancing and TST gives his "Minimalist Tip of the Week."
Chael Sonnen In Studio, Filthy Tom's New Home: 3/11/20
"Filthy Tom" Lawlor announces his return to MMA and explains why, even after a rocky ending with the UFC, he feels now is the right time to get back into fighting (41:36). Before that, Chael Sonnen on the time Ariel supposedly stabbed him in the back, why "good things happen to bad people," if he misses fighting, his beef with Valentina Shevchenko and affinity for Kevin Lee. Plus, the debut of "Legitimate Questions" with Marc Raimondi (53:34) and "TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week" (1:01:52).
Zhang, Adesanya, Shevchenko, Arum, Jay Park, O'Malley, More: 3/9/20
After a bizarre main event at UFC 248, Ariel defends Israel Adesanya against the criticism he's received since Saturday night. Plus, he explains why he's in awe of Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk following a fight some are calling the greatest female fight in MMA history. Then, --UFC lightweight Sean O'Malley on a stressful fight week, the special bond he shares with his coach and how long he plans to wait before fighting next (23:16). --UFC welterweight Neil Magny discusses his first win since May 2018, his storied UFC career and how fatherhood affected the lead-up to Saturday's fight (39:31). --Korean hip-hop artist Jay Park gives his side of the story on what happened at UFC 248, where UFC featherweight Brian Ortega slapped him for what his friend, The Korean Zombie, said on Ariel's show last month (53:46). --UFC women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko explains why she believes Joanna won on Saturday and why Zhang didn't impress her. She also discusses Yoel Romero's odd strategy against Adesanya (1:19:01). --UFC strawweight champion Zhang (and her translator) discuss how she's feeling physically after a grueling five-round fight, a challenging fight week, if she regrets taking the fight given the tumultuous lead-up to it and if/when she anticipates a rematch against Joanna (1:39:47). --Bob Arum, Founder/CEO of Top Rank, on why the UFC is "trash", his fictional feud with Dana White, Wilder/Fury III and what makes a great promoter (2:12:20). --UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya explains why the Romero fight was the "weirdest" one he's ever been a part of and why he wasn't fooled by his strategy. He also talks about his private conversation with Dana White following the fight, what he makes of Paulo Costa's comments and much more (2:36:20).
DC & Helwani: The Inaugural Episode: 3/5/20
In the very first edition of "DC & Helwani" on ESPN Radio, Daniel Cormier and Ariel discuss DC's future, Israel Adesanya's stardom, memories of Yoel Romero's early days, Joanna Jedrzejczyk's chances against Zhang Weili, DC's relationships with Deron Winn and Khabib Nurmagomedov all while taking phone calls from fans. Plus, DC makes his case for James Harden as NBA MVP and we find out the guys stink at math and changing oil in cars.
UFC 248 Preview & The Canadian Gangster's New Home: 3/4/20
With Israel Adesanya's star on the rise ahead of UFC 248, ESPN's Phil Murphy joins Ariel to discuss Adesanya's growing popularity around the globe (35:32). But before that, Zhang Weili's manager Brian Butler talks about Zhang's wild journey to Las Vegas and the possibility of a Rose Namajunas fight (18:46) while ESPN's Marc Raimondi puts a bow on UFC Norfolk and discusses whether this is Yoel Romero's last chance at a title fight. UFC veteran Olivier Aubin-Mercier also joins to break news about his fighting future (51:46), Ariel plays some UFC 248 trivia (1:04:40) and TST returns from his short-lived retirement (1:16:13).
Adesanya, Romero, Mighty Mouse, Felder, Spencer, M. Anderson, More: 3/2/20
The UFC flyweights should stick around, Ariel says, despite the controversial weekend for the division in Norfolk. The show's first guest, UFC featherweight Felicia Spencer -- a winner in Norfolk -- explains how she was able to bounce back from her first pro loss before stating her case for a title shot against Amanda Nunes (22:12). Yoel Romero, the challenger in this upcoming weekend's UFC 248 headliner, talks about his emotions heading into the fight, his hectic fight week schedule, his weight cut and what it would mean for the 42-year-old to finally hold the UFC middleweight belt (40:10). Next, another winner from Norfolk, featherweight Megan Anderson, tells Ariel why she should be the one to face Nunes and also discusses her upcoming color commentary opportunity for Friday's Invicta FC event, which will feature open scoring (57:55). Former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson then talks about the state of the division he once ruled, what he would do about the flyweight division if he were the one running the UFC, as well as Henry Cejudo's recent behavior (1:13:13). Next, almost two weeks after his tough loss at UFC Auckland, lightweight Paul Felder talks about how he's feeling, if the judges should have awarded him the victory over Dan Hooker, his future and how he's drowned his sorrows in gluttony since the loss (1:32:17). Deron Winn, who also fights at UFC 248, previews his fight before talking about his relationship with Daniel Cormier (1:52:24). After that, Luis Pena, who recently reunited with his biological brother and father via Ancestry, talks about his win in Norfolk and how it felt even better to do it in front of his long-lost family members (2:09:50). Lastly, the UFC middleweight champion himself Israel Adesanya discusses his winning of a very special award in New Zealand, the positives and negatives of stardom, his preparation for UFC 248, walkout plans, recent controversial comments he's made, the latest between he and Jon Jones and much more (2:27:40).
Cejudo vs. Aldo, State of the Flyweights, What's Next for Tyson Fury?: 2/26/20
NewYorkRic talks about the state of the flyweight division heading into this weekend's UFC Norfolk card (8:00). Then, they discuss the Henry Cejudo vs. Jose Aldo title fight in May and NewYorkRic's experience at Wilder/Fury II. Afterwards, Fury's co-promoter Frank Warren joins to talk about the next step for Fury, the likelihood of the Anthony Joshua fight happening soon and his feud with Eddie Hearn (32:00). Finally, TST joins from Denmark to tell us about his trip to Scandinavia and also to offer his "Minimalist Tip of the Week," which concludes with a potentially shocking twist (1:02:00).
Hearn, Hooker, Jedrzejczyk, Gallagher, Calderwood, Adams, More: 2/24/20
Coming off a historical weekend in the boxing world, Ariel reacts to the Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder rematch and what could be next for Fury. Then, he welcomes famed combat sports nutritionist George Lockhart, who worked with Fury leading up to the big fight (22:46). Then, Eddie Hearn, Sports Promoter and Managing Director of Matchroom Sport, joins the show to talk about the possibility of a fight between Fury and Anthony Joshua and the beef between he and Fury (44:16). After that, Oklahoma City Thunder center and MMA fan Steven Adams talks about his MMA fandom and favorite fighters (1:12:00). Next, UFC women's strawweight contender Joanna Jedrzejczyk calls in to preview her upcoming bout on March 7 vs. Zhang Weili and discuss how she can potentially make history with a big win (1:18:20). Speaking of making history, UFC flyweight contender Joanne Calderwood previews her UFC 251 title fight vs. Valentina Shevchenko, as well as her upcoming wedding (1:35:18). What's next for UFC featherweight Ryan Hall, you ask? Hall joins the show to talk about what the future holds and whether or not he feels like he is being frozen out (1:50:16). Next, Conor McGregor's teammate, Bellator bantamweight James Gallagher talks about his progress in returning from a small muscle tear in his back (2:09:11). UFC light heavyweight Jimmy Crute next discusses his bounce-back win vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk and also says he "has never felt more nervous" before a fight (2:22:37). Another fighter coming off a great win, UFC lightweight Dan Hooker calls into the show to discuss his somewhat controversial victory over Paul Felder in Auckland. Hooker breaks down what was going through his head throughout the fight, saying Felder is "one heck of a poker player," (2:31:46). Lastly, Hooker's teammate, UFC lightweight Brad Riddell joins Ariel to recap his victory over Magomed Mustafaev. He says the experience fighting in New Zealand in front of his home crowd was unreal (2:46:07).
Diego Sanchez and His Guru Clear the Air: 2/19/20
In a contentious episode of the show, UFC legend Diego Sanchez and his coach and life guru, Josh Fabia, defend themselves against the criticism they've each received since Saturday night's controversial ending in Rio Rancho. Plus, ESPN's Antonietta Collins is in Las Vegas to set the scene for Tyson Fury/Deontay Wilder II and also to describe what it's like being from Jorge Masvidal's hometown (56:02). And, TST brings another "Minimalist Tip of the Week" (1:11:57).
Till, Fury, Poirier, Iaquinta, Perry, Sterling, More: 2/17/20
Ariel begins by delivering his thoughts on Jan Blachowicz's Saturday night win in Rio Rancho and the illegal knee that defined the Diego Sanchez/Michel Pereira fight. Then, Blachowicz himself discusses the magnitude of the win, his callout of Jon Jones, if he thinks he's ahead of Dominick Reyes for a title shot and the reception of him in Poland (25:48). UFC bantamweight Aljamain Sterling, absent since June, next talks about his recent injuries, the Petr Yan "hype train" and why Sterling feels he deserves a shot at the belt (45:35). Then, just days away from his highly-anticipated boxing heavyweight rematch with Deontay Wilder, "The Gypsy King" Tyson Fury discusses what it's like being the betting underdog, if he'll approach this fight differently than the first time around, what he may do next and when he thinks he'll call it quits (1:09:10). After that, former interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier on the possibility of fighting Nate Diaz, his campaign for a Conor McGregor matchup, if anyone can beat Khabib Nurmagomedov and his work with the Good Fight Foundation (1:27:47). Gegard Mousasi, former Bellator middleweight world champion, next talks about this upcoming weekend's bout with Douglas Lima (1:45:02) and then UFC middleweight Darren Till discusses his Twitter game, budding friendship with Israel Adesanya and the impact of his visa issues on UFC 248 (2:05:48). After that, a new-look "Platinum" Mike Perry on potentially moving weight classes, dealing with his UFC 245 loss to Geoff Neal, and his Saturday Submission Underground grappling matchup against Al Iaquinta (2:28:10). Lastly, Iaquinta talks about facing Perry, why he wants to fight Poirier and more (2:45:00).
Does MMA Have a Judging Problem?: 2/12/20
In the wake of a controversial UFC 247, Ariel welcomes veteran MMA official Marc Goddard to discuss misconceptions about officiating, the scoring of close rounds, the criteria officials adhere to and the comments Colby Covington made about him. Plus, Andy Foster, Executive Director of the California State Athletic Commission, joins the show to examine how officiating can improve (31:17). Later, Marc Raimondi explains the new Kansas open scoring laws and how they will be implemented (52:48). And, false accusations against Nate Diaz (1:06:40), the latest on Conor McGregor, "TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week" and a special Valentine's Day surprise for Ariel.
Reyes, Shevchenko, Lewis, Krause, Zombie, Sanchez, More: 2/10/20
Nearly 48 hours after a controversial end to UFC 247, Ariel delivers his thoughts on the main event and how officiating soured the night. One fighter affected by the officiating, lightweight James Krause, first explains why he took a fight on such short notice and also why even though he lost, he actually feels like he won (21:06). "The Black Beast" Derrick Lewis, a winner at 247, then talks about the emotions of winning in his hometown of Houston...and why he no longer trusts Ariel (42:00). Then, fresh off a dominant title defense against Katlyn Chookagian, flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko discusses why she approaches each fight differently, the early stoppage, if she'll consider fighting Amanda Nunes and her unique relationship with actress Halle Berry (1:02:56). Next, Dominick Reyes opens up about his emotions following an impressive performance against Jon Jones and explains why he feels the referees robbed him of the light heavyweight title (1:23:28). Plus, Reyes discusses how he felt in the late rounds of the fight, if he has any regrets, what Jones and Dana White told him afterward, the support he's received from the MMA community and if he wants an immediate rematch with Jones. Then, Jones' striking coach, Mike Winkeljohn of Jackson Wink, says he and Jones respect Reyes and how he battled on Saturday night, but that the judges ultimately made the correct decision in awarding Jones the victory (1:44:15). UFC welterweight Diego Sanchez, who fights this weekend in New Mexico, then issues an important warning to fighters and everyday people who take supplements to look and train better (2:08:09). Light heavyweight contender Jan Blachowicz, who also fights on Saturday, next talks about the Jones/Reyes fight and what he feels he must accomplish in order to jump ahead of Reyes in the eyes of the UFC (2:32:21). Lastly, "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung talks about the possibility of fighting Alexander Volkanovski...and why he thinks he's an easier opponent than Frankie Edgar (2:44:10).
All Things Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes: 2/5/20
Albuquerque's own Jon Jones fights this weekend, so Ariel welcomes Geoff Grammer of The Albuquerque Journal to talk about the perception of Jones in the city and a personal connection he shares with the UFC's light heavyweight champion. ESPN's Marc Raimondi also discusses the possibility of Jones losing and what his next move will be, win or loss (42:36). Plus, MMA legend Dan Henderson -- who helped train Dominick Reyes for Jones -- discusses Reyes' readiness for UFC 247 (26:54) and "TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week" (1:00:38).
Jon Jones, Covington, Volkanovski, Reyes, Anthony Smith, More: 2/3/20
To lead off UFC 247 fight week, Ariel welcomes Eliot Marshall of Elevation Fight Team in Denver to talk about the recent success of his gym, his transition from fighting to coaching and how he deals with anxiety issues on a daily basis. Then, Bellator's Sergio Pettis discusses his Bellator debut win, the impact of his brother Anthony on his career and the "mission statement" that changed his life (33:46). After that, former UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington breaks his silence to air his grievances on the officiating in his UFC 245 title shot against Kamaru Usman and the releasing of the audio tapes from his corner (46:17). Plus, he discusses fighting Usman again, his emotions since that fight and if he expects a contentious return to American Top Team. Then, Ariel's interview with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who opens up about dealing with his shadowy past, his balance between "working and playing," his legacy, his fiery back-and forth with Israel Adesanya, why he first started fighting at age 19, how long he plans to continue fighting and much more (1:15:40). Then, Jones' UFC 247 opponent, Dominick Reyes, addresses Jones' recent comments about him, if he thinks Jones is slowing down and if he feels Jones respects him heading into Saturday night's headliner (2:02:20). UFC light heavyweight Anthony Smith -- absent since June -- then discusses what it's like to fight Jones before telling a crazy story about how he nearly had a finger amputated (2:23:10). Lastly, new UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski on life as champion, his future goals and what Australia has been like as the devastating bush fires have wreaked havoc on his home country (2:46:40).
Masvidal on Usman Altercation, Stephen A. Responds to Joe Rogan: 1/29/20
Jorge Masvidal calls in to talk about his verbal altercation with Kamaru Usman in Miami (1:10:52). But before that, Ariel talks to Stephen A. Smith about the criticism he received from Joe Rogan and others following his post-UFC 246 analysis (4:35). Ariel and NewYorkRic also discuss the state of the heavyweight division, favorite MMA Super Bowl weekend moments, Ariel's crazy Jon Jones story and Kobe Bryant memories (35:20). Plus, "TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week" (1:25:49).
Cormier, Woodley, Cyborg, Barber, O'Malley, Roddy, Chiesa, More: 1/27/20
Ariel begins the show by emotionally reacting to the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others who perished in a helicopter crash on Sunday. The show's first guest, former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, talks about his memories of meeting Bryant, working with him on Bryant's ESPN + show and how "The Black Mamba" will motivate him for the rest of his life. Then, DC tells Ariel if a Stipe Miocic trilogy fight is the only matchup he wants for the final fight of his career. Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, who fights Leon Edwards in March, then sounds off on the unfair hand he's been dealt by the UFC (31:02). Next, heavyweight Curtis Blaydes talks about his Fight Night win and if he feels he's the best he's ever been, as well as if he hopes to fight Miocic, Francis Ngannou, or another top contender in his next fight (53:14). After that, just days after winning her Bellator debut, Cris Cyborg discusses how it feels now to win in four different promotions, how she made out financially in the fight and if she hopes to end her fighting career with Bellator (1:06:50). Next, Maycee "The Future" Barber, who sustained a severe knee injury in her UFC 246 loss to Roxanne Modafferi, discusses her surgery plans, when the injury happened, why she refused to stop, what she would have done if she were in Modafferi's shoes, and why she wouldn't change anything about that night (1:27:24). Then, Owen Roddy, the striking coach for Conor McGregor, breaks down McGregor's UFC 246 performance before telling Ariel why he worries more about maintaining McGregor's motivation than he does about his next opponent (1:44:45). UFC bantamweight Sean O'Malley, absent for the last two years thanks to a USADA suspension, tells Ariel why he believes the two years away have helped turn him into one of the top fighters in the world (1:59:26). The UFC's Jessica Penne, also suspended by USADA, is joined by her manager to open up about the four-year suspension, if she's ever knowingly cheated, if USADA is treating her fairly, her next steps and more (2:12:50). Bellator's AJ Agazarm joins to talks about Saturday's win and if he feels he's earned a step up after winning three straight bouts (2:31:15). Plus, does he expect Nick Diaz to fight in 2020? Lastly, Michael Chiesa recaps his Fight Night win over Rafael dos Anjos and tells Ariel why he almost considered pulling out of the fight (2:48:39). And, he says he wants a shot at Colby Covington before Ariel offers Chiesa a surprise.
What's Next For Conor McGregor?: 1/22/20
Is Conor McGregor back? NewYorkRic weighs in on that before he and Ariel lay out a number of possibilities for McGregor's next fight. Then, MMAFighting's Peter Carroll discusses the perception of McGregor's win in Ireland and if the people of the Emerald Isle are convinced McGregor has changed for the long-term (32:09). Plus, TST's impressions of the fight and his "Minimalist Tip of the Week" (52:20).
Masvidal, Kavanagh, Bisping, Lee, Holm, Modafferi, More: 1/20/20
Ariel opens the show by offering his immediate thoughts on UFC 246 and Conor McGregor's 40-second TKO of Cowboy Cerrone. Then, after the best win of her career, UFC flyweight Roxanne Modafferi tells Ariel why she didn't take advantage of Maycee Barber's apparent leg injury, what she attributes this upset win to and how she can build off this win (7:17). Then, a fiery Kevin Lee, who will take on Charles Oliveira in March, explains why the fight with Islam Makhachev fell through before sounding off on the UFC's top names and why they don't impress him (28:55). Next, ESPN analyst and former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping breaks down McGregor's fighting strategy and what this loss means for Cerrone's legacy (40:22). After that, Diego Ferreira, a winner over Anthony Pettis on Saturday, talks about his preparations for the fight and what it was like to be on the 246 card (56:44). Then, bantamweight legend Holly Holm discusses if she's happy with her Saturday performance against Raquel Pennington before talking about when she hopes to fight next and some personal struggles she's been dealing with (1:11:32). Then, Brian "Boom" Kelleher on Saturday night, if he considered it a must-win and how he would have considered retirement had he lost (1:25:04). Drew Dober, who received a bonus for his Saturday performance, then tells Ariel what he hopes for next (1:35:42). After that, McGregor's post-fight interview with Ariel where the guys discuss McGregor's welterweight TKO, what it felt like to be out there again, what the future could hold in store and more (1:45:04). Next, BMF champion Jorge Masvidal - one of McGregor's potential next opponents - weighs in on the fight and if he wants to battle McGregor or Kamaru Usman next (2:07:18). Plus, he (kind of) reveals why he wore the robe he did on Saturday night. McGregor's manager, Audie Attar, then discusses McGregor's new mindset and how he sees McGregor's 2020 unfolding (2:35:15). Lastly, McGregor's longtime coach, John Kavanagh, explains why Saturday was about much more than just winning a fight. He also tells Ariel who he wants McGregor to fight next...and it's not the guy you may think (2:50:44).
The Notorious McG: Conor McGregor Inside and Outside Ultimate Fighting: 1/17/20
On Saturday two UFC legends collide on ESPN+ as Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone faces Irishman Conor McGregor, perhaps the most notorious fighter in mixed martial arts. ESPN Senior Writer Kevin Van Valkenburg visited Ireland to see how years of controversy, troubling behavior, and criminal allegations have affected McGregor's folk hero status at home.
McGregor vs. Cerrone Press Conference Reaction With Chael Sonnen, Fan Calls: 1/15/20
Following Wednesday night's UFC 246 press conference featuring Conor McGregor, Cowboy Cerrone and Dana White, Ariel hits the ESPN Radio airwaves to take fan calls and to speak with Chael Sonnen (12:48) about his takeaways from the night. Plus, "TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week" with some help from McGregor (39:17).
Conor McGregor Exclusive Interview, Kavanagh, Roddy, Cruz, Alvarez, More: 1/13/20
With all eyes on Conor McGregor and his UFC 246 battle with Cowboy Cerrone in Las Vegas, Ariel opens the show by explaining why he's so excited about this card. The show's first guest, UFC bantamweight Dominick Cruz talks about a conversation he shared with McGregor and the advice he has for him in facing off against Cerrone (23:39). Then, former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez tells Ariel about his plan to fight three times this year, which he hopes will ultimately land him a ONE Championship title fight (39:29). After that, UFC lightweight Anthony Pettis previews his Saturday matchup against Carlos Diego Ferreira before explaining how he's fallen back in love with "the process" of fighting during this camp (49:57). Plus, he tells a wild story about USADA. Then, in an exclusive interview, the man they call "Notorious" sits down with Ariel to discuss his newfound outlook on life, his confidence heading into this fight, the camaraderie he shares with his team, the role of his two children in his life, how he's managed to block out all of the criticism he's received, why he's chosen to fight Cerrone at 170 lbs., his questionable decision-making before the Khabib Nurmagomedov bout and how he hopes to rectify it by fighting him again, his relationship with life guru Tony Robbins, how much money he'll make off the Cerrone fight and much more (1:05:28). After that, 15 different celebrities weigh in with their UFC 246 picks, with predictions coming from the NBA's Kristaps Porzingis, WWE's Becky Lynch, actor Mario Lopez and many more (1:58:45). Owen Roddy, McGregor's striking coach, then discusses the holes in Cerrone's game and McGregor's readiness for the fight (2:05:58). Next, UFC flyweight Roxanne Modafferi, who fights Maycee Barber this weekend, talks about her social media exchanges with Barber and how she envisions Saturday night will unfold (2:24:34). Lastly, SBG Ireland's John Kavanagh makes his return to the show to candidly discuss how McGregor got his motivation back, why the Irishman needs to fight to stay grounded and out of trouble, if he thinks McGregor could fight Justin Gaethje next, and the last time he remembers seeing McGregor this focused and happy (2:35:32).
2020 Lookahead with NewYorkRic: 1/8/20
Ariel and NewYorkRic begin their 2020 preview by looking back on the fallout of Ariel's controversial picks from the 2019 Helwani Nose Awards. Then, the two old friends discuss the fights that must happen in 2020 (15:17), bold predictions (27:37), the biggest stories they're watching (39:06) and who they expect to win the male and female fighters of the year (51:24). Plus, TST's own predictions and his "Minimalist Tip of the Week," which takes on a New Year's spin (1:06:29).
The 2019 Helwani Nose Awards feat. Masvidal, Adesanya, 24 Awards, More: 1/6/20
In an annual tradition, Ariel announces his winners of the most coveted awards in MMA. Male (1:51:44) and Female (1:09:01) Fighter of the Year are on the line, as well as Breakout Fighter (24:02), Most Improved Fighter and Promo of the Year (1:13:42). Chael Sonnen also joins Ariel to hand out all-decade awards (47:26) and Ben Askren (1:15:08), Jorge Masvidal (1:59:34), Israel Adesanya (2:22:20) and NewYorkRic (2:39:28) react to Ariel's selections.
Decade in Review Roundtable: 12/23/19
In a roundtable discussion, ESPN's Brett Okamoto and Marc Raimondi join Ariel to look back on the stories that defined MMA in the past decade.
Exclusive: Rory MacDonald On Signing With PFL; UFC 245 Aftermath: 12/18/19
In an exclusive interview, former UFC title contender and Bellator champion Rory MacDonald joins Ariel to explain why he has decided to sign with PFL. Then, ahead of her Bellator title fight in her native Hawaii on Saturday, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane says she's offended by MacDonald's Bellator exit before she discusses her preparation for the fight and why she's more emotional than she's ever been in the days leading up to a bout (27:34). Lastly, NewYorkRic on the fallout of UFC 245 and which exciting matchups lay on the horizon in 2020 (51:21). And, TST's Minimalist Tip of the Day and the holiday dilemma he's having (1:15:36).
Wonderboy & M. Anderson In Studio, Faber, Edwards, Neal, Hooper, More: 12/16/19
In the final live show of the decade, Ariel begins by offering his reactions to UFC 245. He then welcomes one of the darlings of the weekend, 20-year-old featherweight Chase "The Dream" Hooper, to talk about the origin of his UFC dreams, the public's perception of him, why he's a "weird dude" and much more (16:35). Then, welterweight Geoff Neal discusses his knockout of Mike Perry, why he'd rather wait for a title shot than rush into one and his decision to stop waiting tables in his free time (29:42). Next, welterweight contender Leon Edwards explains why Kamaru Usman's performance didn't impress him and if he's worried the UFC will favor Jorge Masvidal for the title shot over him (44:40). Then, after winning a fight she failed to make weight for, Jessica "Evil" Eye reveals why she missed weight before talking about life in Las Vegas and how long it took her to get over the tough loss to Valentina Shevchenko in June (1:00:15). After that, PFL's Kayla Harrison previews her Dec. 31 bout before discussing her decision to resign with PFL and why she refuses to cut weight (1:15:52). Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson, who defeated Vicente Luque at UFC 244, then joins Ariel in studio (and is presented with a gift) to talk about the state of the welterweight division, who he'll fight next, if he thinks he'll regret it if he never wins a UFC belt, Usman's impressive performance, Colby Covington's toughness, his close relationship with his father and more (1:28:21). Australian featherweight Megan Anderson then steps in the studio to break some news about her next fight and also to discuss what it would take to earn a shot at Amanda Nunes (2:06:02). She then opens up about her mental health battles and the suicide attempt that landed her in the hospital before she ever started fighting, but also about MMA's impact on her and how it's allowed her to take control of her life (2:06:02). Lastly, after losing to Petr Yan this past weekend, UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber tells Ariel if he regrets taking the fight before speculating on his future in the sport and discussing what it's like for his loved ones to watch him lose so handily (2:46:44).
LIVE from Las Vegas: The Second Nose World Order Trivia Challenge: 12/14/19
Live from Jimmy Kimmel's Comedy Club at The LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas, Ariel hosts the Second Nose World Order Trivia Challenge. Fighters Dominick Reyes, Derrick Lewis, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Michael Chiesa compete for the prestigious N.W.O. belt in front of a packed audience one night before UFC 245. Only one can come out on top. Who will it be?
The Curious Case of Colby Covington, Mick Conlan: 12/11/19
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: 12/9/19
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 (3:04:02).
McGregor/Cerrone Reaction; Rich Eisen Remembers Stuart Scott: 12/4/19
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: 12/2/19
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: 11/27/19
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).
Gina Carano, Dillashaw, Whittaker, Weidman, Rockhold, More: 11/25/19
In a history-making episode of the show, former UFC champion Chris Weidman looks back on his "devastating" loss to Dominick Reyes last month. With a Jon Jones matchup likely awaiting him had he beaten Reyes, Weidman tells Ariel whether he looked past Reyes and also if he feels any pressure to retire now. After that, Jairzinho Rozenstruik -- who will fight Alistair Overeem next week in place of Walt Harris Jr. -- discusses his possible path to a UFC heavyweight title shot and what it's like fighting under such circumstances (27:39). Then, former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold rejoins the show to discuss his recent travels, new business ventures, bull-wrestling experiences and why he doesn't feel compelled to rush back to fighting (45:46). Next, one of the all-time greats, Randy "The Natural" Couture describes how he's feeling physically and emotionally after suffering a heart attack last month (1:04:20). After that, MMA coach Edmond Tarverdyan - former coach of Ronda Rousey - talks about the development of a potential up-and-coming UFC star: Edmen Shabazyan, the 21-year-old middleweight who knocked out Brad Tavares at Madison Square Garden earlier this month (1:20:33). Then, after largely staying silent for the past seven months, former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw explains why he took the substance that landed him a two-year suspension from USADA, how he's spent his time away from the sport and why he feels it's important to be transparent about the entire situation (1:40:06). Plus, he reveals the fight he wants when he eventually makes his return. Then, in her debut appearance on the show, female fighting pioneer Gina Carano tells Ariel why she's been ducking him for the last eight years (2:02:20). In the interview, Ariel thanks Carano for sparking one of the biggest turning points in his career before the old friends talk about her indelible impact on MMA, her gut-wrenching 2009 loss to Cris Cyborg, the stunning story behind the UFC deal and Rousey fight that never happened, if she ever thinks about fighting anymore, why she's thrown herself into acting, her new role as Cara Dune in "The Mandalorian" on Disney + and so much more. Lastly, another former UFC middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker, discusses his loss to Israel Adesanya at UFC 242 and who and where he hopes to fight next (3:02:20).
Gareth A. Davies Talks Recent Heart Attack: 11/20/19
Veteran combat sports reporter Gareth A. Davies joins Ariel to talk for the first time about his recent heart attack and how he's feeling. He also discusses his visit with Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury's flirtation with MMA, Ben Askren's retirement, Conor McGregor Watch and this weekend's Bellator Europe card.
Ben Askren Retires, Foley, Romero, JDS, Gracie, Nickal, More: 11/18/19
Ariel opens the show by talking to Junior dos Santos about the severity of the UFC heavyweight contender's infected leg, his thoughts on Curtis Blaydes and more. After that, Ben Askren tells Ariel he's decided to retire from fighting, choosing instead to focus on rehabbing his hip injury and to pursue his many other interests (23:09). He also discusses whether he regrets not joining the UFC earlier, and if he ever even loved fighting. Next, WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley dives into the crossover between wrestling and MMA and how he would fare in today's world of combat sports (1:03:14). Cesar Gracie, trainer to the Diaz brothers, then talks about the latest with each brother before explaining why newer MMA fans don't know the real Nick Diaz (1:28;16). Next, the UFC's Cory Sandhagen discusses his title fight hopes, his interest in transcendentalism and the significance of his January bantamweight showdown with Frankie Edgar (1:50:38). Then, Yoel Romero tells Ariel why he's the top contender in the middleweight division, comparing himself to Muhammad Ali in the process before directing a message toward the champion, Israel Adesanya (2:14:16). After that, two winners from this past weekend in Brazil, James Krause (2:33:52) and Paul Craig (2:52:31) discuss their victories and hopes for their careers moving forward. Lastly, the 2019 Dan Hodge winner Bo Nickal tells Ariel why he's decided to begin a career in MMA following a decorated collegiate wrestling career at Penn State (3:04:18).
Chael Sonnen in Israel & the Return of an Old Friend: 11/13/19
With Ariel experiencing separation anxiety from his partner-in-crime, he welcomes on Chael Sonnen from Israel to talk about Bellator's popularity in the country, his impressions of Ariel's interview with Nick Diaz and if he thinks Diaz will return in 2020 to fight Jorge Masvidal. Plus, they talk about hummus. Then, old friend NewYorkRic breaks his silence on his new gig before discussing who UFC champions Stipe Miocic and Israel Adesanya should fight next, who Rose Namajunas could target in her return, whether Corey Anderson or Dominick Reyes could take down Jon Jones in a title fight and much more (30:46). Plus, the debut of TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week (1:01:42)!
The Rock, Nick Diaz, Namajunas, Miocic, Woodley, More: 11/11/19
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson makes his debut on the show by first discussing his unforgettable experience at UFC 244, what he told Jorge Masvidal after the fight and the biggest differences between MMA and pro wrestling. And on a personal note, he opens up about his battles with anxiety and depression and how he manages to stay upbeat during tough times. Next, UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou talks about his comments on Alexander Volkov and possibly fighting Jon Jones next (31:50). Then, in her first interview since Jessica Andrade knocked her out at UFC 237, former strawweight champion "Thug" Rose Namajunas gets emotional talking about that loss and how it drove her to some dark places (48:31). She explains how winning the belt in November 2017 changed her for the worse after discussing why she's in a better place now and if she plans to fight in the UFC again (48:31). After that, a wide-ranging conversation with Nick Diaz about what he's been up to in his five-year suspension from the UFC, why he feels he's the true owner of the BMF belt, some bones to pick with Masvidal, if he believes he'll return to the Octagon in 2020 and much more (1:13:35). Then, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic discusses the belt and if it feels any different having it the second time around, his physical health and the guy he hopes to fight next - and it's not who you may think (2:03:36). Next, former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley tells Ariel who he wants to fight next and why, with some shots taken at Colby Covington in the process (2:22:16). And then, 42-year-old Demien Maia talks about his win over Ben Askren a few weeks ago, if he regrets never winning a belt and how he's managed to perform at a high level for so long (2:35:51). The show's final guest, Katlyn "Blonde Fighter" Chookagian takes some jabs at Ariel before staking her claim for a title shot versus Valentina Shevchenko (2:54:25).
Ken Shamrock In Studio: 11/6/19
"The World's Most Dangerous Man" Ken Shamrock joins Ariel in studio for an in-depth conversation on a multitude of topics: his return to pro wrestling at 55 years old, the current state of MMA, his relationship with his brother Frank, what really happened the night he pulled out of the Kimbo Slice fight, his greatest regret and much more.
Adesanya In Studio, Masvidal, Till, Lee, Lewis, Perry, More: 11/4/19
Ariel begins the show by sharing his thoughts on a jam-packed UFC 244. The show's first guest, Darren Till, talks to Ariel about his decision defeat of Kelvin Gastelum in his middleweight debut (4:18). Then, BMF champion Jorge Masvidal discusses his victory over Nate Diaz, his next big challenge and why he's interested in a boxing match against Canelo Alvarez (24:10). Kevin Lee then joins Ariel to shed light on his knockout of Gregor Gillespie and where he'll go from here (49:00). After that, Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson gives Ariel insight on his win over Vicente Luque (1:02:45) and "The Black Beast" Derrick Lewis explains why Blagoy Ivanov was one the toughest guys he's ever fought (1:11:55). While dealing with car trouble, welterweight Mike Perry talks with Ariel about his upcoming matchup with Geoff Neal at UFC 245 (1:27:20) and Walt Harris shares the latest on his missing daughter before explaining how the MMA community can help find her by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with any information (1:46:35). The new face of the UFC himself, Israel Adesanya, joins Ariel in studio to weigh in on Darren Till's performance, the BMF fight, his next opponent, when he'll fight Jon Jones and how he plans on staying grounded while experiencing this newfound fame (2:05:26). And finally, Audie Attar of Paradigm Sports Management and MMA manager Tim Simpson talk with Ariel about what it's like representing Adesanya and Leon Edwards (1:46:35). Plus, they weigh in on the latest with McGregor's next fight, his relationship with the UFC and McGregor's eagerness to overcome the legal and moral challenges he'll face in 2020
All Things Nathan Diaz v. Jorge Masvidal: 10/30/19
With the highly-anticipated battle for the BMF title just days away, Jorge Masvidal's manager Abraham Kawa joins Ariel to discuss the resurrection of the man they call "Gamebred" (36:01). Masvidal himself even makes an unannounced cameo! Plus, Kawa reveals what really happened between he and fellow manager Ali Abdelaziz in Las Vegas earlier this month. But before all that, ESPN's Marc Raimondi talks with Ariel about the crazy 35-50 hours last week that threw the MMA world into a frenzy, the relationship between the UFC and USADA, Masvidal's mainstream stardom and why this fight is so inspiring.
Nate Diaz, Askren, Faber, Action Bronson, Lima, More: 10/28/19
With UFC 244 just days away, Ariel begins the show by sharing an important message about Walt Harris, whose daughter went missing last week. Then, Ariel gives the latest on Conor McGregor's next opponent, Randy Couture's health and what the heck happened with Nate Diaz last week. The show's first guest, Frenchman Cyril Gane, talks to Ariel about his win in Singapore this past weekend (24:36) and "The Big Pygmy" Justin Wren talks about his latest humanitarian efforts (38:00). Next, Ariel chats with the new Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima about how it feels to own the belt (56:40) and then Ariel plays his interview with Nate Diaz, which he conducted on Sept. 19 at Madison Square Garden. In it, they discuss Diaz's relationship with Jorge Masvidal, the making of the BMF belt, if any other fighters deserve to fight in the BMF division and more (1:09:20). After that, "The California Kid" Urijah Faber discusses his Dec. 14 fight, why he wants to stay with the UFC for the rest of his career and more (2:06:10). Action Bronson then makes another appearance in the show, this time bonding with Ariel in Brooklyn while talking MMA over matzah ball soup (2:23:42). UFC welterweight Ben Askren then discusses whether he is considering ending his MMA career after two consecutive losses, if he loves fighting and if he thinks the UFC will even offer him another fight (2:44:30). After that, Masvidal fields questions from the media about fighting Diaz for the BMF belt, if he'll try to defend the belt if he wins it, why he respects Diaz and more (3:04:40). And finally, Diaz himself takes questions from reporters and clarifies what happened last week and explains why he believes the UFC was out to get him (3:34:14).
Greg Hardy & Frank Mir: 10/23/19
UFC heavyweight Greg Hardy calls in to tell Ariel about why he's fighting Alexander Volkov in Russia on 18 days' notice. He also opens up about his feelings on last Friday's controversial overturned decision before discussing his handling of criticism and the media's portrayal of him (41:16). But before that, MMA legend Frank Mir talks about his upcoming Bellator bout and his own daughter's decision to become an MMA fighter (2:55). Plus, ESPN's Marc Raimondi on Hardy and if he has a chance at winning his appeal of the overturned call and the drama surrounding Paige VanZant and Maycee Barber (25:53).
Barber In Studio, HHH/Fury, Reyes, Danis, Lauzon, More: 10/21/19
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show begins with a quick recap of UFC Fight Night and then UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon leads off the show by discussing how it felt to win on Friday -- his first win in three years (6:58). Next, flyweight Maycee "The Future" Barber joins Ariel in studio to talk to Ariel about her 8-0 MMA start, why she rarely watches film of her opponents, her partnership with Ben Askren, what it's like to have her father as her manager, why she wants to fight Paige VanZant and much more (25:38). Plus, Ariel challenges the 21-year-old Barber to a game that puts her knowledge of the 1990s to the test. Then, UFC welterweight Niko Price discusses his October 12 win over James Vick (1:20:40) and after that, Bellator's Dillon Danis explains why he felt he had to pay for a bullied teen's mixed martial arts lessons (1:40:30). Then, pro wrestler Triple H and boxer Tyson Fury join Ariel to discuss Fury's new gig with the WWE (2:03:37). Next, just days after his Boston win, Dominick Reyes confidently explains how he's trained his whole career to fight Jon Jones, why he feels disrespected and why he feels he's ready to "knock out" the UFC's light heavyweight champion (2:23:42). Ariel then speaks with "Meatball" Molly McCann about her less-than-stellar performance Friday night, her experiences in Boston and who she hopes to fight next in the flyweight division (2:42:40). Lastly, Ariel delivers his final thoughts on the Greg Hardy controversy, the latest on Conor McGregor's return and Ariel's own career update.
GSP's Future, Chuck & Tito, Backstage at PFL: 10/16/19
Will Georges St-Pierre fight again? ESPN's Mark Kriegel gives his thoughts following his sit-down interview with the retired UFC welterweight fighter (31:28). Plus, Kriegel, a highly-esteemed boxing writer, gets emotional discussing the brutal realities of covering the sport. After that, the director of the new 30 for 30 documentary, "Chuck & Tito," discusses the inspiration behind the film and the famed rivalry between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz that defined the early days of the UFC (57:35). ESPN's Marc Raimondi also discusses his time spent backstage at last week's PFL event and the recent California State Athletic Commission hearing, which produced some notable outcomes (5:18).
Jedrzejczyk, Rampage, Velasquez, Ortega, DJ, Barker, more: 10/14/19
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! Ariel Helwani begins the show with holiday cheer and shares his thoughts on Joanna Jedrzejczyk's victory over Michelle Waterson and Cub Swanson's win over Kron Gracie in Fight of the Night. Then, Jedrzejczyk joins to delve more into the story of whether or not she would make weight, share updates on the injury to her foot, and how important this win was for her (7:00). Then, UFC strawweight contender Tatiana Suarez explains how her neck injury is the reason why she has yet to call out for a title shot (27:00). Next, UFC's Mike Davis talks about his UFC FN win with just a few days' notice and his surprise that the fight against Thomas Gifford wasn't stopped sooner (43:00). After that, David Michaud speaks about advancing to the PFL WW Finals on December 31 on ESPN2 and how he drives to his fights because he's afraid to fly (58:00). Then, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez explains why he's so excited about his new contract in pro-wrestling, his debut on Smackdown and his title matchup against Brock Lesner at the end of the month. (1:14:00). Plus, after going 15-0 in Bellator, Aj McKee joins via Facetime to discuss being No. 1 on the list of Top 25 Fighters Under 25 and if he's surprised that he ranked that high. Also, he describes the feeling of he and his father fighting on the same card, and both winning (1:34:00). After that, Ariel catches up with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson who details his upcoming fight at Bellator in December against Fedor Emelianenko and shares family updates (1:49:00). Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker comes aboard and tells Ariel about what drew him to MMA, how the birth of his son fueled his ambition to train for boxing and jujitsu and life after the plane crash (2:08:00). ONE FLW WGP Champion Demetrius "Mighty Mouse" Johnson talks about his wins over Yuya Wakamatsu, Tatsumitsu Wada, and Danny Kingad to win the eight-man competition and gives Ariel his dental regimen. He also discusses a recent diagnosis and how it affects his fighting (2:28:00). From New Zealand, City Kickboxing head coach Eugene Bareman expresses that UFC 243 was the best night of his professional career and expands on how things have changed for him and Israel Adesanya following the win (2:48:00). And finally, Brian Ortega discusses needing two surgeries after a title loss, the reality check he received to get himself in better shape and his upcoming matchup with the Korean Zombie Chang Sung Jung in December (3:09:00).
Mike Tyson, Adesanya, Holloway, Dern, Tate, Hooker, More: 10/7/19
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show begins with Ariel's thoughts on Israel Adesanya's rapid rise to UFC superstardom and the race for "Fighter of the Year." Then, UFC middleweight Jarod Cannonier weighs in on who he may fight next now that Adesanya owns the title (27:42). Plus, he tells Ariel how his stone collection makes him happier and why he no longer practices religion. Next, UFC strawweight Mackenzie Dern opens up about her journey back to the Octagon, where she returns this upcoming weekend in Tampa just four months after giving birth (45:47). PFL's Mike Tyson then updates Ariel on his latest activities, like his podcast and his involvement in the marijuana industry. He also admits to Ariel that he's not proud of the person he used to be before explaining how Conor McGregor can learn from his mistakes (1:08:53). Then, from her home in Singapore, ONE Championship's Miesha Tate explains her role with the organization and why she's so excited about it (1:40:44). Plus, the always-outspoken former fighter sounds off on the BMF belt and why it's a bad look for the UFC. After that, UFC featherweight Max Holloway tells Ariel about his efforts to get a UFC event in Hawaii before responding to McGregor's August comments about him (2:00:24). Bellator's Jake Hager then discusses how Chris Jericho convinced him to join AEW and how he's balancing his wrestling and MMA careers (2:22:49). From Australia, Brad Riddell joins (2:38:24) and then lightweight Dan Hooker discusses his UFC 243 victory and why he wants Dustin Poirier next (2:54:05). And finally, Adesanya himself discusses why Saturday night felt like a title defense, when he got the idea for his wild introduction, why he wasn't nervous, how he could tell Robert Whittaker wasn't prepared to beat him and when he could fight Jon Jones (3:07:37).
Chris Jericho Exclusive: 10/3/19
In his first interview since the big launch of AEW on TNT, professional wrestling legend Chris Jericho joins Ariel in studio to discuss his initial impressions of last night, how the promotion will compete with the likes of WWE and NXT, TV ratings, TNT's influence, his career and more. Plus, he dishes on his beef with Conor McGregor and Cage Warriors lightweight Paddy Pimblett joins at the end of the show to break some news about his next fight (46:29).
Cain to WWE?, The Fall of Ronda, UFC 243 Preview: 10/2/19
The last time the UFC hosted an event in Melbourne, Ronda Rousey suffered the biggest defeat of her career, a defeat she's never quite recovered from. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, who covered Rousey extensively during her rise and fall, tells Ariel about the painful days she spent with Rousey following the devastating loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 (22:53). But before that, ESPN's Marc Raimondi talks about a huge night in professional wrestling and Jarod Cannonier's impressive performance last weekend. NewYorkRic also joins from Melbourne to talk about the upcoming UFC 243 card, the overall interest in the slate of fights headlined by Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya, and the nastiest food you've ever heard of (1:18:22).
The MMA Reporters: Episode 36: 9/25/19
Will the Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic rubber match happen? ESPN's Marc Raimondi opens the show by discussing that possible fight, as well as the controversial eye poke that ended last weekend's headliner in Mexico City. Plus, Marc and Ariel speculate about some of the headlining fights expected to happen in the coming months (9:30). And, just days before the debut of the UFC in Denmark, Ehsan Faizzad of the Danish newspaper, The Weekend, takes Ariel behind the growth of MMA in the country, the Danish perception of Jack Hermansson and the popularity of the "polarizing" Mark O. Madsen (22:11). Lastly, Irish journalist Sean Sheehan of SevereMMA.com digs deep into the tremendous growth of Bellator in Ireland, which begs the question...is Bellator more popular than the UFC in the Emerald Isle? (40:28) And, he discusses the next big thing in Irish MMA (55:14).
Episode 64: Cormier, Masvidal, Stephens, Joey Diaz, Edwards, Hermansson, Kampmann, more: 9/23/19
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).
The MMA Reporters: Episode 35: 9/18/19
Ariel opens the show by speaking to MMAFighting.com's Danny Segura about the popularity of Yair Rodriguez in Mexico, if Rodriguez has something to prove in this Saturday's fight against Jeremy Stephens, as well as the state of MMA in Latin America. Then, NewYorkRic joins Ariel to explain why Justin Gaethje is not the right opponent for Conor McGregor. So instead, he throws out some names that McGregor would match up better with stylistically (23:40). They also speculate about the upcoming press conference with Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz (33:45). Lastly, former UFC fighter James Wilks discusses the motivations behind "The Game Changers," his new documentary about plant-based eating, and how switching to veganism changed his life and physical performance forever (43:02).
Episode 63: Poirier, Askren, Iaquinta, Connelly, Action Bronson, Zingano, Stephens, many more: 9/16/19
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a brief UFC Vancouver recap and Ariel's thoughts on a future Justin Gaethje/Conor McGregor matchup. The show's first guest, welterweight Tristan Connelly, joins the show to discuss his big win and how he made his way onto the Vancouver card with just five days' notice (6:01). After that, "Raging" Al Iaquinta joins two weeks ahead of his UFC 243 fight against Dan Hooker in Melbourne to discuss how the bout came together, what he learned from his last fight against Donald Cerrone and also, electric cars (33:25). Then, in one of the greatest back-to-back guest bookings in the show's history, Ben Askren speculates about the state of the welterweight division, the possibility of a Kamaru Usman/Colby Covington fight, the proposed "BMF" belt and his social media beef with McGregor and Dillon Danis (53:25). Next, about a week after suffering a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi, Dustin Poirier emotionally discusses how he's taking the loss, his biggest regrets from the fight and if he's interested in fighting McGregor the next time around (1:20:18). Cat Zingano, no longer a member of the UFC, discusses her future prospects and why she and the UFC split ways (1:49:49). And then, in ways that only he can, MMA superfan Action Bronson provides his thoughts on the latest with McGregor and other storylines surrounding the sport (2:10:58). UFC featherweight Jeremy Stephens, the headliner at this weekend's Fight Night in Mexico City, then tells Ariel about his Mexican roots and how he's preparing himself for his matchup against beloved Mexican fighter Jair Rodriguez (2:29:53). After that, Curtis Blaydes calls in to give an update on the health of Austin Hubbard, who suffered a nasty leg injury this past weekend in Vancouver (2:49:43). Lastly, UFC heavyweight Jeff Hughes calls in to share his side of the story concerning this past weekend's controversial fight against Todd Duffee (3:07:38).
The MMA Reporters: Episode 34: 9/11/19
Ariel starts off the show by giving his thoughts on Khabib Nurmagomedov's performance against Dustin Poirier and also by explaining how the Jorge Masvidal/Nate Diaz fight came together. Then, Irish MMA journalist Peter Carroll talks about the parallels between Conor McGregor's rise to fame in Ireland and Khabib's own ascension in the Middle East (8:03). He also sheds light on how rapidly McGregor's fame has diminished in Ireland due to his recent antics, but also explains how he can get back in to the good graces of the Irish people. Then, ahead of this upcoming weekend's card in Vancouver, Ariel welcomes Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie to look ahead to the Cowboy Cerrone/Justin Gaethje fight and some of the other notable matchups on this card (29:48). Lastly, ESPN's Marc Raimondi tells Ariel if Masvidal and Diaz fighting for the "BMF" title is the right decision for UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden (45:21). Plus, Ariel tells Marc why he hates the concept of the BMF belt before talking about a certain fear he has about Colby Covington.
Episode 62: Masvidal, Ferguson, Covington, Velasquez in studio, Cyborg, more: 9/9/19
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a full recap of UFC 242. The show's first guest, Joanne Calderwood, discusses her weekend win over Andrea Lee, the difficult fighting conditions in the Abu Dhabi arena and if/when she may fight Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC flyweight belt (13:20). Next, Javier Mendez, head coach of Khabib Nurmagomedov, breaks down his pupil's win over Dustin Poirier (28:27). After that, UFC welterweight Colby Covington explain why he won't be fighting Kamaru Usman at Madison Square Garden in November (46:25). Plus, he gives his honest opinions of some of the UFC's other top fighters before telling Ariel why he'd rather fight in Washington, D.C. in December. Next, Cris Cyborg discusses her new deal with Bellator, the deterioration of her relationship with the UFC and why she's in a much happier place now (1:09:50). Then, a passionate Cain Velasquez joins Ariel in studio to preview his wrestling match at MSG this weekend as well as to discuss his uncertain MMA future (1:24:20). Next, Tony Ferguson claims Khabib fought a "lazy fight" and says he plans to expose him should the UFC grant him a shot at the undefeated lightweight champion (2:11:05). Plus, he gives Ariel a sneak peek at how he plans to do so. Todd Duffee, away from the Octagon for the last four years, then discusses his upcoming UFC Vancouver bout against Jeff Hughes and why fans haven't seen him fight in so long (2:30:20). Bellator's Ryan Bader joins (2:48:58) before Jorge Masvidal takes Ariel behind the scenes of the making of his UFC 244 bout with Nate Diaz (3:16:55). He also takes some shots at Covington.
UFC 242 Preview Special: 9/5/19
Ariel hits the radio waves two days before the highly-anticipated UFC 242 fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier. He takes calls on the fight and updates the listeners on the latest with the UFC 244 Madison Square Garden card. Plus, appearances from Chael Sonen and NewYorkRic.
The MMA Reporters: Episode 33: 9/4/19
Ariel begins the show by previewing the huge weekend in MMA ahead. Then, after describing the scene in China last weekend, English UFC broadcaster John Gooden discusses Zhang Weili's importance to the future of MMA in China and to the UFC itself, and if she actually has what it takes to become an MMA superstar (5:07). Next, Arabic MMA broadcaster Mohammed Al Hosani reconnects with Ariel to talk about the making of the UFC 242 card and the overwhelming popularity of Khabib Nurmagomedov in the Middle East, and if the international fame has changed him (26:05). Lastly, almost 10 years after directing a documentary about a young Dustin Poirier, filmmaker Michael Tucker talks about his initial fascination with Poirier and the transformation of "The Diamond" since then (47:12).
Episode 61: Ferguson, Zhang, Till, Cruz, Condit, Lee, Felder, more: 9/3/19
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with an appearance from new UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili. She talks about what it's like to be the first Chinese UFC champion, who she could fight next and her hatred for Henry Cejudo. Then, Ariel explains why Zhang's win is vital to the future of the UFC. Next, lightweight Paul Felder joins from Adu Dhabi just days before his UFC 242 fight against Edson Barboza (38:50). Scotland's Joanne Calderwood, also on the Abu Dhabi card, then previews her own flyweight bout with Andrea Lee (54:15). After that, "The Natural Born Killer" Carlos Condit tells Ariel how he plans to reverse his career path when he squares off against Mickey Gall on Dec. 7 (1:06:50). Dominick Cruz, who will help broadcast UFC 242, then lays in to Cejudo and repeatedly explains why "Cejudo doesn't know who he is" (1:24:40). And, the "king without a crown," UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson makes a rare appearance to discuss how he's feeling, why he's stayed out of the limelight and what he thinks will happen in his division following this weekend's Khabib fight (1:53:30). Then, just weeks after the announcement that he'll fight Kelvin Gastelum at Madison Square Garden in November, "The Gorilla" Darren Till explains why it's better for him that MMA fans are doubting him (2:16:05). Next, Ariel blasts NewYorkRic and UFC welterweight Kevin Lee talks about the state of MMA after describing his emotions since his May loss to Rafael dos Anjos (2:35:52). Lastly, Ariel welcomes Bellator MMA President Scott Coker to discuss the breaking news in Bellator (2:51:40).
The MMA Reporters: Episode 32: 8/28/19
Ariel opens the show by speaking to NBC Sports Rugby Analyst Alex Corbisiero about former English rugby star James Haskell's transition to MMA and why it's such a big deal in the rugby world. He also explains why it's not a gimmick and why he expects more rugby players to make the switch in the coming years. Then, NewYorkRic previews this weekend's Jessica Andrade/Zhang Weili main event before discussing Paige VanZant's UFC contract and the ridiculousness of glove-touching (21:43). Lastly, Brett Okamoto talks about the recently-announced Kelvin Gastelum/Darren Till fight and which matchups some of MMA's biggest stars - including Conor McGregor -- are targeting over the next year (43:08). Plus, does Tight Ship Troy sound like Andrew Luck?
Episode 60: Bret Hart, The VanZants in studio, Newell, GDR, Brown, Blachowicz, Weaver: 8/26/19
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a weekend recap and then Bellator newcomer Nick Newell talks about his breakthrough win this past weekend and his Bellator future (7:50). Then, MMA power couple Austin Vanderford and Paige VanZant join Ariel in studio to discuss how they support each other's careers, why the UFC won't offer Vanderford a contract, when VanZant might fight next, why she deserves more money and what it's been like battling through injuries (23:30). Plus, 11 months into their marriage, the couple plays "The Newlyweds Game" (56:42). Then, Ariel gives his thoughts on last week's exclusive Conor McGregor interview (1:21:40). Next, UFC newbie Brok Weaver talks about his road to the UFC, his heritage and how he hopes to inspire Native American children to reach their fullest potential (1:28:00). Then, Ariel speculates on which matchups he expects to fill the cards at UFC 244 and UFC 245 (1:46:46). After that, UFC featherweight Germaine de Randamie reacts to Cris Cyborg's fallout with the UFC before discussing her UFC 245 fight against Amanda Nunes (1:51:00). Then, one of Ariel's heroes, Bret Hart, speaks about his current relationship with WWE, his favorite MMA fighters and the advice he'd give to Conor McGregor (2:12:15). Next, UFC light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz tells Ariel why he deserves to fight Jon Jones for the title before delivering Jones a very stern message (2:33:45). Lastly, UFC welterweight Matt Brown discusses the latest in his career as well as his social media game (2:53:35).
Conor McGregor EXCLUSIVE Interview: 8/23/19
Ariel speaks to McGregor about why he punched a man in an Irish bar earlier this year, his string of recent controversies, the fans turning on him, his hand injury, his relationship with the UFC, his return, Nate Diaz's big win, Khabib Nurmagomedov and much more.
The MMA Reporters: Episode 31: 8/21/19
Ariel opens the show by talking with John Branch of The New York Times about his time spent hanging out with Nate Diaz for his recent profile on the UFC star (2:30). Next, John Pollock of PostWrestling.com weighs in on the possibility of Brock Lesnar returning to the UFC and if he thinks the now-professional wrestler would fight Jon Jones in the Octagon (26:36). Lastly, Ariel and ESPN's Marc Raimondi discuss if Daniel Cormier's UFC 241 fight will be his last, as well as the increasing popularity of Jorge Masvidal and his potential fight against Diaz (46:10).
Episode 59: Miocic, Perry, Costa, Ngannou, Angle, Holm, many more: 8/19/19
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).
The MMA Reporters: Episode 30: 8/14/19
This week, Ariel is first joined by ESPN's Brett Okamoto to first talk about the buzz heading into UFC 241, as well as his recent sit-down with Nate Diaz (4:30). Then, ESPN's Marc Raimondi stops by to discuss Cat Zingano's release from the UFC and recently spending time with Stipe Miocic at his firehouse outside of Cleveland (26:00). Finally, Daniel Cormier's personal photographer Brian Vega talks about what it's like working for DC and whether he thinks this will be Cormier's last fight (47:11).
Episode 58: Cormier, Shevchenko, Till, DJ, Waterson, Dalby, Macfarlane, more: 8/12/19
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of UFC Fight Night and Ariel expressing his excitement for the upcoming UFC 241. First, chats with UFC's Maycee "The Future" Barber about her hand injury and the upcoming Gillian Robertson fight. (10:00) Then, Bellator women's flyweight champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane comes aboard to talk about Liz Carmouche's performance in UFC FN and what's next for her (27:00). Paulo Costa's head coach Eric Albarracin joins to preview the bout vs Yoel Romero at UFC 241 and what is next for Henry "Triple C" Cejudo (51:00). Then, head coach Duke Roufus looks ahead to Anthony Petits' fight at UFC 241 and shares why he calls this training the "best of his career" (1:09:00). Next, UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier weighs in on his rematch this coming weekend vs Stipe Miocic and if this fight will be his last (1:25:00). After that, UFC's Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson shares why she is locked in and focused on her October 12 bout vs Joanna Jedrzejczy (1:52:00) and former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson looks back on his recent win in ONE Championship (2:07:00). Then, Darren "The Gorilla" Till tells Ariel that he does not have a fight lined up right now and has not made a decision yet about whether his next fight is at welterweight or middleweight (2:28:00). After that, Nicolas Dalby talks about his resigning to UFC and being back on the Copenhagen card (2:52:00). Lastly, UFC women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko discusses her win against Carmouche and her warning to Triple C for the intergender championship (3:12:00).
The MMA Reporters: Episode 29: 8/7/19
Ariel opens the show by talking to legendary MMA journalist Dave Meltzer about the public perception of Colby Covington, if he will ever be a big draw and his possible professional wrestling future. Then, Ariel welcomes back ESPN's Marc Raimondi to discuss his incredible access with Cain Velasquez last week as he prepared for his lucha libre debut (27:05). Lastly, Ariel chats with former UFC PR head Ant Evans about Michael Bisping's new book, which he co-wrote, "Quitters Never Win," and his fondest memories of working with the UFC in its early years (46:20).
Episode 57: Covington, Askren, Woodley, Weidman, Kaufman in studio, Action Bronson, more: 8/5/19
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a weekend recap and Ariel's take on the Cyborg/UFC break-up. Then, flyweight Matt Schnell dishes on his beef with Ariel before explaining why he feels he deserves higher-profile fights (6:25). The star of the weekend, Colby Covington, then discusses his preparation for the Robbie Lawler fight and if/when he may fight Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight title (23:40). Next, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman talks about his decision to fight in the light heavyweight division for his October 18 bout against Dominick Reyes (47:07). Plus, he talks about his celebration of "Chris Weidman's Day." Next, former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley gives his take on the Covington/Lawler fight and how Covington would fare against Usman (1:04:32). After that, "The Black Beast" Derrick Lewis updates Ariel on his knee surgery and explains how this time away from the Octagon has allowed him to re-discover his love for fighting (1:26:05). Then, another celebrity MMA fan joins the show! Action Bronson talks about the origins of his love for the sport and his close relationship with Israel Adesanya (1:43:35). Next, UFC welterweight Ben Askren reveals some of the details surrounding his next fight following last month's knockout via the knees of Jorge Masvidal (2:04:52). Then, PFL's Sarah Kaufman joins Ariel in studio to discuss the PFL semifinals and why she believes the league wants her and Kayla Harrison to meet in the finals (2:23:47). Lastly, Alexander Volkanovski talks about where things stand in the featherweight division following UFC 240 (3:09:30).
The MMA Reporters: Episode 28: 7/31/19
Ariel opens the show by speaking to ESPN UFC Insider Brett Okamoto about Cris Cyborg's cloudy future and her strained relationship with Dana White and the UFC (3:24). Plus, they recap Max Holloway's UFC 240 win. Then, The Athletic's Chuck Mindenhall talks about the polarizing nature of Colby Covington, his true potential and what makes him one of the top villains in MMA (20:50). Lastly, NewYorkRic joins Ariel to discuss the tension between BJ Penn and Nik Lentz, if the UFC should be looking out for Penn, Felicia Spencer's rising profile and more (39:51).
Episode 56: Cyborg, Whittaker, Prinze Jr., Neal, Koch, DiBella, more: 7/29/19
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a UFC 240 recap and a passionate rant about the UFC's mistreatment of Cris Cyborg. Then, UFC welterweight Eric Koch sheds light on the difficulties of gaining and cutting weight so quickly (10:35). Next, Geoff Neal talks about his big win over Niko Price at UFC 240, his strong relationship with his dad and what's next for him (28:28). UFC featherweight Hakeem Dawodu then reflects on his fighting journey to this point, which began during his youth while he was in and out of juvenile prisons (47:20). After that, UFC women's flyweight Gillian Robertson talks about her UFC 240 victory, why she's "addicted" to fighting and how she manages to become a "savage" in the cage (1:03:55). Then, a heated Nik Lentz talks about his contentious relationship with BJ Penn, whom he will fight later this year in hopes to "end his career" (1:22:25). Next, Hollywood star and hardcore MMA fan Freddie Prinze Jr. tells Ariel about his history with combat sports, the fighters he enjoys watching most and the crazy idea he has for Dana White (1:50:20). Cyborg herself then opens up about her fractured relationship with the UFC and her fighting future (2:22:22) And, one week after the death of Maxim Dadashev, boxing promoter Lou DiBella gets serious to discuss the changes that must take place to prevent future tragedies in the sport (2:49:58). Lastly, months before the highly-anticipated UFC 243 fight, middleweight champion Robert Whittaker talks about his perception of Israel Adesanya and how he'll approach the fight, his first since June 2018 (3:06:15).
The MMA Reporters: Episode 27: 7/24/19
Ariel opens the show by speaking with ESPN's Marc Raimondi about the sudden death of boxer Maxim Dadashev and the ripple effect this news sends across all combat sports (7:35). Plus, they discuss the latest Jon Jones incident and who Leon Edwards could fight next. Then, Hawaiian journalist Rob DeMello talks about his earliest memories of Max Holloway and how special he is to the island (28:45). Lastly, long-time Australian MMA journalist Adam Curley stops by to talk about the UFC 243 card in Melbourne, the magnitude of the event and the rivalry between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker (52:25).
Episode 55: Bisping, Edwards, Steve-O, Jedrzejczyk, Mendes, Goddard, many more: 7/22/19
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a rant about well-done steak and the latest on the battery charge against Jon Jones. The first guest, veteran UFC referee Marc Goddard, tells a story about the first time he met Leon Edwards, the big winner from this weekend's event in San Antonio (19:09). Then, Edwards himself discusses his win over Rafael dos Anjos and why he deserves a Jorge Masvidal fight or a title shot (37:15). Next, Myles Jury announces some big news and explains why Bellator suits him more than the UFC (50:40). Chad "Money" Mendez then tells Ariel why he's decided to retire before reflecting on his career, including the moment that could have changed everything for him (1:05:20). Next, UFC strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk discusses the October fight against Michele Waterson and the upcoming documentary about her meteoric rise (1:30:32). Reality TV star Steve-O then makes his debut on the show to discuss how Ronda Rousey sparked his MMA fandom and his message for Justin Bieber (1:46:40). And after finally finding some time in his busy schedule, UFC legend Michael Bisping dives into his thrilling life story, which he chronicles in his new book, "Quitters Never Win" (2:06:47). Next, Felicia Spencer describes her preparations for Cris Cyborg at UFC 240 this upcoming weekend and if she believes she'll get a shot at Amanda Nunes if she can take down Cyborg (2:30:00). Lightweight Dan Hooker then details why the rise in popularity for Australian fighters like himself and Israel Adesanya shouldn't surprise anyone (2:43:15). Lastly, UFC heavyweight Walt Harris educates Ariel about "ghetto karate" and his transition from college basketball player to MMA (2:59:30).
The MMA Reporters: Episode 26: 7/17/19
Ariel reconnects with ESPN UFC Insider Brett Okamoto to discuss Dana White's Contender Series and if Urijah Faber deserves a title fight (3:02). Plus, did Henry Cejudo save the flyweight division? Then, Ariel and ESPN's Marc Raimondi delve into the dangers of weight cutting, a conversation spurred by the controversial Aspen Ladd knockout this past weekend in Sacramento (27:24). Ariel then explains why Ladd should move up to the 145-pound division. Lastly, NewYorkRic weighs in on the big Bellator featherweight tournament announcement and Jorge Masvidal's next matchup after answering the question: can Germaine de Randamie earn back the trust of the fans and of the UFC (47:51)?
Episode 54: Faber, Shevchenko, Ortiz, GDR, Hall, Coker, Hardy, more: 7/15/19
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of a jam-packed weekend in MMA. Ariel's old friend, Andre "Touchy" Fili, first joins the show to discuss what he calls "the best weekend of his life" (8:40). Next, UFC featherweight Ryan Hall talks about his weekend win in Sacramento before passionately explaining why he deleted his Twitter account (31:30). Then, just days before his Saturday fight in San Antonio, Alexander "The Great" Hernandez looks ahead to his matchup with lightweight Francisco Trinaldo (52:50). Next, Bellator President Scott Coker announces some big news about the male featherweight division (1:08:00). UFC legend Tito Ortiz then explains why he is ending his retirement to face Alberto del Rio in Combate America later this year (1:27:25). After that, just days after tying the record for the second-fastest KO in the history of her division, Germaine de Randamie explains how she's moved on from her rocky past and why she's adopted a positive mindset (1:47:30). Plus, she discusses a potential fight with UFC featherweight champion Amanda Nunes. The man of the hour, bantamweight Urijah Faber, then discusses his return to the Octagon and what it's like now fighting as a father (2:27:12). Julianna Pena then talks about her win this weekend, her first fight since giving birth in January 2017 (2:48:10). Pena's opponent in that 2017 fight, Valentina Shevchenko, then discusses a possible trilogy fight with Nunes and what life feels like as a champion (2:56:40). Lastly, UFC heavyweight Greg Hardy talks about his boxing workouts at Floyd Mayweather's gym, if he still has the itch to play football and if he feels accepted by the MMA community (3:14:10).
The MMA Reporters: Episode 25: 7/10/19
Ariel welcomes back ESPN's Marc Raimondi to discuss Jorge Masvidal's UFC 239 win and if he deserves a shot at the welterweight belt (2:45). Plus, the guys also talk about Tito Ortiz's decision to fight former WWE champ Alberto del Rio at Combate Americas. Then, NewYorkRic discusses Jon Jones' fight this past weekend, the beef between he and Israel Adesanya and who the light heavyweight champion should fight next (27:00). Lastly, Sacramento radio legend Carmichael Dave tells Ariel about his close relationship with UFC bantamweight Urijah Faber, who will return to the Octagon this weekend at UFC Sacramento after a two-year hiatus (47:33).
Episode 53: Masvidal, Askren, Adesanya, Covington, Ngannou, Chiesa, Brown, more : 7/8/19
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with Ariel's reaction to this past weekend's UFC 239 event in Las Vegas. Next, featherweight Arnold Allen discusses the 6-0 start to his UFC career (8:11). Mike Brown, coach of Jorge Masvidal, then explains how he prepared Masvidal for the Ben Askren fight...and the flying knee that led to a UFC record (26:44). And, after beating Diego Sanchez on Saturday, UFC welterweight Michael Chiesa describes the "weird" fight week that led up to his tough win (49:26). Another UFC welterweight, the always-confident and entertaining Colby Covington, tells Ariel the real reason he agreed to fight Robbie Lawler instead of Kamaru Usman (1:06:35). Next, Dominick Reyes says he'll present a difficult challenge to light heavyweight champion Jon Jones if given the opportunity to fight him, a man he idolizes (1:26:05). The recently-retired Jimi Manuwa also explains why he made the decision to step away from the octagon (1:51:12). Then, in his first interview since getting knocked out cold Saturday night, Ben Askren discusses how he's handled the public ridicule he's received, how he feels physically and emotionally and if/when he'll fight again (2:06:45). Next, UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou discusses who he may fight next (2:33:39) and Israel Adesanya then reveals where he will fight Robert Whittaker before predicting when he'll fight Jones (2:49:46). Last but not least, Masvidal talks about his stunning knockout of Askren and where he must go from here in order to get paid the way he feels he deserves (3:05:15).
The MMA Reporters: Episode 24: 7/3/19
Ariel returns from vacation and speaks with ESPN's Marc Raimondi about International Fight Week and the biggest storylines heading into this weekend's UFC 239 event in Vegas, like what's at stake for the legacies of Holly Holm and Jon Jones (2:42). Plus, they talk about the Ben Askren/Jorge Masvidal matchup and the August 3 Colby Covington/Robbie Lawler fight. Before welcoming on MMA reporter Peter Carroll to talk about this weekend's bloody Cage Warriors main event, Ariel announces the experience of a lifetime for UFC fans everywhere (37:10). Lastly, Shaun Al-Shatti of The Athletic discusses his lengthy new piece on the "enigma" that is Michael Bisping and more (58:48).
Episode 52: Jon Jones, Alvarez, Loughnane, Zhang, McCann, Peña, Vera, more : 6/24/19
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with bantamweight Marlon Vera, who explains what he must do to get mentioned with the top names in MMA (6:38). Next, "Meatball" Molly McCann describes her experiences from Greenville inside and outside of the ring (19:55). After that, former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez talks about his upcoming August return (35:45). New Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Lovato Jr. then tells Ariel about his life's path and how it has prepared him for the success he's now enjoying (53:50). Next, a few days after winning on the premiere episode of Dana White's ESPN + show, Brendan Loughnane talks about his emotions following the UFC's decision to not offer him a contract (1:05:45). Liz Carmouche then discusses how she's feeling ahead of her August title fight against Valentina Shevchenko in Uruguay (1:27:09). After that, Jon "Bones" Jones discusses his beefs with Israel Adesanya and Dillon Danis after explaining why he's happy with where he is in life (1:44:40). Then, a confident Deron Winn joins to praise the UFC for how they've treated him so far in his short career (2:04:40). Next, Luis Pena discusses his decision to fight at 155 before telling the crazy story of how he found his biological father (2:28:25). Lastly, Ariel speaks with Zhang Weili, Jessica Andrade's August 31 opponent, and her translator (2:48:45).
The MMA Reporters: Episode 23: 6/19/19
On this week's episode, Ariel is first joined by TSN's Aaron Bronsteter to discuss the debut of Dana White's Contender Series on ESPN+, particularly the decision to not award Brendan Loughnane a contract following his win (3:40). Then, ESPN's Marc Raimondi stops by to weigh in on the Loughnane decision, Valentina Shevchenko vs. Liz Carmouche 2 and UFC Greenville (26:22). Finally, we're joined by NewYorkRic to get his thoughts on Loughnane, Chael Sonnen's legacy, the careers of Aaron Pico and Dillon Danis and lastly, Bellator's re-signing of Fedor Emelianenko (42:12).
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