Ariel Helwani's MMA Show

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ESPN's Ariel Helwani talks to the biggest names, addresses the hottest topics and previews/reviews the most important fight cards from across the world of MMA.

Episode Date
Conor McGregor EXCLUSIVE Interview
40:21
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.
Aug 23, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 31
1:00:13
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).
Aug 21, 2019
Episode 59: Miocic, Perry, Costa, Ngannou, Angle, Holm, many more
3:30:00
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).
Aug 19, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 30
1:10:44
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).
Aug 14, 2019
Episode 58: Cormier, Shevchenko, Till, DJ, Waterson, Dalby, Macfarlane, more
3:28:46
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).
Aug 12, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 29
1:11:47
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).
Aug 07, 2019
Episode 57: Covington, Askren, Woodley, Weidman, Kaufman in studio, Action Bronson, more
3:32:22
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).
Aug 05, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 28
1:02:10
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).
Jul 31, 2019
Episode 56: Cyborg, Whittaker, Prinze Jr., Neal, Koch, DiBella, more
3:25:23
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).
Jul 29, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 27
1:08:58
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).
Jul 24, 2019
Episode 55: Bisping, Edwards, Steve-O, Jedrzejczyk, Mendes, Goddard, many more
3:22:17
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).
Jul 22, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 26
1:11:10
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)?
Jul 17, 2019
Episode 54: Faber, Shevchenko, Ortiz, GDR, Hall, Coker, Hardy, more
3:29:39
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).
Jul 15, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 25
1:19:20
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).
Jul 10, 2019
Episode 53: Masvidal, Askren, Adesanya, Covington, Ngannou, Chiesa, Brown, more
3:25:45
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).
Jul 08, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 24
1:16:34
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).
Jul 03, 2019
Episode 52: Jon Jones, Alvarez, Loughnane, Zhang, McCann, Peña, Vera, more
3:15:17
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).
Jun 24, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 23
1:04:16
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).
Jun 19, 2019
Episode 51: Kavanagh in studio, Poirier, Danis, VanZant, Theodorou, Loughnane, Willis & more
3:14:13
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with some thoughts on the futures of Conor McGregor and Dillon Danis from John Kavanagh (in studio), who trains the two fighters at SBG Ireland (4:30). UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier then talks about preparations for his UFC 242 headliner against Khabib Nurmagomedov and explains why he's confident he'll win (1:01:23). Next, Dillon Danis reflects on his Bellator 222 performance after providing an update on his injured knee (1:16:10). Justin Willis then explains his beef with UFC's Tai Tuivasa and the UFC's decision to release him (1:32:00). An emotional Macy Chiasson joins the show next to open up about the June 9 construction accident that destroyed her Dallas apartment and left one person dead (1:44:25). Then, after discussing her gruesome arm injury, Paige VanZant talks about her modeling career and the dominance of Valentina Shevchenko (2:06:10). Next, former UFC fighter Elias Theodorou speculates about his plans for his post-fighting career (2:21:37). Brendan Loughnane, who fights tomorrow night on ESPN +, makes his debut on the show to discuss his road back to the UFC (2:35:30). After that, rising middleweight contender Jared Cannonier talks about his love for fighting before calling out one of the UFC's best (2:49:20). Lastly, Ariel speaks from the heart about the retirement of his friend and colleague, Chael Sonnen (3:04:50).
Jun 17, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 22
1:13:06
Ariel speaks with The Athletic's Josh Gross about Friday's Bellator 222 card, co-promotion, the uncertainty surrounding Rory MacDonald's future, Dillon Danis' potential and Aaron Pick (4:12). Then, Ariel welcomes NewYorkRic to talk about the potential end of the money fight era, Zhang Weili getting the next strawweight title fight and Cris Cyborg's future (28:50). ESPN's Jeff Wagenheim also stops by the studio to talk about Chris Weidman's move to 205, Henry Cejudo's next fight, Tony Ferguson's option and a potential Valentina Shevchenko vs. Liz Carmouche title fight (47:46).
Jun 12, 2019
Episode 50: Cejudo, Sonnen in studio, Cyborg, Waterson, Sterling, King Mo, many more
3:20:11
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of a wild weekend in Chicago at UFC 238. First, Chael Sonnen arrives at the studio to discuss Henry Cejudo's legacy and Sonnen's own Bellator fight this Friday night (6:06). Then, contrary to Dana White's words, UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg says she's up for a rematch with Amanda Nunes, although she does admit her future with the UFC is up in the air (50:32). "The Karate Hottie" Michelle Waterson then states her case for a title fight against Jessica Andrade in a top-heavy strawweight division (1:12:02). Next,"King" Muhammed Lawal explains his decision to retire and also talks about the latest in the MMA world (1:29:30). And, before opening up about the recent death of his best friend, "The Boston Finisher" Calvin Kattar tells Ariel he's developed a chip on his shoulder because he was never asked to appear on the show (1:50:10). After that, Mark Henry, coach of Marlon Moraes, discusses the disappointment he and his client feel following this weekend's loss to Henry Cejudo (2:05:40). Next, bantamweight Aljamain Sterling claims he fought "the perfect fight" this weekend (2:29:30). Flyweight Katlyn Chookagian then says she's hoping for a November fight against Valentine Shevchenko (2:42:20) and to cap it off, Cejudo, the champion of UFC 238's main event, gives a health update and explains why he deserves to get paid (2:55:13).
Jun 10, 2019
UFC 238 Preview Show: 6/8/2019
1:15:51
Live from Chicago... UFC Fighter Chris Weidman swings by unexpectedly, Brett Okamoto helps break down UFC 238, and Ariel takes your calls along the way.
Jun 08, 2019
Helwani On The Road Show 1: Chicago
1:19:33
In the first-ever Helwani on the Road Show 1: Chicago, Ariel is joined by Ben Askren, Stipe Miocic, Paul Felder, Stephen Thompson and Eddie Alvarez for the Nose World Order Trivia Championship. This show was filmed in front a live audience at Lincoln Hall in Chicago.
Jun 08, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 21
1:09:28
Ariel is first joined by ESPN's Marc Raimondi to preview this weekend's UFC 238 card and talk about the return of Khabib Nurmagomedov in September. Then, pro fighter turned PFL play-by-play voice Sean O'Connell talks about his transition to full-time broadcaster. And finally, MMAFighting.com's Peter Carroll stops by to discuss Alexander Gustafsson's retirement, Makwan Amirkhani's big win, Petr Yan and Joanne Calderwood's fights at UFC 238 and more.
Jun 05, 2019
Episode 49: Nate Diaz, GGG, Anthony Smith, Urijah Faber, Tai Tuivasa
2:38:02
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with UFC Light heavyweight Anthony Smith to discuss his broken hand and how he's feeling after Fight Night 153 (5:30), GGG stop by to discuss what he thought about Ruiz-Joshua (27:15), UFC heavyweight Tai Tuivasa on how he's using vodka soda's to slim down and why he's watches a replay of his loss against JDS (44:30), The California Kid Urijah Faber on his training regimen and why he's fighting Ricky Samone (1:17:00), and Nate Diaz does his first interview with Ariel in 2 years where he proclaims himself to be the king of the UFC's 155-pound division because he has defeated all of the big names and there is nothing left for him to accomplish there. Diaz also sounds off on Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, and explains why they aren't worthy of another fight with him. (1:36:00)
Jun 03, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 20
1:11:34
Ariel is joined in studio once again by veteran combat sports journalist and broadcaster Gareth A. Davies to talk about the state of MMA (and boxing), covering the fight game, his latest run-in with Nate Diaz, Paddy Holohan's political victory in Dublin, Urijah Faber's comeback fight, Gustafsson vs. Smith, Jeff Novitzky and much more.
May 29, 2019
Episode 48: Holloway, Teixeira in studio, Gustafsson, Iaquinta, Holohan, Smith, Amirkhani, more
2:50:09
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with UFC Light heavyweight Anthony Smith to discuss the UFC's return to Sweden (5:00), UFC featherweight Makwan Amirkhani discusses his return (26:00), UFC light heavyweight Glover Teixeira in the studio (45:00), UFC flyweight Paddy Holohan discusses getting elected to a council seat in Dublin (1:30:00), UFC lightweight Al Iaquinta (1:50:00) UFC light heavy weight Alexander Gustafsson discusses his fight against Anthony Smith (2:09:00) and the UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway (2:24:00).
May 28, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 19
1:16:06
On this week's show, Ariel is first joined by NewYorkRic to talk about Felicia Spencer's debut and what's next for her, Deontay Wilder's recent brand of trash talk and UFC Memorial Day Weekend memories. Next, MMAFighting.com's Guilherme Cruz checks in to discuss the state of Brazilian MMA, Jessica Andrade's popularity in Brazil, Michel Pereira's ceiling and much more. We're then joined by former ESPN.com writer Chamatkar Sandhu, who recently joined the Professional Fighters League, to find out why he made the switch from MMA journalism to working for a promotion. And finally, Marc Raimondi stops by to update us on Tony Ferguson and the recent suspension reductions for Khabib Nurmagomedov's teammates.
May 22, 2019
Episode 47: Fury, Woodley, Andrade, RDA, Tonon, Daniels, Edwards, many more
3:25:05
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with PFL Lightweight Chris Wade to discuss his upcoming bout, New York sports disappointment and more. Plus, UFC welterweight Leon Edwards discusses looking for a new fight (17:17), UFC bantamweight Petr Yan (30:15), Boxing heavyweight Tyson Fury discusses Deontay Wilder, his upcoming bout on ESPN + & more (50:00), five-time Eddie Bravo Invitational champion Garry Tonon (1:06:00), Bellator welterweight Raymond Daniels (1:30:00), UFC welterweight Tyron Woodley discusses his recent fight cancelation (1:52:00), fresh off a successful UFC debut Michel Pereira (2:11:00), UFC Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (2:28:00), UFC featherweight Felicia Spencer (2:42:00) and fresh off her UFC 237 win against Rose Namajunas we end the show with Jessica Andrade (3:04:00).
May 20, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 18
1:08:41
Ariel opens this week's show with an announcement about a live show that he'll be doing on June 7 in Chicago prior to UFC 238. Then, he's joined by NewYorkRic to discuss his experience in Chicago, whether BJ Penn and Anderson Silva should retire, what's next for Jessica Andrade and more. Later, Brett Okamoto stops by to talk about Rose Namajunas' future, Frankie Edgar vs. Max Holloway and more. Finally, we're joined by Marc Raimondi to talk about Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis vs. Nate Diaz, the UFC's reluctance to start a 165-pound division, Megan Anderson's weight cut, whether Andrade's slam should be outlawed and more.
May 15, 2019
Episode 46: Pettis, Miocic, Volkanovski, Cannonier, Dolce, Lee, Hager and many more
3:19:10
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with UFC featherweight Alex Volkanovski fresh off his big win over Jose Aldo in Rio at UFC 237 (10:00), UFC straw-weight Tatiana Suarez (30:00), Bellator welterweight Douglas Lima (51:00), UFC welterweight Anthony Pettis discusses his upcoming bout against Nate Diaz (1:08:00), trainer and nutritionist Mike Dolce responds to George Lockhart (1:23:00), former WWE superstar Jake Hager (1:54:00), former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (2:12:00), UFC welterweight Kevin Lee (2:33:00) and fresh off a huge win in Rio Jared Cannonier (2:51:00).
May 13, 2019
UFC 237 Preview Show
56:19
Ariel gets you ready for a busy night in MMA with the help of listener calls. We discuss all things UFC 237. Plus, the Ferguson vs. Cerrone fight and much more.
May 11, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 17
1:10:17
On this week's episode, Ariel is first joined by NewYorkRic, who is in Rio de Janeiro, to preview the Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade UFC 237 main event, plus Jose Aldo vs. Alexander Volkanovski and BJ Penn vs. Clay Guida . Then, Brett Okamoto stops by to discuss Anderson Silva vs. Jared Cannonier, Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 3, Anthony Johnson's latest legal troubles and what's next for Donald Cerrone (29:53). Finally, Marc Raimondi joins us to talk about Aaron Pico moving to Team JacksonWink, Bellator's big card this weekend and PFL's season 2 debut on ESPN (50:50).
May 08, 2019
Episode 45: Cormier, Askren & Couture in studio, MacDonald, Calvillo, Lockhart, Bhullar
3:24:24
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with Ben Askren in studio to discuss his upcoming wrestling match "Grapple at the Garden". Plus, actor, former U.S. Army sergeant, retired mixed martial artist and former collegiate and Greco-Roman wrestler Randy Couture in studio (48:15), UFC Heavyweight Daniel Cormier (1:41:00), Bellator Welterweight World Champion Rory MacDonald (2:12:00), Arjan Bhullar (2:31:51), UFC straw-weight Cynthia Calvillo (2:45:00) and big news from George Lockhart (3:03:00).
May 06, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 16
1:05:12
On this week's episode, Ariel is first joined by Marc Raimondi, the newest member of the ESPN MMA team, to talk about his career, his interest in the regulation side of the sport and Daniel Cormier vs. Brock Lesnar not coming to fruition. Then, NewYorkRic stops by to discuss ONE Championship's Agent Certification Program, Invicta FC's one-night tournament and Jacare Souza's loss to Jack Hermansson. Finally, TSN's Aaron Bronsteter joins the show to discuss Rory MacDonald's future, the state of Canadian MMA and this weekend's UFC Ottawa card.
May 01, 2019
Episode 44: Hermansson, Perry, Iaquinta, O'Malley, McCann, Garcia, Zahabi, many more
3:14:42
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of the weekend in UFC and Bellator. Ariel's first guest, Cory Sandhagen, talks about his strategy this past weekend and how he physically feels after the fight (6:15). Next, Bellator's Ilima-Lei Macfarlane says she agrees with the call that allowed her to retain the world title this weekend before explaining why she wants to rematch Veta Arteaga (25:40). Then, an overjoyed "Platinum" Mike Perry tells Ariel about the emotional rollercoaster he experienced before, during and after his Fort Lauderdale fight this weekend (44:20). Perry also makes it clear how much he despises Colby Covington. After that, bantamweight Sean O'Malley opens up about his recovery, USADA suspension and how difficult it's been staying away from the octagon (1:11:13). "Ragin'" Al Iaquinta then joins from the airport just days before his upcoming UFC fight and lets loose on Greg Hardy's young UFC career (1:33:05). Next, MMA coach Firas Zahabi provides the latest on his clients and also explains why the brutality of the sport can lead some fighters to walk away, while it remains a strong part of others' identity (1:51:15). "Meatball" Molly McCann then discusses what keeps her going and how she's preparing for her next fight in June (2:12:30). After that, WWE commentator Lilian Garcia makes a big announcement...and yes, it pertains to MMA (2:32:30). Lastly, the winner from the Sunrise main event, "Joker" Jack Hermansson reflects on his big win this past weekend against Jacare Souza and identifies who he hopes to fight next (2:52:00).
Apr 29, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 15
1:09:44
On this week's episode, Ariel is first joined by Brett Okamoto to talk about his recent trip to visit Rose Namajunas in Denver, then he's joined by MMAFighting.com's Esther Lin and E. Casey Leydon to reminisce about the old EliteXC days and Kimbo Slice, and then NewYorkRic stops by to talk about the differences between a big boxing event and MMA event, Bellator's return to San Jose this weekend and much more.
Apr 24, 2019
Episode 43: Poirier, Covington, Masvidal, Overeem, Costa, Weidman, Holohan, many more
3:16:51
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a preview of this weekend's upcoming UFC event in Florida. Then, heavyweight Alistair Overeem joins Ariel fresh off his first round TKO of Alexey Oleynik this past weekend in Russia (7:33). Next, "The Eraser" Paulo Costa discusses potential plans for a Yoel Romero fight and why Israel Adesanya doesn't impress him (21:13). After that, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman provides a health update, says he'd be a good matchup for Adesanya and talks about the important humanitarian work he's been doing in war-torn countries (37:40). UFC's newest face, Deron Winn, then talks about his UFC debut on June 22 and what it's like coaching high school wrestling with Daniel Cormier (1:00:03). After that, a week removed from winning UFC's interim lightweight belt, Dustin Poirier describes what it feels like to hold the belt, the logistics behind a possible title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov and how he's been able to take down some of the world's best mixed martial artists (1:13:20). Next, the 41-year-old Jon Fitch talks about his obsession for journal-writing, his quest to fight for titles in all of the major fighting leagues and if he thinks his next fight will be his last shot at a title fight (1:36:24). The always-entertaining Colby Covington then joins Ariel to discuss his improved relationship with Dana White, his goal of "making the welterweight division great again" and his role as MMA's "super-villain" (1:54:29). Welterweight Jorge Masvidal then reveals the real reason behind his decision to take a fight with Ben Askren and why he doesn't own a TV (2:18:34). Next, retired fighter Paddy Holohan updates Ariel on life after the UFC and his recent decision to run for office in Ireland (2:38:25). Lastly, Ross "The Real Deal" Pearson tells Ariel if he's really done competing (2:59:27).
Apr 22, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 14
1:10:28
Ariel is joined in studio by legendary British journalist Gareth A. Davies for a wide-ranging chat about his great career, Crawford-Khan, his search for Nate Diaz, UFC 236 fallout, Michael Bisping memories and much more.
Apr 17, 2019
Episode 42: Adesanya, Whittaker, Burroughs, Cruz, Shevchenko, Rountree, Brown, many more
3:28:12
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with Israel Adesanya discussing about his win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236, why this fight was the toughest he's ever had and the love he has for his head coach Eugene Bareman (2:48), then Dominick Cruz talks about his shoulder injury and how his rehab has progressed, his thoughts on Dillashaw's positive drug test and what it means to be an authentic champion (27:49). Next up, Valentina Shevchenko talks the incredible homecoming she received in her home country of Kyrgyzstan and her upcoming title fight on June 8 against Jessica eye (45:34). Brandon Davis talks about his win at UFC 236, his training regimen of running 20 miles per day, why he fought at 135lbs, if he would've taken some time off if he had lost his last fight against Randy Costa and why he cut out drinking alcohol during his training (1:04:30). Khalil Rountree talks about on his trip to Thailand and what he's been learning as a fighter since moving there, how his training has changed due to his move and his love of elephants (1:30:02). Daniel Straus talks about what his life has been like since his motorcycle accident in 2017, why he was never afraid that he wouldn't walk again, if he's back to 100% yet and the anxiety he had going into his first post-accident fight (1:47:39). Dustin Poirier's head coach Mike Brown breaks down Poirier's win at UFC 236 win over Max Holloway and future matchup against Khabib Nurmagomedov (2:16:46). Olympic Gold Medalist Jordan Burroughs discusses his upcoming match against Ben Askren at 'Beat The Streets,' why there hasn't been any trash talk between the two, and his interest in fighting just once in MMA (2:37:22). UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker talks about the Adesanya v. Gastelum fight, if he was pulling for one over the other, Adesanya's recent criticism of him, when the fight could be and much more (3:11:50).
Apr 16, 2019
UFC 236 Post Show
15:58
Ariel Helwani and Brett Okamoto go live from Atlanta after a thrilling UFC 236 event to discuss how they scored the co-main event fights. The guys echo the sentiment that Adesanya's win could end up being the fight of the year. Plus, the duo looks at the future opponents of tonight's winners: Khabib Nurmagomedov (when he returns from suspension) for Poirier and Robert Whittaker for Adesanya.
Apr 14, 2019
UFC 236 Preview Show
38:45
Ariel Helwani gets back on the ESPN Radio airwaves and takes YOUR calls previewing tonight's Atlanta card featuring co-main events of Adesanya/Gastelum & Holloway/Poirier.
Apr 13, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 13
1:04:44
On this week's episode, Ariel is joined by Chael Sonnen to talk about all things TJ Dillashaw testing positive for EPO. Then, Brett Okamoto stops by to discuss Dillashaw's legacy, as well as the UFC 236 main event between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier. And finally, Ariel talks to NewYorkRic about Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya and Ariel's big wrestling week.
Apr 10, 2019
Episode 41: Sonnen and Danis in studio, Adesanya, DJ, Lobov, Perry, Overeem, many more
3:13:47
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off recapping Ariel's experience at WrestleMania. Then, a few days ahead of a title belt fight, "The Last Stylebender" Israel Adesanya joins Ariel to discuss his preparation for Kelvin Gastelum in UFC 236 (4:58). Next, Alistair Overeem reacts to the news of Alexander Volkov pulling out of UFC Saint Petersberg and also rants about pro wrestling (18:42). Then, two days after winning his Bare Knuckle FC fight, a bloodied and bruised Artem Lobov explains his beef with Paulie Malignaggi and why bare-knuckle is the safest form of fighting (32:34). Next, "The Joker" Jack Hermansson talks about his upcoming main event fight against Jacare Souza and how close he is to getting a chance at a title fight (52:55). After that, Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson talks about his fighting future and how to navigate drug testing in the sport (1:09:17). Next, after ripping Ariel for getting corporate, an animated "Platinum" Mike Perry talks about his new marriage and why he's so excited for his next fight (1:28:28). Overeem's opponent, Alexey Oleynik, then explains his decision to take the fight (1:48:04). A confident Dillon Danis joins Ariel in his Bristol studio to talk Twitter drama, his relationship with Conor McGregor and to bash Ben Askren (1:57:56). Lastly, Ariel's colleague, Chael Sonnen, recaps WrestleMania and looks ahead to his own next fight (2:31:53). Plus, Sonnen tells a story about the time he realized Ariel was cool.
Apr 08, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 12
1:12:19
Ariel is joined by ESPN's Chamatkar Sandhu, Phil Murphy and Brett Okamoto to talk about the ugliness of the Conor McGregor-Khabib Nurmagomedov feud, Paulie Malignaggi vs. Artem Lobov in BKFC, International Fight Week, Josh Barnett signing with Bellator, Eddie Alvarez's loss, Amanda Nunes vs. Holly Holm, Paul Felder's interview with Justin Gaethje and much more.
Apr 03, 2019
Episode 40: Barnett in studio, Woodley, Askren, Holm, Waterson, Lobov, Mitchell, many more
3:19:36
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with the latest news and notes from the MMA world. But before that, Ariel gives his thoughts on April Fools' Day and the controversial news surrounding Conor McGregor. Then, "The Karate Hottie" Michelle Waterson talks about the secrets to her recent success and why she hopes her next fight is for the UFC strawweight title (14:56). After that, featherweight Josh Emmett recaps his weekend win in Philadelphia (35:28). Then, Ben Askren joins Ariel for his weekly appearance to update fans on a potential fight with Jorge Masvidal (46:40) and then in perhaps the most entertaining segment in the show's history, Tyron Woodley interrupts the interview (while getting a haircut) to offer his thoughts on a potential Askren/Masvidal matchup (59:24). Then, Woodley sticks around to discuss a Robbie Lawler rematch and what his life has been like since losing to Kamaru Usman (1:14:32). Next, former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm gives an update on her UFC 239 training and also explains how she's living her best life right now (1:26:02). Then, "Thug Nasty" Bryce Mitchell discusses his choices of fighting apparel and why he lives in a trailer (1:46:02). After that, former heavyweight Josh Barnett joins Ariel in-studio to talk about his latest projects, Ronda Rousey's performance as a professional wrestler and the changes he'd make to UFC fights (2:00:16). At the end of the interview, Barnett makes a stunning announcement (2:46:25). Lastly, Artem Lobov joins the show ahead of his Bare Knuckle FC fight on Saturday (2:59:50).
Apr 01, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 11
1:12:28
On this week's episode, Ariel is first joined by ESPN's Brett Okamoto (6:00) to talk about Conor McGregor's sudden retirement and whether he'll ultimately return. Next, MMAJunkie.com's Mike Bohn (32:00) discusses Anthony Pettis' future options, Barboza vs. Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson's ONE debuts and more. And finally, NewYorkRic (49:00) stops by to discuss the latest on the flyweight and bantamweight divisions, Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic, Jorge Masvidal vs. Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley vs. Robbie Lawler and this weekend's UFC Philly card.
Mar 27, 2019
Episode 39: Usman, Cejudo, Pettis, Faber, Moraes, Rockhold, Lewis, White, many more
3:23:35
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off recapping some of the latest MMA news and the Anthony Pettis knockout of Wonderboy Thompson. Henry Cejudo, the show's first guest, describes how his life has changed since knocking out TJ Dillashaw before giving a message to his next opponent, Marlon Moraes (5:50). An unimpressed Moraes immediately responds, saying he'll "put him (Cejudo) to sleep" (26:45). Next, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold talks about his injury rehab and his upcoming bout with Corey Anderson, as well as a potential Jon Jones fight down the road (53:50). Then, Pettis joins Ariel fresh off his UFC Nashville knockout of Stephen Thompson, saying he's hungrier than ever (1:09:05). After that, "The Black Beast" Derrick Lewis speaks with Ariel just hours before going under the knife to repair a torn MCL and meniscus, which he says will keep him sidelined for the next 4-6 months (1:22:30). After that, heavyweight Curtis Blaydes tells a crazy story after talking about his weekend win and the harsh comments that his opponent, Justin Willis, made about his father (1:40:11). Next, UFC welterweight Kamaru Usman talks about life as the champion, his beef with Colby Covington, why times are good and if he'd fight Tyron Woodley again (1:55:50). Urijah "The California Kid" Faber then talks about fatherhood and if/when he'll come out of retirement (2:19:04). After that, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza puts his English to the test and tells Ariel he might retire if not given a title fight soon (2:43:02). Lastly, former NBA first round draft pick Royce White talks about why he has committed himself to martial arts and why he's happier than he's ever been. He also clarifies the narrative about his mental health struggles before talking about his plans to fight in UFC's heavyweight division (3:02:10).
Mar 25, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 10
1:09:05
We begin this week's episode talking to NewYorkRic about TJ Dillashaw no longer being UFC bantamweight champion and his one-year suspension. Then, we're joined by MMAFighting.com's Peter Carroll who talked about Darren Till's future, Luke Rockhold moving up to 205 and what's next for Conor McGregor. Finally, we close out the show with UFC on ESPN reporter Laura Sanko who shares her unique perspective on the Masvidal-still altercation and talks about her transition from fighter to reporter.
Mar 20, 2019
Episode 38: Masvidal, Edwards, Askren, Iaquinta, McCann, Diakiese, Agazarm, Roufus, many more
3:17:30
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of this weekend's London event and the mayhem that ensued. The man behind that controversy, Jorge Masvidal, joins Ariel from the airport to explain what happened and why he isn't proud of it (6:50). Then, a fired-up Ben Askren gives Ariel a list of who he's willing to fight next and also rants about how no one wants to fight him (24:42). Plus, he dishes on the beef between he and Dillon Danis. Next, Anthony Pettis' coach, Duke Roufus, talks to Ariel about Askren's rise, Pettis' progress and what motivates fighters today (48:43). After that, Ariel catches up with "Ragin' Al" Al Iaquinta, who talks about his side jobs and potential upcoming fights after revealing he stayed in on St. Patrick's Day to ensure he'd be in good condition for this interview (1:03:14). Then, bantamweight Nathaniel Wood talks about his London win and the struggles he faces trying to make weight (1:21:20). Next, Marc "Bone Crusher" Diakiese discusses Saturday's win and how much he needed it (1:35:52). Then, "Meatball" Molly McCann updates Ariel on her health and when she may fight next (1:50:40). Then, featherweight Arnold Allen talks about going 5-0 in the UFC and his unusual relationship with his family (2:02:02). Next, Ariel welcomes lightweight Corey Anderson to get the skinny on why the Alexander Gustafsson fight fell through (2:15:25). He also explains what makes him who he is and why he's been so happy lately. Then, Leon Edwards talks to Ariel about his win over Gunnar Nelson and the Masvidal incident and why he isn't pressing charges (2:36:46). Before Ariel announces some breaking news (3:14:18), AJ Agazarm discusses the latest in MMA and his insatiable work ethic (2:54:25).
Mar 18, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 9
1:07:23
Ariel is joined by NewYorkRic and Phil Murphy to talk about Conor McGregor's arrest from all angles, McGregor vs. Cerrone slipping away, a potential Cerrone vs. Nate Diaz rematch, Anthony Smith's quick turnaround, this weekend's UFC card in London and more.
Mar 13, 2019
Episode 37: Danis, JDS, Smith, Romero, Belfort, Volkanovski, many more
3:07:05
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of Saturday night's Wichita event. The winner from the main event, Junior dos Santos, joins Ariel to catch up and break down the win (8:12). Then, trainer Greg Jackson talks about his approach to his career, why he had to let his foot off the gas a few years ago, and the up-and-coming fighters he's training (27:10). Next, nine days after losing a five-round match to Jon Jones at UFC 235, a brutally honest Anthony Smith credits Jones and also opens up about his emotions since that loss and why he isn't thrilled about the June 1 Alexander Gustafsson fight he just signed up for (44:28). Then, lightweight Joseph "Irish Joe" Duffy discusses why he's taken a year and-a-half away from the octagon and how he feels about this weekend's bout with Marc Diakiese (1:08:10). Sarah Kaufman then joins Ariel on the heels of the announcement that she and Kayla Harrison are among the names who will compete for $1 million in the inaugural PFL women's lightweight title (1:19:55). Next, Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort joins to talk about signing with ONE Championship and his desire to fight Roy Jones Jr in his ONE debut later this year (1:36:12). Then, Ariel finally reconnects with Dillon Danis, who tells the story of the UFC 229 melee from his perspective and why he's at peace with his suspension. Plus, Danis says he'd put up $1 million to fight Ben Askren and that Conor McGregor, Danis' training partner, is rearing to return to the octagon (1:56:24). Then, featherweight Alex Volkanovski tells a heartwarming story and also says he can take down Jose Aldo in their upcoming UFC 237 bout (2:33:38). Lastly, Yoel "Soldier of God" Romero discusses his reality television show appearance and why he isn't fighting Paolo Costa in April (2:51:50). Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of Saturday night's Wichita event. The winner from the main event, Junior dos Santos, joins Ariel to catch up and break down the win (8:12). Then, trainer Greg Jackson talks about his approach to his career, why he had to let his foot off the gas a few years ago, and the up-and-coming fighters he's training (27:10). Next, nine days after losing a five-round match to Jon Jones at UFC 235, a brutally honest Anthony Smith credits Jones and also opens up about his emotions since that loss and why he isn't thrilled about the June 1 Alexander Gustafsson fight he just signed up for (44:28). Then, lightweight Joseph "Irish Joe" Duffy discusses why he's taken a year and-a-half away from the octagon and how he feels about this weekend's bout with Marc Diakiese (1:08:10). Sarah Kaufman then joins Ariel on the heels of the announcement that she and Kayla Harrison are among the names who will compete for $1 million in the inaugural PFL women's lightweight title (1:19:55). Next, Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort joins to talk about signing with ONE Championship and his desire to fight Roy Jones Jr in his ONE debut later this year (1:36:12). Then, Ariel finally reconnects with Dillon Danis, who tells the story of the UFC 229 melee from his perspective and why he's at peace with his suspension. Plus, Danis says he'd put up $1 million to fight Ben Askren and that Conor McGregor, Danis' training partner, is rearing to return to the octagon (1:56:24). Then, featherweight Alex Volkanovski tells a heartwarming story and also says he can take down Jose Aldo in their upcoming UFC 237 bout (2:33:38). Lastly, Yoel "Soldier of God" Romero discusses his reality television show appearance and why he isn't fighting Paolo Costa in April (2:51:50). Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of Saturday night's Wichita event. The winner from the main event, Junior dos Santos, joins Ariel to catch up and break down the win (8:12). Then, trainer Greg Jackson talks about his approach to his career, why he had to let his foot off the gas a few years ago, and the up-and-coming fighters he's training (27:10). Next, nine days after losing a five-round match to Jon Jones at UFC 235, a brutally honest Anthony Smith credits Jones and also opens up about his emotions since that loss and why he isn't thrilled about the June 1 Alexander Gustafsson fight he just signed up for (44:28). Then, lightweight Joseph "Irish Joe" Duffy discusses why he's taken a year and-a-half away from the octagon and how he feels about this weekend's bout with Marc Diakiese (1:08:10). Sarah Kaufman then joins Ariel on the heels of the announcement that she and Kayla Harrison are among the names who will compete for $1 million in the inaugural PFL women's lightweight title (1:19:55). Next, Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort joins to talk about signing with ONE Championship and his desire to fight Roy Jones Jr in his ONE debut later this year (1:36:12). Then, Ariel finally reconnects with Dillon Danis, who tells the story of the UFC 229 melee from his perspective and why he's at peace with his suspension. Plus, Danis says he'd put up $1 million to fight Ben Askren and that Conor McGregor, Danis' training partner, is rearing to return to the octagon (1:56:24). Then, featherweight Alex Volkanovski tells a heartwarming story and also says he can take down Jose Aldo in their upcoming UFC 237 bout (2:33:38). Lastly, Yoel "Soldier of God" Romero discusses his reality television show appearance and why he isn't fighting Paolo Costa in April (2:51:50). Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of Saturday night's Wichita event. The winner from the main event, Junior dos Santos, joins Ariel to catch up and break down the win (8:12). Then, trainer Greg Jackson talks about his approach to his career, why he had to let his foot off the gas a few years ago, and the up-and-coming fighters he's training (27:10). Next, nine days after losing a five-round match to Jon Jones at UFC 235, a brutally honest Anthony Smith credits Jones and also opens up about his emotions since that loss and why he isn't thrilled about the June 1 Alexander Gustafsson fight he just signed up for (44:28). Then, lightweight Joseph "Irish Joe" Duffy discusses why he's taken a year and-a-half away from the octagon and how he feels about this weekend's bout with Marc Diakiese (1:08:10). Sarah Kaufman then joins Ariel on the heels of the announcement that she and Kayla Harrison are among the names who will compete for $1 million in the inaugural PFL women's lightweight title (1:19:55). Next, Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort joins to talk about signing with ONE Championship and his desire to fight Roy Jones Jr in his ONE debut later this year (1:36:12). Then, Ariel finally reconnects with Dillon Danis, who tells the story of the UFC 229 melee from his perspective and why he's at peace with his suspension. Plus, Danis says he'd put up $1 million to fight Ben Askren and that Conor McGregor, Danis' training partner, is rearing to return to the octagon (1:56:24). Then, featherweight Alex Volkanovski tells a heartwarming story and also says he can take down Jose Aldo in their upcoming UFC 237 bout (2:33:38). Lastly, Yoel "Soldier of God" Romero discusses his reality television show appearance and why he isn't fighting Paolo Costa in April (2:51:50).
Mar 11, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 8
1:06:45
Ariel is joined by NewYorkRic and Phil Murphy to talk about BJ Penn's return, who Kamaru Usman should fight next, Tyron Woodley's future, Ben Askren's win over Lawler, Anthony Smith's decision to not take the DQ against Jon Jones, Mirko Cro Cop's retirement and much more.
Mar 06, 2019
Episode 36: Woodley, Askren, Covington, Holloway, Sanchez, Dern, Walker, many more
3:11:45
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of UFC 235. Then, Ariel is joined by welterweight Ben Askren, who discusses his first career UFC victory over Robbie Lawler and why he doesn't need to fight him again (8:10). Plus, he opens up about his rocky relationship with Dana White. Next, an animated Colby Covington details what really happened between he and Kamaru Usman Sunday and why he no longer feels safe in Vegas (29:27). After that, Ariel welcomes Johnny Walker on to discuss why he isn't satisfied with his TKO win, the dislocated shoulder that followed, and if he thinks he's ready to fight Jon Jones (51:38). Then, Ariel and Max Holloway preview UFC 236 and talk about Holloway's improved social media presence (1:03:35). After giving some updates from the MMA world, Ariel welcomes one of Jones' coaches, Mike Winkeljohn, to break down the Anthony Smith fight and provide updates on some of his other clients, including Holly Holm (1:34:40). Then, welterweight Tyron Woodley discusses Saturday night's loss, his respect for Usman, and his new rap album (1:47:06). Next, Brandon Gibson, Jones' striking coach, discusses Jones' Saturday night win and the challenges Smith presented (2:08:26). Henri Hooft, Usman's coach, then discusses Saturday night's win and the first UFC championship he's been a part of (2:19:42). After that, welterweight Diego Sanchez talks about his decision to move weight classes and how he hopes to "change the game for all fighters," (2:32:53). Lastly, UFC fighter Mackenzie Dern talks about her pregnancy, how it will affect the future of her fighting career, and how she hopes to become the first mother to hoist a UFC belt (2:54:40).
Mar 04, 2019
Hour 2: UFC 235 Preview Show
38:16
Ariel takes more callers, who ask about Jon Jones' health and Anthony Smith's chances of winning tonight. Plus, reigning Bellator lightweight defending champion Michael Chandler calls in to discuss his various connections to tonight's card. New York Ric then joins Ariel on set to tackle more questions from callers.
Mar 02, 2019
Hour 1: UFC 235 Preview Show
38:10
Ariel is LIVE from Vegas ahead of UFC 235 and takes a number of calls pertaining to tonight's bouts. Plus, Jon Jones' striking coach, Brandon Gibson, joins to discuss Jones' preparation for tonight's fight against Anthony Jones. Gibson says Jones is focused and ready and that he isn't buying into all of the hype around him.
Mar 02, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 7
1:05:58
On this week's episode, Ariel is joined by Jeff Wagenheim and Greg Rosenstein to talk about all things UFC 235, Poirier vs. Holloway for the interim belt, GSP vs. Khabib and much more.
Feb 27, 2019
Episode 35: Whittaker, Kron, Poirier, Zahabi, Stephens, Gallagher, PFL on ESPN announcement and many more
3:18:36
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with the breaking news of Dillon Danis' suspension and the weekend announcement of Georges St-Pierre's retirement. Then, heavyweight "Skyscraper" Stefan Struve discusses his retirement (13:41). After that, bantamweight James Gallagher discusses his weekend win at Bellator 217 in Dublin, when he might fight next, and the advice Conor McGregor gave him (29:50). Next, strawweight Tatiana Suarez speculates about a fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk (48:10). Ariel's mystery guests, Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison and PFL CEO Peter Murray, join in-studio to announce the breaking news about the PFL's 2-year deal with ESPN (1:03:15). After that, lightweight Dustin Poirier talks about his preparations for his UFC 236 fight with Max Holloway (1:33:14). Then, St-Pierre's coach, Firas Zahabi, sheds some light on why now is the time for GSP to step away from the octagon (1:48:20). "Ice Cream Kron" Gracie talks about his bursting onto the scene (2:10:55) and then featherweight Jeremy Stephens previews his UFC 235 matchup with Zabit Magomedsharipov and also opens up about his inspirational journey (2:28:20). Then, lightweight Paul Felder gives a health update following surgery on his collapsed lung (2:45:15). Last but not least, Robert Whittaker talks about the collapsed bowel that forced him to miss the UFC 234 headliner against Kelvin Gastelum (2:54:28).
Feb 25, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 6
1:02:48
On this week's episode, Ariel is joined by Jeff Wagenheim and Greg Rosenstein to talk about Georges St-Pierre's decision to retire, his legacy, the Khabib Nurmagomedov that didn't materialize and much more on GSP. Plus, they discuss the Gastelum vs. Adesanya interim title fight and Francis Ngannou knocking out Cain Velasquez.
Feb 20, 2019
Episode 34: Namajunas, Ngannou, Miocic, MVP, Sterling, Attar, Coker, many more
3:09:01
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off recapping Sunday night's UFC action, which was headlined by heavyweight Francis Ngannou's 26-second knockout of Cain Velasquez. Then, "The Silent Assassin" Vicente Luque joins fresh off an exciting win (09:47), Bellator President Scott Coker (28:10), former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic talks about a potential bout with Daniel Cormier (47:30) and Audie Attar of Paradigm Sports Management discusses when two of his clients, Conor McGregor and Cyborg, next fights might happen (1:04:20). Then, Francis Ngannou recaps his big win (1:22:30) and Alijamain Sterling joins the show (1:52:00) followed by UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas (2:11:40), Michael "Venom" Page (2:28:08), UFC welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio (2:41:55) and Jimmy Crute a week removed from his UFC 234 victory (2:53:28).
Feb 19, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 5
1:07:11
On this week's episode, Ariel Helwani is joined by NewYorkRic and Phil Murphy. The panel discusses the UFC's middleweight title picture, Anderson Silva's future, Conor McGregor's options, MVP vs. Daley not happening in the UK, the return of Cain Velasquez, Kron Gracie's UFC debut and much more.
Feb 13, 2019
Episode 33: Gastelum, Adesanya, MVP/Daley IN STUDIO, Ngannou, Lee, Vick & many more
3:22:53
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off discussing the UFC 234 aftermath then fresh off defending herself from a brutal attempted robbery Polyana Viana joins (11:40), UFC Lightweight James Vick (26:30), UFC Lightweight Kevin Lee (41:50), Michael "Venom" Page in studio (57:00), Paul "Semtex" Daley in studio (1:40:45), UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou (2:24:05), UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum (2:38:38) and fresh off his UFC 234 win Israel Adesanya (2:57:00).
Feb 11, 2019
UFC 234 Pre-Fight Show
1:35:50
Ariel Helwani reacts to news that Robert Whittaker has pulled out of UFC 234. Plus, he talks to Chael Sonnen, Alex Volkanovski, Derek Brunson, Ali Abdelaziz, & Brett Okamoto.
Feb 09, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 4
1:07:54
On this week's episode, Ariel Helwani is joined by ESPN's Jeff Wagenheim and Phil Murphy to discuss Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum, Anderson Silva vs. Israel Adesanya, what the next moves should be at 135 and 125, the ongoing Cormier-Miocic feud, Jose Aldo's future and much more.
Feb 06, 2019
Episode 32: Whittaker, Adesanya, Askren, Lobov, Moraes, Abdelaziz, many more
3:06:50
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with Johnny Walker fresh off a 15 second TKO win (9:25), UFC bantamweight Marlon Moraes (24:00), UFC bantamweight Aspen Ladd (43:23), after his official UFC press conference debut Ben Askren (52:45), UFC featherweight Artem Lobov (1:1300), UFC lightweight Islam Makhachev (1:37:00), manager to the stars Ali Abdelaziz (1:58:45), UFC welterweight Leon Edwards (2:23:35), UFC middleweight Israel Adesanya (2:33:25) and UFC middleweight Robert Whittaker (2:53:23).
Feb 04, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 3
1:07:44
NewYorkRic, Jeff Wagenheim and Ariel Helwani talk about the NAC suspensions for Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor and friends, Nurmagomedov and McGregor's future, Jon Jones' hearing, Max Holloway's social media skills and much more.
Jan 31, 2019
Episode 31: Bader, Till, Masvidal, Holm, Gaethje, Mighty Mouse, Werdum, many more)
3:11:59
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Champion Ryan Bader (7:30), Bellator MMA Heavyweight Jake Hager (32:45), UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum (47:45), UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje (1:30:00), former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm (1:42:27), UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal (2:05:00), UFC welterweight Darren Till (2:21:00), Bellator's Henry "Okay" Corrales (2:36:00) and ONE Championship flyweight Demetrious Johnson (2:55:20).
Jan 28, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 2
1:05:24
ESPN's Phil Murphy, Greg Rosenstein and Ariel Helwani discuss about what's next for Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw, McGregor vs. Cerrone, Greg Hardy's future, the conclusion of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix, Jack Swagger's debut and more.
Jan 23, 2019
Episode 30: Cejudo, Dillashaw, Pettis, Wonderboy, VanZant, Calderwood, many more
3:07:45
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off recapping the inaugural UFC card on ESPN and speaks with UFC Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo coming off of the fastest finish in flyweight history (9:17). Then interviews with UFC flyweight Paige VanZant (36:00), UFC Bantamweight Cory Sandhagen (51:20), UFC Lightweight Anthony Pettis (1:08:00), UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson (1:21:01), UFC women's flyweight Joanne Calderwood (1:40:30), UFC Bantamweight Marlon Moraes (1:58:47), after announcing his final fight UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez (2:16:25) and fresh off controversial loss TJ Dillashaw (2:42:00).
Jan 21, 2019
The MMA Reporters: Episode 1
59:51
On this premiere episode of the show, Brett Okamoto, Jeff Wagenheim and Ariel Helwani discuss the UFC's debut on ESPN, Greg Hardy's first UFC fight, covering Hardy, the stakes going into Cejudo vs. Dillashaw, Till vs. Masvidal, Pettis vs. Wonderboy and much more.
Jan 16, 2019
Episode 29: Woodley, Usman, Lewis, Garbrandt, Smith, Lawlor, more
3:05:32
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off from a new studio in Bristol CT with TJ Dillashaw's HC Duane Ludwig (7:00), some heat from Henry Cejudo's HC Eric Albarracin (30:30), "Filthy" Tom Lawler (51:45), UFC welterweight Kamaru Usman (1:25:30), UFC light heavyweight Anthony Smith (1:47:00), UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis (2:07:40), UFC Bantamweight Cody Garbrandt (2:27:30) and the reigning UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (2:46:15).
Jan 14, 2019
Post-Show: Episode 27
45:26
Ariel and NewYorkRic talk about Colby Covington getting snubbed, Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith, Floyd Mayweather's win over Tenshin Nasukawa, Cris Cyborg's future, our 2018 awards and much more.
Jan 07, 2019
Episode 28: Covington, Velasquez, Ostovich, Zingano, Calderwood, Anderson in studio and more
3:09:33
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with UFC Welter weight Colby Covington to discuss his title shot snub (4:30), UFC Women's Flyweight Joanne Calderwood (27:15), UFC Light Heavyweight Corey Anderson in studio (46:00), an update from UFC women's featherweight Cat Zingano (1:28:50), the return of former UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez (1:49:00), UFC women's flyweight Rachael Ostovich (2:04:30), fresh off of retirement Sean O'connell (2:25:40), and UFC lightweight Alex Hernandez discussing the ESPN inaugural card (2:48:30).
Jan 07, 2019
The 2018 Helwani Nose Awards
2:36:52
Ariel Helwani looks back at the year that was in MMA by handing out 19 awards. Categories include: male and female fighter of the year, knockout of the year, submission of the year, fight of the year, coach of the year, event of the year, poster of the year and much more. Special guests and award winners join the show throughout. In addition, UFC on ESPN+ headliners Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw stop by in what turned out to be a heated interview.
Jan 01, 2019
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show: Best of 2018
2:30:59
On this special episode of Ariel Helwani's MMA Show, we rounded up the best moments from a memorable year, including interviews with Anderson Silva, Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, Matt Hughes, Chris Eubank, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Royce Gracie, Jon Jones, Max Holloway, other champions, rising stars, living legends and many more.
Dec 24, 2018
Post-Show: Episode 26
28:08
Ariel and NewYorkRic discuss another busy day on the show, Bellator's Hawaiian debut, the final UFC on FOX card, the UFC's welterweight mess, their big New Year's Eve show plans and more.
Dec 17, 2018
Episode 26: Belfort in studio, Cruz, Iaquinta, MacFarlane, Covington, Lee, many more
3:40:10
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with UFC lightweights Edson Barboza (3:34) & Kevin Lee (15:00), UFC women's flyweight Jessica-Rose Clark (31:00), Al Iaquinta (47:24), Colby Covington (1:13:34), fresh off a huge win in her homeland Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (1:31:55), Michael Chandler (1:57:12), a very emotional Dominick Cruz (2:14:05), and the inspirational Vitor Belfort in-studio (2:47:00).
Dec 17, 2018
Post-Show: Episode 25 Post Show
41:16
Ariel and NewYorkRic discuss a busy day on the show, in particular with the welterweights, the UFC Brooklyn additions, Max Holloway's win, what's next for Valentina Shevchenko, a busy weekend coming up and more.
Dec 10, 2018
Episode 25: Woodley, Askren, Lynch, Usman, Northcutt, Edgar, many more
3:34:18
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with the UFC Women's Flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko (6:30), UFC Flyweight Jessica Eye (24:30), Bellator MMA Flyweight Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (42:00), fresh off the Dana White comments UFC Welterweight Champ Tyron Woodley (1:05:00), the undefeated Ben Askren (1:30:00), UFC Featherweight Dan Ige (1:49:00), WWE Smackdown Champ Becky Lynch (2:06:00), ONE Championship's Sage Northcutt (2:30:10), the pride of South Africa Don Madge (2:50:51), Frankie Edgar (3:06:00) and a surprise call from Kamaru Usman (3:19:25).
Dec 10, 2018
Post Show: Episode 24
41:08
Ariel and NewYorkRic discuss an emotional day on the show, a busy weekend in MMA, the Wilder-Fury fight, Sage Northcutt signing with ONE Championship, Daley vs. MVP in Connecticut, UFC 231 and much more.
Dec 03, 2018
Episode 24: Holloway, Ortega, Weidman in studio, Hunt, Usman, Ranallo, many more
3:39:23
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with the undefeated number one contender Kamaru Usman (8:00) then conversations with One Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong (30:40), Brian Ortega (52:24), the Feather Weight champ Max Holloway (1:10:25), Gunnar Nelson (1:33:00), huge news from Jake Hager (1:47:00), fresh off the Wilder/Fury fight Mauro Ranallo (2:05:30), Chris Weidman in studio (2:39:15), Mark Hunt (3:14:00) and Breaking News from Austin Vanderford (3:28:05).
Dec 03, 2018
Post-Show: Episode 23
46:01
Ariel and NewYorkRic discuss Jon Jones' in-studio interview, Tito Ortiz knocking out Chuck Liddell, the future of Golden Boy MMA, UFC Beijing results, a busy upcoming weekend in MMA and more.
Nov 26, 2018
Episode 23: Jones in studio, Ortiz, Ngannou, Overeem, Hackleman, Smolka, more
3:22:58
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of the Liddell-Ortiz fight with Chuck Liddell's coach John Hackelman (10:25) then speaks with the victor of the bout Tito Ortiz (28:10). Plus, UFC Heavyweight Francis Ngannou (47:30), UFC Heavyweight Alistair Overeem (1:10:17), Jon Bones Jones in studio (1:32:11), PFL President Carlos Silva (2:07:22), UFC Bantamweight Louis Smolka (2:36:50) and a show debut with Deron Winn (2:59:00).
Nov 26, 2018
Post-Show: Episode 22
42:59
Ariel and NewYorkRic recap a memorable day on the show, AJ Agazarm signing with Bellator, UFC's debut in Argentina, Liddell vs. Oritz 3 this weekend, Blaydes - NGannou 2, Becky Lynch vs. Ronda Rousey and more.
Nov 19, 2018
Episode 22: Liddell, Ortiz, Perry, MacDonald, Ponzinibbio, Borg, Agazarm in studio, many more
3:37:40
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with #10 Welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio (8:05), then a big announcement from AJ Agazarm in the studio (27:20). Plus, Bellator MMA's Rory MacDonald (1:26:25), a heartfelt conversation with Ray Borg (1:43:32), UFC Welterweight Mike Perry (2:04:40), a preview of the upcoming bout with Tito Ortiz (2:19:41) & Chuck Liddell (2:41:42), UFC Middleweight Dan Kelly (2:59:40), and Ian Heinisch (3:14:05).
Nov 19, 2018
Post-Show: Episode 21
39:17
Ariel and NewYorkRic discuss a busy day on the show, including a celebration on UFC's 25th anniversary, the upcoming bout between Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw, the potential removal of the Flyweight division, and more.
Nov 12, 2018
Episode 21: Rodriguez, Dillashaw, Cejudo, Gracie, Romero, Moraes, and many more
3:37:08
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a very special happy birthday salute to the UFC with UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie (5:12), then welcomes UFC Straw-weight Maycee Barber (30:30), UFC Flyweight Champ Henry Cejudo (47:36), Izzy Martinez (1:11:15), the first women's Bantamweight Champ Germaine de Randamie (1:33:43), recently released Jose Torres (1:47:36), #4 ranked Bantamweight Marlon Moraes (2:05:30), reigning Bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw (2:25:50), #1 ranked Middleweight contender Yoel Romero (2:34:50), and fresh off of a stunning KO Yair Rodriguez (3:11:00).
Nov 12, 2018
Post-Show: Episode 20
42:04
Ariel and NewYorkRic discuss a busy day on the show, Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Tenshin Nasukawa, UFC 230, what's next for Daniel Cormier, UFC Denver and much more.
Nov 06, 2018
Episode 20: Cormier, Adesanya & Abdelaziz & Eubanks in studio, Miocic, Cannonier and more
3:35:38
This week on Ariel Helwani's MMA show, Ariel welcomes former World Champion Kickboxer Javier Mendez (5:19) via skype, UFC Lightweight and Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier (32:10), UFC Middleweight Jared Cannonier (56:37), UFC former champion and Heavyweight Stipe Miocic (1:11:50), UFC Middleweight Isreal Adesanya in studio (1:23:41), UFC Manager Ali Adelaziz (2:12:20) in studio and UFC Women's Flyweight Sijara Eubanks (3:09:00) to the show.
Nov 06, 2018
Post-Show: Episode 19
38:13
Ariel is joined ESPN's Chamatakar Sandhu to discuss the Demetrious Johnson for Ben Askren trade, UFC 230, Anthony Smith's big win in Moncton, Yair Rodriguez replacing Frankie Edgar and much more.
Oct 29, 2018
Episode 19: Cormier & Adesanya & Minton in studio, Mighty Mouse, Askren, Smith, Kawa, more
3:37:28
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with one half of the historic trade and recently acquired UFC Welterweight Ben Askren (3:50), newly minted ONE Championship and former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson (26:00), First Round Management's Malki Kawa (59:00), UFC legend and current double champ Daniel Cormier in studio (1:10:30), nutritionist to the MMA stars Tyler Minton in studio (2:03:00), UFC Middleweight Israel Adesanya in studio (2:38:30) and UFC Light Heavyweight contender Anthony Smith (3:19:40).
Oct 29, 2018
Artem Lobov Exclusive
42:05
In his first interview in months, Lobov talks about the genesis of his feud with Khabib Nurmagomedov, what happened in Brooklyn, the road to UFC 229, the melee afterwards, why he decided to stay in the UFC, and why he won't rest until he fights Zubaira Tukhugov.
Oct 22, 2018
Post-Show: Episode 18
30:08
NewYorkRic checks in from his vacation in Hawaii to preview UFC Moncton. The guys also talk about who's really winning in the Khabib-Conor aftermath, the PFL playoffs, Weidman vs. Jacare and more.
Oct 22, 2018
Episode 18: Alvarez & Mayer in studio, Till, Weidman, Iaquinta, Bader, Shevchenko, more
3:13:59
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman (2:30), Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Ryan Bader (24:35), UFC Lightweight Al Iaquinta (39:15), UFC's Megan Anderson (57:00), Former Olympian and Women's Super-Featherweight Boxer Mikaela Mayer in studio (1:12:00), UFC Middleweight/Welterweight Darren Till (1:53:45), ONE Championship's Eddie Alvarez in studio (2:11:00) and UFC's Valentina Shevchenko (2:55:15).
Oct 22, 2018
Post-Show: Episode 17
35:18
Ariel Helwani and NewYorkRic recap Bellator's big weekend, more Khabib vs. Conor aftermath, Jones vs. Gustafsson 2, Cormier vs. Lewis, and much more.
Oct 15, 2018
Episode 17: St-Pierre, Cormier, Jedrzejczyk, Poirier, Masvidal, Riddle, many more
3:22:40
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of the weekend in MMA (2:00), Bellator's Mandel Nallo (15:40), UFC Heavy and Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier (26:00), UFC Welterweight Jorge Masvidal (51:40), UFC legend Georges St-Pierre (1:02:20), Jon Jones' MMA coach Mike Winkeljohn (1:32:20), UFC Lightweight contender Dustin Poirier (1:48:00), WWE's Matt Riddle (2:03:05), newly retired UFC Lightweight Evan Dunham (2:25:45), UFC Flyweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk (2:41:45) and Bellator's Mike Kimbel (3:04:00).
Oct 15, 2018
Post-Show: Episode 16
40:42
Ariel Helwani and NewYorkRic discuss Khabib vs. Conor, the post-fight brawl, what's next for both men, the rest of the UFC 229 card, UFC 230 and much more.
Oct 08, 2018
Episode 16: Sonnen/Mitrione in studio, Lewis, Rockhold, Hughes, Eubank, Lee, more
3:59:43
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with the recap of the week including the fallout of UFC 229 (2:00), former UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold (28:00), Bellator Heavyweight Chael Sonnen in studio (47:45), UFC Heavyweight Derrick Lewis (1:30:20), UFC legend Matt Hughes & Filmmaker Rory Karpf (1:55:35), UFC Lightweight Kevin Lee (2:14:12), Bellator Heavyweight Matt Mitrione in studio (2:31:30), former WBO Middleweight and Super-Middleweight champion Chris Eubank (3:27:10).
Oct 08, 2018
Post-Show: Episode 15
42:03
Ariel Helwani and NewYorkRic discuss a busy day for the show, all things 229, Bellator 206, the search for an MSG main event, and much more.
Oct 01, 2018
Episode 15: Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Daniel Cormier, many more
4:11:59
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with the recap of the week including the madness of 230 and Bellator 206 (2:00), Bellator Welterweight Douglas Lima (17:10), UFC Light Heavyweight Dominick Reyes (32:45), UFC Women's Bantamweight contender Aspen Ladd (49:00), reigning UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier (1:03:15), reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (1:33:10), Bellator Featherweight Aaron Pico (1:55:30), UFC Strawweight contender Michelle Waterson (2:09:50), UFC Bantamweight contender Sean O'Malley (2:21:00), the voice of the UFC Jon Anik (2:36:20), Bellator Heavyweight Quinton Rampage Jackson (2:57:45), reigning Bellator Middleweight Champion Gegard Mousasi (3:18:25), former UFC Featherweight & Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor (3:38:20).
Oct 01, 2018
Post-Show: Episode 14
36:51
Ariel Helwani and NewYorkRic discuss the 229 press conference, the road to Khabib-McGregor, Jon Jones' return, UFC 230, Mousasi vs. MacDonald, UFC Sao Paulo, much more.
Sep 24, 2018
Episode 14: Harrison in studio, T. McGregor, Kawa, Gustafsson, Tate, Anders, Ngannou, many more
3:15:00
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with MMA journalist Peter Carroll (7:00), First Round Management's Malki Kawa (29:30), UFC Light Heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson (51:00), UFC Heavyweight Francis Ngannou (1:06:40), Bellator Welterweight Champion Rory MacDonald (1:24:00), UFC legend Rashad Evans (1:40:00), Conor McGregor's father Tony McGregor (1:55:50), former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate (2:14:00) UFC Light Heavyweight Eryk Anders (2:31:00) and PFL Lightweight Kayla Harrison in studio. (2:39:30)
Sep 24, 2018
Post-Show: Episode 13
39:14
Ariel Helwani and NewYorkRic discuss GGG-Canelo 2, UFC Moscow, this week's UFC 229 press conference, the return of BJ Penn, the show's new logo and UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo.
Sep 17, 2018
Episode 13: Cyborg, Jedrzejczyk, Liddell, Suarez, Rumble, many more
3:13:51
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with UFC Middleweight contender Eryk Anders (2:45), UFC commentator John Gooden (9:35), UFC Strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk (27:00), UFC legend Chuck Liddell (45:50), UFC Featherweight Ryan Hall (1:14:10), UFC Strawweight Tatiana Suarez (1:31:40), former UFC Light Heavyweight Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson (2:05:05), UFC Heavyweight Alexey Oleynik (2:29:25) and current UFC Women's Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg Justino (2:49:50).
Sep 17, 2018
Post-Show: Episode 12
42:41
Ariel Helwani and NewYorkRic talk about the state of the women's flyweight division, what's next for Valentina Shevchenko, Woodley-Covington, all things UFC 228, Fight Night Moscow and much more.
Sep 10, 2018
Episode 12: Woodley, Shevchenko, Covington, Punk, Sanchez, Gonzalez in studio, many more
3:15:46
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with reigning, defending UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley (4:30), UFC Lightweight Jim Miller (32:30), UFC Welterweight Colby Covington (50:35), UFC Flyweight Valentina Shevchenko (1:08:50), UFC Bantamweight Aljamain Sterling (1:31:20), CM Punk (1:48:40), UFC Welterweight Diego Sanchez (2:12:20) and IFC Strawweight Pearl Gonzalez in studio (2:35:25).
Sep 10, 2018
Post-Show: Episode 11
41:00
Ariel Helwani and NewYorkRic discuss Golden Boy MMA, Logan Paul-Sage Northcutt, Invicta 31, Paddy Pimblett's loss, UFC 228 betting lines and answer your questions.
Sep 04, 2018
Episode 11: De La Hoya, Northcutt, Perry, Usman, Faber, Iaquinta, many more
3:11:05
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with the Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya (4:00), UFC Lightweight James Vick (27:00), UFC Welterweight Mike Platinum Perry (48:10), UFC Welterweight Stephen Thompson (1:08:30), Boxing and MMA coach Trevor Wittman (1:27:50), former UFC Bantamweight & Featherweight Urijah Faber (1:51:00), UFC Welterweight Kamaru Usman (2:12:30), UFC Lightweight & Welterweight Sage Northcutt (2:29:30) and Al Iaquinta (2:53:00).
Sep 04, 2018
Post-Show: Episode 10
31:52
Ariel Helwani and NewYorkRic discuss the betting angle of UFC Fight Night 135 in Lincoln (2:00), the guys answer your questions (13:40) and much more.
Aug 27, 2018
Episode 10: Woodley, Gaethje, Pettis, Calderwood, Chandler, Ellenberger, many more
3:16:20
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with UFC Lightweight Justin Gaethje (5:00), UFC Flyweight Joanne Calderwood (22:30), UFC Middleweight Eryk Anders (40:30), former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis (54:50), UFC Featherweight Bryce Mitchell describes his injury (1:10:30), UFC Lightweight Kajan Johnson (1:30:00), reigning UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley (1:45:35), UFC Light Heavyweight Jimi Manuwa talks Paul vs KSI (2:08:45), UFC Bantamweight Jimmie Rivera (2:21:15), UFC Welterweight Mickey Gall (2:32:25), Bellator Lightweight Michael Chandler (2:46:40) and Jake Ellenberger retires (3:03:45).
Aug 27, 2018
Episode 9: Romero, Gallagher & Macfarlane & Chalmers in studio, Oezdemir, more
3:28:50
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with Bellator's Ricky Bandejas (6:30), Henry Cejudo's head coach Eric Albarracin (26:15), Bellator Flyweight Ilima-Lei MacFarlane (51:30), Bellator's James Gallagher (1:29:15), Bellator's Aaron Chalmers (2:10:40), UFC Light Heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir (2:42:30), UFC Middleweight Yoel Romero (3:04:00).
Aug 20, 2018
Episode 8: Mighty Mouse, O'Malley, PVZ, Moraes, Lee, Blaydes, many more
4:16:04
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson (4:50), UFC Bantamweight Marlon Moraes (31:00), UFC Heavyweight Curtis Blaydes (50:30), UFC Welterweight Mickey Gall (1:06:20), UFC Lightweight Alex Hernandez (1:28:00), UFC Flyweight Paige VanZant (1:48:00), UFC Heavyweight Corey Anderson (2:10:00), UFC Welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio (2:38:30), UFC Middleweight Derek Brunson (2:57:30), UFC Lightweight Kevin Lee (3:15:00), UFC Bantamweight Sean O'Malley (3:35:15), New York Ric breaks down fan questions, today's show and much more (3:55:00).
Aug 13, 2018
Episode 7: Cejudo, Dillashaw, Covington, Cruz, Danis in studio, Roddy, many more
5:04:18
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show kicks off with TJ Dillashaw's coach Duane Ludwig (8:00), the new UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo (29:55), the interim UFC Welterweight Champion Colby Covington (53:45), UFC Lightweight Dustin Poirier (1:10:30), AKA founder and MMA coach Javier Mendez (1:28:30), Conor McGregor's striking coach Rowdy Owen Roddy (1:48:45), Dillon Danis in studio (2:13:00), former two-time UFC Bantamweight Dominick Cruz (3:02:25), reigning defending UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw (3:32:15), UFC Bantamweight Raphael Assuncao (3:52:00), New York Ric stops by to break down his Ric's Picks, UFC 227 and much more. (4:18:00).
Aug 06, 2018
Episode 6: Holloway, Henry, Dillashaw, Joanna, Usman, many more
4:57:45
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show kicks off with MMA coach Mark Henry (6:15), UFC Strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk (29:45), Nick Newell (49:20), UFC's Darren Till sends a video message (1:07:00), UFC's Katlyn Chookagian (1:10:40), former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman (1:30:15), UFC Light Heavyweight Ilir Latifi (1:49:30), reigning UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway (2:08:00), UFC Flyweight Henry Cejudo (2:37:30), UFC's Kamaru Usman (2:55:30), current UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw (3:11:30), Jared Gordon (3:29:00), New York Ric joins to talk UFC 227, questions of the day, Ric's picks (4:05:00) and much more.
Jul 30, 2018
Episode 5: Woodley, Silva, Sonnen & Fedor in studio, Gustafsson, and much more
5:12:28
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with UFC Light Heavyweight Anthony Smith (2:10), ESPN and Bellator's Chael Sonnen in studio (18:10), UFC Flyweight Joanne Calderwood (1:10:00), UFC Middleweight Paulo Costa (1:33:00), UFC's Cat Zingano (1:50:10), UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley (2:11:30), former UFC Champion Anderson Silva (2:39:00), former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar (2:53:20), UFC Light Heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson (3:01:00), MMA legend and Bellator Heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in studio (3:12:30), Austin Vanderford (3:44:40), UFC Featherweight Alex Volkanovski (4:02:50), Ali Abdelaziz (4:22:10), New York Ric stops by with the questions of the day (4:50:15) and more.
Jul 24, 2018
Episode 4: Miocic, Cyborg, JDS, Ngannou and more
4:59:15
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with UFC Featherweight Chad Mendes (7:00), former UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic (26:00), UFC Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes (49:00), UFC Heavyweight Francis Ngannou (1:10:10), Daniel Cormier's boxing coach Rosendo Sanchez (1:35:15), UFC Lightweight Paul Felder (1:58:20), UFC's Jessica Aguilar (2:17:30), former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos (2:31:00), UFC's Sage Northcutt (2:53:20), UFC's Tai Tuivasa & Tyson Pedro (3:13:50), UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker (3:34:00), UFC Women's Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg (3:58:00), NewYorkRic jumps in with the questions of the day (4:27:00) and more.
Jul 16, 2018
Episode 3: Cormier, Ortega, Mighty Mouse, and more
5:33:06
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show kicks off with a recap of an MMA-packed weekend (1:00), UFC's Light Heavy and Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier (35:45), the Black Beast Derrick Lewis (58:45), UFC's Michael Chiesa (1:18:20), UFC Middleweight Israel Adesanya (1:32:15), Violent Bob Ross Luis Peña (1:50:20), UFC's Brian Ortega (2:09:00), UFC Light Heavyweight Anthony Smith (2:42:26), UFC Featherweight Jeremy Stephens (3:04:50), defending UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson (3:25:55), UFC Light Heavyweight Khalil Rountree (3:47:47), TUF Champion Brad Katona (4:04:27), UFC's Mike Platinum Perry (4:20:40), FRM's Malki Kawa (4:35:55), NewYorkRIc with the results of the International Fight Week Draft and more (5:03:57).
Jul 09, 2018
Episode 2: Gracie in studio, Ortiz, Iaquinta, Perry, Gaethje, and much more.
5:02:47
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show kicks off with current Bellator Women's Flyweight World Champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (2:30), Johny "Bigg Rigg" Hendricks (14:00), UFC Lightweight Paul Felder (34:58), UFC's Al Iaquinta (45:10), Bellator's James Gallagher (1:05:30), UFC Lightweight James Vick (1:23:25), UFC Welterweight Mike Platinum Perry (1:37:50), UFC Flyweight Jessica Eye (1:57:20), UFC Lightweight Justin Gaethje (2:22:00), UFC sisters Valentina and Antonina Shevchenko (2:45:00), former UFC Light heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz (3:04:10), UFC's Yair Rodriguez (3:31:00), Renzo Gracie in studio (3:40:00) and the International Fight Week draft with NewYorkRic and Brett Okamoto (4:50:00).
Jul 03, 2018
Episode 1: A New Chapter
5:05:23
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show debuts with a star studded cast led by ESPN's Brett Okamoto (5:00), defending UFC Light-Heavyweight Champ Daniel Cormier (25:00), Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (48:00), reigning UFC Heavyweight Champ Stipe Miocic (1:05:00), Brian Ortega (1:27:00), defending UFC Strawweight Champ Rose Namajunas (1:53:10), UFC Featherweight Champ Max "Blessed" Holloway (2:13:15), former UFC Light Heavyweight Champ Rashad Evans (2:31:40), The Black Beast Derrick Lewis (2:56:50), the newest member of Bellator MMA Lyoto Machida (3:14:40), 2x Olympian Kayla Harrison (3:32:30), former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett (3:53:40), UFC Welterweight Leon Edwards (4:26:30) and the return of New York Ric with Twitter questions using #HelwaniShow (4:41:30).
Jun 25, 2018
Episode Zero
05:41
The first episode of Ariel Helwani's MMA Show is now live on ESPN. Be there for Episode 1 on Monday, June 25th!
Jun 22, 2018