Ariel Helwani

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Ariel Helwani has been covering mixed martial arts professionally since 2006. He is a four-time World MMA Award Journalist of the Year winner, picking up the award in 2010 and 2011. Helwani is a graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Helwani currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife and two sons.

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Barnett vs. Lister slated for Metamoris 4


Josh Barnett has agreed to meet Dean Lister at Metamoris 4 on Aug. 9 in Los Angeles, Barnett's manager Leland Lebarre confirmed with Metamoris is expected to officially announce its next event on Monday.


MMA Beat on Coker, High, Dillashaw, Sonnen/Silva

The panel discusses Scott Coker's future with Bellator MMA, Bjorn Rebney's departure from the promotion, the New Mexico Athletic Commission's decision to suspend Jason High for a year, Dillashaw vs. Barao 2, Johnson vs. Dodson 2, Sonnen/Silva drama.

New Mexico suspends Jason High for one year


According to New Mexico State Athletic Commission chairman Tom King, High has been suspended for one year for pushing referee Kevin Mulhall after his second-round TKO loss to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 42 earlier this month.

Rebney, Danaher officially done with Bellator


Viacom, the parent company of the organization, announced Wednesday morning that Rebney, the founder, chairman and CEO of Bellator, as well as Tim Danaher, president and COO, are leaving the organization effective immediately.

Bellator reaches out to Slice, but no deal yet


Bellator MMA is interested in signing Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson.

Jacare vs. Mousasi rematch set for UFC 176


Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza will meet Gegard Mousasi in the co-main event of the Aug. 2 card in Los Angeles.

Viacom moving towards replacing Rebney with Coker


According to sources, Viacom, the majority owner of Bellator MMA, informed Bjorn Rebney, the founder and CEO of the promotion, earlier this week that they're working towards replacing him with former Strikeforce CEO and founder Scott Coker.

Champion vs. champion on UFC 175 prelims


Kevin Casey, who became the RFA middleweight champion on June 6, has signed with the UFC and will meet Legacy FC middleweight champion Bubba Bush on the UFC 175 prelims next month, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Letourneau didn't suffer broken orbital bone


Amazingly, UFC newcomer Valerie Letourneau did not suffer a broken orbital bone at UFC 174 on Saturday night.

Paul Daley finds opponent for BAMMA 16 main event


"Semtex" will meet Igor Fernandes in the main event of the Sept. 13 show at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, England, the promotion informed


Watch The MMA Hour now

Monday's episode features Jon Jones, Matt Serra in studio, Jason High, Melvin Manhoef, Georgi Karakhanyan, Dave Meltzer, and more.


Zahabi: Rory deserves title shot, GSP will return

Firas Zahabi discusses Rory MacDonald's win over Tyron Woodley at UFC 174, if that was MacDonald's best performance of his career, what it's like coaching MacDonald, if GSP will come back after all after his knee injury,


Bagautinov explains what wrong against Johnson

Ali Bagautinov, who lost via unanimous decision to Demetrious Johnson in the UFC 174 main event Saturday night, discusses why he came up short, what he learned, and much more.

White: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2 'probably' next


T.J. Dillashaw's first title defense as bantamweight champion might just be an immediate rematch.


Woodley believes he'll be cheered in Vancouver

Tyron Woodley talks about his UFC 174 fight against Rory MacDonald, having cameras follow him leading up to the fight, his beard TLC regimen, and why he thinks he'll get cheered on Saturday night.


Feijao admits lack of motivation upon entering UFC

Rafael Cavalcante talks about some issues he had getting into Canada, why he lacked motivation upon entering the UFC, fighting Ryan Bader at UFC 174, being a momma's boy, and more.


MacDonald says he's officially over Condit loss

Rory MacDonald talks about being back home in British Columbia, his growth as a fighter, fighting Tyron Woodley at UFC 174, what's at stake, his Twitter personality, and more.


Bader thinks 'Feijao' loss could mean gatekeeper

Ryan Bader talks about returning from a hand injury, his dominant win over Anthony Perosh, getting over the gatekeeper hump, fighting Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante at UFC 174, a potential fight against Daniel Cormier, and more.


Condit talks surgery, comeback, Woodley-MacDonald

Carlos Condit talks about how he's feeling after knee surgery, his rehab, comeback, Tyron Woodley vs. Rory MacDonald, a rematch against MacDonald, and how his teammates Ali Bagautinov and Andrei Arlovski will do at UFC 174.


Johnson: Dodson sounded like 'fool,' isn't next

Demetrious Johnson talks about his UFC flyweight title fight against Ali Bagautinov, selling the fight, John Dodson's comments about him last week, whether he's a bigger star now, and more.

Sonnen admits to taking banned substances


Chael Sonnen said that he had to take banned substances to live a healthy life after testosterone replacement therapy was banned by the Nevada Athletic Commission, however, he calls the positive test confusing because he says he was upfront.


Watch The MMA Hour now

Monday's episode featured interviews with Benson Henderson, Ross Pearson, Ken Shamrock, Diego Brandao, Malki Kawa, Shannon Knapp, Niklas Backstrom, Paul Lazenby, and more.

Myles Jury out of UFC Fight Night in San Antonio


An injury has forced Myles Jury to withdraw from his June 28 fight against Abel Trujillo, according to his manager Ryan Hass.

Toronto not a lock to host Jones vs. Gustafsson 2


When the Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson rematch was announced on Thursday for Sept. 27, most figured the fight would take place in Toronto again because that date had already been announced as Toronto's next show. But that's not the case.

UFC Fight Night Dublin sells out immediately


The July 19 event, headlined by Ireland's own Conor McGregor and Diego Brandao, took just a matter of hours to be completely sold out.


MMA Beat on Jones saga, Sonnen, Diaz-Silva, Daley

The panel looks at the Jon Jones vs. UFC saga, whether recent drama is taking away from the actual fight, the potential Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva fight, Henderson vs. Khabilov, MacDonald vs. Woodley, a Paul Daley return to the UFC, and more.

Melvin Manhoef still gunning for UFC shot


Melvin Manhoef hasn't given up on his UFC dream just yet.

Paul Daley to headline BAMMA 16 in September


"Semtex" is set to headline BAMMA 16 on September 13 at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, England, the promotion informed Daley's opponent is expected to be finalized in the coming days.

Mike Dolce spared difficult decision


When the possibility of the Chael Sonnen vs. Vitor Belfort fight was first announced, Mike Dolce braced for a difficult decision. Thankfully for him, he won't have to pick sides after all.

WSOF's NBC debut set, will not coincide with 175


World Series of Fighting's 11th event has finally found a home.

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