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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With Palhares-Fitch canceled, WSOF issues warning


"Enough is enough." Ali Abdel-Aziz, the executive vice president of World Series of Fighting, is tired of feeling like he is being taken advantage of, and he's putting his foot down.


The MMA Hour - Episode 227

Monday's episode featured interviews with Alexander Gustafsson, Daniel Cormier, Dan Henderson, Josh Barnett, Brian Stann, Andrei Arlovski, Joanne Calderwood, and more.

McCall vs. Pickett targeted for UFC Dublin


A few months after the UFC tried to book Brad Pickett vs. Ian McCall in London, the organization is working towards placing the flyweight fight on the upcoming UFC Dublin card on July 16, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Villante vs. Perosh in works for New Zealand card


With a main event set, the UFC is working towards filling up its debut card in New Zealand.

Andrei Arlovski returns to UFC

110 learned on Wednesday that the organization had been in talks with Arlovski about a return and confirmed with sources close to the situation that he has agreed to a new deal. UFC president Dana White welcomed him back on Twitter.


Kawa on 'Bones,' no Nike at 172, UFC relationship

Jon Jones' manager Malki Kawa talks about the Jon Jones business, why Jones won't wear Nike at UFC 172, his relationship with the UFC, his pay-per-view drawing ability, and more.


'Rumble' in much better mood upon return to UFC

Anthony Johnson talks about returning to the UFC, Phil Davis not talking about him as much as Jon Jones, meeting old foe Charlie Brenneman this week, his thoughts on Davis as an opponent, and more.


Jon Jones talks relationship with Dana White, fans

Jon Jones talks about his UFC light heavyweight title against Glover Teixeira, his relationship with Dana White and the fans, telling his wrestling coach Izzy Martinez to not come to Baltimore, drug testing before the fight, and more.


Teixeira believes he overtrained for Bader fight

Glover Teixeira talks about how he feels 24 hours before fighting Jon Jones at UFC 172, the extra drug testing before this fight, the mistake he made going into his last fight, Chuck Liddell''s recent comments about Jones, and more.


Davis has a feeling Jones won't make it to UFC 172

Phil Davis talks about his anti-Jon Jones campaign, why he thinks Jones won't make it to Saturday night, Dana White's recent remarks about him, welcoming Anthony Johnson back to the Octagon at UFC 172, and more.


Rockhold talks 'easy money' Bisping, bull battle

Luke Rockhold talks about his UFC 172 fight against Tim Boetsch, Michael Bisping calling him out, the current demise of Vitor Belfort, his battle with a bull in Costa Rica, a potential rematch against "Jacare" Souza, and more.


No qualms for Miller about late opponent switch

Jim Miller talks about finding out he is fighting Yancy Medeiros on one week's notice at UFC 172, why he doesn't care about the switch, how he's preparing for the Hawaiian, the chip on his shoulder, his brother's recovery from neck surgery, and more.


Tim Elliott's motivation? Fear of the cubicle

Flyweight Tim Elliott talks about his UFC 172 fight against Joseph Benavidez, what went wrong against Ali Bagautinov at UFC 167, his awkward style, fear of a normal job, and more.


Boetsch predicts he's going to ER with Rockhold

Tim Boetsch discusses his UFC 172 fight against Luke Rockhold, working out alongside his opponent Tuesday night, not getting respect from the oddsmakers, and more.


Benavidez talks motivations after loss to champion

UFC flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez talks about his recent knockout loss to Demetrious Johnson, how much time he took off after the fight, how he rebounded, the morale at Team Alpha Male, and more.


The MMA Hour - Episode 226

Monday's episode featured interviews with Chuck Liddell, Demetrious Johnson, Jake Shields, Danny Castillo, Javier Mendez, Henri Hooft, Yancy Medeiros, and more.


White talks UFC on FOX 11, Carano, cuts, and more

UFC president Dana White discusses the upcoming UFC on FOX 11 fight card, why FOX requested the Browne vs. Werdum fight, Gina Carano, and much more from Shaquille O'Neal's house.

Tyrone Spong shatters shin at GLORY 15


Tyrone Spong suffered a gruesome leg injury in the main event of Saturday's GLORY 15 event in Istanbul, Turkey.

Manager: Nogueira wants Mir fight, then retirement


So was that the last time we'll ever see "Big Nog" fight? According to one of his managers Jorge Guimaraes, Nogueira might have other plans.

Overeem decides to join Jackson-Winkeljohn


Alistair Overeem confirmed with that he has officially decided to train for his next fight at the famed Jackson-Winkeljohn camp in New Mexico.


MMA Beat on Diaz bros, Carano, Shields, Reem, more

We discuss the Diaz brothers' ongoing issues with the UFC, Jake Shield's release, the Gina Carano return talk, Alistair Overeem teaming up with Jackson-Winkeljohn, the UFC's increased random drug testing, the UFC 174 main event, and more.

Diaz: 'Don't love to fight; don't want to fight'

After UFC president Dana White said they were waiting to hear back from Nick Diaz about an offer to fight Hector Lombard, Diaz, in a rare interview, opened up about why he is no in rush to fight again, and why his response to the offer is clear.

UFC fighters react to 'Ultimate Warrior's' death


One of the biggest stars in the history of wrestling, "Warrior" was beloved by many UFC fighters, showing once again the influence pro wrestling has had on mixed martial arts. Here are some tweets from the UFC's best reacting to the news.

Overeem to undergo elbow surgery Wednesday


The UFC heavyweight will undergo surgery to correct a pinched nerve in his elbow, Overeem informed He wouldn't specify which elbow was bothering him.

Carano to meet with White Wednesday night


The much-anticipated Gina Carano-Dana White meeting will take place Wednesday night. White confirmed the day of the meeting with

Diaz discusses issues with UFC; White responds

For the first time since publicly asking for a release from the UFC, Nate Diaz explains why he is so unhappy with the promotion, and then UFC president Dana White responds.

Melvin Guillard signs with WSOF


Melvin Guillard has signed a multi-fight contract with the promotion, WSOF executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz, who was once a sparring part of Guillard's, confirmed with

UFC releases Jake Shields

After a little over three years, Jake Shields' UFC run has come to an end. The former welterweight contender has been released by the promotion, his manager Lex McMahon confirmed with


The MMA Hour - Episode 225

Monday's episode featured interviews with Tim Kennedy, Holly Holm, Lenny Fresquez, John Hackleman, Akira Corassani, Andre Fili, John Pollock, Lex McMahon, and more.

Maryland releases statement re: UFC 172 testing


Two days after Jon Jones broke the news that he, along with his UFC 172 opponent Glover Teixeira, have been randomly drug tested prior to their 205-pound title fight, the Maryland State Athletic Commission has released a statement on the matter.

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