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August 19, 2019
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.
August 14, 2019
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).
August 12, 2019
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).
August 7, 2019
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).
August 5, 2019
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).
July 31, 2019
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).
July 29, 2019
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).
July 24, 2019
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).
July 22, 2019
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).
July 17, 2019
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)?
July 15, 2019
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).
July 10, 2019
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).
July 8, 2019
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).
July 3, 2019
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).
June 24, 2019
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).
June 19, 2019
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).
June 17, 2019
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).
June 12, 2019
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).
June 10, 2019
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).
June 8, 2019
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.
June 8, 2019
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.
June 5, 2019
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.
June 3, 2019
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)
May 29, 2019
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 28, 2019
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 22, 2019
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 20, 2019
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 15, 2019
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 13, 2019
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 11, 2019
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 8, 2019
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 6, 2019
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 1, 2019
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.
April 29, 2019
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).
April 24, 2019
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.
April 22, 2019
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).
April 17, 2019
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.
April 16, 2019
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).
April 14, 2019
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.
April 13, 2019
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.
April 10, 2019
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.
April 8, 2019
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.
April 3, 2019
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.
April 1, 2019
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).
March 27, 2019
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.
March 25, 2019
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).
March 20, 2019
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.
March 18, 2019
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).
March 13, 2019
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.
March 11, 2019
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).
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