Ariel Helwani

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Full NameAriel Helwani

BornJuly 8, 1982




Ariel Helwani is an extremely successful Mixed Martial Arts journalist, currently

working for ESPN.

Early Life and debut:

Ariel Helwani was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Ariel Helwani was also the

nephew of the judoka, David Saad. In 2004, Helwani graduated from Syracuse

University’s S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communication.


For a long time, Ariel Helwani worked for MMA Fighting, the MMA news site. He also

worked as a ‘MMA Insider’ for Fox Sports 1, UFC Tonight Show. He worked on other

pre-programming and post-programming for UFC. He then finally was signed to

ESPN in 2018.

He is the former co-host of Sirius XM, he is currently working on his podcast ‘The

MMA Hour’ and MMA Beat Show. He is also the Vice-President of the MMA

Journalist Associations.

Controversy and Bans:

Ariel Helwani has suffered his own setbacks during his time as a journalist for MMA

and the UFC. On one such occasion, him, and two of his colleagues were taken out

of UFC 199’s event before the main event fight could take place with their press pass

taken away. Although Helwani has disputed Rogan’s version of what happened, Joe

Rogan revealed that a mole had leaked news to Helwani that Brock Lesnar was set

to fight in UFC 200 which he then reported despite being told not to.

He was essentially handed out a ‘lifetime ban’ which was thankfully later rescinded

by the company.

He was also removed from the Showtime broadcast team for the Mayweather vs

McGregor press tour. According to Helwani, UFC had asked for him to be removed.

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