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He was essentially handed out a ‘lifetime ban’ which was thankfully later rescinded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