Ariel Helwani

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Full NameAriel Helwani

BornJuly 8, 1982

Height5 ft 11 in



Ariel Helwani is an MMA journalist who has covered the sport since 2006. Helwani is the host of the MMA Hour podcast and is currently a member of BT Sport and The Ringer.

  1. Early Life and Career
  2. Ariel Helwani MMA

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Early Life and Career

Ariel Helwani started his career in his first semester of college when he started a show sport on WERW. He gained popularity because of the show and eventually landed a summer internship with NBC for the 2004 Summer Olympics that he had to drop out for due to an ankle injury he suffered.

Later, Ariel Helwani became a sports intern for HBO in 2003 before joining the organization full time in 2004 as a Sports Production Assistant. In HBO, Helwani worked on documentaries about the 1999 Women's World Cup final and the 1985 NCAA men's basketball finals. He eventually left HBO for a job at Paramount that he quit after a week of work.

Helwani went solo after quitting his job and created an MMA sports website to provide professional reporting of the up-and-coming sport at the time.

Ariel Helwani MMA

Ariel Halwani joined MMA Fighting in 2006, where he hosted the sport and hosted the MMA Hour podcast. He also started co-hosting Fight Club, a Sirius XM radio show. Later, Helwani also became a host for SB's(parent company of MMA Fighting) MMA Beat Show on YouTube.

During his time at MMA fighting, Helwani also became a contributor to FOX and worked as an MMA Insider for Fox's UFC Tonight Show and the pre and post-UFC event programming. He was fired from Fox in 2016 after Dana White banned Helwani from attending any UFC event.

Ariel later joined ESPN in 2018 on a 3-year contract. During his time on ESPN, Ariel co-hosted the Ariel and The Bad Guy show with Chael Sonnon and co-hosted the Helwani and DC show with Daniel Cormier. He left the company in 2021.

Helwani went back to MMA Fighting and restarted the MMA Hour podcast. He also signed a deal with Spotify and started the Ariel Helwani Show on the podcast. Ariel is currently the interim vice president of the Mixed Martial Arts Journalists Association.

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