Scott Coker Announces Bellator Featherweight GP Opening Round Match-Ups

Bellator MMA President Scott Coker has some big news concerning the Bellator Featherweight GP this Monday afternoon. Speaking on today’s episode of ‘Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show,’ Coker unveiled the opening round match-ups for Bella…

Bellator MMA President Scott Coker has some big news concerning the Bellator Featherweight GP this Monday afternoon. Speaking on today’s episode of ‘Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show,’ Coker unveiled the opening round match-ups for Bellator’s upcoming Featherweight Grand Prix. The title fight between champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire and Juan Archuleta was previously announced for Bellator 228 […]

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Jon Jones’ Manager ‘Very Confident’ of a USADA Decision in July

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones may be set to hear from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) regarding his future by the end of this month. Jones tested positive for the steroid Turinabol following an in-competition drug test conducted i…

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones may be set to hear from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) regarding his future by the end of this month. Jones tested positive for the steroid Turinabol following an in-competition drug test conducted in relation to his UFC 214 championship bout in July 2017. “Bones”  beat incumbent champ […]

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Rashad Evans Retires From MMA

“Suga” Rashad Evans (19-8) announced his retirement on the debut episode of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on ESPN today. Visibly emotional about coming to the decision Evans let fans know he is done fighting professionally. The former UFC Light Heavyweight …

“Suga” Rashad Evans (19-8) announced his retirement on the debut episode of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on ESPN today. Visibly emotional about coming to the decision Evans let fans know he is done fighting professionally. The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion said he loves “the release” fighting gave him every time he entered the cage but […]

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Ariel Helwani Joins ESPN & Takes ‘The MMA Hour’ With Him

Ariel Helwani will make the move to ESPN, and he’s joining a prominent personality:

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Veteran MMA reporter Ariel Helwani will be joining Chael Sonnen at ESPN for MMA commentating duties, Helwani and ESPN announced on Thursday.

Helwani, who will leave behind his position at MMAFighting.com, where he hosted the popular show ‘The MMA Hour,’ was voted ‘MMA Journalist of the Year’ at the World MMA Awards six times. Helwani will take over in his new position next month, where he will host a show called “Ariel & The Bad Guy” with Sonnen on the networks streaming service ESPN+. He will also take “The MMA Hour” with him, where it will be titled “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.”

He covered the UFC on FOX a few years ago but was removed from his post after politics and issues with UFC forced him out of his position.

Rob King, ESPN’s senior vice president of original content, newsgathering and digital media, was extremely complimentary of Helwani in a new release via MMAjunkie, praising the veteran MMA journalist’s addition to ESPN’s MMA team:

“Ariel is a dynamic and talented insider whose insights and acumen will expand and enhance our multimedia coverage of the mixed martial arts world. Pairing Ariel and Chael, the insider and the fighter, on ESPN+ is going to make for an energetic and engaging show that will be must-see for any MMA fan.”

Helwani and Sonnen’s move to ESPN follows the UFC’s new media rights deal with the network, which will officially begin in 2019. The UFC will no longer feature live content on FOX or FOX Sports, and will instead rebrand those Fight Night cards as UFC on ESPN.

Helwani himself released a statement on the announcement and expressed his excitement over the move to ESPN:

“For as long as I can remember, my dream has been to work at ESPN. I know the term ‘dream come true’ is often overused, but this is truly that for me. Growing up in Montreal, we didn’t get ESPN, but any time my family would travel down south I would stay in our hotel room as long as possible watching the morning ‘SportsCenter’ on loop. I’ve loved all things ESPN since I was a kid, and in all honesty, it still feels a bit surreal that I am joining the gold standard in sports media. I couldn’t be more excited to get started and am extremely thankful for the opportunity.”

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Ariel Helwani Joins ESPN, Leaving MMAFighting

ESPN is taking its voyage into Mixed Martial Arts very seriously, as evident by today’s announcement that they are bringing on the most recognized journalist in the sport, Ariel Helwani, into the fold on the heels of their $150 million per year d…

ESPN is taking its voyage into Mixed Martial Arts very seriously, as evident by today’s announcement that they are bringing on the most recognized journalist in the sport, Ariel Helwani, into the fold on the heels of their $150 million per year deal with the UFC. Who better to break the big news than Helwani […]

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Chael Sonnen ‘Found Out’ About Bellator Tournament When Poster Came Out

Chael Sonnen claims that he ‘doesn’t know’ if he was ‘ever offered a spot’ in the upcoming Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament The “American Gangster” claims that he only learned he was set to feature in…

Chael Sonnen claims that he ‘doesn’t know’ if he was ‘ever offered a spot’ in the upcoming Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament The “American Gangster” claims that he only learned he was set to feature in the eight-man event when he saw his face on the official poster: “I don’t know if I was ever […]