The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani

The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani

The Mixed Martial Arts Hour with Ariel Helwani is back in your life. Twice a week you'll hear interviews with the best fighters and biggest personalities in the sport, plus in-depth analysis of the week's UFC and MMA news. Follow the show on YouTube and on your favorite podcast app for new episodes every Monday and Wednesday. From SB Nation and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Episodes

September 28, 2022 257 min

In the latest On the Nose around (10:33), Ariel Helwani discusses the mystery around UFC Vegas 61 , Bo Nickal’s ceiling, how to fix Bellator, the future of Combate, ONE Championship, PFL’s first PPV, the unofficial UFC grand prixs at lightweight and bantamweight and which one is more intriguing, the ongoing saga of booking Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua, Aspen Ladd's next potential move, and more.

Eddie Alvarez around (1:01:01) d...

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Ariel Helwani talks to NewYorkRic around (10:48) about his new hairstyle and where the hair will be donated. The parlay pals also reveal their latest parlay.

Damon Jackson talks around (32:00) about his emotional win at UFC Vegas 60, if he ever considered pulling out of the fight, what his brother meant to him, his new nickname, how he bounced back after his UFC departure, what’s next, and more.

Anderson Silva discusses around (1:01:...

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Ariel Helwani kicks off show by looking back at Jose Aldo’s career and his legacy.

Maxwell Jacob Friedman around (7:05) discusses his new AEW contract, where he went during his time off, the departure of Cody Rhodes, his relationship with Tony Khan, his return in Chicago, his feud with CM Punk, his issues with Jon Moxley, Vince McMahon’s retirement, and more.

Action Bronson around (58:48) discusses his motivation, his childhood, wher...

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In the latest On the Nose around (7:12), Ariel Helwani discusses Nate Diaz’s departure with the UFC, Khamzat Chimaev’s heel turn, what’s next for Tony Ferguson, Chael Sonnen hosting Showtime pressers for Paul vs. Silva, Nick Diaz’s future, and more.

Michael Chandler discusses around (1:02:28) why it took so long to get the Dustin Poirier fight done at UFC 281, what happened with his incident with Poirier in July, facing Conor McGreg...

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Ariel Helwani opens The MMA Hour by paying tribute to Elias Theodorou, who died recently at age 34.

Ariel Helwani discusses around what this victory meant for Nate Diaz, and the obstacles he faced, in possibly his final UFC fight.

The MMA Hour crew wraps up UFC 279 around (37:54).

We take a live look around (1:00:40) at the Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva press conference in Los Angeles on Monday.

Li Jingliang discusses around (1:30:15) w...

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Ariel Helwani wraps up UFC Paris, his recent trip to a Nottingham Forest game and Cardiff, and much more.

GC looks back around (8:46) at his big betting weekend with UFC Paris, and the parlay pals make their pick for UFC 279.

Fernand Lopez discusses around (1:05:01) the crowd at UFC Paris, Ciryl Gane’s performance, how Gane bounced back from Francis Ngannou loss, who should Gane fight next, the toughest heavyweights in the division, ...

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Ariel Helwani and crew wrap up a busy combat sports weekend, and Conner Burks and Mysterious Frank discuss a trip to a ONE on Prime watch party.

Tai Tuivasa (around 29:32) discusses his upcoming fight against Ciryl Gane at UFC Paris, his recent social media interaction with Jon jones, what’s at stake Saturday, being in the corner of Mark Hunt vs. Brock Lesnar, his go-to food, and more.

Bellator interim bantamweight champion Raufeon S...

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Brendan Loughnane around (7:43:) discusses his big win at the PFL playoffs, the pressure he faced going into the fight, why he got a mind coach, how tough fighting in PFL is, facing Bubba Jenkins, his reaction to Leon Edwards’ win, and more.

Mike Perry around (30:32) discusses his big win over MVP at BKFC 27, if he was injured at all, how he has to train differently for BKFC, why he wants to box Jake Paul, if he’s done with MMA, and...

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Ariel Helwani talks about Leon Edwards’ long road to the UFC title, Jake Paul’s comments about the UFC 278 co-main event, and more.

Ariel Helwani, NYRic, and GC then around (38:14) discuss where Leon Edwards’ improbable win and the knockout ranks in UFC history and if Edwards should face Jorge Masvidal or Kamaru Usman next.

Merab Dvalishvili discusses around (1:01:22) his performance against Jose Aldo at UFC 278, what Aldo said to hi...

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Ariel kicks off the show with a preview of the upcoming weekend of MMA action including UFC 278, PFL Playoffs and more. Ariel also immortalizes Jessica-Rose Clark on The MMA Hour wall of fame for walking out to the Shawn Michaels classic Sexy Boy at UFC 276.

Brendan Loughnane and Chris Wade join the show at (7:08) to talk about their meeting at PFL Playoffs 3. The pair explain their ongoing rivalry and its origins, trade a few verba...

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Ariel Helwani discusses Rory MacDonald’s retirement and legacy.

Shane Burgos around (14:14) discusses his move to PFL from the UFC, how hard a decision it was to make, if the UFC tried to match, which weight class he would compete in, why he spars just once a week, tests Ariel with his UFC knowledge and vice versa, and more.

Bo Nickal around (1:02:26) discusses his first DWCS experience, his performance, comments from some of the ana...

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Ariel Helwani around (3:43) discusses “Judo” Gene LeBell’s death, and a classic interview with the combat sports pioneer, Bo Nickal’s DWCS debut, and more.

Juliana Miller around (30:31) discusses how she ended up on The Ultimate Fighter, the lockdown before the show, what it was like during the show, her celebration after her big win, her tough childhood, she shows off her nunchucks, and more.

Anthony Smith around (1:05:28) discusses...

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Ariel Helwani and The MMA Hour around (08:32) crew discuss their experience at PFL event Friday, their latest winning parlay, UFC Vegas 59, and the recent Hasim Rahman vs. Jake Paul weigh-in cancellation.

Terrance McKinney around (1:01:54) discusses his latest performance at UFC Vegas 59, the chances he gets to fight Paddy Pimblett, facing possible legends next, and more.

Geoff Neal around (1:20:03) discusses his big win over Vicente...

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Ariel Helwani around (3:03) delivers some breaking news on Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler, discusses Vin Scully’s recent passing, and more.

PFL CEO Peter Murray around (15:39) discusses where his promotion stands in the world, the critics of their format, if they will do a pay-per-view this year, how many events they plan on holding in 2023, creating a “champions league” for MMA, holding a combine,

Anthony Pettis around (45:03) ...

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Ariel Helwani and crew around (8:43) react to a memorable UFC 277, discuss the cancellation of Jake Paul vs. Hasim Rahman Jr., and more after a busy combat sports weekend.

Brandon Moreno around (1:01:15) discuss his injuries from UFC 277, the mind games before the event, his performance, his work with James Krause, the knockout, and more.

Roberto Soldic around (1:29:14) discusses why he left KSW for ONE Championship as a free agent, ...

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High drama to kick off the show as Ariel Helwani, Conner Burks, NewYorkRic, and Mysterious Frank lay out their latest MMA Hour parlay. The gang also reacts to the news of The MMA Hour being nominated for “Best MMA Programming” in the World MMA Awards.

Megan Anderson around (31:10) discusses UFC 277, her life since taking a step back from MMA, her burgeoning streaming empire, whether she’s retired from fighting, her latest opportunit...

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Ariel Helwani, Conner Burks, NewYorkRic, and Mysterious Frank around (3:30) recap their UFC London sleepover adventure, look back on GC’s best bets and the result of the first-ever MMA Hour parlay, matchmake for Paddy Pimblett, and more.

Mohammad Mokaev around (1:00:57) discusses his UFC London win over Charles Johnson, the animosity between the two pre-fight, criticism of his “boring” method of victory, the Prince of Bahrain giving...

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Rafael Fiziev around (7:33) discusses his win after UFC Vegas 58, the injuries he suffered, when he would like to return, who the “little coward” is, why he didn’t call out Conor McGregor, why he wants Justin Gaethje next, who wins Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev title fight, his viral callouts, and more.

Ricky Simón around (31:58) discusses his performance at UFC Long Island, Jack Shore’s gameplan, his “callout” of Sean O’Mall...

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Yair Rodriguez discusses around (6:27) his performance against Brian Ortega at UFC Long Island, why he let go of submission, the critics of his win, if he will get a title shot next, if he’s interested in an interim title, and more.

Dustin Jacoby discusses around (31:02) his performance at UFC Long Island, why he almost called it quits several years ago, how he ended up on DWCS, why he was nervous before the fight, how he got his ni...

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Ariel Helwani and GC discuss Helwani’s memorable interview with Nate Diaz on Tuesday. They also discuss the press conference between Jake Paul and Hasim Rahman Jr.

Maycee Barber around (31:17) discusses her big win at UFC 276, fishing, her upcoming contract talks, dealing with critics after her losing streak, the Jon Jones record goal, bouncing back from an ACL injury, the move to Team Alpha Male, when she would like to return, and ...

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