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ESPN's Ariel Helwani talks to the biggest names, addresses the hottest topics and previews/reviews the most important fight cards from across the world of MMA.
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In a contentious episode of the show, UFC legend Diego Sanchez and his coach and life guru, Josh Fabia, defend themselves against the criticism they've each received since Saturday night's controversial ending in Rio Rancho. Plus, ESPN's Antonietta Collins is in Las Vegas to set the scene for Tyson Fury/Deontay Wilder II and also to describe what it's like being from Jorge Masvidal's hometown (56:02). And, TST brings another "Minimalist Tip of the Week" (1:11:57).
Ariel begins by delivering his thoughts on Jan Blachowicz's Saturday night win in Rio Rancho and the illegal knee that defined the Diego Sanchez/Michel Pereira fight. Then, Blachowicz himself discusses the magnitude of the win, his callout of Jon Jones, if he thinks he's ahead of Dominick Reyes for a title shot and the reception of him in Poland (25:48). UFC bantamweight Aljamain Sterling, absent since June, next talks about his recent injuries, the Petr Yan "hype train" and why Sterling feels he deserves a shot at the belt (45:35). Then, just days away from his highly-anticipated boxing heavyweight rematch with Deontay Wilder, "The Gypsy King" Tyson Fury discusses what it's like being the betting underdog, if he'll approach this fight differently than the first time around, what he may do next and when he thinks he'll call it quits (1:09:10). After that, former interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier on the possibility of fighting Nate Diaz, his campaign for a Conor McGregor matchup, if anyone can beat Khabib Nurmagomedov and his work with the Good Fight Foundation (1:27:47). Gegard Mousasi, former Bellator middleweight world champion, next talks about this upcoming weekend's bout with Douglas Lima (1:45:02) and then UFC middleweight Darren Till discusses his Twitter game, budding friendship with Israel Adesanya and the impact of his visa issues on UFC 248 (2:05:48). After that, a new-look "Platinum" Mike Perry on potentially moving weight classes, dealing with his UFC 245 loss to Geoff Neal, and his Saturday Submission Underground grappling matchup against Al Iaquinta (2:28:10). Lastly, Iaquinta talks about facing Perry, why he wants to fight Poirier and more (2:45:00).
In the wake of a controversial UFC 247, Ariel welcomes veteran MMA official Marc Goddard to discuss misconceptions about officiating, the scoring of close rounds, the criteria officials adhere to and the comments Colby Covington made about him. Plus, Andy Foster, Executive Director of the California State Athletic Commission, joins the show to examine how officiating can improve (31:17). Later, Marc Raimondi explains the new Kansas open scoring laws and how they will be implemented (52:48). And, false accusations against Nate Diaz (1:06:40), the latest on Conor McGregor, "TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week" and a special Valentine's Day surprise for Ariel.
Nearly 48 hours after a controversial end to UFC 247, Ariel delivers his thoughts on the main event and how officiating soured the night. One fighter affected by the officiating, lightweight James Krause, first explains why he took a fight on such short notice and also why even though he lost, he actually feels like he won (21:06). "The Black Beast" Derrick Lewis, a winner at 247, then talks about the emotions of winning in his hometown of Houston...and why he no longer trusts Ariel (42:00). Then, fresh off a dominant title defense against Katlyn Chookagian, flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko discusses why she approaches each fight differently, the early stoppage, if she'll consider fighting Amanda Nunes and her unique relationship with actress Halle Berry (1:02:56). Next, Dominick Reyes opens up about his emotions following an impressive performance against Jon Jones and explains why he feels the referees robbed him of the light heavyweight title (1:23:28). Plus, Reyes discusses how he felt in the late rounds of the fight, if he has any regrets, what Jones and Dana White told him afterward, the support he's received from the MMA community and if he wants an immediate rematch with Jones. Then, Jones' striking coach, Mike Winkeljohn of Jackson Wink, says he and Jones respect Reyes and how he battled on Saturday night, but that the judges ultimately made the correct decision in awarding Jones the victory (1:44:15). UFC welterweight Diego Sanchez, who fights this weekend in New Mexico, then issues an important warning to fighters and everyday people who take supplements to look and train better (2:08:09). Light heavyweight contender Jan Blachowicz, who also fights on Saturday, next talks about the Jones/Reyes fight and what he feels he must accomplish in order to jump ahead of Reyes in the eyes of the UFC (2:32:21). Lastly, "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung talks about the possibility of fighting Alexander Volkanovski...and why he thinks he's an easier opponent than Frankie Edgar (2:44:10).
Albuquerque's own Jon Jones fights this weekend, so Ariel welcomes Geoff Grammer of The Albuquerque Journal to talk about the perception of Jones in the city and a personal connection he shares with the UFC's light heavyweight champion. ESPN's Marc Raimondi also discusses the possibility of Jones losing and what his next move will be, win or loss (42:36). Plus, MMA legend Dan Henderson -- who helped train Dominick Reyes for Jones -- discusses Reyes' readiness for UFC 247 (26:54) and "TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week" (1:00:38).
To lead off UFC 247 fight week, Ariel welcomes Eliot Marshall of Elevation Fight Team in Denver to talk about the recent success of his gym, his transition from fighting to coaching and how he deals with anxiety issues on a daily basis. Then, Bellator's Sergio Pettis discusses his Bellator debut win, the impact of his brother Anthony on his career and the "mission statement" that changed his life (33:46). After that, former UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington breaks his silence to air his grievances on the officiating in his UFC 245 title shot against Kamaru Usman and the releasing of the audio tapes from his corner (46:17). Plus, he discusses fighting Usman again, his emotions since that fight and if he expects a contentious return to American Top Team. Then, Ariel's interview with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who opens up about dealing with his shadowy past, his balance between "working and playing," his legacy, his fiery back-and forth with Israel Adesanya, why he first started fighting at age 19, how long he plans to continue fighting and much more (1:15:40). Then, Jones' UFC 247 opponent, Dominick Reyes, addresses Jones' recent comments about him, if he thinks Jones is slowing down and if he feels Jones respects him heading into Saturday night's headliner (2:02:20). UFC light heavyweight Anthony Smith -- absent since June -- then discusses what it's like to fight Jones before telling a crazy story about how he nearly had a finger amputated (2:23:10). Lastly, new UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski on life as champion, his future goals and what Australia has been like as the devastating bush fires have wreaked havoc on his home country (2:46:40).
Jorge Masvidal calls in to talk about his verbal altercation with Kamaru Usman in Miami (1:10:52). But before that, Ariel talks to Stephen A. Smith about the criticism he received from Joe Rogan and others following his post-UFC 246 analysis (4:35). Ariel and NewYorkRic also discuss the state of the heavyweight division, favorite MMA Super Bowl weekend moments, Ariel's crazy Jon Jones story and Kobe Bryant memories (35:20). Plus, "TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week" (1:25:49).
Ariel begins the show by emotionally reacting to the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others who perished in a helicopter crash on Sunday. The show's first guest, former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, talks about his memories of meeting Bryant, working with him on Bryant's ESPN + show and how "The Black Mamba" will motivate him for the rest of his life. Then, DC tells Ariel if a Stipe Miocic trilogy fight is the only matchup he wants for the final fight of his career. Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, who fights Leon Edwards in March, then sounds off on the unfair hand he's been dealt by the UFC (31:02). Next, heavyweight Curtis Blaydes talks about his Fight Night win and if he feels he's the best he's ever been, as well as if he hopes to fight Miocic, Francis Ngannou, or another top contender in his next fight (53:14). After that, just days after winning her Bellator debut, Cris Cyborg discusses how it feels now to win in four different promotions, how she made out financially in the fight and if she hopes to end her fighting career with Bellator (1:06:50). Next, Maycee "The Future" Barber, who sustained a severe knee injury in her UFC 246 loss to Roxanne Modafferi, discusses her surgery plans, when the injury happened, why she refused to stop, what she would have done if she were in Modafferi's shoes, and why she wouldn't change anything about that night (1:27:24). Then, Owen Roddy, the striking coach for Conor McGregor, breaks down McGregor's UFC 246 performance before telling Ariel why he worries more about maintaining McGregor's motivation than he does about his next opponent (1:44:45). UFC bantamweight Sean O'Malley, absent for the last two years thanks to a USADA suspension, tells Ariel why he believes the two years away have helped turn him into one of the top fighters in the world (1:59:26). The UFC's Jessica Penne, also suspended by USADA, is joined by her manager to open up about the four-year suspension, if she's ever knowingly cheated, if USADA is treating her fairly, her next steps and more (2:12:50). Bellator's AJ Agazarm joins to talks about Saturday's win and if he feels he's earned a step up after winning three straight bouts (2:31:15). Plus, does he expect Nick Diaz to fight in 2020? Lastly, Michael Chiesa recaps his Fight Night win over Rafael dos Anjos and tells Ariel why he almost considered pulling out of the fight (2:48:39). And, he says he wants a shot at Colby Covington before Ariel offers Chiesa a surprise.
Is Conor McGregor back? NewYorkRic weighs in on that before he and Ariel lay out a number of possibilities for McGregor's next fight. Then, MMAFighting's Peter Carroll discusses the perception of McGregor's win in Ireland and if the people of the Emerald Isle are convinced McGregor has changed for the long-term (32:09). Plus, TST's impressions of the fight and his "Minimalist Tip of the Week" (52:20).
Ariel opens the show by offering his immediate thoughts on UFC 246 and Conor McGregor's 40-second TKO of Cowboy Cerrone. Then, after the best win of her career, UFC flyweight Roxanne Modafferi tells Ariel why she didn't take advantage of Maycee Barber's apparent leg injury, what she attributes this upset win to and how she can build off this win (7:17). Then, a fiery Kevin Lee, who will take on Charles Oliveira in March, explains why the fight with Islam Makhachev fell through before sounding off on the UFC's top names and why they don't impress him (28:55). Next, ESPN analyst and former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping breaks down McGregor's fighting strategy and what this loss means for Cerrone's legacy (40:22). After that, Diego Ferreira, a winner over Anthony Pettis on Saturday, talks about his preparations for the fight and what it was like to be on the 246 card (56:44). Then, bantamweight legend Holly Holm discusses if she's happy with her Saturday performance against Raquel Pennington before talking about when she hopes to fight next and some personal struggles she's been dealing with (1:11:32). Then, Brian "Boom" Kelleher on Saturday night, if he considered it a must-win and how he would have considered retirement had he lost (1:25:04). Drew Dober, who received a bonus for his Saturday performance, then tells Ariel what he hopes for next (1:35:42). After that, McGregor's post-fight interview with Ariel where the guys discuss McGregor's welterweight TKO, what it felt like to be out there again, what the future could hold in store and more (1:45:04). Next, BMF champion Jorge Masvidal - one of McGregor's potential next opponents - weighs in on the fight and if he wants to battle McGregor or Kamaru Usman next (2:07:18). Plus, he (kind of) reveals why he wore the robe he did on Saturday night. McGregor's manager, Audie Attar, then discusses McGregor's new mindset and how he sees McGregor's 2020 unfolding (2:35:15). Lastly, McGregor's longtime coach, John Kavanagh, explains why Saturday was about much more than just winning a fight. He also tells Ariel who he wants McGregor to fight next...and it's not the guy you may think (2:50:44).
On Saturday two UFC legends collide on ESPN+ as Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone faces Irishman Conor McGregor, perhaps the most notorious fighter in mixed martial arts. ESPN Senior Writer Kevin Van Valkenburg visited Ireland to see how years of controversy, troubling behavior, and criminal allegations have affected McGregor's folk hero status at home.
Following Wednesday night's UFC 246 press conference featuring Conor McGregor, Cowboy Cerrone and Dana White, Ariel hits the ESPN Radio airwaves to take fan calls and to speak with Chael Sonnen (12:48) about his takeaways from the night. Plus, "TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week" with some help from McGregor (39:17).
With all eyes on Conor McGregor and his UFC 246 battle with Cowboy Cerrone in Las Vegas, Ariel opens the show by explaining why he's so excited about this card. The show's first guest, UFC bantamweight Dominick Cruz talks about a conversation he shared with McGregor and the advice he has for him in facing off against Cerrone (23:39). Then, former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez tells Ariel about his plan to fight three times this year, which he hopes will ultimately land him a ONE Championship title fight (39:29). After that, UFC lightweight Anthony Pettis previews his Saturday matchup against Carlos Diego Ferreira before explaining how he's fallen back in love with "the process" of fighting during this camp (49:57). Plus, he tells a wild story about USADA. Then, in an exclusive interview, the man they call "Notorious" sits down with Ariel to discuss his newfound outlook on life, his confidence heading into this fight, the camaraderie he shares with his team, the role of his two children in his life, how he's managed to block out all of the criticism he's received, why he's chosen to fight Cerrone at 170 lbs., his questionable decision-making before the Khabib Nurmagomedov bout and how he hopes to rectify it by fighting him again, his relationship with life guru Tony Robbins, how much money he'll make off the Cerrone fight and much more (1:05:28). After that, 15 different celebrities weigh in with their UFC 246 picks, with predictions coming from the NBA's Kristaps Porzingis, WWE's Becky Lynch, actor Mario Lopez and many more (1:58:45). Owen Roddy, McGregor's striking coach, then discusses the holes in Cerrone's game and McGregor's readiness for the fight (2:05:58). Next, UFC flyweight Roxanne Modafferi, who fights Maycee Barber this weekend, talks about her social media exchanges with Barber and how she envisions Saturday night will unfold (2:24:34). Lastly, SBG Ireland's John Kavanagh makes his return to the show to candidly discuss how McGregor got his motivation back, why the Irishman needs to fight to stay grounded and out of trouble, if he thinks McGregor could fight Justin Gaethje next, and the last time he remembers seeing McGregor this focused and happy (2:35:32).
Ariel and NewYorkRic begin their 2020 preview by looking back on the fallout of Ariel's controversial picks from the 2019 Helwani Nose Awards. Then, the two old friends discuss the fights that must happen in 2020 (15:17), bold predictions (27:37), the biggest stories they're watching (39:06) and who they expect to win the male and female fighters of the year (51:24). Plus, TST's own predictions and his "Minimalist Tip of the Week," which takes on a New Year's spin (1:06:29).
In an annual tradition, Ariel announces his winners of the most coveted awards in MMA. Male (1:51:44) and Female (1:09:01) Fighter of the Year are on the line, as well as Breakout Fighter (24:02), Most Improved Fighter and Promo of the Year (1:13:42). Chael Sonnen also joins Ariel to hand out all-decade awards (47:26) and Ben Askren (1:15:08), Jorge Masvidal (1:59:34), Israel Adesanya (2:22:20) and NewYorkRic (2:39:28) react to Ariel's selections.
Decade in Review Roundtable

Decade in Review Roundtable

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In a roundtable discussion, ESPN's Brett Okamoto and Marc Raimondi join Ariel to look back on the stories that defined MMA in the past decade.
In an exclusive interview, former UFC title contender and Bellator champion Rory MacDonald joins Ariel to explain why he has decided to sign with PFL. Then, ahead of her Bellator title fight in her native Hawaii on Saturday, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane says she's offended by MacDonald's Bellator exit before she discusses her preparation for the fight and why she's more emotional than she's ever been in the days leading up to a bout (27:34). Lastly, NewYorkRic on the fallout of UFC 245 and which exciting matchups lay on the horizon in 2020 (51:21). And, TST's Minimalist Tip of the Day and the holiday dilemma he's having (1:15:36).
In the final live show of the decade, Ariel begins by offering his reactions to UFC 245. He then welcomes one of the darlings of the weekend, 20-year-old featherweight Chase "The Dream" Hooper, to talk about the origin of his UFC dreams, the public's perception of him, why he's a "weird dude" and much more (16:35). Then, welterweight Geoff Neal discusses his knockout of Mike Perry, why he'd rather wait for a title shot than rush into one and his decision to stop waiting tables in his free time (29:42). Next, welterweight contender Leon Edwards explains why Kamaru Usman's performance didn't impress him and if he's worried the UFC will favor Jorge Masvidal for the title shot over him (44:40). Then, after winning a fight she failed to make weight for, Jessica "Evil" Eye reveals why she missed weight before talking about life in Las Vegas and how long it took her to get over the tough loss to Valentina Shevchenko in June (1:00:15). After that, PFL's Kayla Harrison previews her Dec. 31 bout before discussing her decision to resign with PFL and why she refuses to cut weight (1:15:52). Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson, who defeated Vicente Luque at UFC 244, then joins Ariel in studio (and is presented with a gift) to talk about the state of the welterweight division, who he'll fight next, if he thinks he'll regret it if he never wins a UFC belt, Usman's impressive performance, Colby Covington's toughness, his close relationship with his father and more (1:28:21). Australian featherweight Megan Anderson then steps in the studio to break some news about her next fight and also to discuss what it would take to earn a shot at Amanda Nunes (2:06:02). She then opens up about her mental health battles and the suicide attempt that landed her in the hospital before she ever started fighting, but also about MMA's impact on her and how it's allowed her to take control of her life (2:06:02). Lastly, after losing to Petr Yan this past weekend, UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber tells Ariel if he regrets taking the fight before speculating on his future in the sport and discussing what it's like for his loved ones to watch him lose so handily (2:46:44).
Live from Jimmy Kimmel's Comedy Club at The LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas, Ariel hosts the Second Nose World Order Trivia Challenge. Fighters Dominick Reyes, Derrick Lewis, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Michael Chiesa compete for the prestigious N.W.O. belt in front of a packed audience one night before UFC 245. Only one can come out on top. Who will it be?
Colby Covington is one of the most polarizing figures in all of MMA, and so Dan Lambert, founder and owner of American Top Team - Covington's gym - joins Ariel to discuss the welterweight's ascent, how the outside world views him, his contentious relationship with teammate Jorge Masvidal and the UFC, and more. ESPN's Marc Raimondi discusses the latest on Liz Carmouche and Jairzinho Rosenstruik after revealing what he learned about Covington while spending one-on-one time for his new ESPN profile on Covington (40:12). Plus, Northern Ireland's Mick Conlan talks about his chance to right the wrong of the 2016 Olympics, as well as the state of Conor McGregor's career (25:43).
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Comments (114)

Billy P

This was the first time I wanted to forward this podcast... Diego's "guru" is such a rough listen

Feb 20th
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Mark Ess

please for the love of everyone never have Diego on again. what a borefest! worst episode ever!

Feb 20th
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Gerardo Meza

fuck off the comments then!

Feb 19th
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Dale Benson

It don’t surprise me Ariel takes Diego’s side , Diego took the coward way out and naturally Ariel another coward understands that

Feb 18th
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Hugo Stiglitz

of course it does. what kind of stupid question is this? there's never been a time where mma didn't have a big judging problem

Feb 14th
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Josh Mull

#captainobvious

Feb 14th
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Dale Benson

You already see people getting on there bike just when they think there winning , so if they know for a fact there up they will definitely just run away , so I do think as much as I as a fan would like open scoring it’s not good for the sport

Feb 12th
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Harry Heard

The quality of the sound in this show is terrible all the levels are on red and most guests, New York Rick and Ariel are distorted. I don't blame the talent, it's the production.

Feb 6th
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Rowdy Palmer

sorry smith. We disagree. Show respect. Use different words if you are going to speak negatively. IN THIS SPORT. Do whatever you want with the other sports. It wont be accept here, move on or adapt. It was a bad look.

Jan 31st
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Campbell Johnston

Cowboy is a legend and a current legend. The guy can fucking fight, that showed me a lot...especially in 40 seconds

Jan 31st
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Gus

19:43 MMA Talk

Jan 28th
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Hugo Stiglitz

ariel is such a soyboy cuck

Jan 21st
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Sebastian Fk

my god such a trash..

Jan 20th
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Hugo Stiglitz

wow these have no clue what they're talking about. they sound like sports writers that just started covering mma. guaranteed that's the case

Jan 20th
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mark Twoey

Never a bad word to sy about by content ever put out by Ariel but this is wrong in so many ways! Crumlin is an up and coming hipster spot??? I'm a Dub and this couldn't be further from the truth.

Jan 18th
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Cajjdiem

this dude from ESPN called Cerrone over the hill. kinda rude

Jan 18th
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Hugo Stiglitz

conor and his coaches have me convinced. If you listen to the podcasts before the khalabeeb fight, his coaches sounded completely different, nevermind conor. I'm buying it that he's back. I think conor on point beats cowboy. all respect to cowboy tho

Jan 16th
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David Hernandez

man Rory is kind of boring to listen to. probably hard to get much interest in his fights but I've never followed him

Dec 24th
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Jerry van Aken

1:14:40 am am am and am

Dec 18th
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lopro

#tool

Dec 3rd
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