Ariel Helwani

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Ariel Helwani is a Canadian mixed martial arts (MMA) journalist, born in Montreal in 1982. He was named “MMA Journalist of the Year” at the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 World MMA Awards.

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30 Nov, 2016
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Helwani: The UFC ‘epically botched’ McGregor’s belt drop

Makes Statement

On The MMA Hour Helwani criticises the UFC’s handling of the removal of McGregor’s belt.

They botched it. They botched it epically. They botched it because if you’re going to go ahead and strip Conor, then Holloway /Pettis needs to be for the real belt, and you say to Jose Aldo that you’re getting the first crack at the champion of this interim title, you’ve been talking about retirement, you’ve been talking about not fighting again, you’ve been talking about throwing fights, we don’t know the state of your career is, so we’re making Holloway/Pettis the real championship fight, because we just stripped the biggest draw and the biggest star of his belt. It’s a disservice to Holloway and Pettis, who are going to have an amazing fight in a couple of weeks, it’s a disservice to Jose Aldo, and it’s a disservice to Conor McGregor.

The MMA Hour: Episode 358 (w/Cormier, Johnson, Weidman, Ferguson and more)

26 Nov, 2016
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McGregor to be stripped of featherweight title

Rumor

Helwani reports that the UFC wants Pettis to fight Holloway for the interim 145 pound title in December in Toronto. This would be the main card fight after the Daniel Cornier-Anthony Johnson fight was cancelled due to injury. This means that the organisation will strip McGregor of his featherweight belt, reinstating it to Jose Aldo.

14 Nov, 2016
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MMA Live interview

Interview

Kavanagh appears on MMA Live with Helwani to talk about UFC 205. On McGregor’s baby announcement.

People always roll their eyes when I say this, but Conor is an extremely private person. Of course he has the promotion side of fights. But [try to] find pictures of him when there’s no fights going on. He doesn’t really go out. He doesn’t have a massive friend circle. Most of the time it’s just him and Dee together.

The MMA Hour Live – November 14, 2016

23 Sep, 2016
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Alvarez: Asking for too much money story ‘a lie’

Makes Statement

Alvarez says he did not ask for too much money in negotiations with McGregor.

Adding to the reports, MMAFighting’s Helwani says that Alvarez did not even receive an offer to fight McGregor

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