Ariel opens the show by talking with John Branch of The New York Times about his time spent hanging out with Nate Diaz for his recent profile on the UFC star (2:30). Next, John Pollock of PostWrestling.com weighs in on the possibility of Brock Lesnar returning to the UFC and if he thinks the now-professional wrestler would fight Jon Jones in the Octagon (26:36). Lastly, Ariel and ESPN's Marc Raimondi discuss if Daniel Cormier's UFC 241 fight will be his last, as well as the increasing popularity of Jorge Masvidal and his potential fight against Diaz (46:10).
Episode 59: Miocic, Perry, Costa, Ngannou, Angle, Holm, many more
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of UFC 241. The show's first guest, Cory Sandhagen, then discusses the state of the bantamweight division and why he feels he can take down Henry Cejudo (6:40). Next, on his 37th birthday, new UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic explains how he overcame a slow start to beat Daniel Cormier on Saturday night. He also discusses if he ever thought he'd return to this point and who he might fight next (19:08). Connecticut native Nick Newell then joins Ariel in studio just days before his Bellator fight in Bridgeport (32:15). Next, lightweight Eddie Alvarez discusses the beginning to his ONE Championship career and why he believes the power has "shifted" into the hands of fighters nowadays (1:04:16). Next, Ariel asks Francis Ngannou for his thoughts on Saturday's card and whether he will be the one to fight Miocic for the heavyweight belt (1:21:00). Next, Holly Holm discusses how she's dealt with her emotions since losing to Amanda Nunes at UFC 239, as well as why she's already agreed to fight Raquel Pennington in Australia at UFC 243 (1:39:43). After that, "Platinum" Mike Perry talks about his recovery from the gruesome nose injury he suffered against Vicente Luque in Uruguay (1:56:45). WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle then dishes on his favorite MMA fighters and the state of professional wrestling (2:17:04). Next, Stefan Struve, one of two to ever defeat Miocic in a UFC fight, tells Ariel why he's decided to continue fighting (2:33:20). Then, Ariel gives his thoughts on Nate Diaz's return and Conor McGregor's UFC future (2:45:30). Lastly, before offering his assessment of Israel Adesanya, Paulo Costa updates Ariel on his health following his Saturday night bout with Yoel Romero (2:56:00). Lastly, with Jorge Masvidal out sick, his manager steps in to answer on his client's behalf concerning a possible fight with Diaz (3:21:30).
The MMA Reporters: Episode 30
This week, Ariel is first joined by ESPN's Brett Okamoto to first talk about the buzz heading into UFC 241, as well as his recent sit-down with Nate Diaz (4:30). Then, ESPN's Marc Raimondi stops by to discuss Cat Zingano's release from the UFC and recently spending time with Stipe Miocic at his firehouse outside of Cleveland (26:00). Finally, Daniel Cormier's personal photographer Brian Vega talks about what it's like working for DC and whether he thinks this will be Cormier's last fight (47:11).
Episode 58: Cormier, Shevchenko, Till, DJ, Waterson, Dalby, Macfarlane, more
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of UFC Fight Night and Ariel expressing his excitement for the upcoming UFC 241. First, chats with UFC's Maycee "The Future" Barber about her hand injury and the upcoming Gillian Robertson fight. (10:00) Then, Bellator women's flyweight champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane comes aboard to talk about Liz Carmouche's performance in UFC FN and what's next for her (27:00). Paulo Costa's head coach Eric Albarracin joins to preview the bout vs Yoel Romero at UFC 241 and what is next for Henry "Triple C" Cejudo (51:00). Then, head coach Duke Roufus looks ahead to Anthony Petits' fight at UFC 241 and shares why he calls this training the "best of his career" (1:09:00). Next, UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier weighs in on his rematch this coming weekend vs Stipe Miocic and if this fight will be his last (1:25:00). After that, UFC's Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson shares why she is locked in and focused on her October 12 bout vs Joanna Jedrzejczy (1:52:00) and former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson looks back on his recent win in ONE Championship (2:07:00). Then, Darren "The Gorilla" Till tells Ariel that he does not have a fight lined up right now and has not made a decision yet about whether his next fight is at welterweight or middleweight (2:28:00). After that, Nicolas Dalby talks about his resigning to UFC and being back on the Copenhagen card (2:52:00). Lastly, UFC women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko discusses her win against Carmouche and her warning to Triple C for the intergender championship (3:12:00).
The MMA Reporters: Episode 29
Ariel opens the show by talking to legendary MMA journalist Dave Meltzer about the public perception of Colby Covington, if he will ever be a big draw and his possible professional wrestling future. Then, Ariel welcomes back ESPN's Marc Raimondi to discuss his incredible access with Cain Velasquez last week as he prepared for his lucha libre debut (27:05). Lastly, Ariel chats with former UFC PR head Ant Evans about Michael Bisping's new book, which he co-wrote, "Quitters Never Win," and his fondest memories of working with the UFC in its early years (46:20).