Ariel Helwani

Ariel Helwani

Journalist for @espn / Host of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, Ariel & The Bad Guy and The MMA Reporters / Proud father of 3 / Canadian ??.

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21 years ago today, I was in attendance at the famed Pepsi Arena in Albany, NY, with my good friends to witness one of the greatest moments in wrasslin’ history. It’s true, it’s damn true. Happy anniversary, @RealKurtAngle , @TheRock .

Nathan Diaz x Tony Ferguson would make too much sense for UFC 270 in Anaheim, Calif. * Years in the making * NorCal x SoCal at the Pond * Reunites Moreno and Diaz * Last fight on Diaz’s current contract Let’s do it.

Vettori showing up last to the scale is a tremendous move, too. Fun gamesmanship!

The irresistible force meets the immovable object

Some thoughts on this Vettori-Costa madness and a few other things to watch for on this craaaazy weekend in combat sports courtesy of El Nariz and @BetMGM :

Also let’s pretend Diaz and Costa are in the same boat regarding leeway. Thems the rules

Wife is out of town. Took the kids to an outdoor movie. Midway through said movie, look down and notice this 😅

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Some thoughts on the Nathan Diaz dilemma, Vettori’s face turn and other random things:

Don’t try to make up for that cold take earlier this week


Negotiations for Usman vs. Masvidal are done, per sources. All sides agreed to terms. Usman is en route to LV; Masvidal landed earlier. Once at the hotel, they’ll have to take a COVID test and then quarantine while awaiting results. If negative, they’ll fly to AD likely tomorrow.

Ok. Wrap it up. This is the KO of the year. HOLY SMOKES.

Man. Rest In Peace, “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler. A boxing legend. An icon. One of the very best. And one half of one of the greatest rounds in the history of any fight sport. Damn.

Happy birthday, Kobe Bean Bryant. Still doesn’t feel real ...

"Karma’s not a bitch, she’s a mirror. … I beat the guy.” - Poirier

Nathan Diaz vs. Leon Edwards is set for UFC 262 on May 15 in Houston, per sources. And, in a twist, the fight will be the first five-round non-title co-main event in UFC history.