The podcast home of DC & Helwani, with new episodes every Monday, featuring UFC legend Daniel Cormier and ESPN's Ariel Helwani, as they talk to the biggest names, address the hottest topics, and preview/review the most important fight cards from across the world of MMA. Also the home of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, with new episodes most Wednesdays, featuring Ariel’s conversations with the biggest and most relevant figures on the MMA scene.
Khabib's Retirement, Lightweight Title Picture & Leon vs. Khamzat
Two days after Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement, DC tells Ariel all about Khabib's difficult UFC 254 training camp, if he believes Khabib will fight again, his Sunday phone call with the lightweight king and much more. And, with a vacant lightweight title on the horizon, how should the UFC proceed? Plus, the guys also talk about Khabib's place in the GOAT conversation, Rob Whittaker's worthiness of another shot at Israel Adesanya, Anderson Silva's upcoming fight and the crazy backstory behind the Dec. 19 Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev bout.
Alexander Volkanovski & Al Iaquinta Shares Khabib Memories
“Ragin’” Al Iaquinta, the only man to ever take Khabib Nurmagomedov five rounds in the UFC, discusses Khabib’s unmatched style, Justin Gaethje’s keys to victory at UFC 254, how Conor McGregor has already defeated Dustin Poirier for a second time, and much more. But before that, UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski tells Ariel whether he feels Brian Ortega’s first win in two years warrants a title shot against him. Plus, the man responsible for bringing Khabib to American Kickboxing Academy, Muhammed Lawal, weighs in on Khabib’s greatness. Remember, the PPV main card begins at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday!
Khabib’s UFC 254 Mission, McGregor History Lesson & Brian Ortega 2.0
After watching Brian Ortega handily beat The Korean Zombie on Saturday night, DC and Ariel break down Ortega’s new style and whether he deserves the next shot at the UFC’s featherweight belt. Then, the guys discuss Jessica Andrade’s potential path to a flyweight title fight (25:19) and the latest on a January bout between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier (34:50). Plus, DC talks about his relationship with Khabib Nurmagomedov as Khabib looks to defend his lightweight belt against Justin Gaethje Saturday on Fight Island.
Dustin Poirier, Cory Sandhagen, Joaquin Buckley on Viral Knockout
Former UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier tells Ariel why talks on the Oct. 24 Tony Ferguson fight fell through. “The Diamond” also discusses the “slap in the face” regarding Michael Chandler, rumors swirling around a rematch between he and Conor McGregor, McGregor’s proposed $500K donation to The Good Fight Foundation and Justin Gaethje’s chances of uncrowning Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254. Then, top UFC bantamweight contender Cory Sandhagen talks about his wild 2020, his impressive KO of Marlon Moraes and calling out TJ Dillashaw after the win. Plus, overnight UFC sensation Joaquin Buckley, whose spinning back kick knockout went viral last Saturday night, tells Ariel about his day job at Walgreens and the time Tyron Woodley snubbed him.
McGregor’s Power Play, Ferguson’s Gripes, Sandhagen’s Bounce-Back
DC joins live from Fight Island to discuss Cory Sandhagen’s first round TKO of Marlon Moraes and what it means for the bantamweight division. The guys then talk about Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier and the ensuing domino effect the proposed fight would have on the UFC calendar. Plus, a potential fight between Nate Diaz and Dan Hooker, a complicated lightweight picture involving Tony Ferguson and Michael Chandler, “Internet Izzy,” and did we witness the greatest KO in UFC history on Saturday night?
Tony Ferguson on Poirier Falling Through + Holly Holm & GaryVee Enters MMA World
In a captivating exclusive interview, former UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson gives Ariel a behind-the-scenes look at why a UFC 254 matchup between he and Dustin Poirier isn’t happening, and expresses frustrations with the lack of movement regarding his next fight. Plus, top female bantamweight contender Holly Holm discusses her impressive win over Irene Aldana, who she hopes to face next, and why -- at age 39 -- she isn’t ready to call it a career. And, renaissance man Gary Vaynerchuk gushes over the bright future of the UFC and tells Ariel all about Vayner Sports’ recent foray into MMA, including the signing of stars like Ferguson and heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.