17 episodes

In-depth conversations with interesting people from every walk of life, hosted by award-winning mixed martial arts journalist Ariel Helwani. Ariel has been itching to talk to people outside the MMA world for quite some time, and this is where you'll find those conversations. Enjoy!

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    • 4.7 • 126 Ratings

In-depth conversations with interesting people from every walk of life, hosted by award-winning mixed martial arts journalist Ariel Helwani. Ariel has been itching to talk to people outside the MMA world for quite some time, and this is where you'll find those conversations. Enjoy!

    Mario Lopez

    Mario Lopez

    One of the most celebrated names in Hollywood joins Ariel for a conversation about his busy career before the guys talk about Lopez' high school wrestling days, the recently revamped Saved by the Bell on Peacock, things he hasn't accomplished yet, how he tries to stay neutral in political debates, how he's navigated his career during the pandemic, and much more.

    Mario Lopez is an American actor, producer, talk show host, and entertainer. Known most for his role as A.C. Slater on the '80s hit sitcom Saved by the Bell, Lopez has also appeared on hit TV shows like Dancing with the Stars and Pacific Blue, as well as movies like Colors and Eastside. Lopez currently hosts Access Hollywood and Access Daily, and co-hosts the 3 Knockdown Rule podcast, as well as the nationally-syndicated radio show On with Mario Lopez.

    You can follow Lopez on Twitter @mariolopezviva and Instagram @mariolopez.
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    • 38 min
    Blake Snell

    Blake Snell

    One of the best pitchers in baseball joins Ariel for an honest conversation about many subjects, like Snell's love of MMA, why he feels the need to give back to the community, and his Twitch channel. Plus, Snell opens up about his infamous May 2020 comments in the early stages of the pandemic (21:42), MLB's current lockout (26:30), the controversial decision to pull him from Game 6 of the 2020 World Series, baseball's unwritten rules, and much, much more.
    Blake Snell is a pitcher for the San Diego Padres. The 29-year-old left-hander is entering his seventh season in the big leagues and his second in San Diego. He spent five seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, winning the 2018 AL Cy Young Award after boasting an astounding 21-5 record and 1.89 ERA. Snell helped lead Tampa Bay to the World Series in 2020, where the Rays fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.

    You can follow Blake on Twitter, Instagram, and Twitch @SnellZilla4.

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    • 57 min
    Dan Le Batard

    Dan Le Batard

    One of the most respected voices in sports media joins Ariel for an open and honest conversation (and I'm glad we're having it). The two friends discuss Le Batard's new outlook on life thanks to the founding of his new company, Meadowlark Media, and his relatively new marriage. He also discusses the separation of his personal and professional lives, why he's happier than he's ever been and the importance of therapy in his life. Then, the guys trade stories about their respective times at ESPN, with "El Bastardo" Le Batard opening up about his exit from ESPN, and if he ever regrets joining the company in the first place (33:20).

    Dan Le Batard is one of the most celebrated sports media personalities of the 21st century. Before founding Meadowlark Media in early 2021, LeBatard spent a decade at ESPN hosting The Dan LeBatard Show w/ Stugotz and Highly Questionable. Prior to joining ESPN, LeBatard wrote for The Miami Herald in his beloved home city of Miami.

    You can follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @LeBatardShow.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Michelle Beadle

    Michelle Beadle

    The prolific Michelle Beadle joins the show for a wide-ranging discussion about her life during and after her 8+ years at ESPN. Among many subjects, Beadle opens up about her unceremonious exit from the company, her infamous comment about not watching football, behind-the-scenes drama and much more. Plus, she talks about her solo international travels, how she landed her new gig covering the San Antonio Spurs, and an exclusive scoop!

    Michelle Beadle is a sports media personality currently covering the San Antonio Spurs. She also hosts the What Did I Miss?  podcast with The Athletic. Formerly of ESPN and NBC, Beadle has hosted high-profile shows like Get Up!, NBA Countdown, SportsNation and more.

    You can follow Michelle on Twitter @MichelleDBeadle and Instagram @michelle.beadle.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Kelly Slater

    Kelly Slater

    The greatest surfer of all-time joins the show for a wide-ranging conversation, beginning with his MMA fandom and an online battle with Paulo Costa a few years ago. Then, Slater opens up about the dangers of surfing and why he doesn't fear death like most people do (27:18) and why sharks don't worry him too much. Plus, he reveals to Ariel how much longer he plans on surfing (45:08) and also talks about his controversial decision to not get the COVID-19 vaccine and failing to qualify for the Olympics this past summer. Lastly, Slater discusses his role on Baywatch in the mid-1990s (59:44) and the relationship with Pamela Anderson that ensued a few years later.
     
    Kelly Slater is widely considered to be the greatest surfer of all-time. The winner of 11 World Championships, he is both the youngest and oldest surfer to ever win a WSL title. At age 49, Slater still competes at a world-class level.

    You can follow Kelly on Twitter and Instagram @kellyslater.

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Freddie Prinze Jr.

    Freddie Prinze Jr.

    On today's episode, the famous actor and pro wrestling superfan joins Ariel to talk about his time working for WWE over a decade ago. Then, the guys discuss differences between WWE and AEW, his time training in Albuquerque, NM, his movie plans for 2022 (47:30) and his 20-year marriage to actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (57:05). Also, Prinze Jr. reveals his plans to get back into the wrestling business in a big way next year. Make sure to listen to the very end to witness a special bonding moment between the guys!
     
    Freddie Prinze Jr. is an American film and TV actor, writer and producer. He is also the host of WWFreddie - Wrestling with Freddie, a pro wrestling podcast. He has starred in “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” “She’s All That,” “Scooby-Doo,” and much more.

    You can follow Freddie on Twitter @RealFJR and on Instagram @realfreddieprinze.

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    • 1 hr 2 min

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Dan Lebatard - INCREDIBLE

Amazing interview!! Hearing Dan talk about his wife Valerie, is truly heartfelt. If you’ve listened to Lebatard with Stugotz over the years, like millions have, you might think he’s the opposite of what you hear in this interview when in fact Dan is EXACTLY the person who so sweetly speaks about his wife. He is a great, loving and dedicated human being. Whoever is fortunate enough to be in his orbit are extremely cared for.

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