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The Mixed Martial Arts Hour with Ariel Helwani is back in your life. Twice a week you'll hear interviews with the best fighters and biggest personalities in the sport, plus in-depth analysis of the week's UFC and MMA news. Follow the show on YouTube and on your favorite podcast app for new episodes every Monday and Wednesday.
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The Mixed Martial Arts Hour with Ariel Helwani is back in your life. Twice a week you'll hear interviews with the best fighters and biggest personalities in the sport, plus in-depth analysis of the week's UFC and MMA news. Follow the show on YouTube and on your favorite podcast app for new episodes every Monday and Wednesday.
From SB Nation and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    Israel Adesanya, Mark Coleman, Dan Hooker live from UFC 300!

    Israel Adesanya, Mark Coleman, Dan Hooker live from UFC 300!

    Ariel Helwani recaps the top highlights from the UFC 300 press conference and UFC 300 weigh-ins. He also gives his take on the new UFC gloves, as well.
    UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman around (15:17) discusses his trip to UFC 300, BMF title presentation, the rescue of his parents from the house fire, how they got them out of the house, his dog, why he returned to the hospital for pneumonia, how he’s doing now, how he works out all the time, what caused the fire, the Fedor fight, his fight with alcohol, the support of fans, how his dog will be remembered, his new dog, how he got hurt stretching, his hip surgeries, how he still plans to compete, an MMA match with Mike Tyson, Tyson vs. Paul, The Liver King, the carnivore diet, his hernia, his first UFC loss, his issues with John McCarthy, open scoring, and more.
    Israel Adesanya around (1:38:21) discusses UFC 300, how close he was to being the main event, the reason it didn’t happen, the recent comments by Dricus du Plessis, if Alex Pereira was an option, when he might return, if he was fired up for Sean Strickland, what he learned for the fight, his arrest before UFC 293, the Joshua vs. Ngannou fight, playing golf, using therapy, the Strickland vs. DDP fight, his words with DDP in the octagon, Chimaev vs. Whittaker, his conversations with Jamahal Hill, why he almost pulled out o the Derek Brunson fight, pro wrestling, Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson, the UFC 300 main event, if he will fight Pereira again, and more.
    Dan Hooker around (2:28:15) discusses his arm injury, his new tattoos, which ones were the most painful, what the leg ones represent, his comments about Arman Tsarukyan, Tsarukyan’s fight with Charles Oliveira, Dustin Poirier vs. Islam Makhachev, the other lightweight fights on UFC 300, training during COVID, why he doesn’t have a ticket to UFC 300, when he would like to return, why he wants to face Mateusz Gamrot next, the Islam Makhachev fight, UFC title quest, UFC gloves, Alexander Volkanovski’s last performance, cornering fighters, and more.
    Ariel Helwani and crew break down the top storylines from UFC 300.
    The panel then around (3:36:15) delivers a same-game parlay for the UFC 300 main event.

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    • 3 hr 53 min
    Live from UFC 300 with Demetrious Johnson, Merab Dvalishvili, Eric Nicksick, Tim Simpson in studio!

    Live from UFC 300 with Demetrious Johnson, Merab Dvalishvili, Eric Nicksick, Tim Simpson in studio!

    Ariel Helwani and the gang get settled in fabulous Las Vegas.
    Manager to the stars Tim Simpson around (23:43) discusses Israel Adesanya’s next fight, the negotiations that nearly landed Leon Edwards on UFC 300, Max Holloway’s future, Jiri Prochazka being “terribly injured” against Alex Pereira, Paul Hughes’ free agency, UFC 300's custom fighter shorts, Simpson’s recent fight, and more.
    UFC legend Demetrious Johnson around (1:19:13) discusses his biggest UFC 300 storylines, the GOAT debate, his current addiction to grappling competitions, why he’s not a BJJ black belt, Ryan Garcia’s mental state, Anthony Joshua beating Francis Ngannou in MMA, his negotiations with the UFC, and more.
    Eric Nicksick around (2:25:55) discusses the fallout from Francis Ngannou’s knockout loss to Anthony Joshua, Ngannou’s decision to switch stances, how difficult it was afterward, Sean Strickland and Chris Curtis’ latest losses, Ngannou’s next step, adjustments Ngannou will have to make for his MMA return, Strickland not getting an immediate UFC title rematch, what went wrong against Dricus du Plessis, tricks for fighting at the UFC APEX, biggest UFC 300 questions, and more.
    Merab Dvalishvili around (3:37:13) discusses a timeline for his potential UFC title fight against Sean O’Malley, how Aljamain Sterling has been looking at 145 pounds, Chris Weidman’s run of bad luck, the UFC’s new glove, Ilia Topuria’s success, his exploding DMs, and more.

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    • 4 hr 52 min
    UFC 300 preview and On The Nose extravaganza

    UFC 300 preview and On The Nose extravaganza

    As we travel to Las Vegas for two special on-site live shows on Thursday and Friday, Ariel Helwani and crew preview UFC 300 then hit a super-sized On The Nose to discuss the best streaming services, the next move for Dillon Danis, if he will ever attend another UFC event, MMA media, Jon Jones, top 5 WrestleMania events, Dustin Poirier’s next move, AEW’s CM Punk video release, Kayla Harrison’s weigh-ins, and more.
    Then, GC makes his picks for UFC 300.
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Tom Aspinall in studio, Arman Tsarukyan, Calvin Kattar, Paul Hughes, Skye Nicolson, Karate Combat President Asim Zaidi in studio, WrestleMania recap

    Tom Aspinall in studio, Arman Tsarukyan, Calvin Kattar, Paul Hughes, Skye Nicolson, Karate Combat President Asim Zaidi in studio, WrestleMania recap

    Ariel Helwani around (6:57) wraps up his busy weekend with Paul Heyman’s Hall of Fame induction and WrestleMania 40. He talks about the memorable main event finish and how the AEW was partially responsible.
    Paul Hughes around (40:15) discusses his latest win at Cage Warriors 170, how he had multiple opponents before the fight, if he wanted to stay with Cage Warriors, why he couldn’t take a PFL deal early, his free agency, what he wants on the MMA game, how the injury by Ryan Curtis has affected him, meeting Conor McGregor, his issues with Paddy Pimblett, when he will make decision for his next stop, and more.
    Arman Tsarukyan around (1:02:13) discusses his Charles Oliveira fight at UFC 300, if he was surprised Oliveira took the fight, why he was watching UFC 200 for Gegard Mousasi, training with Fedor Emelianenko, swimming in freezing water, if he was surprised Justin Gaethje chose to defend BMF title, his comments about Charles Oliveira, how the fight will play out, his relationship with Kayla Harrison, and more.
    Calvin Kattar around (1:15:54) discusses his fight with Aljamain Sterling at UFC 300, how he ended up on the card, returning from his ACL injury, Sterling’s last fight, Ilia Topuria’s title win, Max Holloway’s decision to take the BMF fight, when he got injured in his last UFC fight, and more.
    Tom Aspinall around (1:29:57) discusses his trip to New York before UFC 300, his last trip to New York City for UFC 295, his back injury during training before the fight, advice from Georges St-Pierre, Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou, Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk, how close was he to fighting at UFC 300, Stipe Miocic’s skills, his new podcast, his hamburger, upcoming England pay-per-view, the UFC heavyweight division, who he wants next, why he’d rather fight Curtis Blaydes or Ciryl Gane, Gane avoiding him, his recent run-in with Jon Jones, Rico Verhoeven, Joshua kicking pads, his tattoos, retirement thoughts, and more.
    Karate Combat president Asim Zaidi around (2:33:16) discusses how he started Goat Shed Academy, cornering fighters and what he says on videos after the win, who owns Karate Combat, how he got involved with the organization, how fans are involved in their success, having an event at his mom’s house, how he balances the team and the organization, what Karate Combat is like, how he got Rockhold vs. Schilling fight done, and more.
    Skye Nicholson around (3:29:41) discusses her WBC featherweight title win, her game plan, why she wasn’t main event, Serrano vs. Taylor, chasing Amanda Serrano, how Serrano’s last fight fell apart, fighting on Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson undercard, the showdown between Claressa Shields and Alycia Baumgardner, when she wants to return, and more.
    The parlay pals around (3:51:30) get back on track, and GC looks back at his picks this past weekend.

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    • 4 hr 11 min
    Cody Rhodes, Manon Fiorot, and Josh Barnett all in studio, plus Chris Weidman, Maycee Barber, weekend preview

    Cody Rhodes, Manon Fiorot, and Josh Barnett all in studio, plus Chris Weidman, Maycee Barber, weekend preview

    Cody Rhodes around (5:41) discusses watching the ‘Bash at the Beach’ in person, the injuries he suffered Monday, WrestleMania 39, the advice he got from John Cena, comments from Roman Reigns, his relationship with Triple H, The Rock’s return, going back-to-back at the Royal Rumble, when his father is brought up to promote matches, Vince McMahon controversy, CM Punk’s return, his opinion of Tony Khan and AEW, his conversation with The Rock, how the fans made WrestleMania 40 main event, The Rock’s recent promos, his mother’s reaction, The Rock’s mom, the matches he’s looking forward to the most this weekend, and more.
    Maycee Barber around (1:16:21) discusses her recent health scare, if there was a point she was worried about her life, her thoughts on her performance, Erin Blanchfield vs. Manon Fiorot, what’s next for her, if Rose Namajunas or Manon Fiorot is an option for her next fight, the best women’s flyweight on the planet, her relationship with Namajunas, her return to training, and more.
    Chris Weidman around (1:37:31) discusses his win over Bruno Silva at UFC Atlantic City, his eye pokes, if he feels like it is a legitimate win, why so many eye pokes happened, if he thought Silva was looking for a way out, how eye pokes should be punished, his overall performance, the critics, if he would have retired if he had loss, if he wants a rematch with Silva, who he wants to face in his return, and more.
    Josh Barnett around (2:06:23) discusses his pro wrestling promotion Bloodsport, why Shayna Baszler is allowed to compete at the event, his upcoming event in Japan with Rampage Jackson, how MMA and pro wrestling are linked, how to fix MMA, if the rounds were longer, weight-cutting, referees, MMA vs. pro wrestling, CM Punk’s comments on AEW and Tony Khan, his thoughts on Ronda Rousey, Baszler’s time in WWE, and more.
    Manon Fiorot around (3:12:04) discusses her win over Erin Blanchfield at UFC Atlantic City, being a tourist in New York, shoes, if there were any surprises in the fight, what she wants next, the trilogy of Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko, Maycee Barber’s place in the division and last performance, why she went to the hospital after the fight, when she wants to return, the popularity of MMA in France, why she stopped snowboarding, Victor Wembanyama, bouncing back from her first loss, if she needs more finishes, and more.
    The parlay pals around (4:00:13) make their latest selection, and GC makes his picks for the upcoming weekend.

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    • 4 hr 28 min
    CM Punk exclusive in-studio interview, Becky Lynch crashes Rhea Ripley segment, Nate Landwehr, Joaquin Buckley, weekend recap

    CM Punk exclusive in-studio interview, Becky Lynch crashes Rhea Ripley segment, Nate Landwehr, Joaquin Buckley, weekend recap

    Ariel Helwani and the crew around (5:41) recap their busy weekend. Mysterious Frank recaps his trip to the Chase and Status party, and several people recap the UFC Atlantic City event and the trip to the casinos afterward.
    Joaquin Buckley around (31:14) discusses his big win at UFC Atlantic City, why he didn’t think Vicente Luque wanted to be there, his trip to the pool before the fight, why he wants to be the main event at UFC St. Louis, who he might want to fight next, and more.
    Nate Landwehr around (45:47) discusses his knockout win at UFC Atlantic City, what it was like fighting as a father, life as a UFC fighter, a recent tornado back home, who he wants to fight next, and more.
    CM Punk around (1:02:49) discusses his torn triceps, if he could have competed at WrestleMania 40, his return to the WWE and when the conversations started, his conversation with Triple H, his removal from a WWE event this past May, how the AEW reacted, his return event for WWE and his walkout, his reception, his conversation with Vince McMahon, his opinion on the latest McMahon scandal, WrestleMania 40 plans, his relationship with Roman Reigns, what happened with Jack Perry at the London AEW event, his last match with AEW, the version of events told by Tony Khan, his issues with Adam Page, the controversial scrum, why he decided to return after ‘Brawl Out,’ his favorite AEW memories, his time with MJF, if he regrets coming back to pro wrestling, if he was close to signing with WWE over AEW, the viral clip with Randy Orton, issues with Colt Cabana, if AJ Lee will ever return to television, when he might be able to return to the ring, his final UFC trip to the Octagon, and more.
    Ariel and NewYorkRic around (2:58:10) react to the CM Punk interview and his answers.
    Rhea Ripley around (3:13:30) discusses her wrist injury, WrestleMania 40, Becky Lynch’s comments, Lynch’s current talent level, her pre-match comments about Lynch’s daughter, the locker room’s opinion of Ripley, Jade Cargill, the match with Lynch, and more. Becky Lynch then calls in to come into the studio for the interview.
    Lynch and Ripley around (3:31:05) then exchange words and shoves on The MMA Hour set.
    The panel then around (3:32:18) recaps the confrontation between Lynch and Ripley.
    The parlay pals around (3:40:28) look back at their most recent pick, and GC recaps his picks for Saturday’s event.
    Ariel Helwani and the panel around (3:45:41) then looks back at the foul-plagued UFC Atlantic City event and all the storylines.

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    • 4 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
735 Ratings

735 Ratings

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Ariel ! Hit me up 🤙!

Ariel please hit me up! I would love to talk about UFC! Pleaseeeeeeeeeeee!

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Long time viewer

I’m over it… constant whining… constant WWE talk. If you want a podcast/show about MMA, go listen to Morning Kombat.

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Jerzyxplorer Yo Chael is the man.

I love his takes, the energy and he gives a different flavor to the show!!! How is it that these fighters dont let Ali know that he works for them. If Dana White “allows “his employees on the show why cant these fighters come on. Unless Dana is really pulling strings.
Or Ali is really overstepping his lane of responsibility. The average fan doesn't know who Patrick “ Patchy” Mix is. He’s limiting his reach.

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