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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 MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani SB Nation

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    • 4.7 • 619 Ratings

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.

    Bo Nickal, Alistair Overeem & Badr Hari face-to-face, A.J. McKee, Ben Rothwell, Yan Xiaonan, and more

    Bo Nickal, Alistair Overeem & Badr Hari face-to-face, A.J. McKee, Ben Rothwell, Yan Xiaonan, and more

    A.J. McKee around (4:41) discusses his lightweight debut at Bellator 286, if he will return to 145 pounds, his issues with Patricio Pitbull’s performance, what he wants next, how much money he threw into his crowd, and more.
    Yan Xiaonan around (24:13) discusses her performance at UFC Vegas 61, how tough the last year was for her, why she likes Team Alpha Male, why she was fighting boys in her childhood, how many times did she win, if she met Mark Zuckerberg at the event, who she wants next, and more.
    Ben Rothwell around (43:44) discusses his performance at BKFC 30, his robe, what he was thinking about before his debut, and more.
    Alistair Overeem and Badr Hari around (1:00:20) discuss their upcoming clash at Glory Collision 4, if the fight is personal for either one of them, what’s the difference between the first two fights, the rough patches in their careers, and more.
    Bo Nickal around (1:40:18) discusses his DWCS run, his upcoming fight at UFC 282, how he has dealt with expectations, how MMA fighters can act more professional, his issues with Khamzat Chimaev, being on the UFC 4 video game, the status of his octagon debut at UFC 282, his demand to fight on the pay-per-view main card, interest from the WWE, how a wrestling match with Logan Paul would turn out, his prediction he'll be fighting for the belt by mid-2024, callouts from Chris Curtis and Darren Till, and more.
    Ariel Helwani, NewYorkRic and Conner Burks around (2:10:28) discuss the potential of Bo Nickal, how he would fare against the best welterweights in the world, predictions for Nickal's possible fight with Jamie Pickett at UFC 282, the stars of UFC Vegas 61 and Bellator 286, and more.
    The parlay pals around (2:40:55) look back at their most recent parlay, the best bets at UFC Vegas 61 and Bellator 286, and more.

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    • 3 hr 25 min
    Eddie Alvarez, Scott Coker, John Hathaway, Chris Avila, and more

    Eddie Alvarez, Scott Coker, John Hathaway, Chris Avila, and more

    In the latest On the Nose around (10:33), Ariel Helwani discusses the mystery around UFC Vegas 61 , Bo Nickal’s ceiling, how to fix Bellator, the future of Combate, ONE Championship, PFL’s first PPV, the unofficial UFC grand prixs at lightweight and bantamweight and which one is more intriguing, the ongoing saga of booking Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua, Aspen Ladd's next potential move, and more.
    Eddie Alvarez around (1:01:01) discusses what happened with ONE Championship, how many fights he has left in his career, how he will make up his mind for his next stop, the power of free agency, advice for younger fighters, Nate Diaz, Joe Pyfer, and more.
    John Hathaway around (1:33:57) discusses his long break from MMA, the three surgeries he had to endure, how hard it was to watch MMA early, why he’s coming back now, USADA testing, how he ended up at Oktagon MMA, his last UFC loss, how his diet has changed,
    Scott Cokeraround (2:05:05) discusses Bellator Dublin, his current roster, lightweight tournament, allowing fighters to compete in other sports, Cris Cyborg’s future, A.J. McKee, how long Coker will run Bellator, the greatest fights he’s ever seen in person, Fedor Emelianenko’s next fight, and more.
    Chris Avila around (2:39:25) discusses facing Dr. Mike on the Paul vs. Silva undercard, his boxing future, if he was close to facing Chad Ochocinco, how MVP treats him, Nate Diaz’s possible final fight in the UFC, how Diaz helps him during boxing fights, and more.
    The parlay pals around (3:00:28) discuss a recent AEW trip, their recent parlay and the bets last weekend. The crew also picks its latest parlay, and GC also makes picks for UFC Vegas 61 and Bellator 286 on Saturday.

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    • 4 hr 17 min
    Anderson Silva, Yoel Romero, Andre Fili, Damon Jackson, Campbell McLaren, and more

    Anderson Silva, Yoel Romero, Andre Fili, Damon Jackson, Campbell McLaren, and more

    Ariel Helwani talks to NewYorkRic around (10:48) about his new hairstyle and where the hair will be donated. The parlay pals also reveal their latest parlay.
    Damon Jackson talks around (32:00) about his emotional win at UFC Vegas 60, if he ever considered pulling out of the fight, what his brother meant to him, his new nickname, how he bounced back after his UFC departure, what’s next, and more.
    Anderson Silva discusses around (1:01:07) his upcoming boxing fight against Jake Paul, if the boxing community respects him, why he’s taking the fight, his only problem with Dana White, if he will do MMA again, when he might call it quits, the UFC Hall of Fame, Jose Aldo’s retirement, and more.
    Andre Fili discusses around (1:42:25) his big win at UFC Vegas 60, his new hairstyle, possible regrets from his fight, why he was so angry going up, how he has changed growing up, why he decided to hide a recent tragedy from his family, how he turned things around emotionally, doing standup comedy, Jose Aldo’s retirement, and more.
    Yoel Romero discusses around (2:16:49) his upcoming Bellator fight against Melvin Manhoef in Ireland, how Conor McGregor has been helpful, his weight cut for light heavyweight, if he plans to return to 185 pounds, how he feels at Bellator, if a title shot is next, his fight against Israel Adesanya, how many boring fights he has had, and more.
    Campbell McLaren discusses around (2:47:12) why Combate Global should be considered one of the top promotions in the U.S., how it is different than the UFC, the big women’s fight coming up, the strategy of adding fighters now, how much the pandemic hurt, who owns the promotion, and more.
    GC around (3:24:01) makes his picks for a busy combat sports weekend.
    In the latest On the Nose around (3:33:33), Ariel Helwani discusses Paulo Costa’s evolution, Jose Aldo’s legacy, Jon Jones’ heavyweight return, gambling and the UFC, MJF interview, Eddie Alvarez’s next stop, Ariel’s career start, Aspen Ladd’s future, and more.

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    • 4 hr 49 min
    Paulo Costa in studio, MJF in studio, Action Bronson in studio, Cory Sandhagen, Joe Pyfer, and more

    Paulo Costa in studio, MJF in studio, Action Bronson in studio, Cory Sandhagen, Joe Pyfer, and more

    Ariel Helwani kicks off show by looking back at Jose Aldo’s career and his legacy.
    Maxwell Jacob Friedman around (7:05) discusses his new AEW contract, where he went during his time off, the departure of Cody Rhodes, his relationship with Tony Khan, his return in Chicago, his feud with CM Punk, his issues with Jon Moxley, Vince McMahon’s retirement, and more.
    Action Bronson around (58:48) discusses his motivation, his childhood, where he trained to wrestle, the toughness of ‘Robocop’ at UFC Vegas 60, his friendship with Chito Vera, the UFC bantamweight title picture, his new head tattoo, Israel Adesanya, Nate Diaz, and more.
    Paulo Costa around (2:06:23) discusses his secret juice, his feud with Khamzat Chimaev, Jose Aldo’s retirement, his past as an IT worker, getting beaten up as a kid, and his run-in with a nurse in Brazil. He also gives NewYorkRic a special haircut.
    Cory Sandhagen around (3:06:51) discusses his big win over Song Yadong at UFC Vegas 60, Yadong’s cut, how his Petr Yan lessons paid off, who he wants next, why Henry Cejudo shouldn’t get immediate title shot upon his return, and more.
    Joe Pyfer around (3:31:52) discusses the big win in his UFC debut, driving exotic cars and Dana White’s Ferrari, how he stayed focused through tough times, his rough childhood, “Be Joe Pyfer,” and more.
    The MMA Hour crew around (4:12:51) discusses how its recent parlay did, UFC Vegas 60 bets, and the big hitters for the week.

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    • 4 hr 33 min
    Michael Chandler, Cory Sandhagen, Eddie Hearn, Daniel Rodriguez, Gennady Golovkin, and more

    Michael Chandler, Cory Sandhagen, Eddie Hearn, Daniel Rodriguez, Gennady Golovkin, and more

    In the latest On the Nose around (7:12), Ariel Helwani discusses Nate Diaz’s departure with the UFC, Khamzat Chimaev’s heel turn, what’s next for Tony Ferguson, Chael Sonnen hosting Showtime pressers for Paul vs. Silva, Nick Diaz’s future, and more.
    Michael Chandler discusses around (1:02:28) why it took so long to get the Dustin Poirier fight done at UFC 281, what happened with his incident with Poirier in July, facing Conor McGregor, Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev, Nate Diaz’s final fight, and more.
    Cory Sandhagen discusses around (1:33:25) his UFC Vegas 60 main event fight against Song Yarding, his long layoff, the change in his personality, Aljamain Sterling vs. T.J. Dillashaw, Sean O’Malley vs. Petr Yan, why he skipped watching UFC 279 main event, and more.
    Daniel Rodriguez discusses around (2:08:40) his close fight against Li Jingliang at UFC 279, his wild fight week, his new deal, his new tattoo, who he wants to fight next, his favorite West Coast rapper, his top sports teams, his tough background, getting into fights in jail, and more.
    The MMA Hour crew around (2:34:48) reveals its latest parlay for this upcoming busy combat sports weekend. Also, GC makes his latest picks for UFC Vegas 60.
    Matchroom exec Eddie Hearn around (2:59:31) talks about expectations for the trilogy between Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez, the status of the long-awaited Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua fight, why it took so long for the heavyweight title fight to happen, his relationship with Frank Warren, Fury's "take it or leave it" deal, what happened after Joshua's "post-fight antics" in the ring after the Oleksandr Usyk fight, whether the Conor Benn vs. Chris Eubank Jr. fight is really in jeopardy, his thoughts on Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva, Katie Taylor's next move, the potential of Taylor fighting Cris Cyborg, and more.
    Gennadiy Golovkin around (3:32:07) discusses his upcoming trilogy match with Canelo Alvarez this Saturday night.

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    • 4 hr 10 min
    UFC 279 reaction, Paulo Costa, Li Jingliang, Chris Barnett, Chimaev’s coach Andreas Michael, Aaron Jeffery, Paul vs. Silva presser watch-along, and more

    UFC 279 reaction, Paulo Costa, Li Jingliang, Chris Barnett, Chimaev’s coach Andreas Michael, Aaron Jeffery, Paul vs. Silva presser watch-along, and more

    Ariel Helwani opens The MMA Hour by paying tribute to Elias Theodorou, who died recently at age 34.
    Ariel Helwani discusses around what this victory meant for Nate Diaz, and the obstacles he faced, in possibly his final UFC fight.
    The MMA Hour crew wraps up UFC 279 around (37:54).
    We take a live look around (1:00:40) at the Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva press conference in Los Angeles on Monday.
    Li Jingliang discusses around (1:30:15) why he thought he was robbed at UFC 279, the challenging fight week, his infamous suit, if he thought about not fighting at UFC 279, and more.
    Allstars Training Center coach Andreas Michael around (2:06:32) talks about the weight issues Khamzat Chimaev faced before his fight with Nate Diaz was called off at UFC 279, Chimaev's offer to give his whole purse to Diaz to save the fight, whether Chimaev should fight at middleweight, the bad blood between Chimaev and Paulo Costa, his new status as a "heel" to UFC fans, potential fights with Colby Covington and Israel Adesanya, and more.
    Paulo Costa. around (2:45:10), gives his side of his altercation with Khamzat Chimaev at the UFC Performance Institute, his thoughts on Chimaev's weight miss, the possibility of a fight between them, the 'crazy night' of UFC 279, how a fight between Nate Diaz and Jake Paul would play out, his vow to rematch Israel Adesanya after beating one more opponent, explaining more of his best memes, and more.
    Chris Barnett discusses around (3:21:42) his injuries at UFC 279, his trip after the hospital visit, how he missed weight, his performance, his face during the fight, his flip, and more.
    Aaron Jeffery discusses around (3:53:10) the recent death of former UFC fighter Elias Theodorou, Theodorou’s legacy, when Jeffery met him, and more.
    GC and Helwani around (4:08:11) discuss his past bets for UFC 279 this past weekend.
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    • 4 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
619 Ratings

619 Ratings

JSegal ,

Heelwani is the best, never listened to him

He’s the pied Piper of homeless cats practically

Paul Greenberg ,

Good guests but…..

it takes Ariel forever to spit out a sentence. He’ll ask the same question at least three times before the guest speaks or and add seven different superlatives when discussing or introducing someone.
Its pretty annoying
Second- he asks fighters questions using “we”. Like “are we going to keep the beard for the fight”. He’s not going in the ring. Third- stop asking dumb questions like does Jeff Neal’s tooth hurt or what was it like for Juliana miller to not use her phone for a week.
Fourth-can’t put this one into words but he certainly asks questions to get fighters to talk behind the backs of others.
Fifth-we all know he’s banned from the UFC and he never goes to them and pretends like it doesn’t matter.
Sixth- that crazy hi pitch Voice….

hellourme ,

La nariz 👃

Muy buen trabajo señor!

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