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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.

    Jorge Masvidal, Matt Riddle in studio, Claressa Shields, BKFC Breaking News, Weekend Preview

    Jorge Masvidal, Matt Riddle in studio, Claressa Shields, BKFC Breaking News, Weekend Preview

    In the latest On the Nose around (4:45), Ariel Helwani discusses Francis Ngannou leaving PFL event, which boxing fight are they looking forward to the most, and more.
    Jorge Masvidal around (17:41) discusses his upcoming Gamebred MMA event, his recent trip to Stockton, his recent issues with Nate Diaz and Chael Sonnen, what it’s like to promote Charles Bennett, getting Bareknuckle MMA licensed, the upcoming BMF title fight at UFC 300, who will win the fight, Ilia Topuria’s rise, rock climbing, his father’s arrest, and more.
    Claressa Shields around (47:17) discusses her performance at PFL vs. Bellator, her time in Saudi Arabia, if she was close to being submitted, why she is competing in mixed martial arts, what she wants to do next, her “shocking” beef with Cris Cyborg, Alycia Baumgardner, the length of fights and Amanda Serrano, Garcia vs. O’Malley, Joshua vs. Ngannou, and more.
    Matt Riddle around (1:12:27) discusses his latest wresting action, his WWE departure, how his schedule has changed, his incident at JFK, if the TKO merger caused the firing, why he failed some drug tests, why he went to rehab, his wrestling goal, what rehab was like, his divorce, if he has regrets, the conclusion of the storyline with Randy Orton, the DC vs. Jones storyline, how Daniel Cormier did as a referee, his reaction to the Vince McMahon news, Bad Bunny and Logan Paul, WrestleMania 40, if he has interest in MMA or BKFC, and more.
    Ariel Helwani returns to On the Nose questions around (2:20:59) to discuss the UFC 300 main event, boxing’s increase in superfights, who would win a mile between Ariel and GC, the rising interest in combat sports, Ed Shares, Jon Jones at the PFL vs. Bellator event, and more.
    David Feldman around (2:37:39) discusses Mike Perry’s next announcement, the KnuckleMania card in April, how they ended up with Thiago Alves for Perry instead of Darren Till or Anthony Pettis, where they stand with Nevada and New York, recent signings, what happened to Rothwell vs. Duffee, his recent meeting with Dana White, his bad day a couple years ago, a recent big offer, if there’s a number he would be willing to sell BKFC for, and more.
    The parlay boys around (3:02:09) make their most recent selection, and GC makes his picks for the upcoming combat sports weekend.

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    • 3 hr 20 min
    Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, Oscar De La Hoya, Eddie Hearn all in studio, MMA weekend recap

    Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, Oscar De La Hoya, Eddie Hearn all in studio, MMA weekend recap

    Ariel Helwani and crew around (5:53) discusses the biggest combat story of the weekend, if it was PFL vs. Bellator, Brian Ortega’s comeback win or something else, why Ilia Topuria’s moment with Real Madrid was so big for the sport, what’s next for Topuria, Ortega’s injury during introductions, the UFC 301 main event, if Alex Pereira could headline UFC 300 and UFC 301, and more.
    Devin Haney around (33:31) discusses how he ended up facing Ryan Garcia next, how the fight ended up in Brooklyn, what happened at the Super Bowl, if he was close to Tank Garcia fight, his experience in Saudi Arabia, his dream opponent, if there is a rematch clause with Garcia, what he thought of Garcia’s last performance, his first fight with Garcia as a kid, their last fight as teenagers, why this fight with Garcia is personal after recent comments, if Francis Ngannou has a chance against Anthony Joshua, Canelo Alvarez’s new situation, what’s next for Terence Crawford, what’s next for him, and more.
    The panel then around (1:07:32) discusses PFL vs. Bellator 2, Francis Ngannou’s appearance, the missed opportunity, what it meant for PFL and Bellator, Jon Jones vs. Francis Ngannou, what’s next for Johnny Elben and Claressa Shields, and more.
    Ryan Garcia around (1:45:35) discusses his upcoming fight with Devin Haney, the comments that upset Haney, his strategy against Oscar Duarte, how he ended up with Haney next, his relationship with Floyd Mayweather, if he rematches with Tank Garcia, his issues with Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins, recent comments from Shia LaBeouf, his divorce, his recent hangout with Nate Diaz, if the fight will stay in Brooklyn, beating Sean O’Malley in MMA, Haney’s recent comments, his feud with Bill Haney, his official fight prediction, and more.
    Oscar De La Hoya around (2:18:43) discusses how the fight between Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney got made, Eddie Hearn’s involvement, how the fight ended up in Brooklyn, his past issues with Ryan Garcia, why Brooklyn will work for the fight, Ryan Garcia vs. Tank Davis, Garcia’s issues with Bernard Hopkins, Canelo Alvarez’s future, his thoughts on Turki Alalshikh, Garcia’s chances of fighting in the UFC, a boxing version of the UFC Apex, if Garcia vs. Haney will do 1 million pay-per-view buys, and more.
    Eddie Hearn around (2:57:15) discusses the Ryan Garcia vs. Devin Haney clash, how he is financially involved, the location, Canelo Alvarez’s future, who could be next for Alvarez, the state of PBC, his toughest competition, his relationship with Dana White, his relationship with Oscar De La Hoya, Francis Ngannou’s chances against Anthony Joshua, Conor McGregor’s future, 5x5 rosters, Katie Taylor’s future, his talks with Tank Davis, and more.
    The parlay boys around (4:01:52) look back at their most recent selection, and GC recaps his picks for UFC Mexico City and PFL vs. Bellator.

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    • 4 hr 19 min
    Alex Pereira in studio, Michael Chandler, Johnny Eblen, Brandon Royval, Anthony Hernandez, Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall virtual face-to-face

    Alex Pereira in studio, Michael Chandler, Johnny Eblen, Brandon Royval, Anthony Hernandez, Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall virtual face-to-face

    In the latest On the Nose, Ariel Helwani discusses NYR vs. GC in an MMA contest, the UFC 300 main event, the women’s title fight at UFC 300, what could headline UFC 301, Robert Whittaker’s future, if UFC 300 should be two nights, Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler, Ian Machado Garry’s future, and more.
    Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall around (42:56) discuss the coloring book gift, the heated media events, the weight class for the fight, their opinions on each other’s last fights, if they ever will be friends, their first fight, their prediction for their upcoming fight, and more.
    Brandon Royval around (1:00:32) discusses his upcoming showdown with Brandon Moreno at UFC Mexico City, why he didn’t come earlier to fight week because of the altitude, what went wrong against Alexandre Pantoja in his UFC title fight, the first fight against Brandon Moreno, Moreno’s performance against Pantoja, and more.
    Johnny Eblen around (1:21:24) discusses his upcoming title fight against Impa Kasanganay at PFL vs. Bellator, how he has been treated, his options for this event, the belt/ring, the cage, fighting outside, his expensive shopping trip, a Home Depot prank almost gone wrong, being on TMZ, training with Sean Strickland, how he matches against Dricus Du Plessis, and more.
    Anthony Hernandez around (1:42:47) discusses his win over Roman Kopylov at UFC 298, family life with four kids and chickens, where he gets his nickname Fluffy, how he got into mixed martial arts, what he would have done if he didn’t do MMA, how he didn’t know who Rodolfo Vieira was before submitting him, his smiling celebration at UFC 298, his earrings, when he wants to return, and more.
    Ariel Helwani around 2:05:59) returns to On the Nose to discuss the evolution of MMA compared to other sports, UFC 300 dream card, UK trivia questions, and more.
    Michael Chandler around (2:27:59) discusses his WWE promo on Monday Night Raw, how it happened, his meeting with Triple H, the past year waiting for Conor McGregor, why they aren’t headlining UFC 300, his current weight, when the fight might be possible, Alex Volkanovski’s knockout at UFC 298, the UFC 299 co-main event, and more.
    Alex Pereira around (3:07:45) discusses the UFC 300 main event against Jamahal Hill, his connection with the fans, when he found out he would headline the event, if he would like to fight at heavyweight, what weight he walks around with, why his coach loves the idea, if he wants to fight Israel Adesanya again, why he would be open to training with him, UFC 301, his stare down with Jamahal Hill after Hill fought Glover Teixeira, training with Steven Seagal, meeting Hasbulla, Dubai, how the fight will end, and more.
    The parlay pals around (4:28:39) make their latest selection, and GC makes his picks for UFC Mexico City and PFL vs. Bellator.

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    • 4 hr 52 min
    Sean O’Malley, Ian Machado Garry, Merab Dvalishvili, Oban Elliott, UFC 298 reaction

    Sean O’Malley, Ian Machado Garry, Merab Dvalishvili, Oban Elliott, UFC 298 reaction

    Ariel Helwani around (5:40) discusses UFC 298 storylines, what’s next for Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria, what’s at stake at UFC Mexico City, Merab Dvalishvili’s win, Henry Cejudo’s future, how he scored the Ian Garry vs. Geoff Neal fight, the co-main event, and the announcement of the UFC 300 main event.
    The panel then around (38:52) wraps up UFC 298 and the pick for the UFC 300 main event.
    Ian Machado Garry around (1:01:50) discusses his UFC 298 win over Geoff Neal, why he studied NFL wide receivers, the scoring of the fight, if he’s having internal conflict with recent behavior, dealing with the fans in Anaheim, Colby Covington, his relationship with the Irish media, his feud with Rampage Jackson, why he cries before fights, one of his tattoos, Leon vs. Belal, Sean Brady, and more.
    Merab Dvalishvili around (1:35:18) discusses his UFC 298 win over Henry Cejudo, his social media, getting the next title shot, why he prefers Sean O’Malley to win UFC 299, his fans back home, his fight with Aljamain Sterling before his UFC 298 fight, his relationship with Mark Zuckerberg, if Cejudo will retire, his Mexican fans, when he would like to return, and more.
    Sean O’Malley around (1:59:50) discusses the UFC 298 main event, Merab vs. Cejudo, possibly facing Ilia Topuria in the future, why he went to UFC 298, if Cejudo should retire, why there is a Mexican flag on his UFC belt, his upcoming fight against Chito Vera, his improvements since the first fight, his coach’s injury, why he writes in journals, his social media, his official fight prediction, and more.
    Oban Elliott around (2:31:03) discusses his UFC 298 win over Val Woodburn, his tough first round, his debut performance, if he was nervous before the fight, a voice message from Tom Aspinall, meeting CM Punk, Michael Bisping, and Chael Sonnen after the fight, seeing his mother after the fight, and more.
    The parlay boys around (3:05:01) look back at their most recent performance, and GC recaps his UFC 298 picks.

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    • 3 hr 33 min
    Demetrious Johnson, Eric Albarracin, Oban Elliott, Jack Hermansson, Bill Haney, UFC 298 preview

    Demetrious Johnson, Eric Albarracin, Oban Elliott, Jack Hermansson, Bill Haney, UFC 298 preview

    In the latest On the Nose around (5:19), Ariel Helwani discusses the UFC 300 main event, the WWE Hall of Fame, Jon Jones, Sage Northcutt and ONE Championship, Charles Radtke, Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad, the next fight for Alexander Volkanovski, UFC 298, the Royal Rumble, the next World Cup, boxing media, Valentine Day’s plans, and more.
    Jack Hermansson around (58:13) discusses his win over Joe Pyfer at UFC Vegas 86, making a statement, Joe Pyfer’s future, fighting at the UFC Apex, his long absence from the Octagon, why MMA is illegal in Norway, and more.
    Eric Albarracin around (1:12:33) discusses parting ways with Henry Cejudo on UFC 298 Embedded, the reasons for their split, what he has been up to now, Henry Cejudo’s previous retirement, Paulo Costa’s return, and more. Also, Paulo Costa drops by to talk about secret juice and his elbow.
    Oban Elliott around (1:35:03) discusses his upcoming UFC 298 fight, how he was inspired by Chael Sonnen, why he feels like he is home, why he was suspended from Twitter, his nickname, Chael Sonnen’s comments, Val Woodburn, pro wrestling, and more.
    Bill Haney, father of boxing champ Devin Haney around (2:25:46), discusses the upcoming fight against Ryan Garcia, how hard the fight was to get done, how the Haneys are about to bounce between promotions and deals, Ryan Garcia’s comments, where the fight might take place, when Devin will move up in weight, how Devin got into boxing, Gervonta Davis, Garcia’s last performance, the past fights between Haney and Garcia, and more.
    The parlay boys around (2:48:03) make their most recent selection, and GC makes his most recent picks for UFC 298.
    Demetrious Johnson around (3:03:20) discusses his philosophy for YouTube, how they pick their topics, the Strickland vs. Sneako brawl, his popularity, a recent conversation with Michael Bisping, what’s next, the last time he went to an event, UFC 298, Henry Cejudo’s chances, Alexander Volkanovski’s second fight against Islam Makhachev, the UFC 298 main event, the UFC 300 main event, Israel Adesanya vs. DDP, and more.
    Ariel Helwani and crew around (3:44:00) answer more On the Nose questions.

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    • 4 hr 17 min
    Tom Aspinall, Yair Rodriguez, Arnold Allen, Mackenzie Dern, Craig Jones, weekend recap

    Tom Aspinall, Yair Rodriguez, Arnold Allen, Mackenzie Dern, Craig Jones, weekend recap

    Ariel Helwani around (9:43) discusses UFC Vegas 86, the issues of the UFC APEX, the surprising move to promote Slap event over UFC event Saturday night during Super Bowl week, the UFC 300 main event drama during the Super Bowl, what he knows at this moment for possible UFC 300 main event, and more.
    Craig Jones around (31:56) discusses Alexander Volkanovski’s chances at UFC 298, running into Will Ferrell at a Kings game, if Volkanovski is coming back too soon from his KO loss, Ilia Topuria’s social media game, Topuria’s attire, who the UFC might be rooting for in the fight, his next jiu jitsu fight, his recent trip to Kazakhstan, a memorable Sean Strickland story at UFC 296, Gordon Ryan, fight prediction, and more.
    The parlay boys around (1:16:01) look back at their most recent selection, and GC looks back at his most recent selections.
    Arnold Allen around (1:29:20) discusses his recent loss to Movsar Evloev at UFC 297, MMA rules, if he felt the knees were legal in the third round, Dana White’s comments after the fight, if he stayed up to watch the Super Bowl, what happened to the club card, when he would like to return, who will win the UFC 298 main event, who he wants next, and more.
    Tom Aspinall around (2:06:19) discusses what he’s been up to since he won the UFC interim heavyweight title at UFC 295, his recent tweets, his new mindset, online “crying”, if he will ever face Jon Jones or Stipe Miocic, the possibility of facing Alex Pereira, training with Eddie Hall, MMA vs. boxing, recent comments by Jones, Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou, the UFC 298 main event, when he would like to return, and more.
    Mackenzie Dern around (2:39:08) talks about how her short-notice fight with Amanda Lemos at UFC 298, the mistakes she made in her previous fight with Jessica Andrade, the changes in her personal life and team, how she’s dealing with the pressure of being in the spotlight, and more.
    Yair Rodriguez around (3:00:35) discusses his upcoming fight against Brian Ortega at UFC Mexico City, if he should be the main event, his break from acton since UFC 290, what he learned from his loss to Alexander Volkanovski, how he dealt with coming up short for a title, the UFC 298 main event, Ilia Topuria’s recent comments, and more.

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    • 3 hr 52 min

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4.7 out of 5
730 Ratings

730 Ratings

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Chael/Tatiana

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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Tip top

Helwani is the man. Best guests. Best interviews. Pound for pound mma journalist champ!

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Great show for the MMA fan

Good production quality. Great guests and interviews. Ariel gets a lot of unnecessary hate but he is the best in the biz as far as I’m concerned.

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