The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani

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 Aug 18, 2021
Welcome back, sir

 Aug 5, 2021
This is going to be the greatest mma show ever!


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.

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Aleksandar Rakic, Action Bronson, Mark Coleman, Richard Schaefer, Lauren Murphy, and more
Aleksandar Rakic (2:26) responds to a recent callout by Anthony Smith, discusses his issues with Jiri Prochazka, and much more. Action Bronson (35:11) talks about his recent weight loss, his turning point, what his thoughts were on Conor McGregor’s recent first pitch, and more. UFC Hall of Fame Mark Coleman (1:07:33) talks about his favorite memories of Kevin Randleman, Coleman’s recent sobriety, the recent Ohio State wrestling scandal, and much more. Richard Schaefer (1:36:49) discusses his new company Probellum, its goals and the future of Jon Jones in the heavyweight division of the UFC. Lauren Murphy (2:04:57) discusses her start in mixed martial arts, her fight against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 266, and much more. Ariel Helwani (2:32:58) discusses why he would block some fans for life, his favorite UFC moments, Conor McGregor’s first pitch, and more. Conner Burks also made his gambling picks for UFC 266. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 23, 2021
Carlos Condit, Anthony Smith, Alexander Volkanovski, Dan Hooker, Leon Edwards, Ryan Kavanaugh, and more
Anthony Smith (9:10) discusses his win over Ryan Spann at UFC Vegas 37, what had made him so upset, a possible future fight with Aleksandar Rakic, and more. Carlos Condit (38:11) discusses why he decided to call it quits, his favorite fight, what could be next, and more. Ryan Kavanaugh (1:06:24) explains how he felt about Holyfield vs. Belfort event, what might be next for Vitor Belfort, if he has an issue with Dana White, and more. Leon Edwards (1:38:28) explains why he deserves a title shot next, who would he return to fight in the Octagon, and more. Alexander Volkanovski (2:01:46) discusses his UFC 266 title defense against Brian Ortega on Saturday, how he feels after dealing with COVID, what could be next after his title defense, and more. Dan Hooker (2:33:31) explains his Visa issues before UFC 266, what his fight week will be like, what could be next, and more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 20, 2021
Michael Chandler, Valentina Shevchenko, Yoel Romero, Julianna Pena, Chatri Sityodtong, and more
Chatri Sityodtong (5:37) talks about how ONE Championship has dealt with the pandemic, possibility of having future events in the U.S., a special event in December, and more. Yoel Romero (36.19) discusses his Bellator debut, his last UFC fight, the possibility of boxing Jake Paul instead of Ben Askren, what he thinks of Jake Paul, and more. Julianna Pena (1:03:35) discusses her upcoming title shot against Amanda Nunes, dealing with the delays, balancing being a mother and a fighter, and more. Valentina Shevchenko (1:31:22) discusses her upcoming title defense against Lauren Murphy at UFC 266, why she travels so much, if she would ever return to world of boxing, and more. Michael Chandler (2:02:24) breaks down his loss to Charles Oliveira, his upcoming fight against Justin Gaethje, his choice not to get vaccinated, who he thinks will win Charles Oliveira vs. Dustin Poirier, and more. In his latest Q&A segment, Ariel Helwani (2:33:37) reveals what breaking news he had to sit on, if he wants Nate Diaz to fight against Vincente Luque, how he would fix the UFC, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 15, 2021
Jake Paul, Sean O’Malley, Luke Rockhold, Gable Steveson, and Glover Teixeira
Ariel Helwani discusses the Holyfield vs. Belfort event, what’s next for Triller, Conor McGregor vs. Machine Gun Kelly, and much more on Monday afternoon on The MMA Hour. Glover Teixeira talks (32:14) about his upcoming title fight against Jan Blachowicz, how Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort did in their recent boxing matches, how long he wants to compete in the UFC, and more. Gable Steveson (1:02:43) discusses how he ended up with his big decision, how soon he might debut in the WWE, if he will ever compete in MMA, and more. Luke Rockhold (1:30:11) talks about his upcoming fight against Sean Strickland at UFC 268, his issues with the UFC, if the fighters will ever unionize, and more. Sean O’Malley (2:01:00) discusses why he passed up on Frankie Edgar fight at UFC 268, his possible feud with Paddy Pimblett, his next fight, his projects outside the UFC, and much more. Jake Paul (2:32:18) discuses recent callouts by Vitor Belfort and Anderson Silva, who he wants to fight next, what drives him in the sport of boxing, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 13, 2021
Anthony Smith, Paddy Pimblett, Tom Aspinall, Molly McCann, Jack Shore, and Ian Garry
Jack Shore (8:39) discusses his multiple injuries suffered in his last UFC outing, working with his father, what’s next, and more. Molly McCann (33:15) discusses her latest win and how she snapped her recent skid, why she went to a mind coach, what’s next, and much more. Tom Aspinall (1:02:27) discusses his latest win in the Octagon at UFC Vegas 36, why he hopes for more experience in the Octagon, what it’s like to spar Tyson Fury, and much more. Anthony Smith (1:34:43) discusses why Ryan Spann doesn’t like him and why Spann his mad, Smith's future as a UFC commentator, and much more. Paddy Pimblett (2:05:04) talks about life after his first UFC win, the fun he’s having now, what’s next, and more. Ian Garry (2:31:35) discusses making his UFC debut at Madison Square Garden next month, why he split from his former camp before his last Cage Warriors title, his new camp, and more. Ariel Helwani (2:51:13) answers questions about what’s next for Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz, Brendan Schaub’s recent remarks, the Paddy Pimblett bandwagon, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 08, 2021
Aljamain Sterling, Al Iaquinta, Marlon Vera, Eric Nicksick, Laura Sanko, Ricky Turcios, and more
Ricky Turcios (05:44) discusses becoming TUF champion, the challenges of living in the house, what he learned and much more. Al Iaquinta (33:27) discusses his possible next fight with Bobby Green at UFC 268, how he found out about the fight, his trip to Georgia with Merab Dvalishvili and more. Eric Nicksick (1:05:55) discusses the recent death of Kyle Reyes, how he got started at Xtreme Couture, his first UFC fight, Francis Ngannou vs. UFC, Ngannou vs. Jon Jones, Miesha Tate, Kevin Lee, and more. Aljamain Sterling (1:36:22) clears the air with his beef with Ariel Helwani, what went wrong in the first fight against Petr Yan, what his current health is after his surgery, and more. Marlon Vera (2:10:08) discusses facing Frankie Edgar at Madison Square Garden, his thoughts on Sean O’Malley passing up the fight, his road to big UFC fights, and more. Ariel Helwani (2:31:35) answers questions about UFC 199 (again), the current crop of UFC commentators, including Joe Rogan, the Diaz brothers, and much more. Laura Sanko (2:58:36) discusses her historic opportunity to call UFC fights, when she found out she was going to call fights, how she pulled off all three gigs at DWCS, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 01, 2021
Tyron Woodley, Mike Perry, Teddy Atlas, Paddy Pimblett, Jeremy Piven, and Vitor Belfort
Ariel Helwani kicks off the show with his experience at the Paul vs. Woodley event, his thoughts on the main event, what could be next for Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley, and more. Mike Perry (28:56) breaks down the Tyron Woodley vs. Jake Paul clash, his time as a sparring partner against Jake Paul, what he wants to do next, how he has changed, and more. Teddy Atlas (1:00:43) breaks down what went wrong for Tyron Woodley and how Jake Paul has evolved after their showdown Sunday night in Cleveland. Paddy Pimblett (1:34:54) discusses finally making his UFC debut this weekend at UFC Vegas 36, his issues with Instagram and his visa, and much more. Jeremy Piven (2:00:17) discusses how he became a combat sports fan, how close his ‘Entourage’ character Ari Gold was to UFC owner Ari Emanuel, and much more. Vitor Belfort (2:32:41) talks about this upcoming clash against Oscar De La Hoya, why he doesn’t like the Paul brothers, what happened with ONE Championship, and more. Tyron Woodley (3:02:16) breaks down his fight against Jake Paul on Sunday night, what he could have done differently and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 30, 2021
Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg, A.J. McKee, Kevin Holland, Brendan Loughnane
Brendan Loughnane (06:42) discusses his challenging road to the PFL, his upcoming fight Friday night, and more. Kevin Holland (32:20) talks about his recent travels to secure wrestling experience, his life as a pro fighter, what’s next, and much more. A.J. McKee (1:00:00) talks about how close he came to free agency, his future plans and what division, and his father, Antonio, jumps in to talk about payment and much more. Miesha Tate (1:37:50) discusses her recent salary comments, how she has changed as a fighter with two children, what’s next, and much more. Cris Cyborg (2:04:45) discusses why she hopes to fight Kayla Harrison down the road, Anderson Silva vs. Tito Ortiz, and what’s next for her, and much more. Ariel Helwani (2:23:18) discusses the biggest regret of his career, boxing vs. MMA media, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 25, 2021
Tyron Woodley, Alistair Overeem, Gable Steveson, Jared Cannonier, more
Jared Cannonier (06:57) discusses his big win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Vegas 34, his “broke” comments after the fight, what’s next, and more.Gable Steveson Was ‘Scared’ When I Met Brock Lesnar Gable Steveson (33:21) discusses his free-agent tour with WWE and top MMA promotions, his thrilling gold medal win, meeting Brock Lesnar, and more. Alistair Overeem (1:02:45) discusses his first fight in Glory against Rico Verhoeven, his thoughts on Brock Lesnar, CM Punk and professional wrestling, and more. Rico Verhoeven (1:29:55) talks about his title defense against Alistair Overeem, why kickboxing isn’t bigger in the United States, and more. Tyron Woodley (2:02:36) discusses his impending clash against Jake Paul on Sunday night, his future MMA plans, and more. Kevin Lee (2:30:51) talks about his UFC return at UFC Vegas 35 on Saturday night, his thoughts on the welterweight division, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 23, 2021
Georges St-Pierre, Jorge Masvidal, Ciryl Gane, Kayla Harrison, and Chris Weidman
Chris Weidman (07:08) gives an update on his health after his second surgery on his injured leg, what might not make him return, and more on Wednesday’s episode of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. Ciryl Gane (40:25) discusses his relationship with Francis Ngannou, if he feels like the true UFC heavyweight champion, and more on Wednesday’s episode of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. Kayla Harrison (1:05:32) discusses her upcoming PFL fight and her impending free agency, her thoughts on Claressa Shields’ MMA debut, and more on Wednesday’s episode of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. Georges St-Pierre (1:37:20) discusses why he wasn’t able to fight Oscar De La Hoya, his future in combat sports, Anderson Silva’s recent boxing fight, Conor McGregor career advice, and more on Wednesday’s episode of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. Also, Ariel Helwani (2:09:18) answered your questions during Wednesday’s episode and some bonus ones after Masvidal interview. Jorge Masvidal (2:28:00) discusses life as a promoter, what’s next for him in the UFC, his Tyron Woodley vs. Jake Paul prediction, and more on Wednesday’s episode of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 18, 2021
The MMA Hour Returns! | Feat. Dustin Poirier, Israel Adesanya, Darren Till, Rampage Jackson, Urijah Faber
Ariel Helwani kicks off the show on why he returned to The MMA Hour, what to expect in this new era, and more. Dustin Poirier (31:09) breaks down his win at UFC 264, if he would fight Conor McGregor for a fourth time, and Nate Diaz’s “wolf tickets.” Rampage Jackson (59:55) gives his side to the infamous car crash in 2008, his Fedor Emelianenko loss, his plans for a comeback, and more. Urijah Faber (1:40:55) talks about if he’s interested in a possible return in MMA, his thoughts on T.J. Dillashaw’s return to the cage, and more. Darren Till (2:06:40) discusses his thirst for a UFC belt, delivers a message to Israel Adesanya and more. Israel Adesanya (2:34:51) talks about his delayed title defense against Robert Whittaker, his thoughts on Jon Jones fighting at heavyweight, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 17, 2021
The MMA Hour Is Back
Unfiltered. Independent. Helwani. Twice a week starting August 16th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 17, 2021