The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani

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 Aug 18, 2021
Welcome back, sir

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

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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.

Episode Date
Brandon Moreno, Fernand Lopez, Bobby Lashley, Jimmy Smith, and more
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Jimmy Smith around (4:10) discusses how he ended up the voice of Monday Night Raw, if he had any hesitation to call wrestling after his MMA career, the travel, if he misses being in a MMA booth, his UFC and Bellator departures, and more. Bobby Lashley around (32:51) discusses how he ended up facing Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble, if he’s had any issues with Lesnar in the past, why Lesnar is like Fedor Emelianenko, why he stopped competing with Bellator, if he ever was close to joining the UFC, and more. Fernand Lopez around (1:13:30) discusses Ciryl Gane’s loss to Francis Ngannou at UFC 270, if he knew Francis Ngannou was injured, his gameplan for the fight, if he thought Gane would win the decision, his relationship with Ngannou after the fight, and more. Brandon Moreno around (1:47:57) discusses his performance in the UFC 270 co-main event, why he thought he won the fight, does he want a fourth fight with Deiveson Figueiredo, his crowd reaction at the event, where he got his nickname, and more.  GC and Helwani around (2:18:17) look ahead to the best bets for Bellator 273, the Royal Rumble, and Eagle FC 44. In the latest On the Nose around (2:40:08), Ariel Helwani discusses Francis Ngannou’s contract situation, a mysterious text he got during the Francis Ngannou interview Monday, the latest on Zabit Magomedsharipov, Ciryl Gane’s next fight, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 26, 2022
Francis Ngannou, Eric Nicksick, Tom Aspinall, Kenny Florian, and more
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Ariel Helwani takes a closer look at UFC 270’s best moments and Francis Ngannou’s impressive win Saturday night. Eric Nicksick around (29:47) discusses Francis Ngannou’s win at UFC 270, how stressful the camp was, the champ’s knee injury, how close they were to pulling out of the fight, what he thought of Dana White not putting the belt on Ngannou, and more. Kenny Florian around (1:02:42) discusses why he’s not on UFC telecasts anymore, his thoughts on Francis Ngannou and UFC 270, Jon Jones vs. Francis Ngannou, bitcoin advice, and more. Tom Aspinall around (1:34:50) discusses how he ended up in the main event of UFC London, if he heard from Darren Till, facing Alexander Volkov, his thoughts on the UFC 270 main event, and more. Francis Ngannou around (2:03:38) discusses his win at UFC 270, the doctor who said he shouldn’t take the fight, what happened the first two rounds, when he “broke” Ciryl Gane, if he will return to the UFC, a potential boxing fight with Tyson Fury, his turning point with the UFC, and much more. GC and Helwani around (2:59:41) recap the best bets from UFC 270. NewYorkRic around (3:23:21) highlights the latest news and social happenings in MMA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 24, 2022
Jorge Masvidal, Tyron Woodley, Ilia Topuria, Eric Nicksick, and more
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Ilia Topuria around (7:47) discusses his late opponent change at UFC 270, if he wants to face Movsar Evloev again, who he wants to face next, his childhood and more. Eric Nicksick around (31:24) discusses Francis Ngannou’s upcoming title clash with Ciryl Gane at UFC 270, the old training footage released between the two fighters, how Ngannou has improved, what it feels like to be kicked by Ngannou, Gane’s strengths, and more. Tyron Woodley around (1:03:11) explains why he was knocked out by Jake Paul, how good Paul really is, if he will box Dan Hardy next, and more.  GC and Helwani around (1:44:16) break down the top bets for this Saturday’s UFC 270. In the latest edition of On the Nose around (2:09:16), Ariel Helwani talks about the controversy around the new Paddy Pimblett fight, the Conor McGregor and Dillon Danis friendship, a fourth fight for Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno, and more. Jorge Masvidal around (3:14:17) discusses how he ended up fighting Colby Covington at UFC 272, Covington’s trash talk, Amanda Nunes leaving ATT, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 19, 2022
Alexander Volkanovski, Aljamain Sterling, Calvin Kattar, Miesha Tate, Michael 'Venom' Page, and more
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Calvin Kattar around (3:23) discusses his recent win at UFC Vegas 46 at Giga Chikadze, if he felt overlooked by Giga Chikadze, and much more. Miesha Tate around (17:20) explains her move to the flyweight division, why it might benefit her, what happened against Ketlen Vieira, how she might change up her corner next time, her controversial OnlyFans comments, and more. Aljamain Sterling around (1:05:54) discusses his title defense being moved back to UFC 273, Sean O’Malley’s recent comments, his problems with USADA, and more. Michael Page around (1:59:46) discusses finally getting Bellator welterweight title shot, why fighters should get paid more for non-title five-round fights, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:26:01) look back at his best bets from UFC Vegas 46. Alexander Volkanovski around (3:01:02) discusses his upcoming title defense against The Korean Zombie, Giga Chikadze’s comments, his thoughts on Henry Cejudo’s wishes, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 18, 2022
Robert Whittaker, Kevin Holland, Urijah Faber, Chatri Sityodtong, Al Foran, And More
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Chatri Sityodtong around (5:18) talks about some big fights at his upcoming ONE X event, if he wants to fight UFC president Dana White, and much more. Kevin Holland around (35:27) talks about breaking his fight news on his OnlyFans, if he actually rapped on his promo, why he dropped down to 170 pounds, his social feud with Derek Brunson, his clash with Nick Diaz, and more. Al Foran around (1:09:05) discusses how he started impressions, his charity clash with Conor McGregor, and delivers his impressions of Donald Trump, McGregor, MIke Tyson, Tyson Fury, and more. Urijah Faber around (1:39:54) talks about a possible showdown with Cub Swanson, if he would fight more then once if he decided to return, a special event poster in his house, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:32:10) look at the best bets for Saturday’s UFC Vegas 46 from Las Vegas. Robert Whittaker around (2:59:02) discusses his biggest regret in his first fight with Israel Adesanya, what he thought of Adesanya’s last performance, how he lost the “hate” for Adesanya, and more. In his latest On the Nose segment around (3:31:42), Ariel Helwani talks about his kids’ favorite teams, Miesha Tate vs. Lauren Murphy, good TUF coaches, Jorge Masvidal vs. Colby Covington, Dillon Danis’ recent comments, and Combate Global. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 12, 2022
Ciryl Gane, Michael Chandler, Mark Hunt, Marc Goddard
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Conner Burks around (13:22) discusses futures bets for 2022 and who might become UFC champs at the end of the year. Marc Goddard around (34:08) discusses how to become a better MMA ref or judge, how much confidence comes into play, should refs be paid more, and more. Ciryl Gane around (1:03:15) discusses the trash talk between his coach and Francis Ngannou, if he is stressed before UFC 270, the chance meeting in the hall with Ngannou, the last time he talked to Ngannou, and much more. Michael Chandler around (1:32:33) discusses his wrestling match with Gregor Gillespie, how long it took to physically get over his Justin Gaethje fight, a possible fight with Tony Ferguson next, his Dustin Poirier comments, and more. Mark Hunt around (2:08:42) discusses why he decided to quit combat sports, how his UFC lawsuit cost him his passion for fighting, and more. Also, Hunt’s lawyer Christina Denning joined the call to give the latest on his UFC lawsuit. In this edition of Ric’s Picks around (2:57:57), Eric Jackman looks at the social callout by Gregor Gillespie, Miesha Tate’s move to flyweight, Chael Sonnen’s fastball, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 10, 2022
Derrick Lewis, Tai Tuivasa, Artem Lobov, Tommy Fury, And More
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Tai Tuivasa around (4:13) discusses the aftermath of his latest UFC win, why he’s been in Dubai recently, if he plans to return to AKA, how he turned things around, a new drinking device, the celebrity he wants to do a shoey with, and more. Derrick Lewis around (33:53) talks about why he wants to fight former UFC champion Stipe Miocic next, why he does so well as an underdog, what it was like fighting in his hometown, why some family members don’t root for him, Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane, and more. Tommy Fury around (1:05:17) discusses suffering a broken rib in training, his thoughts on Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley 2 last month, if he wants to fight Jake Paul next, if he’s willing to move on, and more. Artem Lobov around (1:35:30) discusses his retirement and what it would take for him to return to combat sports, his issues with a former manager and what it took to win in court, his warning for fighters, his legacy, and more. GC and Helwani take a look around (2:16:05) back at GC’s big final weekend of 2021. In his latest On the Nose segment around (2:40:17), Ariel Helwani discusses the possible Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier clash, Francis Ngannou vs. the UFC, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 05, 2022
The 2021 MMA Hour Awards
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Monday’s episode features the 2021 MMA Hour Awards with Ariel Helwani, Conner Burks, and New York Ric. The awards (time stamps are approximate): 1. Knockout of the year (10:51) 2. Submission of the year (20:32) 3. Breakout fighter of the year (27:25) 4. Most improved fighter of the year (33:55) 5. Coach of the year (40:18) 6. Event of the year (43.25) 7. Crowd of the year (51:08) 8. Walkout of the year (56:36) 9. Promo of the year (1:06:11) 10. Poster of the year (1:14:03) 11. Photo of the year (1:24:38) 12. Social media user of the year (1:32:06) 13. Bad beat of the year (1:41:02) 14. Betting underdog of the year (1:45:18) 15. Lock of the year (1:46:41) 16. Most profitable fighter of the year (1:48:13) 17. Comeback fight of the year (1:50:40) 18. Comeback fighter of the year (1:57:48) 19. Upset of the year (2:15:21) 20. Rivalry of the year (2:16:19) 21. Story of the year (2:36:02) 22. Feel-good moment of the year (2:41:23) 23. Round of the year (2:48:58) 24. Fight of the year (2:52:54) 25. Female fighter of the year (2:59:21) 26. Male fighter of the year (3:04:57) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 04, 2022
Best Of The MMA Hour, 2021 Edition | Feat. Dustin Poirier, Jorge Masvidal, Jake Paul, Becky Lynch, More
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The MMA Hour was finally back in your life in 2021. Check out all the greatest moments from the show’s return this past August. From WWE superstar Becky Lynch, Marlon Vera, and Ian Garry visiting host Ariel Helwani in studio, to candid chats with Dustin Poirier, Jorge Masvidal, Francis Ngannou, Tyron Woodley, Jake Paul and many more, check out the best clips thanks to MMA Fighting producer E. Casey Leydon. The MMA Hour will return with its awards show next Monday, Jan. 3, at 1 p.m. ET. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 29, 2021
Dustin Poirier, Kevin Lee, Kayla Harrison, Katie Taylor, Cory Sandhagen, Ryan Hall, And More
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Kayla Harrison around (5:14) discusses her free agency, and the possible offers on the table, her experience at UFC 269, if she can make 145 pounds, recent comments by Julianna Pena, and more. Ryan Hall around (31:27) talks about his long road back to competition at UFC 269, his stoppage loss in July, his strategy during fights, why he shrugs after fight, who he wants next, and more. Cory Sandhagen around (54:23) talks about the UFC’s bantamweight division, his recent loss to Petr Yan, who would win in rematch between Yan and Aljamain Sterling, training with Ryan Hall, who he wants next, what book he just got done reading, and more. Katie Taylor around (1:22:12) discusses her latest boxing win this past weekend, if she was extra nervous heading into the bout, why the fight hasn’t happened before with Amanda Serrano, her thoughts on Jake Paul and Conor McGregor, her message to young female fighters, and more. GC and Helwani around (1:57:52) pick out the best bets for the final UFC card of the year. Kevin Lee around (2:29:29) explains how he ended up with Eagle FC, joining forces with former rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, why he will get paid in bitcoin, a possible opponent for his March debut, and more. Dustin Poirier around (2:57:55) discusses his loss in the UFC 269 main event, if he will get another title shot, if he will return at 155 pounds, what went wrong in the third round, who might be next, and more. In this edition of On the Nose, Ariel Helwani around (4:06:01) discusses how he proposed to his wife, if Amanda Nunes will get an immediate rematch, who should be next for Sean O’Malley, Cody Garbrandt’s decline, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
Julianna Peña, Tyron Woodley, Darren Till, Dominick Cruz, Kai Kara-France, Stephen Thompson, And More
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Stephen Thompson around (16:30) talks about his favorite UFC 269 moments, his new UFC deal, his upcoming fight this weekend against Belal Muhammad, what went wrong against Gilbert Burns, and more. Kai Kara-France around (43:47) discusses his memorable knockout of Cody Garbrandt at UFC 269, celebrating with his teammates, his nickname, if Garbrandt should move back to 135, and more. GC and Helwani around (1:12:43) recap the best bets from UFC 269 this past weekend. Darren Till around (1:43:33) explains why he went silent after his recent loss to Derek Brunson, what went wrong in the fight, if he will fight in London in March, why he’s keeping his coach, what he needs to turn it around, and more. Tyron Woodley around (2:17:35) talks about getting the rematch with Jake Paul, why he didn’t knock him out the first time they fought, if he feels his legacy is on the line, and more. Dominick Cruz around (2:38:58) talks about his victory against Pedro Munhoz at UFC 269, what he didn’t remember in the fight, his comments about Daniel Cormier before the fight, will Jose Aldo be next, and more. Julianna Pena around (3:07:19) breaks down her upset of Amanda Nunes at UFC 269, what was going on in her mind, why she was so confident, what went wrong for Nunes, what’s next, and more. NewYorkRic around (3:34:48) highlights recent great things in social and discusses the latest MMA news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 14, 2021
Chael Sonnen, Bob Arum, Rafael Fiziev, Neil Magny, Kai Kara-France, Major Update On New WFL Promotion, And More
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Rafael Fiziev around (5:42) explains winning over his friend Brad Riddell at UFC Vegas 44, why he called out actor Vince Vaughn, what he thought of Borat, his nickname, and more. Darren Owen around (31:01) discusses the World Fight League, what happened with WSOF, when they will start to add fighters, its debut, why leagues work in MMA, and more. Neil Magny around (1:03:13) discusses his problems of getting a UFC fight, why he can’t get the Khamzat Chimaev fight, and more. GC and Helwani around (1:25:30) discuss upcoming best bets for UFC 269. Kai Kara-France around (1:41:29) discusses his upcoming fight against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 269, the stakes for this fight, Dan Hooker in his corner, and more. Chael Sonnen around (2:02:04) reunites with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour and discusses if Sonnen will ever return to MMA, a boxing offer to fight Frank Gore, the Paul vs. Woodley 2 fight, UFC 269, if Conor McGregor will get another title shot, how Jon Jones mooned his mom, and more. Bob Arum around (2:56:53) discusses his 90th birthday plans, the best decade of his career, Teofimo Lopez’s recent loss, if he will re-sign Terence Crawford, the next step for Tyson Fury, his take on Jake Paul, and more. In the latest On the Nose around (3:20:40), Ariel Helwani discusses the most awkward fan interaction, Kevin Lee’s next stop, potential MMA free agents, baby names, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 08, 2021
Jake Paul, Sean O’Malley, John Kavanagh, Sergio Pettis, Clay Guida, Chris Curtis, Felicia Spencer, And More
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Clay Guida around (05:37) discusses his improbable win at UFC Vegas 44, his rough first round, why he wants Nate Diaz next, and much more. Sergio Pettis around (18:11) discusses his memorable knockout at Bellator 272, his performance against Kyoji Horiguchi, why he didn’t go for extra punch, and more. Chris Curtis around (36:24) discusses his recent win at UFC Vegas 44, his friendship with Sean Strickland, a close call skateboarding when he was a teen, how he earned his “King Petty” nickname, a fight in a McDonald’s parking lot, his celebratory pose in the UFC, who he wants next, and more. While getting his hair done, Sean O’Malley around (57:37) discusses his upcoming fight at UFC 269, his placement on the card, why he tried to get a title fight, Petr Yan’s latest effort, meeting Conor McGregor for the first time, if he wants to rematch Chito Vera, and more. Felicia Spencer around (1:27:25) discusses why she is calling it quits, when she decided to make the call her career, her roofing company, her favorite UFC fight, and more. John Kavanagh around (1:55:10) discusses Jose Aldo’s recent performance at UFC Vegas 44, raising funds for injured fighter Ian Coughlan, top prospects at SBG Ireland, who Conor McGregor might face in his return next year, and more. Jake Paul around (2:32:48) discusses Tommy Fury dropping out of their fight, how Tyron Woodley ended up his opponent, his first performance against Woodley, and more. NewYorkRic around (2:50:21) looks at what was hot recently on social media and discusses latest MMA news. GC and Helwani around (3:13:29) look back at the best bets from this past weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 07, 2021
Kevin Lee, Calvin Kattar, Sergio Pettis, Gunnar Nelson, Brad Riddell, Rafael dos Anjos, And More
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Calvin Kattar talks around (4:02) about his UFC return, reacts to Dana White’s comments after the Max Holloway fight, his performance against Max Holloway, and more. Kevin Lee discusses around (23:00) his UFC release, how he found out, what’s next for his career, what he is the most proud of during his UFC tenure, and more. Sergio Pettis discusses around (45:05) his upcoming Bellator title defense, the difference between UFC vs. Bellator, how tough the weight cut is at 135 pounds, and much more. Gunnar Nelson discusses around (01:05:45) his lengthy absence from the UFC, when he was injured against ‘The Mountain,’ if he would fight Khamzat Chimaev, and much more. Brad Riddell discusses around (01:37:52) his co-main event fight at UFC Vegas 44, training under quarantine, Dustin Poirier vs. Charles Oliveira, and more. Rafael dos Anjos discusses around (01:59:13) his recent move to Rio de Janeiro, his recent surgeries, a possible rematch with Tony Ferguson, running into Nate Diaz at Whole Foods after the Conor McGregor fight, and more. GC and Helwani discuss around (02:35:21) best bets for Bellator and UFC Vegas 44. In this episode of On the Nose, Ariel Helwani discusses around (03:07:08) the team behind the scenes at The MMA Hour, the future of Megan Anderson, the lightweight title picture, Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier at heavyweight, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 02, 2021
George Kambosos Jr., Quinton Jackson, Brandon Moreno, Jan Blachowicz, Rob Font, And More
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Rob Font discusses around (5:46) if he celebrated Cody Garbrandt win, facing Jose Aldo this Saturday night, what it was like to pass up a title shot, the key to his recent win streak, how he started mixed martial arts, and more. Brandon Moreno explains (44:20) how his life has changed as a UFC champion, meeting Canelo Alvarez, his trilogy fight with Deiveson Figueiredo, his opponent’s “fake people,” and more.  Jan Blachowicz discusses (1:11:15) his title loss at UFC 267, what changes he might make, when he would like to return, and more.  Rampage Jackson discusses (1:33:09) MMA’s win at Triad Combat, his son’s recent amateur victory, his issues with Shannon Briggs, passing on the UFC Hall of Fame, his movie career, and more. George Kambosos Jr. discusses (2:12:25) his big upset of Teofimo Lopez, when he saw “the fear” in Lopez, why he got knocked down late in the fight, why he chose boxing over rugby, and more. GC and Helwani look back around (2:36:07) at the best bets from this past weekend. NewYorkRic looks around (2:57:42) at what was hot recently on social media and discusses the latest MMA news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 29, 2021
Dan Hooker, Bryce Mitchell, Frank Mir, Matt Mitrione, And More
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Frank Mir discusses around (10:54) his Triad Combat debut this weekend, if he’s done with MMA, if it’s the biggest payday of his career, what’s it like watching Bella Mir to compete, and more. Matt Mitrione discusses around (32:04) his issues with mixed martial arts, his Triad Combat debut, if he’s done with MMA, what happened at end of Bellator tenure, and more. Bryce Mitchell announces around (1:01:17) his plans to release a mixtape next week, his top three favorite rappers, when he might fight again in the UFC, and more. Dan Hooker discusses around (1:33:42) when he’s finally returning home, the message he was trying to send for a possible featherweight return, if he wants to fight at featherweight next, his performance against Islam Makhachev, and more. GC and Helwani discuss around (2:06:21) his best bets for the Triad Combat event this Saturday night. In the latest On the Nose segment around (2:33:40), Ariel Helwani discusses UFC walkouts, Nate Diaz vs. Ben Askren, Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane, the best UFC crowds, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 24, 2021
Daniel Cormier, Stipe Miocic, Sean Brady, Adrian Yanez, Loopy Godinez, Muhammad Mokaev, And More
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Loopy Godinez around (09:15) talks about her busy UFC schedule, her childhood move from Mexico to Canada, how she got into mixed martial arts, and much more. Muhammed Mokaev around (34:18) discusses joining the UFC at 21 years old, why he left Dagestan as a kid, how he got into mixed martial arts, why he wants to fight Cody Durden first, Conor McGregor’s comments about Dagestan, and more. Stipe Miocic around (1:03:43) discusses his mustache, why he didn’t square off Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley, if he was upset about getting passed up for UFC interim heavyweight title fight, what happened against Francis Ngannou at UFC 260, who he wants next, and more. Sean Brady around (1:35:58) discusses his early nose injury against Michael Chiesa, a scary foot injury earlier this year, who he wants next, how he ended up in the UFC, how many tattoos he has, and more. Adrian Yanez around (2:04:09) discusses his ear injury, going the distance with Davey Grant at UFC Vegas 43, his first fight without his coach Saul Soliz, his job as a meter reader, and more.  NewYorkRic around (2:40:27) lists the people to watch after a busy week in the world of mixed martial arts. GC and Helwani around (3:15:36) takes a look back at the best bets from UFC Vegas 43 — and in a surprise turn of events, Daniel Cormier calls in to bury the hatchet with Ariel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 22, 2021
Becky Lynch in studio, Jorge Masvidal and Malki Kawa, Michael Chiesa, Joanne Wood, Arnold Allen, and more
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Joanne Wood (5:11) discusses her upcoming fight at UFC Vegas 43 on Saturday, her recent marriage, Lauren Murphy’s performance in Valentina Shevchenko’s last title fight, and more. Michael Chiesa (33:29) discusses his last UFC outing against Vicente Luque, his upcoming fight against Sean Brady at UFC Vegas 43, his beard, his commercial with Justin Gaethje, and more. Arnold Allen (1:01:25) discusses his absence from the UFC, Yair Rodriguez vs. Max Holloway, who he might want to fight next, and more. Becky Lynch (1:43:25) discusses her feud with Charlotte Flair, how their relationship turned sour, if she thought about retirement during her break, coming back as a heel, and more. Jorge Masvidal (2:34:41) discusses why he dropped out of next month’s fight against Leon Edwards, if he would rather face Leon Edwards or Colby Covington next, if he would do The Ultimate Fighter is in his future, Conor McGregor’s future, the recent Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington showdown, and more. GC and Helwani (3:05:13) break down best bets for the UFC Vegas 43 event on Saturday night. In the latest On the Nose segment (3:32:32), Ariel Helwani discusses Carla Esparza’s UFC future, what podcasts he listens to, who would he love to interview still, his dream vacation spot, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 18, 2021
Dustin Poirier, Alex Volkanovski, Michael Chandler, Miesha Tate, Jordan Burroughs, Khaos Williams, And More
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Miesha Tate (17:26) discusses her upcoming main event against Ketlen Vieira at UFC Vegas 43, her recent battle with COVID-19, her new “engine,” defends her Aspen Ladd comments, and more. Khaos Williams (40:19) looks back at his impressive knockout at UFC Vegas 42, his difficult past, how he ended up in mixed martial arts, how became “Khaos,” and more. Michael Chandler (1:01:57) discusses his incredible fight against Justin Gaethje at UFC 268, the stitches he received, why he wants Conor McGregor next, “new kid on the block” Ian Garry, and more. Jordan Burroughs (1:36:50) explains his recent MMA tweet, why his future might include mixed martial arts, his plans for wrestling, the 2024 Olympics, and more. Dustin Poirier (2:01:58) discusses his upcoming title fight against Charles Oliveira at UFC 269, his thoughts on Michael Chandler vs. Justin Gaethje, recent comments with Justin Gaethje, why Max Holloway isn’t the best boxer in the UFC, and more. In this edition of Ric’s Picks (2:38:01), Eric Jackman and Ariel Helwani look at what’s next for Max Holloway and Yair Rodriguez, the recent Herb Dean controversy, and more. GC and Helwani recap the best bets from a busy MMA weekend. Alexander Volkanovski (3:38:29) discusses Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez fight at UFC Vegas 42, if he wants a third fight with Max Holloway, his other options, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 16, 2021
Glover Teixeira, Bryan Danielson, Yair Rodriguez, Roxanne Modafferi, Fernand Lopez, Chris Curtis, And More
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Bryan Danielson (5:50) discusses how the “yes” chant originated, why he started training jiu-jitsu, why he didn’t do mixed martial arts, his move to AEW, the recent WWE cuts, when he might retire, and more. Roxanne Modafferi (38:45) discusses why she is calling it quits early next year, her “brain health,” her final opponent, how she met her boyfriend, her MMA debut, the only regret of her career, how she got her nickname, and more. Glover Teixeira (1:02:03) discusses finally winning the UFC light heavyweight title, his performance against Jan Blachowicz, how he celebrated his UFC title, how far Alex Pereira is from a shot at Israel Adesanya, and more. Chris Curtis (1:34:09) talks about his memorable win over Phil Hawes at UFC 267, why he called it quits, him passing up a sandwich to fight again at PFL 7 in 2019, his finances before his UFC debut, why they call him “Action Man,” and more. Fernand Lopez (2:09:57) discusses the viral clip of Francis Ngannou walking past Ciryl Gane at UFC 268, his relationship with Francis Ngannou, the performance of Nassourdine Imavov at UFC 268, and more. GC and Helwani (2:56:36) take look at best bets for Bellator 271 and UFC Vegas 42. Yair Rodriguez (3:24:29) talks about his two-year absence, facing Max Holloway on Saturday night, why he took tough fight in return, and more. Ariel Helwani (3:50:40) answers your questions about impressive UFC debuts, which fractured relationship will likely be repaired soonest, the fight he’s looking forward to the most in 2022, open scoring, and much more On the Nose. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 11, 2021
Rose Namajunas, Max Holloway, Chris Barnett, Marlon Vera & Ian Garry In Studio, And More
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Ariel Helwani (12:22) takes a look back at busy combat weekend, puts Pat McAfee on the Wall of Fame, and breaks down UFC 268 with New York Ric. Chris Barnett (33:54) discusses his highlight-reel knockout at UFC 268, his father’s advice, how he started MMA, and more. Ian Garry (1:03:46) talks about his love of NFL and golf, when he finally felt overwhelmed before his UFC debut, his knockout, how many times he’s watched his debut, Conor McGregor’s messages, and more. Marlon Vera (1:47:46) discusses his fight week at MSG, his memorable knockout against Frankie Edgar at UFC 268, the knockout photo, his childhood, who he wants next, and more. Max Holloway (2:34:23) talks about facing Yair Rodriguez next, why he didn’t fight in July, why he’ll be at the stairs and not an elevator, Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega, and more. Rose Namajunas (3:01:27) discusses her UFC 268 title defense, getting the belt from Halle Berry, what she expected from Zhang Weili, why she was upset by an ESPN error, what’s next, and more. GC (3:34:31) and Helwani take a look back at the bets this past weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 08, 2021
Pat McAfee, Bruce Buffer, Jiri Prochazka, James Gallagher, Ian Garry, Alex Pereira, And More
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Ian Garry (2:24) discusses his MSG debut at UFC 268, what’s up with him and Michael Chandler, quitting college and the letter from his mom, his first meeting with Conor McGregor, his job as a window cleaner, and more. Jiri Prochazka (40:45) discusses life as the backup for UFC 267 main event, what Jan Blachowicz did wrong, what he thinks of Aleksandar Rakic’s comments, why he’s beating up a tree in a training session, and more. Alex Pereira (1:00:40) explains Glover Teixeira will be in his corner at UFC 268, why he left kickboxing for MMA, a trilogy fight with Israel Adesanya, how he quit drinking, and more. Bruce Buffer (1:35:37) talks about contracting COVID-19, his lengthy streak announcing UFC events, what it was like missing UFC 267, his return at UFC 268, and more. James Gallagher (2:08:00) explains why he left Ireland to train in Kansas City, his focus, why he missed first fight against Patchy Mix, and more. Pat McAfee (2:55:39) surprises the show to help Ariel work out his beef with Daniel Cormier, and more. GC and Helwani (2:36:14) take a closer look at bets for UFC 268. In his latest On the Nose segment (3:35:06), Ariel discusses the rumored Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz fight, his best all-time MMA matches, why he doesn’t attend UFC fights anymore, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 03, 2021
Petr Yan, Aljamain Sterling, Anthony Smith, Dan Hardy, Lerone Murphy, And More
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Ariel Helwani recaps a memorable UFC 267 this past weekend. Petr Yan (11:04) talks about his clash with Cory Sandhagen at UFC 267, a possible future unification title fight against Aljamain Sterling, his tan, and more. Dan Hardy (30:45) discusses his urge to fight again, why he wants to box Tyron Woodley, his infamous exchange with Herb Dean, his UFC departure, and more. Lerone Murphy (1:07:06) talks about his performance at UFC 267, how he was shot twice after leaving a barber in 2013, when he started mixed martial arts, Tommy Fury vs. Jake Paul, and more. Aljamain Sterling (1:36:08) discusses the UFC 267 co-main event between Petr Yan and Cory Sandhagen, if he wanted rematch with Yan next, when he’s ready to return, his response to T.J. Dillashaw’s comments, and more. Anthony Smith (2:05:11) discusses the UFC 267 main event, a potential showdown between Glover Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka, his knee injury and a possible return, and more. GC and Helwani (2:28:31) recap the best bets for UFC 267 this past weekend. Eric Jackman (2:48:41), aka New York Ric, makes his return to The MMA Hour. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 01, 2021
Joanna Jędrzejczyk, Cain Velasquez, Mike Perry, Sean Strickland, Rico Verhoeven, Ray Cooper III, And More
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Ray Cooper III (3:21) discusses why he cut off his hair, his new look, his upcoming title match tonight at PFL world championship 2021, and more. Rico Verhoeven (30:07) discusses his tough title defense, the “Halloween mask” he brought home, the mistakes he made, a future clash with Tyson Fury, and much more. Sean Strickland (1:01:44) discusses his love-hate relationship with MMA, his difficult childhood, the issues he’s dealing with, when he might fight again, and more. Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (1:38:47) discusses what he’s up to these days, his return to AAA wrestling, what happened with WWE, and more. Joanna Jędrzejczyk (2:08:22) discusses what fight she wants in her return, her reaction to Dana White’s recent comments, her relationship with the UFC, who will win between Rose Namajunas and Zhang Weili, and more. Mike Perry (2:41:27) explains his decision to join BKFC, when he will might make his debut, if he will return to mixed martial arts, fatherhood, and more. GC and Helwani (3:02:05) take a closer look at best bets for this Saturday’s UFC 267. Ariel Helwani (3:30:46) discusses where Jon Anik stands in UFC history, who Nate Diaz could fight in his final clash on UFC deal, what Dillon Danis should do next, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 27, 2021
Michael Bisping, Petr Yan, Kayla Harrison, Kevin Lee, Claressa Shields, And More
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Ariel Helwani (1:00) wraps up a busy combat sports weekend, featuring events from Bellator, UFC, KSW, GLORY, and RIZIN. GC and Helwani (14:24) breaks down this past weekend’s bets for UFC and Bellator events. Claressa Shields (32:07) explains how she got into MMA, why she is juggling MMA and boxing, when she might do MMA alone, why she won’t fight on Jake Paul undercard, and much more. Kayla Harrison (1:06:55) talks about her upcoming PFL fight, who is the real captain at ATT, her story about Dillon Danis at the club, and much more. Kevin Lee (1:38:53) explains his recent failed drug test, why he didn’t apply for a TUE, when he might return, what went wrong against Daniel Rodriguez, and much more. Michael Bisping (2:03:57) discusses his recent tour, how the fans have turned to love him, how he has evolved, the rise of several British fighters, Paulo Costa’s weight issues last week, and more. Petr Yan (02:59:24) talks about his upcoming interim title fight against Cory Sandhagen, how he feels about Aljamain Sterling pulling out of the fight, how long it took him to get over title, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 25, 2021
Rose Namajunas, Jan Blachowicz, Fedor Emelianenko, Deiveson Figueiredo And Wallid Ismail, Andrei Arlovski, And More
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Fedor Emelianenko (3:25) discusses his upcoming clash against Tim Johnson at Bellator 269, his legacy, if he regrets not joining UFC, and more. Jan Blachowicz (31:24) discusses his recent tweet on Corey Anderson, his upcoming fight against Glover Teixeira at UFC 267, a recent bomb found near his apartment, and much more. Rose Namajunas (1:00:24) discusses facing Zhang Weili instead of Carla Esparza at UFC 268, Weili’s recent camp changes, if she would want to box down the road, and more. Andrei Arlovski (1:30:48) discusses his performance against Carlos Felipe and why he got so upset, why he shaves his beard after fights, dealing with his pit bull’s death, his pro wrestling experience at AEW, and more. In this episode of GC and Helwani (1:59:10), we take a closer look at best bets for this weekend’s UFC fights with The MMA Hour’s Conner Burks and Ariel Helwani. Deiveson Figueiredo (2:30:06) discusses his upcoming trilogy fight against Brandon Moreno, what went wrong in their last fight, and more. His manager Wallid Ismail also alleges how Brandon Moreno betrayed Henry Cejudo recently. In the latest On the Nose segment (3:03:54), Ariel Helwani answers questions about his feud with Brendan Schaub and his team, what happened at UFC 199, MMA media, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 20, 2021
Jorge Masvidal, Dillon Danis, Junior Dos Santos And Dan Lambert, Jim Miller, Gokhan Saki, And More
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The MMA Hour’s Conner Burks and Ariel Helwani (16:23) take a look back at a memorable weekend of fights and gambling action. Gokhan Saki (32:29) discusses his UFC departure, if he regrets his decision to join the UFC, his return to GLORY kickboxing, and more. Jim Miller (1:01:53) discusses his latest performance against UFC Vegas 40, his UFC debut, which fights he could have pulled out from, his battle with Lyme Disease, and much more. Dillon Danis (1:32:56) discusses his recent knee injuries, his recent issues with the law, why he didn’t fight Jake Paul, and more. Junior dos Santos (2:15:56) discusses his professional wrestling debut with AEW last week, if he’ll return to MMA, and much more with ATT owner Dan Lambert. In his latest On the Nose segment (2:37:23), Ariel Helwani answers questions about Joe Rogan, top fights in the past, and much more. Jorge Masvidal (3:01:32) discusses a possible future in pro wrestling, his fight with Leon Edwards, their past altercation, a possible fight with Jake Paul, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 18, 2021
Francis Ngannou, Leon Edwards, Dominick Cruz, Corey Anderson, Casey O’Neill, Mike Winkeljohn, and more
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Francis Ngannou (3:08) discusses his tough time with the UFC and his return, how he felt about the interim title at UFC 265, what it’s like facing Ciryl Gane, and more. Mike Winkeljohn (39:24) talks about his decision on Jon Jones after his recent troubles, Holly Holm’s recent injury woes, Claressa Shields’ MMA prospects, and more. Leon Edwards (1:04:44) talks about finally getting a fight against Jorge Masvidal, if he will get a title shot after next win, Jake Hadley getting a UFC contract, what he has to say to Gilbert Burns, and more. Corey Anderson (1:29:23) discusses his issues with the UFC during his tenure, his move to Bellator, why he likes “two checks,” his career goals, and much more. Casey O’Neill (2:04:35) discusses her great start in the UFC, her wild journey to the UFC and Las Vegas, her ‘King’ nickname, the difference between Scottish and Australian fans, what’s next, and much more. Dominick Cruz (2:31:33) discusses his return against Pedro Munhoz at UFC 269, his relationship with Monster Energy, any regrets in his career, and more. GC and Helwani (3:09:01) take a look at upcoming bets for the UFC Vegas 40 event and more. In his latest On the Nose segment (3:33:01), Ariel Helwani responds to Bryan Callen, Brendan Schaub and Josh Thomson, and gives advice for upcoming journalists, talks Nate Diaz’s next fight, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 13, 2021
T.J. Dillashaw, Mackenzie Dern, Zhang Weili, Scott Coker, Patricio Pitbull, Tommy Fury, and more
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Mackenzie Dern (4:16) talks about her upcoming main event clash against Marina Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 39, who she might call out if she wins, and more. Scott Coker (22:24:) breaks tons of news about Cris Cyborg, Patricio Pitbull (34:54) and more, gives an update on Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, if a tournament might happen at 135 pounds, Bellator vs. Rizin fights in the future, and more. Tommy Fury (1:04:50) talks about his last performance in Cleveland, what he thinks of Jake Paul’s last fight, how Tyson Fury will do against Deontay Wilder, and more. GC and Helwani (1:31:19) take a look at upcoming bets for the UFC Vegas 39 event and Fury vs. Wilder 3. T.J. Dillashaw (2:01:09) discusses his knee injury he suffered in his last fight, how he dealt with the pain, when he might able to return, and more. Zhang Weili (2:30:56) discusses why she cut her hair, why she changed managers, if Chris Weidman’s leg break bothered her before the Rose Namajunas fight, if Rose’s “better dead than red” comments crossed the line, and more. In his latest On the Nose segment (2:55:58), Ariel Helwani discusses Henry Cejudo’s title hopes against Alexander Volkanovski, the five biggest draws in the UFC, the recent comments by Brendan Schaub, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 06, 2021
Tyson Fury, Kevin Holland, Cory Sandhagen, Derek Brunson, Dan Hooker, Demian Maia, and More
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Kevin Holland (5:38) discusses stopping an alleged car thief Monday morning, his controversial fight at UFC Vegas 38, who he wants next, and much more. Cory Sandhagen (32:46) discusses his interim title fight against Petr Yan at UFC 267, his recent loss against T.J. Dillashaw, and much more. Demian Maia (1:02:35) discusses his wishes for a retirement fight in the UFC, his last outing at UFC 263, if he regrets not retiring after the Ben Askren win, and much more. Derek Brunson (1:36:10) explains why he took the Jared Cannonier fight, what was the turning point for him in his UFC career, why he decided to bleach his hair, and more. Dan Hooker (2:03:33) discusses why he decided to face Islam Makhachev at UFC 267, what the UFC did to help arrange the fight, being captain of his team, and more. Tyson Fury (2:31:50) discusses his upcoming trilogy clash with Deontay Wilder, his reaction to Anthony Joshua loss, what makes Fury different, and much more. GC and Helwani (3:03:35) look back at GC’s positive weekend placing bets on Bellator and UFC cards. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 04, 2021
Valentina Shevchenko, Aljamain Sterling, Demetrious Johnson, Michael Page, Johnny Walker, Morgan Charriere, And More
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Michael Page (7:37) discusses his upcoming rematch against Douglas Lima at Bellator 267, his past issues with Bellator, and much more. Aljamain Sterling (33:58) discusses why he couldn’t compete at UFC 267, when he knew his neck injury was too severe to return, his thoughts on the interim title fight, and more. Valentina Shevchenko (1:05:43) discusses her performance against Lauren Murphy at UFC 266, a possible superfight against Amanda Nunes, and more. Demetrious Johnson (1:33:31) discusses his upcoming mixed rules fight at ONE Championship, gives advice to young fighters, and much more. Morgan Charriere (2:04:44) discusses how he teamed up with Twitch star Kamet0 in France to push each other, why he didn’t compete for Bellator in France, his upcoming title fight at Cage Warriors, and much more. Johnny Walker (2:32:35) discusses his upcoming main event tilt against Thiago Santos, how training has gone for him at SBG Ireland, why so long between fights, and more. Conner Burks (2:59:17) gives his picks and parlays for the upcoming Bellator and UFC cards this weekend. Ariel Helwani answers questions about Tony Ferguson, Dana White’s praise of Nick Diaz, offers to help Henry Cejudo get back on track and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 29, 2021
Alexander Volkanovski, Anderson Silva, Dan Hooker, Merab Dvalishvili, and more
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Ariel Helwani breaks down the top moments and top performances from UFC 266 this past Saturday night. Merab Dvalishvili (37:19) discusses his big win at UFC 266, what’s next and his viral videos at an icy pond. Dan Hooker (1:03:17) discusses his crazy week before UFC 266, his performance, a possible move to the United States, and more. Conner Burks (1:39:13) recaps what went right and wrong in his gambling picks for UFC 266.  Anderson Silva (2:01:24) discusses his big year in boxing, Floyd Mayweather and the Paul brothers and who could be next, the recent troubles of Jon Jones, and more. Alexander Volkanovski (2:32:36) breaks down his win over Brian Ortega at UFC 266, how he got out of two dangerous submission attempts, who he wants to face next and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 27, 2021
Aleksandar Rakic, Action Bronson, Mark Coleman, Richard Schaefer, Lauren Murphy, and more
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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 23, 2021
Carlos Condit, Anthony Smith, Alexander Volkanovski, Dan Hooker, Leon Edwards, Ryan Kavanaugh, and more
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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 20, 2021
Michael Chandler, Valentina Shevchenko, Yoel Romero, Julianna Pena, Chatri Sityodtong, and more
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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 15, 2021
Jake Paul, Sean O’Malley, Luke Rockhold, Gable Steveson, and Glover Teixeira
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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 13, 2021
Anthony Smith, Paddy Pimblett, Tom Aspinall, Molly McCann, Jack Shore, and Ian Garry
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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 08, 2021
Aljamain Sterling, Al Iaquinta, Marlon Vera, Eric Nicksick, Laura Sanko, Ricky Turcios, and more
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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 01, 2021
Tyron Woodley, Mike Perry, Teddy Atlas, Paddy Pimblett, Jeremy Piven, and Vitor Belfort
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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 30, 2021
Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg, A.J. McKee, Kevin Holland, Brendan Loughnane
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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 25, 2021
Tyron Woodley, Alistair Overeem, Gable Steveson, Jared Cannonier, more
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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 23, 2021
Georges St-Pierre, Jorge Masvidal, Ciryl Gane, Kayla Harrison, and Chris Weidman
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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 18, 2021
The MMA Hour Returns! | Feat. Dustin Poirier, Israel Adesanya, Darren Till, Rampage Jackson, Urijah Faber
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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 17, 2021
The MMA Hour Is Back
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Unfiltered. Independent. Helwani. Twice a week starting August 16th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 17, 2021