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.

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Alexander Volkanovski, Fedor Emelianenko, Eddie Hearn in studio, Scott Coker, and more
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Scott Coker around (5:24) discusses Bellator 290, Fedor’s last fight, his favorite Fedor fight, the legends that will come out for the fight, what happens if Fedor wins HW title, talking with Francis Ngannou, and more. In the latest edition of On the Nose around (30:38), Ariel Helwani discusses Max Holloway vs. Arnold Allen and what it means, favorite memories of Fedor, Joe Rogan’s recent comments, the UFC’s biggest baby face, fighter health care, the Royal Rumble ending, his conversation with Pat McAfee, Laura Sanko’s big news, and more. Fedor Emelianenko around (1:06:37) discusses his emotions heading into his final fight, why he wanted to return, if Bellator gave him the choice of his final opponent, what does he want his legacy to be, if he wished he had just one UFC fight, his one meeting with Dana White, if he ever considered pro boxing, if his children will do MMA, if he feels he’s the GOAT, his favorite fight, and more. Eddie Hearn around (1:30:36) discusses the growing sport of darts, fighters building their brand, the struggle of getting fights at Croke Park, his lawsuit against Jake Paul, Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury, Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano rematch, Dmitry Bivol vs. Canelo Alvarez, recent talks with Francis Ngannou and Nate Diaz, his tough week with Conor Benn, and more. Alexander Volkanovski around (2:32:47) discusses training for his lightweight title fight at UFC 284, his experience at UFC 280, Islam Makhachev’s recent comments, Khabib not being in Makhachev’s corner, Israel Adesanya losing his belt, Makhachev’s paths to victory, snorkeling with sharks, and more. The parlay pals around (3:46:12) make their selection, and GC around (3:53:28) announces his best bets for a busy Saturday night. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 01, 2023
Leon Edwards, Jorge Masvidal, Tyron Woodley, Skye Nicolson in studio, and more
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Ariel Helwani and the crew around (8:47) discuss the Royal Rumble and who won the lottery. They then discuss Dana White's big fight announcement this past Friday, Conor McGregor's potential return on The Ultimate Fighter, McGregor's recent bike accident, Jake Paul's faceoff with Tommy Fury, and more. Jorge Masvidal around (49:01) talks about how the Gilbert Burns fight came together, the issues that have been keeping him out of the cage, where things stand in his legal fight with Colby Covington, his split from his longtime management firm, how he's been negotiating his own contracts, whether Miami will host his fight with Burns, what happened to his potential fight with Conor McGregor, and more. Tyron Woodley around (1:20:44) discusses what happened with the KSI fight, if he has ruled out a fight with him in the future, if he’s done with MMA, his “perfect” fight, when he might return, Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury, Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman rematch, and more. Leon Edwards around (1:50:31) discusses his upcoming trilogy fight against Kamaru Usman at UFC 286, how his life has changed as champion, how often does he see the knockout of Usman, his WWE fandom, Arnold Allen not at UFC 286, Usman’s possible strategy, what happened at UFC 287, and more. Boxer Skye Nicolson around (2:19:08) talks about her upcoming fight at the Hulu Theater at MSG on Saturday night, why she decided to go pro, if she will make another run at Olympics, her tough defeat at her last Olympics, being compared to her late brother in the ring, why she got into boxing, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 30, 2023
Jamahal Hill, Brandon Moreno, Oscar De La Hoya, Sage Northcutt, Todd Duffee, and more
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In the latest edition of On the Nose around (8:25), Ariel Helwani discusses who should get next shot at 205 pounds, the Bills, painful playoff losses, where Jon Jones should be ranked, Khabib out for UFC 284, double champions, DC and the slap league, Power Slap, Julianna Pena vs. Amanda Nunes 3, and more. Oscar De La Hoya around (1:15:50) discusses if his abs are real, this Saturday’s event in LA on DAZN, the sale of Golden Boy, Ryan Garcia vs. Gervonta Davis in April, Dana White’s incident on NYE, ‘Power Slap,’ Francis Ngannou’s boxing hopes, Nate Diaz, and more. Brandon Moreno around (1:36:56) discusses his big win over Deiveson Figuereido at UFC 283, his knee injury before the fight, the heel hook, the decisive punch, running out of the arena after fight, Figuereido’s chances at 135, what’s next for Moreno, and more. Sage Northcutt around (2:04:00) discusses his return to ONE Championship, if he ever thought of retirement after his last outing, why he missed the Shinya Aoki fight, ring rust, what he has been doing the past four years, and more. Todd Duffee around (2:24:12) discusses his heavyweight title fight against Phil De Fries in KSW, his opinion of de Fries' title run, returning to the sport after a four-year layoff, the "dark place" that colored his relationship with the UFC, getting pressured to fight after a knee reconstruction, training at American Kickboxing Academy, what happened with his BKFC contract and his potential fights with Greg Hardy and Ben Rothwell, how he remembers the first fight and how the rematch came together, and more. Jamahal Hill around (2:52:50) discusses winning the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 283, his issues with Ariel, possibly facing Alex Pereira next, what’s next, fight week, and more. The MMA Hour crew, around (3:35:04), then does its first Royal Rumble lottery. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 25, 2023
Jiri Procházka, Luke Rockhold, John Kavanagh, Sayif Saud, and more
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Ariel Helwani, GC and NYRic around (6:57) discuss the latest parlay controversy, UFC 283, which fight(s) should have been stopped, the best light heavyweight fighter in the world, the crowd at Jeunesse Arena and fans throwing things at Brandon Moreno, Moreno's journey to the quadrilogy, Deiveson Figueiredo's future at bantamweight, Shogun Rua's depressing retirement fight, and more. Sayif Saud around (1:01:32) talks about how he came to work with Brandon Moreno, Moreno's move from James Krause, how he gelled with Moreno on short notice, how Moreno had a serious knee injury in camp, how Moreno's manager questioned whether he should fight at UFC 283, the legality of Moreno's punch that helped end the fight, his reaction to Moreno getting pelted by the audience, and more. Jiri Prochazka around (1:31:19) gives his reaction to the UFC 283 main event between Jamahal Hill and Glover Teixeira, Hill's punching power, how Glover looked slow in the fight, who is the best light heavyweight in the world right now, how he is recovering from his severe shoulder injury, targeting a July or August return and the possibility of fighting Hill next, his meditation schedule, his pick for the next title challenger if he can't fight soon, his video callout of Hill, and more. SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh around (2:04:07) discusses his first trip to Brazil, how he started in MMA, his bond with Johnny Walker, how Walker has evolved, Walker’s finish at UFC 283, his post-fight celebration, why Walker and Kavanagh ended up outside at UFC 279, Irish MMA, if Conor McGregor fights this year, and more. Luke Rockhold around (2:39:11) discusses how he became a free agent, what he might be interested in as far as MMA or boxing, his quest for three title belts, his health, why he decided to end retirement, facing Jake or Logan Paul, Dana White’s recent actions and comments, Power Slap, and more. GC, NYRic and Ariel around (3:07:39) recap the recent pick by the Parlay Pals and more. GC also looks back at his recent UFC 283 picks. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 23, 2023
Stipe Miocic, Curtis Blaydes, Sean Strickland, Shogun Rua, Neil Magny, and more
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In the latest On the Nose around (10:23), Ariel Helwani discusses promotions devaluing stars on the way out, if Francis Ngannou’s requests will change the game, how Ngannou’s contract ended with the UFC, should Bellator get a new name, will Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury actually happen, Shogun Rua’s career highlights, Jeff Molina’s suspension, best sports jersey, and more. Around (1:32:06), the parlay pals make their selection for UFC 283. Stipe Miocic around (1:43:18) discusses Stipepalooza, why he became full-time firefighter, why he hasn’t fought in awhile, if he wants to fight again, Francis Ngannou’s departure, UFC 285, Jones vs. Gane, if Jones is making a mistake, boxing, and more. Curtis Blaydes around (2:10:45) discusses Francis Ngannou’s departure, how it played out, Jones vs. Gane, who he wants next, his recent training, when he wants to return, and more. Neil Magny around (2:29:17) discusses his upcoming UFC 283 fight against Gilbert Burns, how he ended up with the fight, how Burns did against Khamzat Chimaev, if he is worried about possibly not ever getting a title shot, training with Khamzat Chimaev, and more. Around (2:51:11) GC makes his UFC 283 picks. Shogun Rua around (3:14:28) discusses his final UFC fight at UFC 283, why he decided to call it quits, if he ever met Pele, being the last PRIDE fighter on the UFC roster, his legacy, what he will do after his fight career, and more. (Warning: Profane language) Sean Strickland around (3:37:56) discusses a recent motorcycle accident, who he hangs out with outside the gym, his performance at UFC Vegas 67, his possible return date, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 18, 2023
Francis Ngannou breaks silence on UFC departure, Dana White's comments, future plans
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In a special edition of The MMA Hour, former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou discusses what led him to decide to be a free agent instead of remain with the UFC, his issues with Dana White’s remarks at this past weekend’s presser and over the years, when things turned sour with White, what he wants to do next, which stars he would like to box, if he would ever return to the UFC, if a union will ever happen, when he could fight next, Jon Jones vs. Ciryl Gane, and more. GC, Ariel and NYRic around (1:21:55) break down the Ngannou interview and discuss the biggest talking points. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 17, 2023
Ariel Helwani reacts to Francis Ngannou's UFC exit, plus Aljamain Sterling, Deiveson Figueiredo, Eric Nicksick, Richard Schaefer, and more
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Ariel Helwani around (4:50) discusses how former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou became a free agent and Ngannou’s relationship with the UFC and Dana White. Deiveson Figueiredo around (1:01:48) discusses fighting in Brazil again at UFC 283, if he is trying to intimidate Brandon Moreno before their fourth fight, how close is he to go to bantamweight division, if he’s happy with his pay, riding buffaloes, if the fans will be on his side in Rio de Janeiro, and more. Richard Schaefer, the advisor of Jon Jones, around (1:33:33) discusses Jones’ return to the UFC, how the negotiations went, if they are bummed it won’t be against Francis Ngannou, if Stipe Miocic was in the mix, how the UFC 285 main event was announced, and more. Aljamain Sterling around (1:55:54) discusses his recent arm injury, what’s the latest on the possibly Henry Cejudo fight at UFC 285, how long he might be out, Francis Ngannou’s departure, who might be next, his first movie, and more. Eric Nicksick around (2:35:53) discusses his long night at UFC Vegas 67, Sean Strickland’s performance, a possible feud with MMA Factory, Dana White’s comments at press conference, Francis Ngannou’s decision, what could be next for Ngannou, and more. GC, Ariel and NYRic around (3:01:48) look back at the Francis Ngannou news, the UFC 285 main event, where might Ngannou fight next, and more. GC around (3:35:59) wraps up the Parlay Pals’ latest win and how he did for UFC Vegas 67. Gambling Problem? Call 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (CO/IL/IN/LA/MD/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MD/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in OH/ONT. Eligibility restrictions apply.  Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. Promo code req. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Free Bets are non-cashable and cannot be withdrawn. Free bets must be wagered 1x and stake is not included in any returns or winnings. Free Bets expire 7 days (168 hours) after being awarded. Promotional offer period ends 1/29/23 at 11:59:59 PM ET. See terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/mmaterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 16, 2023
Ariel Helwani reacts to Dana White's presser, Brandon Moreno, Ryan Garcia, A.J. McKee, Casey O’Neill, Scott Coker, and more
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Scott Coker around (6:08) breaks some news about his upcoming lightweight Grand Prix in March and discusses re-signing former champion A.J. McKee, Bellator vs. RIZIN, if Japanese MMA is back, the future of Dillon Danis, and more. In the latest edition of On the Nose around (32:18), Ariel Helwani discusses the silence surrounding Dana White after his NYE slap of his wife, if Francis Ngannou is headed to the PFL, who could headline the March pay-per-views, New Year’s resolutions, the latest WWE news, and more. Casey O’Neill around (1:18:50) discusses her return from knee injury, facing Jennifer Maia next, how she got hurt, the emotions from dealing with a serious injury, the state of the flyweight division, and more. Ryan Garcia around (1:48:32) discusses Gervonta Davis’ latest performance, what grade would he would give him, the lack of a tuneup fight for him, what he brings into the ring, how they pulled this megafight off, his mental health, who he wants after Davis, his thoughts on Dillon Danis, and more. Brandon Moreno around (2:17:58) discusses facing Deiveson Figueiredo for a fourth time at UFC 283, a recent meeting with Figueiredo, his reaction to James Krause news, his Legos, and more. AJ McKee around (2:44:58) discusses why he re-signed with Bellator, being part of the Bellator lightweight tournament, the outfit he wore to RIZIN event, the Pitbull brothers, and more. The Parlay Pals around (4:17:39) then break down best bets for UFC Vegas 67. To cap off the show, Ariel and co. around (3:48:17) react to UFC President Dana White's appearance at the UFC Vegas 67 press conference to answer questions about the altercation with his wife on New Year's Eve. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 11, 2023
KSI, Marlon Vera, Terrance McKinney, darts champ Michael Smith, and more
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Ariel Helwani pays tribute to 18-year-old Victoria Lee, who died late last year. Ariel, GC and NYRic around (9:15) take a closer look at the silence surrounding Dana White, the move of Jake Paul heading to the PFL, who the No. 2 promotion in the world is, and more. Terrance McKinney around (41:12) discusses his first trip to Brazil for a fight with Ismael Bonfim at UFC 283, being OK with the fight potentially being cancelled due to the unrest in Brazil, his thoughts on instead fighting Paddy Pimblett, Pimblett's win over Jared Gordon at UFC 282, his thoughts on MMA judging, his tweets on Dillon Danis, lessons learned from his loss against Drew Dober, and more. Michael Smith around (58:27) talks about a childhood accident where he broke his hip, how he practices darts at his mom and dad's pub, how he went pro in darts, a Christmas eve accident where he broke both of his wrists and how that affected his practice, why darts is so big in Europe, his feelings going into the 2022 Grand Slam of Darts, his walkout song, whether darts should be in the Olympics, his practice routine, rivalries in the league, the pay for darts champions and sponsorships, how players are organized, life as a darts champion, and more. GC around (1:37:50) announces his futures bets for 2023 and who just might end up UFC champions. KSI around (1:59:14) discusses how he ended up facing Dillon Danis before he dropped out, if he regrets not choosing Tyron Woodley, how he ended up with FaZe Temperrr, his motivation, if a Jake Paul showdown is on the horizon, if he would ever do MMA, if he feels like he should be a role model, the explosion of Prime, possibly facing Conor McGregor, and more. Marlon Vera around (2:44:45) explains how he ended up with Corey Sandhagen, his different path to world champion, his new back tattoo, the support of his fans, and more. GC, Eric and Ariel around (3:17:17) debate which fight is bigger: KSI vs. Jake Paul or Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz. Also, top boxing fights to watch, the college football national championship, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 09, 2023
Ariel Helwani reacts to Dana White incident, Dillon Danis withdrawal + 10th The MMA Hour Awards
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Ariel Helwani kicks off the first episode of the year with his opinions on Stephan Bonnar’s death, Damar Hamlin’s scary injury, Dillon Danis pulling out of the KSI fight, and Dana White slapping his wife at a New Year’s Eve party. Around (1:17:12) Ariel, along with GC and Eric, then unveil their winners for the following awards. Below is the list of categories: 1. Knockout of the year 2. Submission of the year 3. Breakout fighter of the year 4. Most improved fighter of the year 5. Coach of the year 6. Event of the year 7. Crowd of the year 8. Walkout of the year 9. Promo of the year 10. Poster of the year 11. Photo of the year 12. Social media user of the year 13. Bad beat of the year 14. Betting underdog of the year 15. Lock of the year 16. Most profitable fighter of the year 17. Comeback fight of the year 18. Comeback fighter of the year 19. Upset of the year 20. Rivalry of the year 21. Story of the year 22. Feel good moment of the year 23. Round of the year 24. Fight of the year 25. Female fighter of the year 26. Male fighter of the year  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 04, 2023
Paulo Costa, Dillon Danis in studio, Jared Cannonier, Santiago Ponzinibbio, Mike Goldberg, and more
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In the latest On The Nose around (11:17), Ariel Helwani names sleeper fighters to watch, Paulo Costa vs. Robert Whittaker, judge Douglas Crosby’s recent scorecards, Mysterious Frank’s possible reveal, dream fights for next year, Lionel Messi vs. Diego Maradona, some rapid-fire questions, and more. Santiago Ponzinibbio around (53:22) discusses Argentina’s triumph in the World Cup and his emotions during the roller-coaster final, how he reacted after the victory, Messi vs. Maradona, if has ever met Messi, his recent UFC comeback, who he wants next, MMA judging, and more. Paulo Costa around (1:12:31) discusses what happened with his UFC 284 fight against Robert Whittaker, if he ever accepted this fight, what he wants from the UFC, the message he sent to Whittaker, if he will ever fight for UFC again, Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira, and more. Jared Cannonier around (1:37:36) discusses his win in the main event of UFC Vegas 66, how the judges scored the fight, what he learned from the Israel Adesanya fight, the criticism after it, his emotions after falling short, the Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira fight, his gorilla hat, how he got his nickname, and more. Mike Goldberg around (1:59:09) discusses the 25th anniversary of his first UFC event, how he got the call, the fight he remembers the most, what he said to Dana White during a recent run-in, what he’s up to now, the move to Bellator, remembering Anthony Johnson, and more. Dillon Danis around (2:29:06) discusses his feud with Ariel Helwani, his upcoming boxing fight with KSI, why he has been out so long, the Anthony Taylor skirmish in the parking lot, a potential Logan Paul fight, a recent video of him hitting the pads, what happened with Nate Diaz at MSG, and more. GC around (4:25:27) recaps future bets from the past year and the dreaded T-shirt curse. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 22, 2022
Jiří Procházka, Gordon Ryan, Drew Dober, Alex Caceres, and more
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Ariel Helwani, NYRic, and GC around (9:11) discuss the World Cup final and where it ranks in sports’ greatest games. They then pivot to discuss KSW and UFC Vegas 66 events. GC also around (31:35) looks back at his best bets for UFC Vegas 66 and the latest parlay win. Drew Dober around (38:28) discusses bouncing back in 2022, his win over Bobby Green at UFC Vegas 66 on Saturday, what Green said to him in the cage, what he learned from the Brad Riddell fight, facing Jalin Turner next, Paddy Pimblett’s skills, and more. Jiří Procházka around (59:20) explains why he had to withdraw from UFC 282, if he still tried to make the fight, why he vacated the title, who he thought UFC 282 main event, the new title shot at UFC 283, when he could return, and more. Gordon Ryan around (1:28:00) discusses his look, his experience at UFC Fight Pass Invitational, if the UFC’s support will make jiu-jitsu more mainstream, if jiu-jitsu will ever make the Olympics, his thoughts on Vinny Magalhaes dropping out, his recent stomach issues, why he took a “leave of absence,” what happened with ONE Championship, if he will ever do MMA, grappling with Thor Bjornsson and Martins Licis, his thoughts on Dillon Danis, and more. Alex Caceres around (2:04:38) discusses his performance at UFC Vegas 66, goals in life, dealing with fear, difference between him now and when he was in TUF house, how he feels about a variety of topics, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 19, 2022
Jared Gordon, Anthony Smith, Raufeon Stots, Billy Quarantillo, and more
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In the latest On the Nose around (7:04), Ariel Helwani talks about the UFC’s development of stars, Eagle FC, Brendan Schaub’s recent comments, the origin of NYRic, the UFC’s return to the O2 Arena, how to honor legends, favorite Adam Sandler movies, Douglas Crosby, and more. Raufeon Stots around (1:39:07) discusses his big win over Danny Sabatello at Bellator 289, if Sabatello was tougher than he thought, what rounds he won, his reaction to the judges’ scores, his conversation with Sabatello after the fight, facing Patchy Mix next, and more. Anthony Smith around (2:02:11) discusses when he found out he lost the Jamahal Hill fight, his reaction, what he thinks of the UFC 283 LHW title fight, who won the UFC 282 main event, being possibly the backup for UFC 283 title fight, training with Jamahal Hill, how he scored the UFC 282 co-main event, the state of MMA judging, his Conor McGregor comments, and more. Jared Gordon around (2:32:13) discusses how he feels about the decision loss to Paddy Pimblett at UFC 282, the injuries he suffered, the aftermath, how he scored the fight, what he wants next, and more. Billy Quarantillo around (3:01:18) discusses his win at UFC 282, his Bills fandom, math questions during his fight, what question fired him up for the fight, why he pulled out of his July fight, what’s next, donating his fight kit for charity, and more. GC around (3:46:00) makes his picks for UFC Vegas 66, and the parlay pals make their selection for this weekend. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 14, 2022
Ariel responds to Paddy Pimblett (again), Ilia Topuria, Jamahal Hill, Raul Rosas Jr., Chris Curtis, Dricus Du Plessis, and more
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Ariel Helwani around (6:34) discusses the death of soccer writer Grant Wahl at the World Cup recently. Helwani then around (13:11) responds to Paddy Pimblett’s recent comments before UFC 282. Around (34:45) Ariel, New York Ric and Conner Burks discuss the fallout from UFC 282, the co-main event between Pimblett and Jared Gordon, Ariel's feeling it was "one of the worst decisions in the history of the UFC," the state of MMA judging, Ariel's thoughts on Doug Crosby's scorecards at UFC 282 and Bellator 289, Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev scoring, and more. Chris Curtis around (1:24:02) discusses his big win at UFC 282 over Joaquin Buckley, bouncing back from a recent loss, his odd finish, his recent hot streak in the cage, if he would ever fight Sean Strickland, what’s next, and more. Dricus Du Plessis around (1:41:48) discusses his win over Darren Till at UFC 282, who he wants to fight next, if the fight should have been stopped in the first round, the issues with his legs during the fight, and more. Raul Rosas Jr. around (2:00:55) discusses his UFC debut win at UFC 282, his long night after the win, why he started home school, if he was nervous, when his UFC dreams began, how he got started in MMA, when he had first MMA fight, if he still wants to buy his mom a minivan, why he could finish UFC champion Aljamain Sterling now, and more. Ilia Topuria around (2:23:58) discusses his win over Bryce Mitchell at UFC 282, almost running into Paddy Pimblett at the PI, why he wants Brian Ortega next, Paddy Pimblett’s last fight against Jared Gordon, why he doesn’t want to face Arnold Allen, and more. Jamahal Hill discusses how he find out he got a title shot at UFC 283, if he feels he has time to prepare, how Anthony Smith will help him in camp, his biggest fear, how the fight will go against Glover Teixeira, and more. GC and Helwani look back at GC’s picks for UFC 282. Also, GC, NYR, and Ariel discuss more fallout from UFC 282 and Bellator 289. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 12, 2022
Ariel responds to Paddy Pimblett, Dana White. Plus: Cris Cyborg, Raufeon Stots, Danny Sabatello, Teofimo Lopez in studio, and more
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Ariel Helwani around (4:53) discusses recent comments by Paddy Pimblett and Dana White on Pimblett’s podcast. Danny Sabatello around (1:23:26) discusses his upcoming Bellator 289 clash with Raufeon Stots, who is under more pressure, when the fight will finish, if Mark Zuckerberg will be at that fight, his post-fight actions, and more. Raufeon Stots around (1:41:07) discusses his upcoming Bellator 289 clash with Danny Sabatello, Sabatello’s style of fighting, if the clash will live up to the hype, who will win the other bantamweight semifinal, faking a mole story, and more. Cris Cyborg around (1:59:53) discusses her upcoming boxing clash Saturday night, if this is her first or second pro bout, where she might compete in MMA next, how she ended up on Terence Crawford fight card, her thoughts on Kayla Harrison’s PFL loss, if she has ever talked to PFL, why she battled a police dog, visiting Bruce Lee’s grave, a future fight with Katie Taylor, and more. Teofimo Lopez around (2:18:49) discusses his upcoming clash with Sandor Martin on Saturday, his near-death experience with his injuries and more with the George Kambosos Jr. fight, fighter pay for combat sports athletes, moving to 140 pounds, why he likes MMA more than boxing, and more. On Part 2 around (3:34:10) of On The Nose, Ariel, Conner and New York Ric discuss fighters withdrawing from the USADA testing pool by retiring, the potential ramifications of the UFC betting scandal, the best sushi restaurant ever, Bellator's outlook for 2023, ONE Championship's presentation, coverage of Dana White's slap fighting league, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 07, 2022
UFC betting scandal explained, Zhang Weili, Stephen Thompson, Rafael dos Anjos, Matheus Nicolau, and more
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The team around (12:59) gives a timeline of all the events leading up to the betting scandal involving James Krause, including his past appearance on The MMA Hour, and talks about the potential ramifications to the UFC and the sport. Stephen Thompson around (1:01:43) discusses his win over Kevin Holland at UFC Orlando, the multiple injuries suffered in the fight, the conversations he had with Holland, how much pressure he felt heading into the fight, facing wrestlers, Holland’s corner throwing in the towel, what happened with Jack Black, what’s next, and more. Zhang Weili around (1:25:38) discusses training with Nonito Donaire, her haircut, her reception at UFC 281, facing Carla Esparza, the first time she won the belt vs. the second, picking up Francis Ngannou, if she plans on moving up to face Valentina Shevchenko, what’s next, and more. Rafael dos Anjos around (1:59:27) discusses his win at UFC Orlando, why he went back to 170 pounds, how much longer he wants to compete, if he’s confident he will get Conor McGregor next, McGregor’s USADA issues, and more. Matheus Nicolau around (2:29:21) discusses his win at UFC Orlando, if he wants to stay with the UFC, his style of fighting, not being in UFC 4, the present he got from Matt Schnell after fight, being inspired by Rafael dos Anjos, his father’s death when he was a teenager, what’s next, and more. GC around (3:10:24) looks back at his bets from this past weekend. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 05, 2022
Chael Sonnen, Kayla Harrison, Glover Teixeira, Olivier Aubin-Mercier, and more
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In the latest On the Nose around (9:11), Ariel Helwani discusses UFC commentators, if he was a manager for Kayla Harrison, open scoring and PFL, Canada’s World Cup showing, Valentina Shevchenko vs. Amanda Nunes 3, multiple fighters hanging out with Ramzan Kadyrov, his message to Artem Lobov and Conor McGregor, and more. Kayla Harrison around (46:28) discusses her first MMA loss at the PFL world championships, the last time she lost in anything, if she agreed with the judges, what she wants next, and more. Olivier Aubin-Mercier around (1:16:34) discusses his PFL lightweight title, his tough road to the title, his financial struggles during the pandemic, his treatment in the PFL, how he celebrated the win, GSP’s advice during the fight, the finish, and more. The parlay pals around (1:39:42) make their selection for this weekend, and GC makes his picks for UFC Orlando. Glover Teixeira around (1:59:57) discusses what happened recently with UFC 282, why he could have faced Jan Blachowicz instead of Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 282, if the UFC has reached out since the change, his chat with Jiri Prochazka, the death of Anthony Johnson, who will win the UFC 282 main event, Alex Pereira’s title win, and more. Chael Sonnen around (2:28:48) discusses the UFC 282 main event change, Alex Pereira’s future, World Cup issues, Conor McGregor situation with USADA, Nate Diaz’s future, his issues with John Cena, Twitter, Tito Ortiz fight, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 30, 2022
Tyson Fury, Jan Blachowicz, plus Alex Pereira, Larissa Pacheco and Brendan Loughnane all in studio.
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The Parlay Pals around (8:29) discuss Kayla Harrison's performance, whether to ban Frank from the Parlay Pals, suggestions for the next season of PFL, the shakeup with UFC 282 and Ariel's reaction to the UFC's matchmaking choices, and more. GC around (56:44) looks back at his picks for the PFL Championships and the biggest winners for last weekend. Tyson Fury around (1:07:55) discusses his upcoming trilogy fight with Derek Chisora, why he decided to return to boxing, why the fights with Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk didn’t happen, his dad vs. Jake Paul, and more. Alex Pereira around (1:34:38) discusses how life has changed since he’s champion, if he thought he would be champ this quickly, if he was injured before UFC 281, his past fight history with Israel Adesanya, his UFC 281 title fight and the corner advice, what makes him upset, if he wants to fight Khamzat Chimaev, if Adesanya really wants a rematch next, his classic social media clips, and more. Jan Blachowicz around (2:26:27) discusses how he ended up in the UFC 282 main event and a light heavyweight title shot, how he found out, the Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira fight, his rock climbing, how the UFC 282 main event will end, and more. Larissa Pacheco around (2:47:00) discusses her upset win over Kayla Harrison, the best part of the victory, why she was so confident heading into the title fight, the title fight, if she felt disrespected, why she was out for three years, fighting Cris Cyborg, Kayla Harrison manager Ali Abdelaziz’s actions during the fight, Pacheco’s tattoos, Aspen Ladd’s PFL debut, and more. Brendan Loughnane around (3:25:52) discusses his big win over Bubba Jenkins at PFL Championships, his celebrations afterwards, his phone call with Jenkins the day after, Ariel’s feud with Darren Till, his cross-country trip, Conor McGregor’s tweet, who he wants next, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 28, 2022
Kayla Harrison, Brendan Loughnane and Marlon Moraes all in studio, and more
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The parlay pals around (6:57) make their pick for this weekend’s PFL event, and GC makes his best bets for the PFL Championships. In the latest On the Nose around (21:46), Ariel Helwani discusses Canada and the World Cup, Kayla Harrison’s future, Fedor’s retirement fight on CBS, Paulo Costa’s contract issues, ONE’s issues, Khabib’s GOAT status, favorite Franks in history, and more. Marlon Moraes around (1:06:26) discusses his upcoming PFL debut Friday, why he decided to retire in and return, what happened during his recent skid, how he ended up in the PFL, how he linked up with Mark Henry, Frankie Edgar’s final UFC fight, and more. Brendan Loughnane around (1:37:50) discusses his upcoming PFL championship fight, his cross-country trip after the event, the pressure he faced in his last event, working as a security officer at a strip club, what has changed for him, and more. Kayla Harrison around (2:03:15) talks about her upcoming title fight against Larissa Pacheco in PFL main event Friday, the pressure, her difficult year, how many fights left on her deal, if Cyborg is on the horizon, what she wants to accomplish yet, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 23, 2022
Michael Chandler, Terence Crawford, Ryan Spann, Vanessa Demopoulos, and more
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The parlay pals around (7:19) discuss the end of their lengthy skid and the latest drama involving Dillon Danis. Terence Crawford around (39:34) gives his side of the situation with the failed Errol Spence negotiations, who he blames for the fight not coming together, being an independent boxer and how that influences negotiations, his upcoming fight with David Avanesyan, the potential pitfalls of the matchup, and more. Vanessa Demopoulos around (1:02:13) talks about her big win at UFC Vegas 65, lessons learned from her short-notice loss against JJ Aldrich, her "aggressive" childhood and fighting growing up, being raised by her grandparents, retiring from exotic dancing one year ago, her work as a self-taught aerialist, falling 2 stories from a pole while dancing, how she got into the business and advice from her father, her book on exotic dancing, "Stripper Bible," how a strip club manager got her into MMA, and her goals for her career, and the similarities between being a stripper and MMA fighter. GC around (1:29:31) looks into this past weekend’s bets for UFC Vegas 65 and some of the biggest winners as well. Ryan Spann around (1:40:43) discusses his big win at UFC 281, why he missed weight, missed opportunities, Anthony Smith’s comments, when he would like to return, and more. Michael Chandler around (2:03:03) discusses his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 281, his style of fighting, the animosity with Poirier, any regrets, fighting with a broken nose, his controversial actions during the fight, a possible clashes with Conor McGregor and Jorge Masvidal, Anthony Johnson’s legacy, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 21, 2022
Dustin Poirier, Yair Rodriguez, Renato Moicano, Jason House in studio and more
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In the latest On the Nose around (7:16), Ariel Helwani discusses if Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler 3 could happen, what’s next for Dustin Poirier, World Cup picks, Alex Pereira’s rise to champion, Michael Chandler vs. Conor McGregor, ranking NYC UFC events, the interim FW title shot, and more. Manager Jason House around (54:53) discusses how he handles a massive roster, how he got his start, his relationship with the UFC, Brandon Moreno winning the UFC title, what’s next for Chito Vera, fighter pay, and more. Renato Moicano around (1:24:36) discusses what took so long to break out of his shell, his UFC 281 performance, where he learned English, the lack of respect he was getting in the rankings, fighter pay, and more. Dustin Poirier around (1:48:02) discusses his win over Michael Chandler at UFC 281, a headbutt in the first round, if there was any ring rust, meeting Mike Tyson, the Marvin Hagler hat, if he thought Michael Chandler blew his nose on him on purpose, the fish hook, why he bit Chandler, the third round slam, what he said to Chandler after the fight, what’s next, and more. The parlay pals around (2:28:11) pick their latest parlay and GC makes his latest picks for Bellator 288, UFC Vegas 65, and World Cup 2022. Yair Rodriguez around (3:00:54) discusses his UFC interim featherweight title fight against Josh Emmett at UFC 284, what he thinks of Emmett as a fighter, riding horses, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 16, 2022
Israel Adesanya in studio, Chris Gutierrez in studio, Erin Blanchfield, Matt Frevola, David Taylor in studio, and more
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Ariel Helwani around (7:28) looks back at the career and legacy of former UFC title challenger Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson. The parlay pals around (19:55) discuss all the major storylines coming from UFC 281, including Alex Pereira's shocking win over Israel Adesanya, whether Frankie Edgar vs. Chris Gutierrez or Molly McCann vs. Erin Blanchfield was a poorer matchup, the Parlay Pals' bad beat and more. Chris Gutierrez around (1:01:19) reflects on his "surreal" victory over Frankie Edgar, his history with Edgar, his reaction to seeing Edgar hit the canvas, his coach Mark Montoya's health problems, nasty messages he received from fans before the fight, how he got into martial arts and MMA, his street-fighting days, a custody battle over his son and how MMA was used against him in court, legal accusations against him, next potential opponent, and more. David Taylor, around (1:31:58) an Olympic gold medalist and world champion in freestyle wrestling, discusses possibly making a move to mixed martial arts, Bo Nickal’s path, 2024 Olympics, WWE, and more. Erin Blanchfield around (2:03:56) discusses her performance against Molly McCann at UFC 281, getting booed for the first time, the finish, her celebration, who she wants next, and more. Matt Frevola around (2:16:42) discusses his performance at UFC 281, his unique UFC fight announcement, his nickname and his family’s nicknames, his walkout song, wanting Paddy Pimblett next, deepwater training, and more. The parlay pals around (2:36:42) discuss the UFC interim featherweight title shot and odds for next week’s combat events. Israel Adesanya around (3:07:15) discusses how he’s dealing with his loss at UFC 281, his performance, his fight week, fight night, Brad Riddell’s decision to step away, his walkout song, the finish, sparring with Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson, when he wants to return, why he wants Alex Pereira next, the reaction from fans, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 14, 2022
DC & Helwani reunion special (in studio!), UFC 281 preview
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In the latest On the Nose around (8:38), Ariel Helwani discusses what’s next for Israel Adesanya if he wins at UFC 281, if a title shot is on the line for Chandler for Poirier, the UFC 283 main event, Alexander Volkanovski’s next fight, the UFC 281 fight card order, WWE Crowne Jewel event, and more. Daniel Cormier around (57:16) goes down memory lane with Ariel and also discusses Cain Velasquez’s release, Jake Paul and Logan Paul, his top 5 fighters list, when he should have retired, if Jon Jones will ever compete at heavyweight, the UFC 281 main event, and more. Ariel Helwani around (1:36:58) resumes answering questions about the Paul vs. Silva pay-per-view, if your kid wants to be a MMA fighter, is there an NBA coach like Eugene Bareman, top MMA teams over the years, Mayweather vs. Deji, potential MMA trades, and more. The parlay pals around (2:39:29) make their pick for UFC 281, and GC around (3:04:33) selects his top bets for Saturday’s event. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 09, 2022
City Kickboxing in studio with Israel Adesanya, Eugene Bareman, Dan Hooker, Brad Riddell and Carlos Ulberg
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Ariel Helwani and the crew around (05:15) talk about their latest parlay, UFC Vegas 64, GC’s latest picks, the questionable line movement at the event, and more. Eugene Bareman around (23:10) talks about a "fractured" phase of City Kickboxing's training and how everyone needed "a kick in the behind" to prepare for UFC 281, why Israel Adesanya was the last to come around, his reaction to criticism of Adesanya's performance against Jared Cannonier, what he expects from Alex Pereira at UFC 281, how he has "flashbacks" to Adesanya's knockout loss to Pereira and told a "boldface lie" to keep him to keep him from coming back too soon. Carlos Ulberg around (55:01) talks about his UFC 281 fight with Nicolae Negumereanu, how he didn't like making his octagon debut at the UFC APEX, how he responded to City Kickboxing coach Eugene Bareman's "intense" demand to bond for UFC 281, the team's dreaded "spider" drill, why he changed his nickname, how he used to host "ladies night" at clubs, growing up as a street fighter, and what he learned from his first UFC loss. Brad Riddell around (1:22:52) discusses a trip to the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, his two-fight skid in the UFC, the lessons he has learned in MMA, his coach’s inspirational talk, if he wants to become a coach down the road, Alexander Volkanovski vs. Islam Makhachev, and more. Dan Hooker around (1:56:38) discusses if the pandemic stunted his career growth, his last performance against Arnold Allen, why he cut ties to featherweight division, Coach Bareman’s tough talk, Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler, and more. Israel Adesanya around (2:31:12) discusses his performance against Jared Cannonier, his lunch with GSP, why this UFC 281 main event is “personal,” why he didn’t finish Alex Pereira in their second kickboxing fight, why he really left kickboxing, Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva, how he ended up as the Undertaker at the UFC 276 walkout, Alexander Volkanovski vs. Islam Makhachev, Francis Ngannou’s future, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 07, 2022
TJ Dillashaw, Arnold Allen, Jared Gordon, BJ Flores, and more
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In the latest On the Nose around (9:20), Ariel Helwani discusses Josh Thomson’s recent comments about the MMA media, best MMA moments as of late, current MMA fighters vs. Jake Paul, his suits, union talk, Jon Jones’ return and Stipe Miocic’s future, which wrestler would be helped by manager Heelwani, Kyrie Irving, Tyson Fury’s recent interview, Elon Musk and Twitter, and more. Arnold Allen around (1:18:00) discusses his performance against Calvin Kattar, training for an upcoming marathon, getting booed at the UFC Apex, what will be next, his Vince Carter jersey, and more. T.J. Dillashaw around (1:44:38) discusses his performance against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 280, his shoulder injury, when he first injured it during a TUF coach challenge, why he took the fight injured, the fallout after the fight, the quality of Sterling as champion, if he will return, Cody Garbrandt’s recent comments, and more. Coach BJ Flores around (2:15:23) discusses Jake Paul’s performance against Anderson Silva, Paul’s gas tank and defense, if a boxer should be next for Paul, why he doesn’t prefer Paul to face Tommy Fury next, and more. Jared Gordon around (2:48:36) discusses his upcoming fight against Paddy Pimblett, if this is the biggest fight of his career, what he thinks of Pimblett as a fighter, why he skips watching UFC events, his sobriety, and more. The parlay pals around (3:19:23) make their pick for this weekend. Also, GC around (3:36:00) makes his picks for UFC Vegas 64. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 02, 2022
Jake Paul, Sean O’Malley, Katie Taylor, Sean Brady, Tommy Fury, Sayif Saud, and more
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Ariel Helwani and Eric Jackman around (5:48) discuss Jake Paul’s latest win over Anderson Silva, the people calling the fight fixed, and what’s next for Paul. Tommy Fury around (21:34) discusses Jake Paul’s decision win over Anderson Silva, whether Paul’s performance was impressive, the reason Paul vs. Fury fell apart, why Paul would be an easy fight, his upcoming fight against Paul Bamba, why he’d beat Paul and KSI in the same night, why Paul’s Canelo callout is clickbait, and more. Katie Taylor around (40:51) discusses her unanimous decision win over Karen Elizabeth Carabajal, the pressure on her as a big favorite, why her next fight should be at Croke Park, whether that fight needs to be Amanda Serrano, why Jake Paul and Eddie Hearn need to squash their beef to get the Amanda Serrano rematch done, and more. Ariel Helwani around (57:35) discusses what happened between Nate Diaz and Jake Paul’s camp during fight night. Also, GC looks back at past bets. Fortis MMA coach Sayif Saud around (1:17:22) discusses Uriah Hall’s performance against Le’Veon Bell, if Hall will continue to box, if Hall can beat Jake Paul, ‘funky’ judging, open scoring, cornering fighters, and more. Sean Brady around (1:42:31) discusses his loss to Belal Muhammad at UFC 280, the pressure of being undefeated, how he dealt with the loss, how he’s mixing things up with training, nasty messages from the fans, when he would like to return, and more. Sean O’Malley around (1:58:12) discusses his win over Petr Yan at UFC 280, what rounds he won, how tough Yan was, if a title shot is next, facing Henry Cejudo, O’Malley vs. Chito Vera 2, Jake Paul’s performance, and more. Ariel, GC and NewYorkRic around (2:27:23) debate who is the GOAT and rankings. Jake Paul around (3:07:42) discusses his big win over Anderson Silva, how surreal the fight was, Silva’s antics during the fight, why body shots were the difference in the fight, whether he was surprised by the boos, his thoughts heading into the eighth round, the reaction he’s gotten from the fight, accusations of the result being rigged, whether he’s interested in fighting Tommy Fury, why Nate Diaz is an easier opponent than Silva, a potential fight against Floyd Mayweather, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 31, 2022
Calvin Kattar, Arnold Allen, Katie Taylor, Fabian Edwards, and more
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Ariel weighs in on the rankings in light of Islam Makhachev and Aljamain Sterling's wins at UFC 280, the presence of Roman Kadyrov's son at the event and fighters' relationship to the Chechen dictator, Conor McGregor's recently revealed USADA status, whether the UFC engages in "sportswashing," his interview with AEW founder Tony Khan and Tony Schiavone's reaction to it, his relationship with Jake Paul after Paul's rip of Luke Rockhold, the team's favorite horror movies, and more. Katie around (1:15:15) discusses why she disappeared from the public eye after her fight with Amanda Serrano, reflecting on the experience of fighting in Madison Square Garden, thoughts on the scorecards, why an immediate rematch with Serrano didn't happen, why her fight with Karen Carabajal isn't taking place at Croke Park, whether she might rematch Serrano next and Dublin's Croke Park could host, her reaction to Claressa Shields' win over Savannah Marshall, the possibility of fighting Holly Holm or Cris Cyborg, and more. Arnold around (1:48:01) discusses his UFC Vegas 63 headliner against Calvin Kattar, the fight taking place at UFC APEX and what's at stake in the matchup, the possibility of fighting on a stadium show headlined by teammate Leon Edwards' rematch with Kamaru Usman, whether Leon set an example for humble fighters, explaining his funnier tweets as of late, and more. Fabian around (2:12:31) talks about fighting Charlie Ward, his desire to face Gegard Mousasi and instead being told he's two fights from a title shot, his reaction to brother Leon's knockout of Kamaru Usman, the "knock-on" effects of Leon's win on their training, whether he was ever close to signing with the UFC, how he got into MMA independent of Leon, the crazy experience of his first amateur fight, his past as a janitor and a carpenter, his thoughts on champ Johnny Eblen, desire to fight Gegard Mousasi next, fighting out his contract to test the MMA marketplace, and more. Kattar around (2:32:29( reacts to his loss to Josh Emmett at UFC Austin, his issues with the scoring of the fight, the financial blow of losing, the status of appealing the result, his position on open scoring, his thoughts on Arnold Allen as an opponent, his experience as a local MMA promoter with last-second changes, his thoughts on Alexander Volkanovski facing Islam Makhachev, possibly getting into the title picture if contenders like Emmett and Yair Rodriguez are unable to capitalize, and more. The parlay pals around (2:56:13) are back to discuss all the best bets for this weekend including Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva, UFC Vegas 63 and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 25, 2022
UFC 280 reaction, Aljamain Sterling, Marlon Vera, Muhammad Mokaev, Manon Fiorot, and more
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Ariel Helwani around (6:51) wraps up UFC 280 and Islam Makhachev’s impressive win in Abu Dhabi. Ajlamain Sterling around (18:43) discusses his UFC 280 title defense over T.J. Dillashaw, Dillashaw’s shoulder injury and whether he knew about it beforehand, the fan reaction to the fight, Sean O’Malley’s controversial win over Petr Yan, what’s next, Henry Cejudo, whether the UFC was upset that he won, clearing $1,000,000 in his bank account, and more. Manon Fiorot around (47:05) discusses her UFC 280 victory over Katlyn Chookagian, why she didn’t like her performance, wanting to fight Alexa Grasso in a No. 1 contender fight next, not being impressed by Grasso’s latest win, how she’d fare against Valentina Shevchenko, her fashion style, and more. Muhammad Mokaev around (1:11:28) discusses his big win at UFC 280, his issues with Malcon Gordon, if he felt the pressure, who he wants to fight next, what he thinks of Jeff Molina, his health scare before the fight, if he ran into Khabib Nurmagomedov before the fight, and more. Marlon Vera around (1:33:02) discusses what he thought of the UFC 280 co-main event, who won the Sean O’Malley vs. Petr Yan fight, if Vera should get a title shot next, if Henry Cejudo deserves a title shot next, what happened with Cory Sandhagen callout, when he wants to fight again, and more. Ariel Helwani, NewYorkRic, and GC around (2:04:34) take a closer look at UFC 280 and the top fights to make coming out of the star-studded event. GC around (3:04:35) takes a look back at his best bets for UFC 280 and their latest parlay. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 24, 2022
Dominick Cruz, Ben Askren, Alistair Overeem, Alexa Grasso. UFC 280 preview, and more
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In the latest On the Nose around (11:00), Ariel Helwani gives Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev post-fight promos if they win at UFC 280, UFC fighters and gambling, Power Slap League, AEW angles, Chito Vera’s next fight, if PFL is gaining ground on UFC, his wings error, and more. Alexa Grasso around (1:15:15) discusses her UFC Vegas 62 main event, the pressure of being labeled “Mexican Ronda” Rousey, what grade she would give her performance, what she was like during high school, and more. Alistair Overeem around (1:38:47) talks about his performance at Glory Collision 4, his 72-hour fast, how he felt about open scoring, how he really feels about Rico Verhoeven, what’s next, how he feels about Glory, if he has ruled out MMA return, if he will ever do pro wrestling, and more. Ben Askren around (1:59:24) discusses his new book, Bo Nickal’s path in UFC, Nickal vs. Khamzat Chimaev, Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman 2, what he remembers from the Jorge Masvidal fight, how he’s remembered for his losses, the trade to the UFC, Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva, and more. Dominick Cruz around (2:41:50) discusses his loss to Chito Vera at UFC San Diego, what went wrong, if he needs to change up his style, Aljamain Sterling vs. T.J. Dillashaw, who is bantamweight GOAT, his future plans, the top fights at UFC 280, and more. The parlay pals around (3:29:18) make their latest parlay and GC makes his bets for UFC 280 on Saturday. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 19, 2022
Jiri Prochazka, Petr Yan, Javier Mendez, John Hathaway, and more
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Ariel Helwani around (5:50) discusses a busy weekend in combat sports, his issues with the UFC Apex events, and UFC 280. He also names the best division in the UFC. John Hathaway around (30:57) discusses his comeback win this past weekend in Germany, the experience of fighting for the first time in 10 years, whether he'll fight with his current promotion, Oktagon, or move back to the UFC, when he wants to fight next, being back in the MMA limelight, being an inspiration for others who've dealt with Crohn's disease, and more. Javier Mendez around (59:24) discusses the first time he met Islam Makhachev, Makhachev's path compared to Khabib Nurmagomedov, Islam rejecting his nickname offer, how Khabib is different than father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov than he is as a coach, what makes Khabib a great coach, how a misunderstanding made Khabib go "crazy" in the gym, whether Khabib ever gets the urge to come back, his breakdown of Islam's UFC 280 title fight against Charles Oliveira, and more. The parlay pals around (1:31:02) reunite to discuss last weekend’s parlay and look back at GC’s bets for UFC Vegas 62. Petr Yan around (1:58:41) discusses his reaction facing Sean O’Malley at UFC 280, if O’Malley is on his level, why he didn’t face Chito Vera, why he came up short in his last fight against Aljamain Sterling, his recent meeting with Sterling, if he should get a title shot with a win Saturday, how the O’Malley fight will end, and more. Jiri Prochazka around (2:25:26) discusses his title rematch with Glover Teixeira, why the fight is in Vegas, his hair, why the belt is near him for meditation, his recent trip to Egypt, the things he has changed since he has become champ, and more. Ariel Helwani around (2:50:23) gives an update on Jon Jones and UFC 282. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 17, 2022
Alexander Volkanovski, Kevin Holland, Shawn Michaels, Chatri Sityodtong in studio, Aspen Ladd, Lance Palmer, Brandon Royval, and more
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In the latest On the Nose around (8:13), Ariel Helwani discusses the UFC’s crowded featherweight division, Ariel’s big weekend, Extreme Rules, the Tony Khan interview, Jon Jones’ return, and more. Brandon Royval around (55:20) discusses his upcoming clash at UFC Vegas 62, how he got his nickname, how he feels about returning to the UFC Apex, the stakes for this weekend, sleeping in his car, and more. Aspen Ladd around (1:17:19) discusses her upcoming fight against Julia Budd in her PFL debut, her UFC departure, Dana White’s comments, how she ended up in the PFL, and more. Shawn Michaels around (1:35:36) discusses his moment in the ring with Triple H recently, life without Vince McMahon at the WWE, how NXT has changed, his recent conversations with Bret Hart, Jessica-Rose Clark walking out to one of his songs, and more. ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong around (2:05:21) discusses the trade of DJ/Ben Askren, how they landed Roberto Soldic, the departure of Eddie Alvarez, their interest in Nate Diaz, how his mom inspired him, the turning point for ONE, future events in the U.S., and more. Kevin Holland around (2:46:55) discusses if his retirement was real, what brought him back, facing Stephen Thompson next, if he regrets facing Khamzat Chimaev, his new necklace, if he would ever train with Chimaev, why he started a podcast, and more. Lance Palmer around (3:18:50) discusses his relationship with the PFL, when his issues all started, his free agency, his dream opponent, his advice to younger fighters, and more. The parlay pals around (3:42:27) make their pick for this upcoming weekend. Alexander Volkanovski around (3:56:55) discusses how he became the backup fighter for the UFC 280 main event, his hand injury, if a lightweight title shot would be next, which fighter would be a better matchup for him, his recent interaction with Hasbulla, and more. GC makes his picks around (4:41:47) for the upcoming busy combat sports weekend. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 13, 2022
Bo Nickal, Alistair Overeem & Badr Hari face-to-face, A.J. McKee, Ben Rothwell, Yan Xiaonan, and more
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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. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 03, 2022
Eddie Alvarez, Scott Coker, John Hathaway, Chris Avila, and more
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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. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 28, 2022
Anderson Silva, Yoel Romero, Andre Fili, Damon Jackson, Campbell McLaren, and more
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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. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 21, 2022
Paulo Costa in studio, MJF in studio, Action Bronson in studio, Cory Sandhagen, Joe Pyfer, and more
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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. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 19, 2022
Michael Chandler, Cory Sandhagen, Eddie Hearn, Daniel Rodriguez, Gennady Golovkin, and more
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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. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 14, 2022
UFC 279 reaction, Paulo Costa, Li Jingliang, Chris Barnett, Chimaev’s coach Andreas Michael, Aaron Jeffery, Paul vs. Silva presser watch-along, and more
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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. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 12, 2022
Ciryl Gane, Robert Whittaker, Paul Felder, Fernand Lopez, Lauren Murphy, and more
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Ariel Helwani wraps up UFC Paris, his recent trip to a Nottingham Forest game and Cardiff, and much more. GC looks back around (8:46) at his big betting weekend with UFC Paris, and the parlay pals make their pick for UFC 279. Fernand Lopez discusses around (1:05:01) the crowd at UFC Paris, Ciryl Gane’s performance, how Gane bounced back from Francis Ngannou loss, who should Gane fight next, the toughest heavyweights in the division, and more. Ciryl Gane discusses around (1:29:46) his recent hand injury suffered at UFC Paris, the crowd reaction, getting rocked by Tai Tuivasa, how long he might be out, and more. Robert Whittaker discusses around (1:59:31) his big win at UFC Paris, the atmosphere, why he was upset at Marvin Vettori’s actions at weigh-ins, why he believes he is the “most dangerous man in the division,” Israel Adesanya’s style and next title defense, what he wants next, and more. Lauren Murphy discusses around (2:30:44) why she went pubic about her issues before the Valentina Shevchenko fight, if it would have made a difference in the fight, Shevchenko’s recent title defense, her win over Miesha Tate, who she wants next, and more. Paul Felder discusses around (3:02:09) the UFC 279 main event, if Nate Diaz has a chance, his post-fight questions at UFC events, if Felder would ever fight again, and more. GC makes his picks for UFC 279 around (3:33:43). In the latest On the Nose around (3:46:50), Ariel Helwani discusses Nate Diaz’s future if he wins at UFC 279, if he will fight again in the UFC, CM Punk’s recent comments, how MMA media has evolved, Khamzat Chimaev vs. Paulo Costa, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 08, 2022
Demetrious Johnson, Tai Tuivasa, Danny Sabatello and Raufeon Stots in studio, A.J. McKee in studio, and Li Jingliang
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Ariel Helwani and crew wrap up a busy combat sports weekend, and Conner Burks and Mysterious Frank discuss a trip to a ONE on Prime watch party. Tai Tuivasa (around 29:32) discusses his upcoming fight against Ciryl Gane at UFC Paris, his recent social media interaction with Jon jones, what’s at stake Saturday, being in the corner of Mark Hunt vs. Brock Lesnar, his go-to food, and more. Bellator interim bantamweight champion Raufeon Stots and Danny Sabatello (around 01:01:29) exchange heated trash talk, and their bad blood almost spills over several times, about their upcoming clash in December. A.J. McKee (around 01:38:45) talks about his upcoming fight at lightweight against Spike Carlyle at Bellator 286, the aftermath of his loss to Patricio Pitbull, the "legit mental breakdown" he suffered in the days after the fight, potentially fighting again at featherweight and Pitbull being on his "forever hit list," his thoughts on open scoring, his future with Bellator, his desire to face Benson Henderson, and more. Li Jingliang (around 2:18:11) talks about his first reaction to fighting Tony Ferguson at UFC 279, his feelings on the short-notice booking, staying in the U.S. for the next year to fight more frequently, his response to critics of the matchup, desire to rematch Khamzat Chimaev and thoughts on Chimaev's fight with Nate Diaz, his reaction to Leon Edwards' win over Kamaru Usman and more. Demetrious Johnson (around 02:46:33) discusses his revenge win over Adriano Moraes, whether Moraes made weight, why he changed his approach for the rematch, “Zombie Time,” his “perfect” highlight-reel knockout, why it was like DragonBall Z, ONE Championship’s broadcast deal with Amazon Prime, whether he’s the best flyweight in the world, ONE’s belt being twice as heavy as the UFC’s, the status of all his missing UFC belts, and more. Ariel Helwani and crew (around 03:23:55) break down the latest news, place their latest parlay on UFC Paris, and GC names his best bets for Saturday. NewYorkRic also makes a big announcement. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 29, 2022
Luke Rockhold, Chael Sonnen, Mike Perry, Dan Hooker, Brendan Loughnane, Leon Edwards coach Dave Lovell, and more
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Brendan Loughnane around (7:43:) discusses his big win at the PFL playoffs, the pressure he faced going into the fight, why he got a mind coach, how tough fighting in PFL is, facing Bubba Jenkins, his reaction to Leon Edwards’ win, and more. Mike Perry around (30:32) discusses his big win over MVP at BKFC 27, if he was injured at all, how he has to train differently for BKFC, why he wants to box Jake Paul, if he’s done with MMA, and more. Dave Lovell, a coach of UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards, around (1:06:19) discusses the first time he met Edwards, his passionate advice during the fight at UFC 278, the decisive finish, where he wants the first title defense, and more. Luke Rockhold around (1:34:34) discusses his performance at UFC 278, the altitude and his broken nose during the fight, his issues with Dana White from the start, his leg surgery that set him back, what Daniel Cormier said to him after the fight, why he rubbed blood all over Paulo Costa, Jake Paul’s comments, the favorite moments of his career, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:10:07) look back to see how the future bets have played out so far this year, and reveal Conner’s dreaded T-shirt curse. Dan Hooker around (2:29:36) discusses his return to lightweight, his previous cut to featherweight, his recent skid in the UFC, the criticism Israel Adesanya got after his last fight, and more. Chael Sonnen around (3:00:49) discusses the UFC 278 main event, who Leon Edwards should fight next, Colby Covington’s future, the UFC welterweight division, Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz, the UFC bantamweight division, Jake Paul’s next opponent, who will Jon Jones face in his return, and more. In the latest On the Nose around (3:42:14), Ariel Helwani discusses what’s next for Leon Edwards, his favorite post-fight interviews, what the loss cost Kamaru Usman, Anthony Joshua’s performance during and after fight, the “retirements” of Tyson Fury and Henry Cejudo, a Mount Rushmore of favorite athletes, and more.If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 24, 2022
Leon Edwards, Paulo Costa, Merab Dvalishvili, Tim Simpson, UFC 278 reaction, and more
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Ariel Helwani talks about Leon Edwards’ long road to the UFC title, Jake Paul’s comments about the UFC 278 co-main event, and more. Ariel Helwani, NYRic, and GC then around (38:14) discuss where Leon Edwards’ improbable win and the knockout ranks in UFC history and if Edwards should face Jorge Masvidal or Kamaru Usman next. Merab Dvalishvili discusses around (1:01:22) his performance against Jose Aldo at UFC 278, what Aldo said to him after the fight about possibly retiring, why he couldn’t take Aldo down in the fight, his traditional outfits before fights, issues with fans bringing flags to fights, who he wants next, Dana White’s comments about the fight, and more. Paulo Costa around (1:31:08) discusses his performance against Luke Rockhold at UFC 278, his issues in the Marvin Vettori fight, his current UFC contract, why he left his former manager, his issues with USADA while cutting weight, the blood Rockhold put on his face, Jake Paul’s comments, his best tweets, and more. Leon Edwards around (2:31:31) discusses winning UFC welterweight title at UFC 278, what happened after the first round, the advice from his coaches, getting emotional talking about his mother’s reaction to the win, if Nate Diaz could get a title shot, and more. Tim Simpson, the manager of Leon Edwards, around (3:05:43) discusses Edwards’ UFC 278 win, when he first met Leon, where the title defense might take place, and more. Ariel Helwani and crew around (3:28:38) look back at best bets during UFC 278 and discuss latest MMA news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 22, 2022
Luke Rockhold, Rory MacDonald, Michael 'Venom' Page and Mike Perry face to face, Tom Aspinall, Chris Wade and Brendan Loughnane face to face, Aaron Jeffery, and more
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Ariel kicks off the show with a preview of the upcoming weekend of MMA action including UFC 278, PFL Playoffs and more. Ariel also immortalizes Jessica-Rose Clark on The MMA Hour wall of fame for walking out to the Shawn Michaels classic Sexy Boy at UFC 276. Brendan Loughnane and Chris Wade join the show at (7:08) to talk about their meeting at PFL Playoffs 3. The pair explain their ongoing rivalry and its origins, trade a few verbal jabs over their PFL careers, debate who is the bigger attraction, and Loughnane's underdog status. They also give their sides of what happened during a faceoff promoting the Saturday fight where Wade got heated with Loughnane's teammate. UFC heavyweight Tom Aspinall around (33:06) returns to the show to talk about his comeback from a knee injury suffered in the main event of his UFC London fight against Curtis Blaydes. Aspinall discusses his exact injury and his timetable for rehab. He also reveals a history with knee problems that led to the injury at UFC London and admits he put off corrective surgery for too long. Rory MacDonald joins the show around (1:05:27) to talk about his recent retirement and express his gratitude for the fans' reaction to his announcement. MacDonald explains why he decided to hang up his gloves and when he started to think that his time to walk away was approaching. He also discusses his best moments, his regrets about his MMA career, and what his plans are for the future. Michael 'Venom' Page and Mike Perry join the show around (1:33:10) to talk about their BKFC headliner. They discuss how much weight they have to cut, how the fight came together, and what they see happening when they fight bare-knuckle. They also debate on who has the better dance moves and what will happen to their respective careers with a loss, and their predictions when the fight will end. Aaron Jeffery joins the show for the first time at the (2:02:18) mark to talk about his upset win over Austin Vanderford at Bellator 284, comparisons to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and 'disrespectful' headlines from his win. GC, Helwani and NewYorkRic around (2:21:41) discuss their best bets for UFC 278, UFC 278 parlay picks for Saturday's pay-per-view event, and more. Ariel around (2:49:49) answers your questions about UFC 278, the welterweight title picture, Leon Edwards' rough path to fighting Kamaru Usman, managers "in the pocket" of the UFC, how he'd cast his MMA Hour colleagues as Seinfield characters, Dana White's admission the UFC shouldn't have released Shane Burgos, and more. Luke Rockhold returns around (3:14:24) to talk about being in his UFC first fight week in three years, his career goals at this point in his life, his relationship with the UFC and why he's tried to change his reason for fighting. Rockhold explains why he's been so outspoken about the UFC's business practices and how he felt like he was fighting the promotion from the first step of his career. In Part 2 of On the Nose around (3:44:09), Ariel talks about the most stressful part of doing The MMA Hour, why he continues to support and be inspired by pro-wrestling, what drives him nuts about pro-wrestling haters, breaking fight scoops, who could carry the torch for Canadian MMA, the UFC's plans for Jon Jones, Dana White's reaction to the ESPN fighter pay piece, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 17, 2022
Demetrious Johnson in studio, Shane Burgos in studio, Marlon Vera, Leon Edwards, Bo Nickal, Nate Landwehr, and more
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Ariel Helwani discusses Rory MacDonald’s retirement and legacy. Shane Burgos around (14:14) discusses his move to PFL from the UFC, how hard a decision it was to make, if the UFC tried to match, which weight class he would compete in, why he spars just once a week, tests Ariel with his UFC knowledge and vice versa, and more. Bo Nickal around (1:02:26) discusses his first DWCS experience, his performance, comments from some of the analysts, his treatment by the UFC, how he would do against top fighters, and more. Nate Landwehr around (1:38:35) discusses his performance at UFC San Diego, why he didn’t get the finish, what he said to David Onama in the hospital, why he chose MMA, and more. Demetrious Johnson around (2:07:52) discusses his upcoming rematch against Adriano Moraes, his friendship with Henry Cejudo, why he and Cejudo have clicked, why it’s impossible to escape MMA unscathed, why he takes losses so well, Marlon Vera’s recent assessment of Dominick Cruz, why he swears in front of his kids, the time he upset Dana White, when the UFC threatened to close the flyweight division, the origin of the Ben Askren trade, and more. Marlon Vera around (3:01:43) discusses his big win at UFC San Diego, what he repeated in his head during the fight, if Dominick Cruz surprised him, the pictures his coach sent him, his “electric” walkout, if a title shot is next, if Henry Cejudo will jump the line, his “low level comments,” and more. Leon Edwards around (3:34:26) discusses his upcoming UFC 278 title fight against Kamaru Usman, Usman’s hand injury, the BT Sport promo, the first fight, and more. GC, NewYorkRic and Ariel Helwani around (3:49:31) discuss best bets from the past weekend. They also discuss what’s next for Marlon Vera, Shane Burgos’ move to PFL, the UFC bantamweight Grand Prix, Jon Jones’ possible return this year, and much more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 15, 2022
Aljamain Sterling, Anthony Smith, Cris Cyborg, Kayla Harrison, Sam Alvey, Juliana Miller, and more
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Ariel Helwani around (3:43) discusses “Judo” Gene LeBell’s death, and a classic interview with the combat sports pioneer, Bo Nickal’s DWCS debut, and more. Juliana Miller around (30:31) discusses how she ended up on The Ultimate Fighter, the lockdown before the show, what it was like during the show, her celebration after her big win, her tough childhood, she shows off her nunchucks, and more. Anthony Smith around (1:05:28) discusses his painful loss at UFC 277, when he broke his leg during the fight, how long he might be out, why he re-signed with the UFC, his thoughts on the light heavyweight division, Luke Rockhold’s changes, troubling weight cuts, and more. Aljamain Sterlng around (1:37:50) discusses how his title defense ended up at UFC 280, his issues with MMA fans and the UFC brass, facing T.J. Dillashaw, the Sean O’Malley vs. Petr Yan fight, his predictions for big BW clashes in next couple of weeks, his “fun” song, and more. Sam Alvey around (2:07:23) discusses his most recent loss at UFC Vegas 59, his broken jaw, his UFC departure, if he’s done with MMA, why he doesn’t like Jake Paul, sparring Logan Paul, possibly doing pro wrestling, his tough weight cut, and more. Cris Cyborg around (2:34:46) breaks news about who she will face in her boxing debut and discusses if she will return to Bellator or stick to boxing, her chances of going to PFL, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:59:37) break down their best bets for the UFC event this weekend and pick their latest parlay. In the latest On the Nose around (3:37:36), Ariel Helwani discusses who will get the next bantamweight title shot, the road to be an MMA journalist, if he would have a manager as a fighter, the Jake Paul vs. Hasim Rahman fight, Cesar Gracie’s recent interview with Sub Radio, how Ariel prepares for interviews, and more. Kayla Harrison around (4:33:50) makes a surprise appearance to discuss a possible clash with Cris Cyborg, potential PFL talks with Cyborg, why she wants elbows in a possible clash, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 10, 2022
Dominick Cruz, Marlon Vera, Jamahal Hill, Terrance McKinney, Geoff Neal, and more
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Ariel Helwani and The MMA Hour around (08:32) crew discuss their experience at PFL event Friday, their latest winning parlay, UFC Vegas 59, and the recent Hasim Rahman vs. Jake Paul weigh-in cancellation. Terrance McKinney around (1:01:54) discusses his latest performance at UFC Vegas 59, the chances he gets to fight Paddy Pimblett, facing possible legends next, and more. Geoff Neal around (1:20:03) discusses his big win over Vicente Luque at UFC Vegas 59, what it’s like fighting in the UFC Apex, why he called out Gilbert Burns, Burns’ performance against Khamzat Chimaev, Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards, when he would like to return, how a bad tooth created a recent medical scare, and more. Jamahal Hill around (1:42:47) discusses his big UFC Vegas 59 win over Thiago Santos, if he was nervous heading into main event, where he gets his suits, what’s next, if he’ll be a champ next year, and more. Conner Burks around (2:03:58) looks back at his best bets for the PFL and UFC Vegas 59. Dominick Cruz around (2:31:01) discusses his UFC San Diego main event against Chito Vera, why Vera doesn’t seem to like him, why he represents himself in fight negotiations with the UFC, his takeaways from a recent rules seminar, wanting to debate ABC president Mike Mazzulli live on-air, his current zen-like state, Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley, and more. Marlon Vera around (3:01:29) discusses if his main event clash with Dominick Cruz is the biggest fight of his career, his issues with Petr Yan, why he has asked Cruz to fight backstage, Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley and other top bantamweight fights coming up, if he will get a title shot next with a win, his return to Ecuador, if he’s keeping his beard, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 08, 2022
All in-studio edition with Anthony Pettis, Stevie Ray, Josh Silveira, PFL CEO Peter Murray, and more
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Ariel Helwani around (3:03) delivers some breaking news on Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler, discusses Vin Scully’s recent passing, and more. PFL CEO Peter Murray around (15:39) discusses where his promotion stands in the world, the critics of their format, if they will do a pay-per-view this year, how many events they plan on holding in 2023, creating a “champions league” for MMA, holding a combine, Anthony Pettis around (45:03) discusses his PFL rematch with Stevie Ray on Friday, the UFC sending him multiple $1 million bonus checks during his title reign, his gambling success, the biggest bet he’s ever won, being the betting underdog to Ray, whether PFL is ready for PPV, Nate Diaz vs. Khamzat Chimaev, why fighters are addicted to the fame of fighting in the UFC, doing Sergio’s first UFC interview, this being his final season under PFL contract, and more. Josh Silveira around (1:17:00) discusses his road to the PFL tournament, his childhood memories with his father as a coach and a fighter, how he feels about Amanda Nunes leaving ATT, what it was like to train with Colby Covington, life in the PFL, and more. Stevie Ray around (1:46:38) discusses how he ended up with the PFL, what happened with his UFC deal, his “modified Twister” submission against Anthony Pettis, and more. Ariel Helwani and crew around (2:19:37) reveal their latest MMA parlay and GC makes his best bets for this weekend’s PFL and UFC events. In On the Nose, Ariel Helwani around (2:46:41) discusses the infamous Dana White interview on the Strikeforce sale, what would happen if Dana White would retire from the UFC, his Barry Bonds memories, his favorite drink, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 03, 2022
UFC 277 reaction, Brandon Moreno, Deiveson Figueiredo, Roberto Soldić, James Krause, and more
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Ariel Helwani and crew around (8:43) react to a memorable UFC 277, discuss the cancellation of Jake Paul vs. Hasim Rahman Jr., and more after a busy combat sports weekend. Brandon Moreno around (1:01:15) discuss his injuries from UFC 277, the mind games before the event, his performance, his work with James Krause, the knockout, and more. Roberto Soldic around (1:29:14) discusses why he left KSW for ONE Championship as a free agent, if he thought about joining the UFC, when he wants to make his ONE debut, if he would box Jake Paul, and more. Deiveson Figueiredo around (2:01:58) discusses Brandon Moreno’s performance at UFC 277, his post-fight meeting with Moreno after main event, facing Moreno for a fourth time, his new management, if his next fight will be at 125 pounds, where he got his sweater, and more. James Krause around (2:29:17) discusses his first UFC title win with Brandon Moreno, how Moreno ended up in Kansas City, the knockout of Kai Kara-France, why Krause will never fight again in the Octagon, if a union will happen in the UFC, the favorite moment of his career, and more. Conner Burks and Ariel Helwani around (3:14:45) wrap up the best bets from UFC 277. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 01, 2022
Sean O’Malley, T.J. Dillashaw, Big E, Megan Anderson, and more
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High drama to kick off the show as Ariel Helwani, Conner Burks, NewYorkRic, and Mysterious Frank lay out their latest MMA Hour parlay. The gang also reacts to the news of The MMA Hour being nominated for “Best MMA Programming” in the World MMA Awards. Megan Anderson around (31:10) discusses UFC 277, her life since taking a step back from MMA, her burgeoning streaming empire, whether she’s retired from fighting, her latest opportunities in the film industry, Invicta FC’s use of open scoring, and more. Big E around (59:45) discusses the fallout from UFC London, his thoughts on Paddy Pimblett, his comeback from a broken neck, whether he’ll ever wrestle again, Amanda Nunes’ rematch against Julianna Pena at UFC 277, and more. T.J. Dillashaw around (1:33:39) discusses his UFC 280 title fight against Aljamain Sterling, his road back from two surgeries since his win over Cory Sandhagen, Sean O’Malley’s fight against Petr Yan, his recent brush with Paddy Pimblett, USADA re-testing every sample of his dating back to 2016, Henry Cejudo’s comeback, and more. Sean O’Malley around (1:59:05) discusses his UFC 280 booking against Petr Yan, his no contest against Perdo Munhoz, why he didn’t expect Yan to accept the fight, why he quit streaming on Twitch, being the UFC’s link to the YouTube generation, his plans for Abu Dhabi, Dana White’s comments about the fight, the reaction to Nate Diaz vs. Khamzat Chimaev, Henry Cejudo’s comeback, his current UFC contract, and more. Ariel and GC around (2:35:02) discuss their best bets for the UFC 277 weekend. Ariel around (3:01:12) answers your questions about UFC 277's big fights, how the UFC’s PPV points system works, the logical next step for Paddy Pimblett, Vince McMahon’s retirement from WWE, coffee preferences, and more in the latest round of On the Nose. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 27, 2022
Khamzat Chimaev, Curtis Blaydes, Jack Hermansson, Dan Hardy, Muhammad Mokaev, Nathaniel Wood, and more
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Ariel Helwani, Conner Burks, NewYorkRic, and Mysterious Frank around (3:30) recap their UFC London sleepover adventure, look back on GC’s best bets and the result of the first-ever MMA Hour parlay, matchmake for Paddy Pimblett, and more. Mohammad Mokaev around (1:00:57) discusses his UFC London win over Charles Johnson, the animosity between the two pre-fight, criticism of his “boring” method of victory, the Prince of Bahrain giving him $100,000 for his win, his targets for his next fight, his attack on Paddy Pimblett, and more. Jack Hermansson around (1:22:40) discusses his UFC London win over Chris Curtis, the post-fight drama between the two and their subsequent meet-up, whether Darren Till would’ve been a tougher matchup, his theories for Khamzat Chimaev showed up at his gym, the push to get MMA legalized in Norway, who he wants next, and more. Nathaniel Wood around (1:42:09) discusses his UFC London win over Charles Rosa, his decision to move up to featherweight, how heartbreaking it was to miss March’s trip to London, Mokaev’s criticism of the “Paddy and Molly show,” his excitement at ending a two-year layoff, why he wants to fight Vince Morales next, and more. Curtis Blaydes around (2:04:14) discusses his UFC London win over Tom Aspinall, the sequence of events that led to Aspinall’s knee injury and his shock at the scene, his experience with the English fans in London, the UFC’s goals of building Aspinall up, his post-fight meet-up over beers with Aspinall, why Aspinall is already better than Derrick Lewis and Tai Tuivasa, the heavyweight title picture with Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic, and more. Dan Hardy around (2:27:03) reveals an update on his scheduled boxing match with Diego Sanchez and discusses his potential walkout song, the status of his iconic red mohawk, the UFC’s return to London, the Paddy and Molly show, Pimblett’s potential next opponents, comparisons between Pimblett and Conor McGregor, McCann’s improvement, and more. Khamzat Chimaev around (3:00:00) discusses his UFC 279 matchup against Nate Diaz, how the fight came to be, the reaction to his win over Gilbert Burns, the criticism of Israel Adesanya’s latest performances, Alexander Gustafsson’s tough stretch, and more. GC and Helwani around (3:39:01) recap their best bets from UFC London, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 25, 2022
Valentina Shevchenko, Rafael Fiziev, Ricky Simón, Arnold Allen, and more
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Rafael Fiziev around (7:33) discusses his win after UFC Vegas 58, the injuries he suffered, when he would like to return, who the “little coward” is, why he didn’t call out Conor McGregor, why he wants Justin Gaethje next, who wins Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev title fight, his viral callouts, and more. Ricky Simón around (31:58) discusses his performance at UFC Long Island, Jack Shore’s gameplan, his “callout” of Sean O’Malley, O’Malley’s “boring” effort against Pedro Munhoz, how his confidence has changed, losing his AirPod in a toilet, and more. Valentina Shevchenko around (1:02:44) discusses her tough win over Talia Santos at UFC 275, how much time between weigh-ins and the start of the event, if she was close to tapping, the head butt, the injury she suffered training in Singapore before the fight, the Miesha Tate vs. Lauren Murphy fight, the trash-talkers in the flyweight division, if she’s going to challenge for bantamweight title next, and more. Arnold Allen around (1:32:53) discusses why he’s not fighting at the O2 Arena, his hand injuries, how close he is to a title shot, Alexander Volkanovski’s last fight, his YouTube channel, who he wants next, Paddy Pimblett’s return, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:10:51) take a closer look at the best bets for UFC London and reveal the first MMA Hour Parlay of the Week. In the latest On the Nose around (2:44:55), Ariel Helwani discusses how Nate Diaz will headline a main event against Khamzat Chimaev, the UFC heavyweight title picture, the UFC London main event, the rise of Charles Oliveira, UFC 281 and UFC 282 possible headliners, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 20, 2022
Alexander Volkanovski, Yair Rodriguez, Hasim Rahman Jr., Shane Burgos, Dustin Jacoby, Matt Schnell, and more
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Yair Rodriguez discusses around (6:27) his performance against Brian Ortega at UFC Long Island, why he let go of submission, the critics of his win, if he will get a title shot next, if he’s interested in an interim title, and more. Dustin Jacoby discusses around (31:02) his performance at UFC Long Island, why he almost called it quits several years ago, how he ended up on DWCS, why he was nervous before the fight, how he got his nickname, what it was like to face Alex Pereira, and more. Hasim Rahman Jr. discusses around (1:00:38) facing Jake Paul next, how he ended up sparring him, why he was upset in the sparring video released, how he ended up with the Paul fight, what he thinks of Paul as a person and a boxer, the rehydration rules after weigh-ins, Paul’s latest viral video, and more. Matt Schnell discusses around (1:35:06) his win at UFC Long Island, how he gave himself a black eye, why he didn’t wrestle in high school, being on MTV’s ‘Caged,’ who he wants next, his favorite sports cards, who will win the UFC 277 flyweight title fight, and more. Shane Burgos discusses around (1:58:55) his performance at UFC Long Island, if he was worried about scores from the judges, free agency, his unique look, MMA trivia, and more. GC, NewYorkRic, and Ariel Helwani discuss around (2:22:46) the best bets from UFC Long Island, the Nate Diaz situation, their trips to UBS Arena on Saturday night, and what’s next after UFC Long Island. Alexander Volkanovski discusses around (3:29:31) the latest on his hand injury, how he fought with it during UFC 276, why he was so confident heading into the trilogy, why he was so fired up after the fight, his new contract, his possible return, the Yair Rodriguez vs. Brian Ortega fight, challenging for the lightweight title, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 18, 2022
Alex Pereira, Jan Blachowicz, Sean Brady, Maycee Barber, and more
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Ariel Helwani and GC discuss Helwani’s memorable interview with Nate Diaz on Tuesday. They also discuss the press conference between Jake Paul and Hasim Rahman Jr. Maycee Barber around (31:17) discusses her big win at UFC 276, fishing, her upcoming contract talks, dealing with critics after her losing streak, the Jon Jones record goal, bouncing back from an ACL injury, the move to Team Alpha Male, when she would like to return, and more. Alex Pereira around (1:01:02) discusses his rise to contender for UFC middleweight title, Sean Strickland’s strategy, Israel Adesanya’s performance at UFC 276, if he will get the next title shot, his past fights with Adesanya, and more. Sean Brady around (1:28:44) discusses his upcoming fight with Belal Muhammad, how he ended up with the clash, his nose injury, his win over Michael Chiesa, how he has never left the United States, and more. Jan Blachowicz around (01:50:50) explains his recent tweet to Jiri Prochazka, what he thought about Prochzaka’s recent video, if he thinks he might be able to get the title shot next, what he said to Prochazka at UFC 275, what’s the key to beating the champ, his picture with Kamaru Usman, Israel Adesanya’s performance against Jared Cannonier, if he would go to middleweight, Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s legacy, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:16:16) discuss GC’s best bets for UFC Long Island.In the latest edition of On the Nose, Ariel Helwani discusses the UFC and its use of “independent contractors,” UFC rematches, Dana White’s $250k gift to the Nelk Boys, GC and New York Ric headed to UFC Long Island, what if Miesha Tate loses in flyweight debut, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 13, 2022
Special Nate Diaz edition
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Nate Diaz discusses his current relationship with the UFC, what he wants to do next, his thoughts on Khabib Nurmagomedov, why he doesn’t want to fight Conor McGregor next, the only two UFC fighters on his level, why he feels he is the “ultimate fighter,” what he would compete in after the UFC, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 12, 2022
Jake Paul, Andrew Schulz in studio, Yair Rodriguez, Chris Curtis, Aiemann Zahabi, and more
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Andrew Schulz around (2:48) joins us in-studio to discuss recent controversial UFC title fights, how he developed his brand using YouTube, the new special he is releasing on his own website, his first meeting with Jerry Seinfeld, his favorite comics, and more. Aiemann Zahabi around (0:17:00) discusses GSP’s advice before the fight, the pressure he faces going into UFC fights, how he deals with his brother as coach, a classic story with Ariel in the past, and more. Chris Curtis around (01:39:08) discusses how he ended up in the UFC London co-main event, why the 02 arena is one of his favorites, how he ended up with Darren Till in his corner, what happened with Sean Strickland against Alex Pereira, the Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier title fight, Joaquin Buckley, and more. Yair Rodriguez around (2:00:30) discusses facing friend Brian Ortega in the UFC Long Island main event, the injuries suffered in Max Holloway fight, his philosophies, Donald Cerrone’s retirement, if a title shot is at stake, Alexander Volkanovski’s latest title defense, and more. GC, NewYorkRic and Ariel Helwani around (2:23:53) discuss robberies at UFC Vegas 58 and best bets. Jake Paul around (3:13:36) discusses the training video he recently dropped with Hasim Rahman Jr., how Rahman Jr. ended up as his opponent, the risks he presents, who else was being considered, why the fight with Rahman might not happen, what happened with the Tommy Fury fight, his relationship with Eddie Hearn, if he’s on a collision course with Conor McGregor, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 12, 2022
Pedro Munhoz, Ian Garry, Rafael Fiziev, Bryan Barberena, Jalin Turner, and more
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Conner Burks around (6:58) wraps up his visit to the Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest. Ian Garry around (16:50) picks his favorite UFC performance so far, his relationship with the UFC, why he avoided the fighter hotel, if he would beat Daniel Cormier in golf, his missed post-fight interview, an event in Ireland, getting praise from Conor McGregor, and more. Jalin Turner around (43:47) discusses if UFC 276 win was biggest victory of career, his hair in the Octagon, how big he gets out of camp, if he has plans to move up a division, how far he is from a title shot, his injury before the fight, and more. Pedro Munhoz around (1:04:06) opens up about his eye injury at UFC 276, his performance in the fight, his belief that Sean O’Malley made fun of him after fight, the criticism by other fighters, if he wants a rematch with O’Malley, and more. Bryan Barberena around (1:28:20) discusses his big win at UFC 276, his life on the farm, his new deal with the UFC, his reaction to getting the Robbie Lawler fight, his first meeting with Lawler, possible future opponents, and more. Rafael Fiziev around (1:51:31) discusses missing out on the first RDA fight, his recent remarks with Conor McGregor, his first fight, Valentina Shevchenko reffing his fight, what’s at stake for Saturday’s RDA fight, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:11:59) take a look ahead at the UFC Vegas 58 event and more. In the latest On the Hose around (2:37:17), Ariel Helwani discusses the showdown between Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler in Las Vegas, the best pound-for-pound fighter, the top pound-for-pound fighters in MMA, the UFC lightweight division, the Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury drama, Dana White's absence from past two PPVs, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 06, 2022
Special UFC 276 reaction show
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On this special July 4th edition of The MMA Hour, Ariel, GC, and NewYorkRic recap all things UFC 276. They talk about the big winners and where they go from here. Later, the boys recap their International Fight Week draft and recap GC's picks. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 04, 2022
Valerie Loureda in studio, Glover Teixeira, Eugene Bareman, Mateusz Gamrot, Josh Emmett, and more
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Josh Emmett around (07:29) discusses his injuries suffered in his UFC Austin fight, his performance, how he scored the rounds, why he wants a title shot, who will win the UFC 276 co-main event, and more. Glover Teixeira around (31:12) discusses his loss to Jiri Prochazka at UFC 275, what went wrong, the guillotine choke, if there will be a rematch, Alex Pereira’s chances at UFC 276, and more. Eugene Bareman discusses around (59:37) Israel Adesanya facing Jared Cannonier at UFC 276, Alexander Volkanovski facing Max Holloway again, the tough training conditions back home, and much more. Mateusz Gamrot discusses around (1:30:21) his close win at UFC Vegas 57, his vision issues, his start into MMA, when he thought UFC was an option, how he ended up at ATT, why he wants to fight Justin Gaethje next, and more. Valerie Loureda discusses around (2:01:38) signing with the WWE, why she is leaving Bellator, how she ended up with the WWE, why wrestling is harder than MMA, her social media, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:51:00) pick a bet for each individual fight for UFC 276. In the latest On the Nose around (3:17:56), Ariel Helwani discusses Stipe Miocic’s possible return, the UFC 276 fight card, Nate Diaz’s contract situation, watching MMA home or live on-site, favorite comedians, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 29, 2022
Max Holloway, Eddie Hearn in studio, Johnny Eblen, Danny Sabatello, Jessica-Rose Clark, and more
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Ariel Helwani and Conner Burks around (09:46) discuss Burks’ first trip to a Bellator event on Friday night. Johnny Eblen around (32:15:21) discusses his big win over Gegard Mousasi, promoting himself better, why he thought he would win the title, his walkout song, if he was nervous, his star-studded corner, getting his break, and more. Danny Sabatello around (1:02:49) discusses his post-fight actions at Bellator 282, if he was happy with his performance, facing Raufeon Stots next, his reaction to his fine, and more. GC and Ariel Helwani, along with NewYorkRic around (1:26:45), complete an international fight week draft and look back at last weekend’s best bets. Max Holloway around (1:56:50) discusses his wedding, why he missed out on his last fight with Alexander Volkanovski, why he hasn’t watched Volkanovski’s last fight, his thoughts on open scoring, recent weight cuts, if Charles Oliveira should have been stripped of his belt, and more. Eddie Hearn around (2:37:16) discusses how they determined Canelo Alvarez’s next fight, how other promoters feel about him, if Matchroom Boxing is for sale, why the Amanda Serrano vs. Katie Taylor rematch didn’t happen, if Holly Holm or Cris Cyborg could be next for Taylor, if Devin Haney could return, Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury, and more. Jessica-Rose Clark around (3:32:35) discusses her upcoming performance at UFC 276, how she will be immortalized on The MMA Hour, what went wrong in her last fight, issues with stage fright in the past, and much more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 27, 2022
Jiří Procházka, Taila Santos, Thunder Rosa, Jack Della Maddalena, Danny Sabatello, and more
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Jack Della Maddalena around (08:02) discusses his performance at UFC 275, his broken nose, his favorite WWE performer back in the day, how he got into mixed martial arts, when he would like to fight again, and more. Thunder Rosa around (31:15) discusses raising money for the Uvalde victims, her path to the AEW title, the recent rumors about her sandbagging a match, her mixed martial arts debut, if she wants to do it again, and more. Jiri Prochazka around (1:01:26) discusses winning UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 275, why he was disappointed, his cut, his “tapping” in the fight, the finish, how he celebrated the win, returning home to many fans, what he wants next, and more. Taila Santos around (1:36:14) discusses her performance at UFC 275, her eye injury and recovery, her gameplan, if Valentina Shevchenko looked past her, which rounds she felt she won, how the injury hurt her during the fight, the respect she gained from the MMA community, if she wants a rematch, and more. Danny Sabatello around (2:03:55) discusses his issues with MMA fans, the bantamweight division in Bellator, how many stitches he wants to give Leandro Higo, what happened at DWCS, how he got his nickname, the comparisons to Colby Covington, his thoughts on the UFC bantamweight division, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:41:13) break down the best bets for UFC Austin. In the latest On the Nose around (2:54:19), Ariel Helwani discusses top UFC officials and their roles, what’s next for Henry Cejudo, the featherweight division, the solution for fighter pay, his favorite shoes, his favorite event he would have loved to see, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 15, 2022
UFC 275 reaction, Leon Edwards, Miesha Tate, Anthony Smith, Dominick Reyes, and more
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Ariel Helwani kicks off the show by offering his thoughts on a memorable UFC 275 event in Singapore this past Saturday night. Miesha Tate around (21:52) discusses her weight cut to flyweight, celebrity Big Brother, who won the UFC 275 co-main event, if she was surprised she was called out by Valentina Shevchenko, Joanna Jedrzeczyk’s retirement, Pena vs. Nunes 2, and more. Ariel Helwani and Eric Jackman around (47:34) discuss UFC 275 and who should be pound-for-pound best for the women's ranks. Dominick Reyes around (1:01:36) discusses his absence from the spotlight and finding a new training home, the UFC 275 main event, what fighting Jiri Prochazka is like, how long it took for him to get over Jon Jones loss, why he wants to fight Anthony Smith, and more. Anthony Smith around (1:31:30) discusses fighting Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 277, being called out by Dominick Reyes, if a title shot is on the line, the UFC 275 main event, how to beat Jiri Prochazka, who won the UFC 275 co-main event, and more. Leon Edwards around (2:05:58) discusses getting his title shot against Kamaru Usman at UFC 278, facing Jorge Masvidal, Usman vs. Canelo Alvarez, if he watches first fight against Usman, how his wrestling has improved, and more. Ariel Helwani around (2:35:27) breaks down GC’s best bets for UFC 275 this past weekend. Ariel Helwani and Eric Jackman discuss Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s performance at UFC 275 and her legacy. They also discuss Adam Sandler’s new movie “Hustle” and Sandler’s greatest movies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 13, 2022
Oscar De La Hoya, Tim Kennedy in studio, Devin Haney, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, and more
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Karolina Kowalkiewicz around (13:16) discusses her big win at UFC Vegas 56, her break from MMA, how she ended up training with Joanna Jedrzejczyk, her rough start at ATT and how the camp helped her, why she would have called it quits if she lost, and more. In the latest On the Nose around (35:57), Ariel Helwani discusses JJ vs. Zhang Weili 2, what’s next for Nate Diaz, UFC 275 weigh-ins, the best cereal ever, and much more. Tim Kennedy around (1:03:45) discusses his new book, the stuff he couldn’t share, his recent trips to Ukraine and Afghanistan, battling fear, if he will ever compete in MMA again, fighter pay and the M.M.A.A.A, the lowest points in his life and how he turned it around, and more. Oscar De La Hoya around (2:03:21) discusses the big fights in boxing, a possible clash with Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis, the future of Golden Boy, if he’s going to sell company, what went wrong with Canelo Alvarez, his opinion of Eddie Hearn, if he’ll return to boxing, what happened with Golden Boy MMA, open scoring, and more. Devin Haney around (2:31:17) discusses his performance against George Kambosos Jr., if he was stressed not having his Dad by his side before the fight, who he wants next, Ryan Garcia, Damian Lillard attending the fight, and more. Eric Jackman and Ariel Helwani around (2:59:20) discuss Conner Burks’ top picks for UFC 275 and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 08, 2022
Brandon Moreno, Kai Kara-France, Bo Nickal, Erin Blanchfield, Jeff Molina, and more
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Jeff Molina around (7:11) discusses his performance at UFC Vegas 56, if he won the fight, how he ended up wearing the UFC’s Pride Month kit, the reaction from fans before and after the fight, if he wants to fight Muhammad Mokaev, how he got his nickname and his MMA start, and more. Erin Blanchfield around (28:37) discusses her performance at UFC Vegas 56, her callout, her goal of becoming an ESPN analyst for the UFC, how she got into mixed martial arts, how she got her nickname, her UFC 275 prediction for the co-main event, and more. Bo Nickal around (41:38) discusses his mixed martial arts debut, what took so long for it to happen, what will be his next step, his goals, his Khabib Nurmagomedov comments, when he wants to fight again, and more. Kai Kara-France around (1:05:26) discusses his upcoming interim title fight against Brandon Moreno at UFC 277, fighting in hostile territory in Dallas, his support system, Deiveson Figuereido’s recent comments, and more. Brandon Moreno around (1:31:38) discusses his upcoming interim title against Kai Kara-France at UFC 277, why it wasn’t Deiveson Figuereido, Figuereido’s recent comments, what he misses about being champion, if he watches the trilogy fight, why he moved to Kansas City, his first fight against Kara-France, his new legos, his final message to Figuereido, and more. Eric Jackman and Ariel Helwani around (1:59:05) look back at the best bets from this previous weekend, Helwani’s “underdog” of the week, and the latest MMA news. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 06, 2022
Jorge Masvidal, Alistair Overeem, Mariusz Pudzianowski, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Merab Dvalishvili, Jordan Leavitt, and more
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Jordan Leavitt around (7:02) discusses his upcoming clash with Paddy Pimblett, cutting back on social media, how active he wants to be this year, his reading goals, his unique celebrations, his dancing, his nickname, and much more. Alistair Overeem around (42:45) discusses how he ended up doing pro wrestling, facing Braun Strowman, what happened to Rico Verhoeven fight in Glory and how he ended up with Badr Hari, if he’s done with MMA, facing Fedor Emelianenko, his ending with the UFC, and more. Merab Dvalishvili around (1:08:21) discusses his efforts on landing a fight, his possible return at UFC on ABC 3 in Long Island, who he wants to fight next, his viral swimming videos, his thoughts on Aljamain Sterling’s recent comments, how he ended up in the gym, and more. Mariusz Pudzianowski around (1:37:03) discusses his knockout upset at KSW 70, why he was emotional after the fight, his diet, his social media, his recent success, if he wants to face Mamed Khalidov next, and more. Jairzinho Rozenstruik around (2:04:48) discusses his upcoming fight against Alexander Volkov at UFC Vegas 56, facing tall fighters, what he learned from Curtis Blaydes fight, the state of the UFC heavyweight division, if Francis Ngannou will return, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:19:47) recap best bets from this past weekend and look ahead to UFC Vegas 56 on Saturday night. In the latest On the Nose around (2:46:29), Ariel Helwani discusses state of UFC heavyweight division, stars who could make leap into another promotion, Jorge Masvidal vs. Conor McGregor, the LeBron James of MMA, his favorite WWE tag teams, and more. Jorge Masvidal around (3:07:32) discusses MMA judging, his loss to Colby Covington, Herb Dean, his alleged incident with Covington, facing Conor McGregor or Gilbert Burns next, Nate Diaz’s issues with the UFC, Canelo vs. Usman, Dustin Poirier vs. Colby Covington, families and trash talk, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 01, 2022
Dominick Cruz, Al Iaquinta, Shannon Knapp, Andy Foster, and more
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Towards the beginning of the show, Ariel Helwani delivers an emotional reaction to the mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Shannon Knapp around (13:49) gives us an update on Invicta FC, the history of open scoring at her events, how it has helped, the reaction of the fans, and more. Al Iaquinta around (38:14) discusses selling NewYorkRic a house, why he doesn’t like open scoring, rips Doug Crosby, MVP vs. Storley judging, what Aljamain Sterling Day was like, if he’ll return at Long Island UFC event, and more. Andy Foster around (1:17:22) discusses why he isn’t in favor of open scoring, scoring rounds 10-10, the evolution of judging, the criticism of judges, corner issues, how DQ’s should be a last resort, Charles Oliveira’s weight miss, digital scale vs. beam scale, and more. Dominick Cruz around (2:04:23) discusses open scoring, why education of judges would make the true difference, the 135-pound division, if T.J. Dillashaw earned a title shot, when he might return and where, his thoughts on Marlon Vera, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:39:49) look at best bets for the upcoming KSW event and more. In the latest On the Nose around (3:01:06), Ariel Helwani discusses if there should be more judges, Ali Abdelaziz vs. Cris Cyborg, Sasha Banks and Naomi vs. WWE, his relationship with Brock Lesnar, failed dinner plans with The MMA Hour crew, a failed wedding proposal, NewYorkRIc calls in, and more If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 25, 2022
Glover Teixeira, Valentina Shevchenko, Chase Hooper, Mariusz Pudzianowski, and more
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Ariel Helwani opens the show by discussing UFC Vegas 55’s close main event and open scoring, how the fighters could have “the power,” and more. Chase Hooper around (35:43) discusses his performance at UFC Vegas 55, his new hair, judging, fan noise, how the time off helped him, his recent marriage, his T-shirt, his tough childhood, how his coach is his manager, and more. Valentina Shevchenko around (1:04:33) discusses her upcoming title defense at UFC 275, why she is training in Florida, her reception back home, a traditional game, if she was shocked by recent loss by Amanda Nunes, if she might move to fight for 135-pound title next, Rose vs. Carla, the secret to her success, and more. Glover Teixeira around (1:31:46) discusses his life as UFC champion, how he feels about event in Singapore, if he is changing up his camp for the fight, his perfect plan for retirement, when he decided to give up hard liquor, if Jan Blachowicz could be next after UFC 275, Anderson Silva’s recent boxing run, if Charles Oliveira should have been stripped of title, and more. Mariusz Pudzianowski around (2:01:17) discusses his lengthy MMA career, how his body has changed to do mixed martial arts, his least favorite Strongman event, how long he wants to compete in MMA, his daily routine and diet, his helicopters, if he ever has been approached by a major U.S. promotion, what convinced him to do MMA, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:30:50) look back at best bets from the previous weekend. Ariel Helwani, GC and NewYorkRic around (2:48:16) discuss who should be the next person to box Jake Paul, the next opponent for Holly Holm, and Valentina Shevchenko’s next title shot. They also discuss future bets. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 23, 2022
Jan Blachowicz, Aleksandar Rakic, Davey Grant, Eric Albarracin, and more
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Davey Grant around (7:12) discusses his win over Louis Smolka, not getting a bonus at UFC Vegas 54, his roller-coaster road through the UFC, why he doesn’t fight in London, and more. Eric Albarracin around (27:32) discusses the return of Henry Cejudo, Cejudo’s preferred weight class, Cejudo vs. Volkanovski or Holloway, if he will keep working with Jon Jones, and more. Jan Blachowicz around (57:17) discusses his performance at UFC Vegas 54, the injuries he suffered in the fight, his recent injury scare, if he earned a title shot, what he likes to do in Las Vegas, Sean Strickland’s recent comments, and more. Aleksandar Rakic around (1:23:52) talks about the return from his injured knee, his performance at UFC Vegas 54, how close he is to the light heavyweight title, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:01:30) discuss best bets for UFC Vegas 55 and more. In the latest On the Nose around (2:25:54), Ariel Helwani discusses a possible TUF battle between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, Johnny Hendricks vs. GSP, Dustin Poirier vs. Colby Covington, Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic, a possible Salt Lake City main event, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 18, 2022
Tony Ferguson, Dustin Poirier, Paul Daley, Michael Page, and more
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Ariel Helwani (12:34), along with Conner Burks and Eric Jackman, take a look at best bets this past weekend and wrap up all the action from UFC Vegas 54. Michael Page around (34:30) discusses his performance against Logan Storley at Bellator 281, if the rules need to be changed with wrestlers, if he believes he won, Scott Coker’s comments after the fight, would open scoring help, if there will be a rematch, Paul Daley, and more. Ariel Helwani around (1:01:56), along with Conner Burks and Eric Jackman, take a closer look at the latest MMA news and more. Paul Daley around (1:29:13) discusses his performance at Bellator 281 on Friday, how he pulled off the final finish, the injury he suffered, which two fights he would end his retirement for, and more. Dustin Poirier around (1:56:49) discusses his struggles to get a UFC fight, why he hasn’t fought Nate Diaz yet, possibly facing Colby Covington next, Michael Chandler’s recent comments, and more. Tony Ferguson around (2:31:14) discusses his performance at UFC 274, the knockout finish by Michael Chandler, which team he might join, what sparked his comments at the UFC 274 media day, fighting Conor McGregor, Gregor Gillespie’s recent comments, his beef with Khabib Nurmagomedov, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 16, 2022
Michael Chandler, Alexander Volkanovski, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Pat Barry and Rose Namajunas, Tom Aspinall, and more
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Tom Aspinall around (7:18) discusses his return to UFC London against Curtis Blaydes, his failed callouts, MMA fighters turned celebs, Fury vs. Ngannou, and more. Pat Barry and Rose Namajunas around (34:37) discuss life after UFC 274, how they feel about the fight, sticking to the game plan, the issues with the mat, his comments during the fight, the criticism after the fight, respond to Sean Strickland’s relationship comments, when she might return, and more. Joanna Jędrzejczyk around (1:31:32) discusses possibly training with Rose Namajunas for UFC 275, what she thought of the UFC 274 co-main event, if a title fight is on the line, having Kayla Harrison in the gym, and more. Michael Chandler around (1:48:05) discusses his performance at UFC 274, his finger injury warming up before the fight, his issues in the first round, his take on the viral knockout photo, his post-fight promo, who he wants next, the injuries he might have suffered, why he doesn’t want to face Dustin Poirier, if Charles Oliveira deserved to be stripped of the title, his KO, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:20:10) break down best bets for this upcoming weekend. In the latest On the Nose around (2:47:48), Ariel Helwani answers questions about Charles Oliveira’s recent run, Nate Diaz’s delayed return, Conor McGregor’s return opponent, if Charles Oliveira should have been stripped of title, and more. Alexander Volkanovski around (3:25:21) discusses his upcoming trilogy match with Max Holloway at UFC 276, if he needs to make a statement, what a win will mean to his legacy, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 11, 2022
UFC 274 reaction, Sean O’Malley, Carla Esparza, Jared Cannonier, Joe Lauzon, Shaheen Al-Shatti, and more
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After UFC 274, Ariel Helwani discusses Charles Oliveira’s weight miss and if he should remain champion, why the UFC should change its policy, Michael Chandler’s knockout, and more about Saturday’s event in Phoenix. Carla Esparza around (33:12) discusses her performance at UFC 274, her gameplan for the fight, the takedown defense by Rose Namajunas, the criticism of the fans of the fight, her thoughts on the commentary, 10-10 rounds, open scoring, what rounds she won, and more. Joe Lauzon around (1:02:04) discusses when he found out Cowboy Cerrone was going to drop out of their fight at UFC 274, why he felt fight was going to be off all week, if he had any issues with the scale in Phoenix, if he will fight again, and more. Jared Cannonier around (1:31:34) discusses how he got the title fight against Israel Adesanya at UFC 276, if he was worried he wouldn’t get the shot, his viral clip at UFC 274, his crystals, his search for a flawless victory, and more. Shaheen Al-Shatti around (1:57:45) discusses fight week at UFC 274, Tony Ferguson’s performance and comments at UFC 274, Ferguson’s future, who is next for Michael Chandler, the fans in Phoenix, if Charles Oliveira should be champion still, and more. Sean O’Malley around (2:25:56) discusses his upcoming fight against Pedro Munhoz at UFC 276, why he didn’t fight at UFC 274, if he would rematch Marlon Vera, what he thought about the UFC 274 co-main event, his thoughts on the Canelo Alvarez fight, Francis Ngannou’s contract situation, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:59:59) take a closer look at his best bets from this past weekend. They are also joined by NewYorkRic to discuss the Canelo fight and UFC 274. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 09, 2022
Chael Sonnen, Kayla Harrison, Shogun Rua, Joe Lauzon, Raufeon Stots, and more
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Joe Lauzon around (19:00) discusses why he decided not to fight during the pandemic, if he plans on retiring at UFC 274, if he ever came close to fighting Donald Cerrone before, why he didn’t want to fight at the UFC Apex, a conversation he had with Cerrone, his life on OnlyFans, and more. Shogun Rua around (32.08) discusses his motivation before UFC 274, his tough trip to Phoenix, if it was his idea to rematch OSP, the first fight between the two fighters, the secret to his longevity, if he watches his old fights, which fight he likes the best from his past, and more. Kayla Harrison around (1:01:42) discusses headlining PFL 3 on Friday night, why she’s cutting back on social media, her time as a free agent, what the PFL season is like, what her T-shirt means, what she learned from Ronda Rousey, possibly facing Cris Cyborg in the PFL, her thoughts on Cain Velasquez, and more. Raufeon Stots around (1:30:15) discusses his road to interim Bellator champion, his childhood, what led him to mixed martial arts, unwraps a gift from Bellator, his lone loss, and more. Chael Sonnen around (2:01:57) discusses the latest news in the world of mixed martial arts, including Nate Diaz’s current issues with the UFC, Francis Ngannou vs. Tyson Fury, if Ngannou will remain with the UFC, what’s next for Henry Cejudo and Colby Covington, and much more. GC and Helwani around (2:46:17) break down bets for the upcoming UFC and Bellator events as well as Canelo Alvarez fight. In the latest episode of On the Nose around (3:13:34), Ariel Helwani discusses Eddie Hearn’s recent comments on Jake Paul, the recent leaks from the UFC war room, best pizza topping, is Paulo Costa trying to get cut, Tony Ferguson's recent comments, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 04, 2022
Eddie Hearn and Cris Cyborg in studio, Carla Esparza, Marlon Vera, Holly Holm, and more
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Eddie Hearn around (15:40) discusses the memorable Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano event, Taylor’s walkout song, watching the main event with Jake Paul, if Taylor plans on retirement, what Taylor was like when he first met her, the Jake Paul bet, his recent comments about Jake Paul’s boxing skills, and more. Carla Esparza around (1:17:41) talks about fighting at UFC 274 right before her wedding, why it took so long to make this rematch, her thoughts from the fight fight, Rose then vs. Rose now, the color of her fingernails, and more. Cris Cyborg around (1:37:10) discusses the Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano event, how she was a part of the Jake Paul diss track of Dana White, her boxing career and upcoming free agency, why the Cat Zingano fight never happened, how her parents felt about her fighting, how her handball career led to her starting mixed martial arts, a Ronda Rousey fight in the UFC, if she thought about retirement after the Amanda Nunes loss, and more. Holly Holm around (2:26:59( discusses the Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano event, why she left boxing for MMA, if she would be interested in boxing Katie Taylor, her delayed return to the UFC, her injuries, and more. Marlon Vera around (2:55:22) discusses his performance at UFC Vegas 53, his tough start, when Rob Font missed weight, a possible showdown with Jose Aldo and Dominick Cruz, when he wants to return, and more. GC, NewYork Ric, and Ariel around (3:30:39) discuss the best bets from the past weekend, the Taylor vs. Serrano event, Marlon Vera’s win, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 02, 2022
Eddie Hearn in studio, Charles Jourdain, Arjan Bhullar, Yancy Medeiros, DAZN exec Joe Markowski in studio, and more
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Charles Jourdain around (5:58) discusses how he changed things up in the UFC and got back on track, how he got into MMA, crossing paths with GSP, the Quebec MMA scene, his callout after UFC Vegas 52, and more. Arjan Bhullar around (33:45) discusses why he’s sticking with ONE Championship, if he could be headed to WWE or AEW as well, his thoughts on Francis Ngannou’s situations with the UFC, Daniel Cormier’s advice, Henry Cejudo trade rumors, and more. Eddie Hearn around (1:16:18) discusses how he determines success, finding that balance between family and promotion, if he’s the best promoter in combat sports, what he liked about UFC London, the Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano fight and what it means, Tyson Fury’s recent fight, and more. Joe Markowski around (1:50:21) talks about how DAZN bounced back from the pandemic, what happened with DAZN and MMA, how they staggered main event endings with ESPN on Saturday, if Jake Paul could return to DAZN, if pay-per-views are dead, and more. Yancy Medeiros around (2:25:02) discusses how he ended up at Bellator 279, his performance, how Nate Diaz helped him, fighting in Hawaii, his tough year, Diaz’s situation with the UFC, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:47:16) takes a closer look at GC’s best bets for PFL 2, UFC Vegas 53 and Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano. In the latest On the Nose segment around (3:14:58), Ariel Helwani discusses Nate Diaz’s future with the UFC, what items on The MMA Hour set mean the most, are fans to blame for Dan Hooker’s TKO loss, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 27, 2022
Francis Ngannou, Dan Hardy, Ben Rothwell, Khamzat Chimaev's coach Andreas Michael, and more
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Francis Ngannou around (3:47) discusses his contract situation with the UFC, what he thought of Tyson Fury’s performance, how he got in the ring, how close he is to fighting Fury, when he might be able to fight again, if the UFC would be interested in a Fury fight, and more. Ben Rothwell around (38:11) discusses why he didn’t end up fighting Alexander Gustafsson, his UFC release, how he ended up with BKFC, if he will compete in MMA again, if he is worried about his hands, and more. Andreas Michael around (1:04:01) discusses his favorite weight class for Alexander Gustafsson and his importance in Sweden, the first time he met Khamzat Chimaev, the game plan against Gilbert Burns, Chimaev’s performance, when Chimaev will compete again, if it will be Chimaev vs. Colby Covington, Darren Till’s future, and more. Dan Hardy around (1:37:41) discusses his upcoming boxing fight against Diego Sanchez, the rules of the fight, why he didn’t return to mixed martial arts first, any doubts, his thoughts on Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte, Fury vs. Francis Ngannou in a boxing or a MMA fight, Tommy Fury vs. Jake Paul, and more. In GC and Helwani around (2:07:30), GC looks back at some old picks, while they also talk about Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou, NBA playoffs, a busy weekend of combat sports action, and much more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 25, 2022
Aljamain Sterling, A.J. McKee, Cub Swanson, Mike Malott, Olivier Aubin-Mercier, PFL CEO Peter Murray, and more
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Michael Malott around (6:04) discusses if he’s the next big Canadian star, his nickname, why he chose Team Alpha Male, if he ever had doubts he would make it to the UFC, his UFC debut, the charity drive for his coach’s daughter, when he would like to fight again, and more. Olivier Aubin-Mercier around (28:05) discusses difficulties with training MMA due to Quebec government, transition to PFL and really liking the 'little family' vibe, planning to retire at 35, what he'll do after, no regrets with his UFC career, confidence he can win PFL lightweight tournament this year, and more. PFL CEO Peter Murray around (48:17) discusses the upcoming PFL season, their TV deal with ESPN, the re-signing of Kayla Harrison, the storylines to watch, the recent PFL gambling scandal, the PFL’s plans for pay-per-view, a cross-promotional event with Bellator, the return of Claressa Shields, and more. AJ McKee around (1:09:12) discusses his new hairstyle, what took him so long to return to the Bellator cage, his contract issues with Bellator, if he could be a free agent after his next three fights, his rematch with Patricio Pitbull, his dream fight in the UFC, and more. Aljamain Sterling around (1:33:29) discusses his performance against Petr Yan at UFC 273, the scoring by the judges, why he was so emotional by weigh-ins, who won the first round in the co-main event, his response to John McCarthy’s comments, if TJ Dillashaw should get the next title shot, his apology form, when he might return, and more. Cub Swanson around (2:12:26) discusses finding out he was headed to UFC Hall of Fame for his fight with Doo Ho Choi, was he surprised the fight was honored, his favorite memory from the fight, when he might return, if he’ll end up fighting Uriah Faber, how he thought Sterling vs. Yan was a draw, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:42:25) break down the best bets for the upcoming Bellator and UFC events this weekend. In the latest On the Nose around (3:13:31), Ariel Helwani discusses his “elevator,” the welterweight division, Khamzat Chimaev’s rise in the UFC, how finishes should earn fighters bonus, Nick Diaz’s possible return, helping out Henry Cejudo, Sean O’Malley’s return, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 13, 2022
Alexander Volkanovski in studio, Ray Longo, Ian Garry, Brian Stann, and more
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Ariel Helwani takes a look back at UFC 273. Brian Stann around (15:39) discusses his daily life these days, a recent viral clip about Khamzat Chimaev, Chimaev vs. Gilbert Burns at UFC 273, Aljamain Sterling’s performance, fighter pay, advice for young fighters, and more. Ian Garry around (44:08) discusses his UFC 273 win over Darian Weeks, what grade he would give it, which of his UFC performances he was happier with so far, what he loved about fight week, if Gilbert Burns beat Khamzat Chimaev, when he wants to return, and more. Ray Longo around (1:10:32) discusses Aljamain Sterling’s performance at UFC 273, what Sterling dealt with after his previous title win, how did he felt after first round, if he thought Sterling could be a champion early on, what’s next for Sterling, and more. Alexander Volkanovski around (2:04:39) stops by The MMA Hour set and discusses his title defense at UFC 273, his new attitude, his thoughts on possibly facing Henry Cejudo, the featherweight division, cooks some chicken wings, and much more. GC and Helwani around (3:39:51) recap the best bets for UFC 273 this past weekend. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 11, 2022
Rose Namajunas, Logan Paul, Luke Rockhold, Mackenzie Dern, and more
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Mackenzie Dern around (4:57) discusses bouncing back from her second UFC loss, how close she was to pulling out of the fight, fighting at the UFC APEX vs. regular arenas, her upcoming opponent Tecia Torres at UFC 273, why she is inspired by Michael Jordan, and more. GC and Helwani around (27:55) discuss GC’s best bets for UFC 273 this upcoming weekend. Rose Namajunas around (1:01:59) discusses her rematch with Carla Esparza at UFC 274, why it look so long to finalize, if she wanted this rematch, when she watched the first fight again, her wake-up calls, the difference between the first title reign and the current one, a recent Rose tattoo, she plays a song on piano, and more. Logan Paul around (1:30:53) discusses his performance at WrestleMania 38, his outfit, if he wants to do boxing or wrestling in the future, what Vince McMahon told him after his match, his expensive Pikachu Illustrator card, facing the Miz in the future, Dana White’s recent appearance on his podcast, who he would want to fight in his first UFC match, his run-in with Khamzat Chimaev, and more. Luke Rockhold around (2:02:18) discusses his feud with Paulo Costa, recent comments by Anthony Smith and Michael Bisping, if he would fight at 205 pounds again, why he agreed to do the. Michael Bisping documentary, why he won’t get married, Cain Velasquez’s arrest, and more. In the latest On the Nose, around (2:35:37) Ariel Helwani discusses Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gilbert Burns at UFC 273, Twitter advice, his son’s school project, a fraternity party, GC’s UFC 273 party and if Mysterious Frank will show up, a UFC fighter he misses, his favorite childhood TV shows, if Stipe Miocic is close to a title shot, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 06, 2022
Petr Yan, Julianna Peña, Demetrious Johnson, Ryan Garcia, Dricus Du Plessis, and more
13430
Ariel Helwani and Eric Jackman around (13:47) discuss this past weekend’s WrestleMania 38 and more. GC and Helwani around (40:20) look back at WrestleMania 38 bets and ahead to early action for UFC 273. Demetrious Johnson around (1:00:59) discusses his nickname issues, what it was like competing at ONE X, his special rules bout against Rodtang, what made the difference in the fight, if he’s getting a title rematch, dealing with time zones, when he might return, Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno 4, and more. Ryan Garcia around (1:38:39) discusses his anticipated return this Saturday night, his new tattoos, if he might not return after taking his break, what happened with Canelo Alvarez, why he picked Joe Goossen as a trainer, what he learned from the Luke Campbell fight, Emmanuel Tagoe’s comments, and more. Petr Yan around (2:06:00) discusses his rematch against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 273, what has changed since his last fight, Aljamain Sterlng’s recent comments, Sterling’s latest video, if Henry Cejudo and Sean O’Malley will be in his corner, who might be next if he wins, and more. Dricus Du Plessis around (2:27:53) discusses his difficulty getting an opponent at UFC 273, why he thinks Kelvin Gastelum dropped out of the fight, what he wants to do next, his nickname, and more. Julianna Peña around (3:00:13) discusses why she went to WrestleMania 38, Ronda Rousey’s legacy, why she wants to fight Rousey, contract negotiations for her rematch with Amanda Nunes, what TUF coaching was like against Nunes, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 04, 2022
Paul Heyman, Aljamain Sterling, Kai Kara-France, Matt Brown, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and more
15524
Paul Heyman around (16:44) discusses life not being by Brock Lesnar’s side anymore, the new version of Brock Lesnar for the WWE audience, Roman Reigns, AEW’s MJF, his old promos, WrestleMania 38, and more. Yoshihiro Akiyama around (43:40) discusses his recent big win over Shinya Aoki at ONE X, how he bounced back, what division he plans on fighting in the future, how his wife feels about his nickname, and more. Matt Brown around (1:05:52) discusses his performance at UFC Columbus, if he thought he won the decision, what he could have done differently, his thoughts on open scoring, fighter pay, and more. In the latest On the Nose around (1:35:07), the fighter who he would pick to be face of new promotion, inspirational fighter quotes, Nate Diaz vs. Khamzat Chimaev, the biggest fight for you at UFC 273, who would win 1:1 battle with GC, his response to Graham Boylan, and more. Aljamain Sterling around (2:29:02) discusses his upcoming title defense at UFC 273, his preparation, why Petr Yan is upset, his issue with refs, his training camp, the odds for the fight, if Matt Serra is back in his corner, if he’s Team Will Smith, and more. Kai Kara-France around (3:05:21) discusses his UFC Columbus win, his current contract situation with the UFC, why he wants to fight for Deiveson Figureido, Joe Burrow, a recent meeting with one of his childhood bullies, and more. GC and Helwani around (3:44:47) look at GC's best bets at WrestleMania 38. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 30, 2022
Georges St-Pierre, Curtis Blaydes, Stephen Thompson, Alexa Grasso, Bas Rutten, Adam Kovacs, and more
12752
Ariel Helwani breaks down UFC Columbus and reacts to Nate Diaz’s recent tweet that he wanted to be released by the UFC. Curtis Blaydes aroundf (17:26) discusses his motivation at UFC Columbus, his critics, his callout of Stipe Miocic, Francis Ngannou’s issues with the UFC and his combat sports future, what he learned from the Derrick Lewis loss, when he wants to return, and more. Alexa Grasso around (37:39) discusses her big win at UFC Columbus, her reaction to submission win, her former life at strawweight, the rise of MMA in Mexico, why GSP is her favorite fighter, how close she is to a title shot, and more. Georges St-Pierre around (1:01:11) discusses his work with Karate Combat and their upcoming season, how he feels about Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington alleged altercation, fighter pay, Francis Ngannou’s issues with the UFC, the moment he had with Nick Diaz, and more. Stephen Thompson around (1:22:56) discusses his involvement with Karate Combat, what went wrong against Belal Muhammad, the Colby vs. Jorge showdown, open scoring, and more. Bas Rutten around (1:42:02) discusses his involvement with Karate Combat, the gloves, if he’s ever been asked to lose a fight, his favorite fight, his issues with training by Commander Dale Brown, and more. Adam Kovacs around (2:05:05) discuss the upcoming season of Karate Combat, who owns the organization, who fights for them, if Lyoto Machida or others could join in the future, where they will hold events, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:23:00) take a look back at GC’s top bets for UFC Columbus. In the latest edition of Ric’s Picks around (3:09:10), Ric and Ariel Helwani break down Will Smith’s slap of Chris Rock at the Oscars, and Ariel gets a gift from an old friend. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 28, 2022
Khamzat Chimaev and Darren Till, Tom Aspinall, Paige VanZant, Gable Steveson, Dan Hardy, John Gooden, and more
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Gable Steveson around (4:22) discusses his latest NCAA title, if it’s better than his Olympic gold medal, his viral moment at NCAA championships, if he’s officially retired, if he’ll compete at the 2024 Olympics, what he heard from Brock Lesnar after his NCAA win, when his WWE career will start, if he will ever do MMA, and more. John Gooden around (31:37) breaks down UFC London, if he felt rusty after his long layoff, what it was like to call the fights with Michael Bisping, if he struggled without calling events during the pandemic, why he got emotional during his Paul Craig call, and more. Paige VanZant around (1:03:22) discusses her move to AEW, what drew her to pro wrestling, if she talked to the WWE, if she will return to bare knuckle boxing, what it was like being in the corner during her husband’s Bellator title fight, and more. Dan Hardy around (1:31:13) discusses UFC London, the impressive stars from the event, the future of Paddy Pimblett, if it was a mistake for Dan Hooker to drop to featherweight, if he will return to boxing, and more. Tom Aspinall around (2:04:02) discusses his performance at UFC London, why he didn’t book an afterparty for the fight, if he was nervous, GSP commenting on his picture, his finish, how he’s different, if he will get Tai Tuivasa next, and more. Darren Till and Khamzat Chimaev around (2:56:18) discuss their friendship, if they will ever fight each other, Chimaev’s title aspirations in 170 pounds and 185 pounds, Chimaev’s upcoming fight against Gilbert Burns, and much more. GC and Helwani around (3:21:20) discuss best bets for UFC Columbus this upcoming weekend. In the latest edition of On the Nose around (3:38:50), Ariel Helwani discusses the Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gilbert Burns fight at UFC 273, tips to watch a UFC fight, the Jorge Masvidal vs. Colby Covington alleged incident, Paddy Pimblett’s pay for UFC London, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 23, 2022
Paul Craig, Arnold Allen, Molly McCann, Muhammad Mokaev, Jack Shore, E. Casey Leydon, and more
15335
Ariel Helwani wraps up a memorable UFC London event. Muhammad Mokaev around (16:38) discusses his performance at UFC London, if he was nervous before his UFC debut, how he ran Into Cody Durden twice before the fight, his first meeting with Dana White, why he wants Tim Elliott next, and more. Paul Craig around (44:20) discusses his performance at UFC London, effective grappling, using a sports pyschologist, who he wants next, when he plans to retire, and more. Molly McCann around (1:08:49) discusses her performance at UFC London, her knockout, the memorable photos from the event, her friendship with Paddy Pimblett, and more. Jack Shore around (1:36:11) discusses his performance at UFC London, the finish, how close he was to his first loss, if he thought the judges would give him the nod, who he wants next, when is the last time he lost, and more. Arnold Allen around (2:02:16) discusses his performance at UFC London against Dan Hooker, why he changed things up early in the co-main event, if he thought the stoppage was early, if he’s the best British fighter at any weight now, if his hands are injured, and more. E. Casey Leydon around (2:32:15) discusses the win in his amateur debut, what he’s learned after his first fight, his ‘surreal’ experience, the mistake he made, and more. GC and Helwani around (3:20:45) break down GC’s best bets for UFC London on Saturday. In the latest edition of Ric’s Picks around (3:41:48), they discuss E. Casey Leydon’s MMA debut, Conor McGregor’s triple-champ dreams, Kamaru Usman’s next title defense, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 21, 2022
Kevin Holland, Demetrious Johnson, Ilia Topuria, Molly McCann, Matt Brown, E. Casey Leydon, and more
15657
E. Casey Leydon around (8:48) discusses how he ended up making his MMA debut this weekend, his start in MMA, how much weight he has lost during this process, the help behind the scenes, and more. Molly McCann around (34:00) discusses her feelings heading into UFC London, her historic fight on the main card, her new BT Sport documentary, her thoughts on new Everton manager, and more. Matt Brown around (1:00:32) discusses his return at UFC Columbus, his last fight in Ohio, when he was the happiest in his career, how he’s going to change things around next weekend, why he started treating MMA like a business, having legend Mark Coleman in his corner, and more. Demetrious Johnson around (1:34:44) discusses if he should get into the UFC Hall of Fame, if an interim title counts as a title defense, who could break his UFC title defense record, his mixed rules fight against Rodtang Jitmuangnon next, why it is four rounds, trying to bounce back from a loss, and more. Kevin Holland around (2:02:29) discusses how he stopped an alleged shooter at a restaurant, how he submitted him, if he was nervous, what he thought about Brendan Allen’s comments, who he wants to fight next, and more. Ilia Topuria around (2:26:19) discusses his altercation with Paddy Pimblett in the fighter hotel in London, what caused his issue with Pimblett, what he was trying to accomplish, why he wants UFC featherweight title, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:50:11) discuss GC’s best bets for UFC London. In the latest On the Nose around (3:18:33), Ariel Helwani makes his picks for the UFC Hall of Fame, podcast advice, Jake Paul’s chances to join UFC and fight Conor McGregor, his thoughts about Scott Hall’s death, and more. f you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 16, 2022
Dan Hooker, Khalil Rountree Jr., Marlon Vera, Cody Law, and more
14275
Ariel Helwani kicks off the show by wrapping up a busy combat sports weekend. Cody Law around (11:50) discusses his uncanny prediction for his latest Bellator fight, if he’s done it before, if he’s happy with Bellator, why his favorite fighter is Georges St-Pierre, their similar tattoo, and more. Khalil Rountree around (29:19) discusses his emotional post-fight scrum after his UFC Vegas 50 win, how his father’s death impacted him, if he would have still been a fighter, when things changed as a teenager, how he wants to inspire change, how he gets over tough days, Conor McGregor’s compliment, and more. GC and Helwani around (1:31:35) look back at GC’s picks this past weekend. Dan Hooker around (1:59:32) discusses his featherweight cut before UFC London, why his coaches didn’t like the move, how excited he is for the debut in the weight class, his cheap side job, what he weighs right now, and more. Marlon Vera around (2:34:47)discusses his new massive head tattoo, why he picked it, how he cut some people out of his life, what he thinks about Rob Font as his next opponent, the thoughts of his first main event, and more. In the latest Ric’s Picks around (3:09:34), Eric Jackman and Ariel discuss John Lineker, Tom Brady’s return to the NFL, Marlon Moraes’ latest loss, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 14, 2022
Michael Bisping, Robert Whittaker, Tai Tuivasa, Ben Askren, Jalin Turner, and more
15215
Jalin Turner around (5:52) discusses the key behind his recent UFC win streak, his performance at UFC 272, why he wants to bring wrestling back to his high school, inspirational words from Anderson Silva, the amount of spiders he has, and more. Ben Askren around (30:11) discusses some trips down memory lane with the UFC and the Olympics, the UFC 272 main event, his advice for Colby Covington, Kayla Harrison’s return to PFL, Jorge Masvidal’s recent tattoo, bitcoin, Jake Paul, his new book, and more. GC and Helwani around (1:17:28) discuss GC’s picks for UFC Vegas 50 and more. Michael Bisping around (1:30:00) discusses his new documentary out in a couple of weeks, the injuries he’s still dealing with from his career, if he would fight Jake Paul, if coaches should throw the towel in more, hanging out with Darren Till and Khamzat Chimaev, and more. In the latest On the Nose around (2:14:48), Ariel Helwani discusses what’s next for Jorge Masvidal, Dustin Poirier vs. Nate Diaz, the ‘BMF’ title, if there’s other life out there, how Ariel met his wife, and more. Robert Whittaker around (2:53:07) discusses his recent “skinny Rob” tweet, what his “living” weight is, why he wants to face Marvin Vettori next, why he doesn’t like rematches, if he has watched the second fight with Israel Adesanya, open scoring, what he might have done differently against Adesanya, if he was surprised by his kids at the airport, and more. Tai Tuivasa around (3:24:19) discusses his recent knockout of Derrick Lewis at UFC 271, his problems with Greg Hardy, if he’s going to fight Stipe Miocic next, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 09, 2022
Kayla Harrison, Rafael dos Anjos, Kevin Holland, Maryna Moroz, Terrance McKinney, and more
13464
Ariel Helwani delivers his thoughts about Colby Covington’s trash talk and UFC 272. Kayla Harrison around (15:30) discusses the mood at ATT after an emotional night at UFC 272, what she thought of the main event, how close she is to a new deal, what haunts her, and more. Kevin Holland around (52:08) discusses his performance at UFC 272, what he could have done better, if he regrets calling out Donald Cerrone, why he changed to Daniel Rodriguez, if he plans to stick at 170 pounds, his battle against trolls, and more. Maryna Moroz around (1:17:19) discusses her performance at UFC 272, what caused her almost two-year absence between fights, if she ever thought about dropping out of fight after Ukraine was invaded, what her family is dealing with back home, and more. Terrance McKinney around (1:48:11) discusses how he ended up with a short-notice fight this weekend, his gameplan for the Drew Dober fight, when he wants to be UFC champion, and more. Rafael dos Anjos around (2:20:03) discusses his performance at UFC 272, his hectic fight week, why things didn’t work with Islam Makhachev, if he was surprised the Renato Moicano fight wasn’t stopped sooner, if he took his fight off the gas, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:34:51) recaps GC’s best bets for UFC 272. In the latest Ric’s Picks around (2:58:56), NewYorkRic and Ariel discuss RDA vs. Renato Moicano, Kayla Harrison’s legacy and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 07, 2022
Tyson Fury, Canelo Alvarez, Eddie Hearn, Dan Lambert, and more
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Ariel Helwani opens the show talking about the latest news in MMA, UFC 272, Cain Velasquez’s arrest, and more. ATT owner Dan Lambert around (28:52) discusses how Jorge Masvidal turned things around, when he first met Colby Covington, when the Colby Covington persona got to be too much in the gym, why he kicked Covington and Masvidal out of the gym two years ago, and more. Tyson Fury around (1:05:39) discusses why Dillian Whyte didn’t show up to press conference Tuesday, Wembley Stadium selling out, if this Whyte fight is his final one, a future exhibition fight with Francis Ngannou, how he focuses on fights, and more. In the latest On the Nose around (1:39:08), Ariel Helwani discusses if Conor McGregor will get a title shot, why Colby Covington hasn’t appeared on The MMA Hour, Bellator vs. UFC fighter pay, coffee or tea, why TUF has struggled recently, and more. Canelo Alvarez discusses around (2:08:50) why he decided to return to Matchroom and DAZN, why 175 pounds, how he ended up with Dmitry Bivol, his thoughts on MMA, his feud with Ryan Garcia, if he wants to fight Kamaru Usman, and more. Eddie Hearn discusses around (2:19:51) the return of Canelo Alvarez, if pay-per-views are dead, Dillian Whyte’s absence from the press conference, if Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk will be delayed, if there should be open scoring, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:37:31) take a look at GC's best bets for UFC 272. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 02, 2022
Logan Paul, Gegard Mousasi, Rafael dos Anjos, Terrance McKinney, Mike Brown, and more
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Terrance McKinney around (8:27) discusses his most recent win at UFC Vegas 49, why he left his phone in Las Vegas, his childhood and early trouble with the law, how he got into hard drugs, how he escaped from the hospital, how he got nicknamed T-Rex, and more. Gegard Mousasi around (38:57) discusses his performance at Bellator 275, his “confusing” walkout, how he’s settled down, his words to Austin Vanderford after his win, if he could beat Israel Adesanya, and more. Mike Brown around (1:04:21) discusses how Jorge Masvidal will do against Colby Covington at UFC 272, his past coaching Colby Covington, will Masvidal be able to control his emotions, Kayla Harrison’s future, Amanda Nunes’ departure, and more. Rafael dos Anjos around (1:33:13) finds out live on the air that he just lost his fight at UFC 272. He also discusses if Islam Makhachev should get a title shot next, if he would face Makhachev at next Saturday’s event, and more. Logan Paul around (2:00:26) discusses teaming up with Arnold Schwarzenegger for slap fighting event, how he knocked someone out slap fighting, how he ended up in WrestleMania, not being paid for his Floyd Mayweather fight, if he will box again, how his brother Jake has exceeded his expectations, the Aokigahara forest controversy, YouTube creation, his Pokemon “L,” and more. Manager Sayat Abdrakhmanov around (2:59:37) discusses why Rafael Fiziev can’t fight at UFC 272, FIziev’s previous visa issues, what’s next for Arman Tsarukyan, and more. GC and Helwani around (3:11:24) break down GC’s best bets from UFC Vegas 49 on Saturday night. New York Ric is around (3:41:06), back to talk about all the latest goings on in MMA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 28, 2022
Gegard Mousasi, Commander Dale Brown, Chad Mendes, Austin Vanderford, BKFC President David Feldman, and more
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Austin Vanderford around (4:09) discusses his upcoming title fight against Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 275, the necklace of his tattoo, how Florida is treating him, his place in the middleweight rankings, and more. Gegard Mousasi around (30:58) discusses his upcoming title defense at Bellator 275, his first fight in Ireland, why he checks out his opponents on social media, why he wants to box Anderson Silva, his place in the middleweight rankings, a past story about Conor McGregor, and more. Chad Mendes around (1:02:29) discusses his BKFC debut, why it was so enjoyable for him, if he was getting paid more than his UFC fights, if he will return to the BKFC cage, how he went into “Mike Tyson mode,” if he will return to the UFC, and more. Commander Dale Brown around (1:35:05) discusses how he started D.U.S.T., how his videos have gone viral, why he never became a cop, how he ended up in the corner of Joaquin Buckley at UFC Vegas 48, if he would corner Buckley again, and more. Dave Feldman around (2:07:22) discusses the majority stake sale of BKFC to Triller, the recent BKFC Knucklemania 2 event, fighter pension, Paige VanZant, Diego Sanchez, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:39:49) break down GC’s best bets for UFC Vegas 49. In the latest On the Nose around (2:57:51), Ariel Helwani discusses why Chad Mendes was allowed to fight in BKFC, a storyline that would make a good ’30 for 30’, Bobby Green’s chances this weekend, the NBA dunk contest, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 23, 2022
Korean Zombie, Bobby Green, Mike Perry, Jamahal Hill, Joaquin Buckley, Bryce Mitchell, and more
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Joaquin Buckley around (16:57) discusses his performance at UFC Vegas 49, why he included D.U.S.T. founder Dale Brown in his corner, if Brown will return for future fights, the changes he made after his Alessio Di Chirico loss, the card he gave his opponent, and more. Jamahal Hill around (39:51) discusses his incredible knockout at UFC Vegas 49, the tux he wore to the fight, his childhood, what he learned from his arm injury, possibly facing Volkan Oezdemir, why he did the shoey at weigh-ins, and more. Bobby Green around (1:03:16) explains his issues with Ariel Helwani, when he found out he was fighting Islam Makhachev, how much weight he has dropped in the past week, and more. Bryce Mitchell around (1:41:15) discusses why he is not walking out to his own rap songs for his next fight, and more. (Disclaimer: MMA Fighting does not support or condone the misinformation in this interview.) Korean Zombie around (2:12:39) discusses his upcoming title fight at UFC 273, Henry Cejudo makes a brief appearance, if his fight against Alexander Volkanovski is personal, how difficult it is to be away from his family this long, and more. Mike Perry around (2:35:22) discusses his BKFC debut at Knucklemania 2, why he couldn’t punch real well in the last four rounds, BKFC vs. MMA, why he brought a bat to the press conference, when he might return, and more. GC and Helwani around (3:05:45) discuss best bets from UFC Vegas 48, PFL Challengers and Bellator 274. In the latest edition of Ric’s Picks around (3:26:12), he talks about the latest social and news in the MMA world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 21, 2022
Israel Adesanya in studio, Ciryl Gane, Casey O’Neill, Jessica-Rose Clark, Tim Simpson in studio, and more
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Jessica-Rose Clark around (5:15) discusses the inspiration behind her hair color, why she should have passed on the Pannie Kianzad rematch, how a sports psychologist has helped her, her experience wrestling high school teens at DC’s academy, her painful first tattoo, her nickname, and more. Ciryl Gane around (33:26) discusses his performance against Francis Ngannou at UFC 270, what went wrong after his fast start, if he thought he won at the end, if he knew about Ngannou’s injured knee the day of the event, what he wants to do next, and more. Casey O’Neill around (1:04:33) discusses her performance against Roxanne Modafferi at UFC 271, the judging on the fight, if she cares what people think, her wrist tattoo, why she didn’t touch gloves, when she wants to return, and more. In the latest On the Nose around (1:30:00), Ariel Helwani discusses Bellator 257, Conor McGregor’s path if he didn’t fight Floyd Mayweather, the Joe Rogan and UFC 271 controversy, Ariel vs. The Schmo, PFL and Kayla Harrison’s future, and more. Tim Simpson, the manager of Israel Adesanya, around (2:07:53) discusses why he does few media interviews, how he started, fighter pay in the UFC, sponsorships, Conor McGregor’s return, and more. Israel Adesanya around (2:42:32) discusses his performance in the UFC 271 main event, how the walkout locked him into the fight, the promotion of the fight when it was first announced, if he wanted to test free agency, his thoughts on the relationship between Francis Ngannou and the UFC, why he won’t fight ever in New Zealand, who he might fight next, his pro wrestling influences, why he will do less media going forward, and more. GC and Helwani around (3:42:29) break down GC’s best bets for UFC Vegas 48 and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 17, 2022
Israel Adesanya coach Eugene Bareman, Jared Cannonier, Roxanne Modafferi, Booker T, Johnny Walker, and more
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Eugene Bareman around (2:58) breaks down Israel Adesanya’s performance at UFC 271, what Adesanya could have done better, the leg kicks, who might be next for Adesanya, what he thought about Blood Diamond’s UFC debut, and more.  Jared Cannonier around (32:52:06) discusses his win over Derek Brunson at UFC 271, the finish, if he should get a title shot next, the haters on social media, what he thought of Israel Adesanya’s performance, how he matches up against the champ, and more. Roxanne Modafferi around (1:01:21) discusses her final UFC fight at UFC 271, what she thought about her performance, what she might have done differently, when she might have retired earlier, her future plans, her favorite fights, which UFC fight inspired her to do MMA, and more. GC and Helwani around (1:35:14) take a closer look at GC’s best bets for UFC 271. Booker T around (1:59:28) discusses how he ended up asking questions at UFC 271, what he thought of Israel Adesanya’s reactions, how he scored fight main event in Houston, what he enjoys more as a fan WWE or UFC, fighter pay, his hair, and much more. Johnny Walker around (2:35:48)discusses his last performance against Thiago Santos, who will be in the corner for his fight, his upcoming opponent, his thoughts on Glover Teixeira winning the UFC title, and more. New York Ric around (2:50:16) is back to talk about all the latest goings on in MMA, including Joe Rogan’s absence from UFC 271. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 14, 2022
Israel Adesanya coach Eugene Bareman, Chris Weidman, Shavkat Rakhmonov, Ian Garry, and more
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Shavkat Rahkmonov around (5:37) discusses the pressure of the incredible start to his career, his UFC debut, his nickname, the significance of the headdress he wears, the Khamzat Chimaev comparisons, who he wants next, and more. Chris Weidman around (31:11) gives the latest on the recovery from his broken leg, how close he is to booking a fight, if he would want to face Uriah Hall, how his Vitor Belfort changed him, Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker 2, and more. Eugene Bareman around (1:03:22) talks about about his team’s struggles to get back home after UFC 271, Israel Adesanya’s new contract with the UFC, Adesanya’s motivation heading into the rematch, how much Robert Whittaker has improved since their first fight, if they regret taking the light heavyweight title fight, and more. Ian Garry around (1:35:47) talks about his return at UFC 273 instead of UFC London, his next opponent Darian Weeks, what he learned from Kamaru Usman in the gym, his recent tattoo on his hands, and more. In the latest GC and Helwani around (2:06:37), GC offers up his best bets for UFC 271 this weekend. In the latest On the Nose segment around (2:31:06), Ariel Helwani discusses if Leon Edwards could get passed over again for a title fight, honest feedback from a fan, Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic, what was the first UFC event he attended as a fan, his thoughts on baseball strike right now, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 09, 2022
Anthony Pettis, Tai Tuivasa, Alexander Gustafsson, Arnold Allen, Casey O’Neill, Nick Maximov, and more
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Nick Maximov around (8:12:) discusses his performance at UFC Vegas 47, how he started into mixed martial arts, when he arrived at the Nick Diaz Academy, how Nate Diaz shows up to his fights, why he passed on TUF, why he wants Khamzat Chimaev next, and more. Alexander Gustafsson around (32:56) explains his decision to return at heavyweight, why he decided to retire, if he wants to fight Jon Jones again at heavyweight, why he opened a gym in Spain, the training of Khamzat Chimaev, and more. Anthony Pettis around (1:01:18) discusses his new promotion, what happened in his first PFL run, how quarantine hurt him mentally, who he wants to face next, his thoughts about Jake Paul’s recent comments on fighter pay, Sergio Pettis’ Bellator title, and more. Arnold Allen around (1:30:29) discusses some of his tweets, facing Dan Hooker at featherweight, his hand injury, how Leon Edwards has helped him training, truck stop showers, his dog, Tesco, a childhood nickname, and more. Casey O’Neill around (2:04:29) discuss facing Roxanne Modafferi in the pioneer’s final fight, her plans on fight week to be up on the Wall of Fame, if she has a UFC 271 main event prediction, why she doesn’t like beer, a wild trip to Mexico, and more. GC around (2:31:05) looks back at his best bets for UFC Vegas 47 on Saturday night. NewYorkRic around (2:57:39) highlights the latest news and social happenings in MMA, including if we believe Khabib Nurmagomedov really does not know Drake. Tai Tuivasa around (3:26:58) discusses fighting Derrick Lewis in Houston at UFC 271, how the fight came about after an appearance on The MMA Hour, how many beers he can drink at one time, who will main event at UFC 271, if he’s close to a title shot, how he plans his walkout music, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 07, 2022
Eddie Hearn in studio, Al Iaquinta, Jack Hermansson, Benson Henderson, and more
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Jack Hermansson around (03:06) discusses his recent battle with COVID and his last fight, why he’s had a long break, facing Sean Strickland, how close he is to a title shot, a grappling rematch with Khamzat Chimaev, and more. Al Iaquinta around (28:48) discusses if he’s close to calling it quits, his recent trip for stem cells, a knee injury, Jake Paul’s fighter pay efforts, Francis Ngannou’s recent issues with the UFC, and more.  Benson Henderson around (1:08:46) discusses his upcoming free agency, why he felt he came up short during his Bellator run, where he might end up next, if he’s still competing with a toothpick in his mouth, and more. Eddie Hearn around (1:32:51) discusses if he’s the best promoter in combat sports, what he’s learned from Dana White, how hard it was to pull off Amanda Serrano vs. Katie Taylor, fighter pay in boxing and UFC, Jake Paul vs. UFC, the latest on Anthony Joshua and other top boxing stars, if he would ever promote MMA, and more. GC and Helwani around (2:14:33) take a closer look at best bets for UFC Vegas 46 on Saturday night. In his latest On the Nose around (2:33:41)), Ariel Helwani discusses a possible fight between Israel Adesanya and Kamaru Usman, his possible feud with Pat McAfee, what will cause the extinction of humanity, a promo for Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 02, 2022
Jake Paul, Deiveson Figueiredo, Jeremy Stephens, Randy Couture, Paul Daley, and more
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Jeremy Stephens around (05:00) talks about his departure from the UFC, why he is joining the PFL, his legacy, why did he shove Drakkar Klose in the staredown, Anthony Pettis’ skills in the PFL, and more. Randy Couture around (30:32) talks about Francis Ngannou’s situation with the UFC, what he thinks of Jake Paul vs. Dana White, his difficulties with the UFC in the past,  UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figureido around (1:12:32) discusses a possible fight for Brandon Moreno, his performance, his weight cut for UFC 270, and more. GC and Helwani around (1:45:22) break down their bets for Bellator 273, Eagle FC 44 and Royal Rumble. Paul Daley around (2:01:33) discusses why he is retiring from mixed martial arts after his next fight, if it was a hard decision, who he might fight for his final appearance in a Bellator cage, why he wanted Tyron Woodley, his top three knockouts, and more. Jake Paul around (2:30:33) discusses the latest “diss track” about Dana White, if he really cares about fighter pay, where the money for his “diss track” is getting directed, how the Amanda Serrano vs. Katie Taylor clash came about, who he wants to face next in possibly MMA and boxing, and more. NewYorkRic around (3:20:03) highlights the latest news and social happenings in MMA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 31, 2022
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