Episode 39: Usman, Cejudo, Pettis, Faber, Moraes, Rockhold, Lewis, White, many more
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off recapping some of the latest MMA news and the Anthony Pettis knockout of Wonderboy Thompson. Henry Cejudo, the show's first guest, describes how his life has changed since knocking out TJ Dillashaw before giving a message to his next opponent, Marlon Moraes (5:50). An unimpressed Moraes immediately responds, saying he'll "put him (Cejudo) to sleep" (26:45). Next, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold talks about his injury rehab and his upcoming bout with Corey Anderson, as well as a potential Jon Jones fight down the road (53:50). Then, Pettis joins Ariel fresh off his UFC Nashville knockout of Stephen Thompson, saying he's hungrier than ever (1:09:05). After that, "The Black Beast" Derrick Lewis speaks with Ariel just hours before going under the knife to repair a torn MCL and meniscus, which he says will keep him sidelined for the next 4-6 months (1:22:30). After that, heavyweight Curtis Blaydes tells a crazy story after talking about his weekend win and the harsh comments that his opponent, Justin Willis, made about his father (1:40:11). Next, UFC welterweight Kamaru Usman talks about life as the champion, his beef with Colby Covington, why times are good and if he'd fight Tyron Woodley again (1:55:50). Urijah "The California Kid" Faber then talks about fatherhood and if/when he'll come out of retirement (2:19:04). After that, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza puts his English to the test and tells Ariel he might retire if not given a title fight soon (2:43:02). Lastly, former NBA first round draft pick Royce White talks about why he has committed himself to martial arts and why he's happier than he's ever been. He also clarifies the narrative about his mental health struggles before talking about his plans to fight in UFC's heavyweight division (3:02:10).
The MMA Reporters: Episode 10
We begin this week's episode talking to NewYorkRic about TJ Dillashaw no longer being UFC bantamweight champion and his one-year suspension. Then, we're joined by MMAFighting.com's Peter Carroll who talked about Darren Till's future, Luke Rockhold moving up to 205 and what's next for Conor McGregor. Finally, we close out the show with UFC on ESPN reporter Laura Sanko who shares her unique perspective on the Masvidal-still altercation and talks about her transition from fighter to reporter.
Episode 38: Masvidal, Edwards, Askren, Iaquinta, McCann, Diakiese, Agazarm, Roufus, many more
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a recap of this weekend's London event and the mayhem that ensued. The man behind that controversy, Jorge Masvidal, joins Ariel from the airport to explain what happened and why he isn't proud of it (6:50). Then, a fired-up Ben Askren gives Ariel a list of who he's willing to fight next and also rants about how no one wants to fight him (24:42). Plus, he dishes on the beef between he and Dillon Danis. Next, Anthony Pettis' coach, Duke Roufus, talks to Ariel about Askren's rise, Pettis' progress and what motivates fighters today (48:43). After that, Ariel catches up with "Ragin' Al" Al Iaquinta, who talks about his side jobs and potential upcoming fights after revealing he stayed in on St. Patrick's Day to ensure he'd be in good condition for this interview (1:03:14). Then, bantamweight Nathaniel Wood talks about his London win and the struggles he faces trying to make weight (1:21:20). Next, Marc "Bone Crusher" Diakiese discusses Saturday's win and how much he needed it (1:35:52). Then, "Meatball" Molly McCann updates Ariel on her health and when she may fight next (1:50:40). Then, featherweight Arnold Allen talks about going 5-0 in the UFC and his unusual relationship with his family (2:02:02). Next, Ariel welcomes lightweight Corey Anderson to get the skinny on why the Alexander Gustafsson fight fell through (2:15:25). He also explains what makes him who he is and why he's been so happy lately. Then, Leon Edwards talks to Ariel about his win over Gunnar Nelson and the Masvidal incident and why he isn't pressing charges (2:36:46). Before Ariel announces some breaking news (3:14:18), AJ Agazarm discusses the latest in MMA and his insatiable work ethic (2:54:25).
The MMA Reporters: Episode 9
Ariel is joined by NewYorkRic and Phil Murphy to talk about Conor McGregor's arrest from all angles, McGregor vs. Cerrone slipping away, a potential Cerrone vs. Nate Diaz rematch, Anthony Smith's quick turnaround, this weekend's UFC card in London and more.
Episode 37: Danis, JDS, Smith, Romero, Belfort, Volkanovski, many more