UFC’s Dana White calls Ariel Helwani’s Brock Lesnar scoop “dirty” and says he’s not a real journalist

To say UFC President Dana White still has a coal up his butt over Ariel Helwani is an understatement. Some quick background here. Earlier this month before UFC 199, Helwani broke the news that Brock Lesnar was going to be involved in UFC 200. Instead of celebrating the buzz by fans over Lesnar, White promptly revoked Helwani’s credentials and banned him from covering UFC events...
Via Awful Announcing
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ariel Helwani’s lifetime UFC ban lasted less than 48 hours

Just hours after baring his soul on the 333rd episode of his weekly show on, it was announced that 6-time World MMA Awards journalist of the year winner Ariel Helwani’s “lifetime” UFC ban has been lifted. Here’s the statement that the UFC released to the public: Following a conversation with the editorial team at SB Nation, UFC will not prevent MMAFighting...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

UFC reinstates media credentials of Ariel Helwani, others

On Saturday, it was announced that WWE superstar and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar would be returning for one more match at July’s UFC 200. However, before they announced the news, it was leaked by famed UFC reporter Ariel Helwani. Because Helwani broke the news before the promotion announced it, he and his colleagues Casey Leydon and Esther Lin were removed from...
Via Campus Sports Net
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Ariel Helwani alludes to alleged assault by UFC security

Ariel Helwani poured out his heart and shared a lot of personal information during Monday’s edition of “The MMA Hour” — his weekly show. At one point he even referenced an event that got “physical” in 2014. Though Helwani declined to go into specifics about the incident, MMA insider Front Row Brian elaborated on Twitter. He said the allusion by Helwani was to an actual...
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

UFC Lifts Ban On MMA Reporter Ariel Helwani, Will Allow Him To Receive Credentials

Ariel Helwani’s indefinite ban from receiving UFC credentials has been lifted. UFC president Dana White told TMZ Sports on Monday that Helwani won’t receive a credential “as long as I’m here,” after he was escorted from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., at Saturday’s UFC 199 after breaking a pair of stories without asking the promotion for a comment. The two stories he...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

UFC relents on Ariel Helwani's credentials, complains about his 'tactics' in statement

The UFC on Monday night relented on its rash decision to revoke the credentials of three members of the website and said in a statement the site would be approved for credentials. However, in their statement on the matter, the UFC shared some extremely troubling wording and thinking that still should have many concerned about their controlling tactics. Here is the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

UFC reverses Ariel Helwani’s ban, but still looks bad from this situation

Only two days after kicking journalist Ariel Helwani out of UFC 199 and banning him for life after he accurately reported the lineups for two future events, the UFC has reportedly overturned that ban after receiving widespread backlash and condemnation. Helwani’s reinstatement was reported by several prominent MMA journalists Monday night: UFC has lifted the ban on @arielhelwani...
Via Awful Announcing
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Dana White: Helwani won't be credentialed 'as long as I'm here'

Saturday night was a busy one in the UFC world. Not only did UFC 199, which featured a stunning upset in the main event, happen, but Brock Lesnar’s shocking UFC return and the Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz rematch were announced during the pay-per-view. The Internet learned of those two huge breaking news items well beforehand, though, thanks to a pair of reports by’s...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Ariel Helwani kicked out of UFC event, banned over reporting Brock Lesnar news

The UFC’s habit of bullying reporters and controlling the news took a new twist on Saturday night when MMA reporter Ariel Helwani says he was kicked out of UFC 199 and banned for life. Helwani tweeted the news of his removal from the show in Inglewood, Calif. at a little after 10 p.m. PT Saturday night just before the main event at UFC 199. The veteran MMA reporter had broken...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

UFC banned reporter for life for breaking Brock Lesnar news?

The UFC is a notoriously thin-skinned organization. They’ve fired fighters for not wanting to sign away their lifetime likeness rights (only to relent and hire them back). They’ve banned reporters from covering their events because of reports on news that wasn’t public. At best, their treatment of the media could be called “misguided”. At worst, it’s “petty and unethical”...
Via Awful Announcing
23 days ago  |  Discuss

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