Who is Ariel Helwani?
Ariel Helwani is a Canadian journalist who specializes in mixed martial arts. He is also an MMA reporter who has previously worked for Fox Sports 1 and MMAFighting.com.
Bio, Age, Ethnicity, Siblings, Education
Ariel Helwani arrived in the world for the first time on July 8, 1982, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His mother is from Lebanon, while his father is from Egypt; as a result, he is a Canadian citizen with a mixed ethnic background. He follows the Mizrahi Jewish faith. Ariel will be 39 years old in 2021, and his star sign, according to his birthdate, is Cancer. As a result, he is Caucasian. He hasn’t said anything about his parents.
Before graduating from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse, New York in 2004, Ariel attended the Akiva School and Herzliah High School.
Facts of Ariel Helwani
|Full Name:||Ariel Helwani|
|Birthplace:||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Net Worth:||$8 million|
|Salary:||$500,000 per year|
|Sibling:||5 Feet 11 Inches|
Ariel Helwani: Relationship, Single?
Ariel Helwani is a journalist who has contributed to several publications. In 2008, he married his wonderful wife, Jaclyn Stein. They are the parents of three children: a daughter and two sons.
Ariel and Jaclyn appear to be very happy in their current residence. They have a lot of love for one other and want to keep it that way in the future. When it comes to sexual orientation, he is a heterosexual man.
Body Measurements: Height, Weight, Hair Color
With short black hair and dark brown eyes, Ariel is lovely. He has a standard body shape. Ariel Helwani is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 110 kg. His lovely grin, pleasant personality, and slowly developing journalistic fame make him the perfect catch.
Ariel Helwani’s Achievements and Awards
Helwani was named “MMA Journalist of the Year” at the World MMA Awards in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. In 2011, he was named to FIGHT! Magazine’s “Power 20,” a list of the “most significant power players, movers, shakers, ambassadors, and game-changers in MMA,” and nicknamed “MMA’s Howard Cosell.” At the beginning of 2015, Helwani was crowned “2014 Journalist of the Year” at the Awakening WMMA Awards.
He’s hosted two Helwani Nose Awards events, one in Chicago and the other in Las Vegas, where current and former MMA fighters participate in a UFC trivia show for the title of Nose World Order.
Professional Life and Career
- Helwani has been covering mixed martial arts professionally since 2006. He worked for MMA Fighting before joining ESPN in May 2018.
- He previously worked for Fox Sports 1’s UFC Tonight program as an “MMA Insider,” as well as different pre-and post-event programming.
- He hosted The MMA Hour podcast and the MMA Beat YouTube show, as well as co-hosted the Sirius XM radio show Fight Club. He was named interim vice president of the Mixed Martial Arts Journalists Association.
- He previously worked for ESPN, where he hosted Ariel & The Bad Guy with Chael Sonnen, broadcasted his podcast, and covered mixed martial arts across all ESPN platforms.
- Helwani and two teammates were dragged out of UFC 199 before the main event on June 4, 2016.
- He claimed that their press credentials had been stolen and that they had been banned from all future UFC events.
- He previously revealed Brock Lesnar’s return to the UFC without first telling the organization at UFC 200.
- Such reporting is not normal, according to Dave Sholler, a UFC representative.
- According to UFC commentator Joe Rogan, Helwani was warned not to reveal the information because management thought a mole had leaked it to him and that if he did, they would have to fire all possible moles without knowing who it was. Helwani remarked on Twitter that Rogan’s story was “100% wrong.”
- The president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Dana White, was incensed.
- “The prohibition will be in effect as long as I’m here,” he announced. He allegedly remarked later, “He can cover any event he wants, but he can’t have a badge.”
- On the June 6 episode of The MMA Hour, Helwani spoke about the incident in an emotional broadcast.
- He claimed he was taken to see Dana White, who told him he was no longer welcome on the show because he was “too rude.”
- He later learned that the call had been made by Lorenzo Fertitta. He stood solid in his decision to break the story early and declared that he will keep working as an MMA journalist.
- A lot of well-known UFC fighters came out in favor of Helwani. “Unfortunate,” said light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones on Twitter.
- Following a conversation with the editorial staff at SB Nation, the UFC will not prevent MMAFighting.com from obtaining media credentials to cover live UFC events.
- However, we believe the conduct of the lead reporter went beyond the realm of journalism. We feel the editorial team at SB Nation has been informed of our position.
- Just hours before the first press conference in Los Angeles, Helwani alleges he was fired from the Showtime broadcast team for the Mayweather vs. McGregor press tour.
- “I’m no longer working for @SHOsports on the May/Mac tour, and UFC specifically requested that I be removed,” Helwani said on Twitter. “I’m utterly disappointed.”
- Helwani joined ESPN in June 2018 after leaving SB Nation’s MMAFighting.com.
- After the UFC struck a five-year, $1.5 billion deal with ESPN, Helwani joined the network. During his time at ESPN, Helwani hosted Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Twitter and YouTube, “Ariel and the Bad Guy” on ESPN+, and the DC & Helwani podcast.
- On occasion, he appears on ESPN’s NBA coverage.
- Helwani announced his departure from ESPN in June 2021 after failing to reach an agreement on a new deal.
- In June 2021, Helwani made a comeback to MMA Fighting and Vox Media as host of The MMA Hour and SB Nation’s MMA Fighting. The Ringer and BT Sport are also on board.