Ariel is joined in studio by legendary British journalist Gareth A. Davies for a wide-ranging chat about his great career, Crawford-Khan, his search for Nate Diaz, UFC 236 fallout, Michael Bisping memories and much more.
Episode 42: Adesanya, Whittaker, Burroughs, Cruz, Shevchenko, Rountree, Brown, many more
Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with Israel Adesanya discussing about his win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236, why this fight was the toughest he's ever had and the love he has for his head coach Eugene Bareman (2:48), then Dominick Cruz talks about his shoulder injury and how his rehab has progressed, his thoughts on Dillashaw's positive drug test and what it means to be an authentic champion (27:49). Next up, Valentina Shevchenko talks the incredible homecoming she received in her home country of Kyrgyzstan and her upcoming title fight on June 8 against Jessica eye (45:34). Brandon Davis talks about his win at UFC 236, his training regimen of running 20 miles per day, why he fought at 135lbs, if he would've taken some time off if he had lost his last fight against Randy Costa and why he cut out drinking alcohol during his training (1:04:30). Khalil Rountree talks about on his trip to Thailand and what he's been learning as a fighter since moving there, how his training has changed due to his move and his love of elephants (1:30:02). Daniel Straus talks about what his life has been like since his motorcycle accident in 2017, why he was never afraid that he wouldn't walk again, if he's back to 100% yet and the anxiety he had going into his first post-accident fight (1:47:39). Dustin Poirier's head coach Mike Brown breaks down Poirier's win at UFC 236 win over Max Holloway and future matchup against Khabib Nurmagomedov (2:16:46). Olympic Gold Medalist Jordan Burroughs discusses his upcoming match against Ben Askren at 'Beat The Streets,' why there hasn't been any trash talk between the two, and his interest in fighting just once in MMA (2:37:22). UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker talks about the Adesanya v. Gastelum fight, if he was pulling for one over the other, Adesanya's recent criticism of him, when the fight could be and much more (3:11:50).
UFC 236 Post Show
Ariel Helwani and Brett Okamoto go live from Atlanta after a thrilling UFC 236 event to discuss how they scored the co-main event fights. The guys echo the sentiment that Adesanya's win could end up being the fight of the year. Plus, the duo looks at the future opponents of tonight's winners: Khabib Nurmagomedov (when he returns from suspension) for Poirier and Robert Whittaker for Adesanya.
UFC 236 Preview Show
Ariel Helwani gets back on the ESPN Radio airwaves and takes YOUR calls previewing tonight's Atlanta card featuring co-main events of Adesanya/Gastelum & Holloway/Poirier.
The MMA Reporters: Episode 13
On this week's episode, Ariel is joined by Chael Sonnen to talk about all things TJ Dillashaw testing positive for EPO. Then, Brett Okamoto stops by to discuss Dillashaw's legacy, as well as the UFC 236 main event between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier. And finally, Ariel talks to NewYorkRic about Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya and Ariel's big wrestling week.