UFC flyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo joins Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show via Skype to discuss his upcoming super fight with the bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw on January 26 at UFC 233. Cejudo explains how confident he is going into this fight, says he doesn’t see this as a super fight and he plans to “smash” Dillashaw.
Ariel Helwani recaps a wild UFC Fight Night: Denver to start things off. UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie then joins Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show via Skype (4:56) to look back at UFC 1, which happened 25 years ago. Gracie explains why he’s shown the fights from that night to his son, who competes in Bellator MMA. Ariel asks Royce…
Israel Martinez, Yair Rodriguez’s trainer, joins Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show via Skype to break down the last-second elbow KO by “El Pantera” on “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung on the UFC’s 25th anniversary card in Denver, Colorado. Martinez discusses how long he’s known Rodriguez, saying Yair was living in his basement when Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey at UFC 193.
UFC featherweight Yair Rodriguez calls in to Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show to discuss his last-second knockout of Chan Sung Jung at UFC Fight Night: Denver. Rodriguez details how he has not seen a knockout like that before and thinks it is the greatest KO in UFC history. Rodriguez explains some health issues he faced heading into the fight and how he battle through an injured leg he suffered in the first round against the Korean Zombie.
UFC middleweight Yoel Romero joins Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show to give his thoughts about the on again, off again fight with Paulo Costa, which is currently off again. Romero also discusses why he wants to fight soon despite Costa waiting for him through his own injury, and why he wants a fight with Anderson Silva.
UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw calls into Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show to discuss his January 26 showdown with Henry Cejudo for the flyweight belt. Dillashaw explains why he thinks Cejudo is scared to fight him and would’ve fought Demetrious Johnson at 125 pounds if he was still champion.
ew York Ric joins Ariel Helwani’s MMA Post-Show in studio to break down everything that happened at the UFC’s 25th anniversary card in Denver, Colorado, including Yair Rodriguez’s last-second elbow knockout of the Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung and Donald Cerrone’s submission victory against Mike Perry in the co-main event.
Ariel & The Bad Guy discuss Floyd Mayweather pulling out of a fight against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa just a few days after holding a press conference in Japan to announce the event. Chael Sonnen says it is bad for Floyd’s brand while Ariel Helwani calls it embarrassing for “Money” Mayweather, but is great for Rizin to raise their brand globally.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic joins Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show via Skype to discuss his reaction to Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis, the UFC 230 main event title fight. Miocic explains how frustrated he was watching the fight, saying that should have been him facing Cormier for the heavyweight title.
Jared Cannonier joins Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show via Skype to recap his impressive knockout vs. David Branch in a middleweight bout at UFC 230 in Madison Square Garden. Cannonier describes his body transformation, going to heavyweight to light heavyweight and now 185 pounds. Cannonier says he weighed around 205 pounds two weeks before the fight and was “ready to go” when the bout was offered. Cannonier also discusses his change in spirituality and leaving his job with the FAA after nine years.
UFC middleweight Israel Adesanya joins Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show in studio to break down his phenomenal first-round knockout of Derek Brunson at UFC 230. Adesanya discusses his rise in fame and people trying to latch onto him. “The Last Stylebender” says Derek Brunson triggered him to become the bully regarding the trash talk between the two before the bout at Madison Square Garden. (20:50) Adesanya makes a case to the best in line for title shot against the winner of Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum.
MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz joins Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show in studio to clear the air with Ariel regarding the beef between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, with Ali claiming it started with a tweet by McGregor’s trainer John Kavanagh. (8:20) Ali explains why he’s still made despite Khabib submitting Conor at UFC 229. Abdelaziz also discusses a lawsuit he says he has pending because of the chaos surrounding the post-fight brawl.
As is tradition, UFC double champion Daniel Cormier joins Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show via Skype to (2:45) discuss how a sneeze nearly cost him a chance at history, recap (5:53) his win over Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 in Madison Square Garden, (9:51) eyeing the UFC’s PPV on March 3 in Las Vegas for a potential fight with Brock Lesnar and (11:00) why he doesn’t need a third fight with Jon Jones.
On Ariel & The Bad Guy, the guys discuss Ben Askren calling out some of the biggest names in the UFC. Ariel Helwani questions the UFC not acknowledging Asken’s presence with the promotion, wondering if he will “crash the party” at some point. Ariel and Chael Sonnen then debate a potential matchup against Georges St-Pierre.