UFC legend Georges St-Pierre sits down for an exclusive interview with Ariel Helwani after announcing his retirement from mixed martial arts. GSP goes in depth on why a potential fight vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov never happened (1:00), his decision to retire on top of the game (5:34), and his relationship with UFC president Dana White (8:39). St-Pierre also details his favorite moment in the UFC (14:25), how he wants his legacy to be remembered (19:32), why he always detested fight day (21:35), and if GSP would have believed his career’s storybook ending (24:48).
Check out Episode 35 of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show where Ariel speaks with guests: Stefan Struve (13:38), James Gallagher (29:47), Tatiana Suarez (48:09), Dustin Poirier (1:33:09), Firas Zahabi (1:48:21), Kron Gracie (2:10:50), Jeremy Stephens (2:30:19), Paul Felder (2:45:12), Robert Whittaker (2:54:27) and mystery guests in studio.
Ariel Helwani details Georges St-Pierre’s legacy and says he has nothing left to prove in the UFC – but wonders if Khabib Nurmagomedov’s pleas over social media could be enough to change GSP’s mind about retirement. Chael Sonnen isn’t buying St-Pierre retiring and thinks GSP is using the announcement as a marketing tool to eventually set up a fight with Khabib.
Join Ariel Helwani for Episode 34 of his MMA show where Ariel recaps a wild weekend and speaks with guests: (11:09) Vicente Luque, (29:10) Scott Coker, (48:25) Stipe Miocic, (1:04:30) Audie Attar, (1:22:25) Francis Ngannou, (2:28:03) Michael Page, (1:51:35) Aljamain Sterling, (2:11:30) Rose Namajunas, (2:41:40) Santiago Ponzinibbio and (2:53:40) Jimmy Crute.
Ariel Helwani is joined by CEO of Bellator MMA Scott Coker to get his reaction to the Michael ‘Venom’ Page vs. Paul Daley fight and the fans’ mixed reaction to the hyped fight. (4:38) 50 Cent, Michael Strahan and Herschel Walker joined Coker at Mohegan Sun for Bellator 216 and Scott tells a story about that group.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic joins Ariel Helwani on his MMA show and says Francis Ngannou won the fight and knocked out Cain Velasquez, despite Velasquez’s knee injury. Miocic says there’s no match to make in the heavyweight division that is better than Miocic vs. heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
Rose Namajunas joins Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show to discuss her upcoming fight vs. Jessica Andrade at UFC 237 in Curitiba, Brazil. She talks about her neck injury, being offered the chance to fight in Las Vegas instead, being introverted by nature, Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s negative comments about her lengthy layoff, and more.
UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou joins Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show and says “there were a lot of unhappy people” with his fight against Cain Velasquez in UFC Fight Night: Ngannou vs. Velasquez. He said it’s clear he won fair and square and says his punch landed before Velasquez hurt his knee early in the first round. Ngannou says he didn’t need to call out heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier to get a title shot. Ngannou says if he had an option he’d like to fight for the title but would welcome a rematch with Stipe Miocic.
Michael “Venom” Page chats with Ariel Helwani on his MMA show and says his fight against Paul Daley in Bellator 216 was “very frustrating” and he “performed horribly.” Page says he is looking forward to the challenge of Douglas Lima in the semifinals of the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix.
Ariel Helwani and Chael Sonnen of Ariel and The Bad Guy look ahead to what’s next for the UFC’s flyweight and bantamweight divisions. Ariel says he wants to see a rematch between Henry Cejudo and Joseph Benavidez for the flyweight title, as well as a matchup between TJ Dillashaw and Marlon Moraes for the bantamweight belt.
Ariel Helwani’s 3 Stars of the Week are Bellator MMA president Scott Coker for delivering the promotion’s fights to European fans, UFC featherweight Shane Young for his post-fight interview at UFC 234 and the fans in Melbourne, Australia, for their enthusiasm at this past Saturday’s event.
Ariel Helwani and Chael Sonnen react to former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor calling out multiple fighters on social media. Ariel expresses how this means that McGregor wants to fight again and whoever his next opponent is, it will need to be a must-win situation. Chael says it is refreshing to see that Conor is ready to fight, but details that even with a win or a loss, McGregor will still be the biggest star in the UFC. Chael also speculates that McGregor’s next fight will be against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
In honor of Cain Velasquez’s return to the Octagon vs. Francis Ngannou on February 17 on ESPN, Ariel Helwani looks back to Cain’s dominant victory against Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 to become UFC heavyweight champion. Ariel also looks into how the Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier feud developed from that night as well as the infamous moment outside the cage with Lesnar and WWE’s The Undertaker.
Michael “Venom” Page joins Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show in studio to discuss the comment Paul Daley made that started their rivalry before their fight at Bellator 216. Page calls Daley a “sore loser” and that he’ll remain guarded after the fight because of Daley’s previous incidents. MVP also discusses overcoming the recent death of his father.
Paul Daley comes in studio for Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show to talk about his opponent Michael “Venom” Page before their Welterweight Grand Prix fight on Saturday. Daley discusses fighting at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, saying he is comfortable fighting in the US, but is disappointed his fight with Page isn’t taking place in the UK. He says the emotional aspect of the feud has come from Page, not him.
UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou joins Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show to discuss his training camp ahead of fighting Cain Velasquez on February 17 on ESPN. “The Predator” says he wants to fight the best version of Velasquez, and that he is a different version of himself, with confidence and a better understanding of the fight business. Ngannou explains how he is helping kids in Cameroon.
UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum joins Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show to describe the empty feeling of not getting to fight Robert Whittaker in the main event of UFC 234. He says he started crying when he got the news the morning of the fight after Whittaker pulled out due to a collapsed bowel and hernia. Gastelum says Israel Adesanya’s win over Anderson Silva was a bunch of “theatrics” and he wasn’t impressed.
Ariel Helwani’s 3 Stars of the Week are Donald Cerrone for being upset with Ariel criticizing the way “Cowboy” spoke about wanting to fight Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov for paying his teammates’ fines for the UFC 229 brawl and Daniel Cormier for coaching wrestling in his free time in Gilroy, California.
Artem Lobov joins Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show to discuss leaving the UFC, saying that he’s got a lot of 6-figure offers already on the table and he’s going to make organizations compete for him. Lobov also expresses his desire to still fight Zubaira Tukhugov, going as far to say he’ll donate his entire purse for the bout.