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.
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.
Ariel & The Bad Guy, alongside Brett Okamoto, recap all the action from UFC Fight Night: Brooklyn, where Henry Cejudo knocked out TJ Dillashaw in 32 seconds to defend the UFC flyweight title. The guys debate if the stoppage was too soon, and if stoppages should be considered differently in championship bouts.
UFC No. 4 lightweight contender Al Iaquinta joins Ariel Helwani and Chael Sonnen before UFC Fight Night: Brooklyn on ESPN+ to talk about his outlook for 2019, the commonalities and differences he shares with Conor McGregor, and he also previews the card on UFC Fight Night: Brooklyn including Greg Hardy, Henry Cejudo, TJ Dillashaw and more.
On the first edition of Ariel & The Bad Guy on ESPN+ in 2019, Ariel Helwani and Chael Sonnen discuss what they think will lead the headlines in the sport this year. Chael looks forward to Nevada levying penalties to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor for the post-fight brawl at UFC 229 and who Daniel Cormier will fight next. Helwani weighs in on if Cormier will fight Jon Jones or Brock Lesnar, then looks at the options for fighters after ONE Championship made a big push at the end of 2018. Sonnen then questions if the PFL would be a good fit for Cris Cyborg, competing against Kayla Harrison in their women’s 155-pound division.
Ariel Helwani, Chael Sonnen and Brett Okamoto provide insight and analysis at the UFC 232 weigh-In between Jon “Bones” Jones and Alexander Gustafsson prior to their light heavyweight title fight at The Forum in Inglewood. Helwani, Sonnen and Okamoto dive into the controversy behind Jones’ failed drug test and UFC president Dana White’s final decision to relocate the fight from Las Vegas to California based on Jones’ inability to get licensed in Nevada.
On Ariel & The Bad Guy on ESPN+, Ariel Helwani and Chael Sonnen discuss the growing feud between UFC president Dana White and Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya, including each promoters’ comments on First Take last week. Helwani says it doesn’t bother him, but notices that White
UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway and his son Rush, aka Mini Blessed, speak with Ariel Helwani after UFC 231 where Max beat Brian Ortega via TKO. (2:37) Mini Blessed gives his thoughts on the fight, saying his favorite part was when the doctor called off the fight after the fourth round.
On Ariel & The Bad Guy, the guys debate which title fight at UFC 231, the featherweight title bout featuring Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega, or the women’s flyweight contest of Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk is more intriguing. Chael Sonnen is looking forward to finally seeing Holloway-Ortega because it was supposed to happen back in July, while Helwani is more intrigued in Shevchenko-Jedrzejczyk because of Holloway’s inability to make it to fight night so far in 2018.
Ariel Helwani and Chael Sonnen react to the UFC announcing Israel Adesanya vs Anderson Silva for UFC 234. Sonnen says he is excited for the bout as Anderson Silva’s intellect will make this an interesting fight. Helwani cannot believe people who are not excited for this fight as it is “the fight we all wanted to see.”
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.
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.
UFC double champion Daniel Cormier joins Ariel Helwani and Chael Sonnen to break down his victory vs. Derrick Lewis to retain his heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 230. (0:11) Cormier’s son, Dan II, briefly joins in saying his dad did “really good,” and thinks he dad did nothing wrong in the fight…