Ariel Helwani is a Canadian-American mixed martial arts (MMA) journalist and broadcaster. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the sport, having covered the sport since 2006. He is currently the lead reporter for ESPN MMA, and is the host of the Ariel Helwani Show on Sirius XM Rush.
Helwani was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and is of Syrian descent. He attended McGill University, where he earned a degree in political science. After graduating, he began working as a freelance journalist, covering MMA for various outlets. In 2006, he joined the MMAFighting.com team, and quickly became one of the most respected and influential voices in the sport.
In 2011, Helwani was named the Best MMA Journalist by the World MMA Awards. He has also been nominated for several other awards, including the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Best MMA Media Source Award.
Helwani is married to his wife, Rachael, and they have two children. He is an avid fan of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team, and is a regular guest on the popular MMA podcast The MMA Hour.
Helwani is a passionate advocate for the sport of MMA, and has been instrumental in helping to bring the sport to a wider audience. He is a regular guest on various television and radio shows, and is often seen as a voice of reason in the often-tumultuous world of MMA. He is also a frequent guest on the popular MMA podcast The MMA Hour.
Helwani is a highly respected figure in the MMA community, and his influence and dedication to the sport have helped to shape the landscape of MMA today. He is a passionate advocate for the sport, and his work has helped to bring MMA to a wider audience.