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Ariel Helwani out at FOX?


During today’s weigh-ins at the Chicago Theater for UFC on FOX 10, there was a glaring absence from the FOX Sports 2 broadcast. Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com, who generally handles the interviews, was not present and rumors began to circulate that he is no longer with FOX and his UFC credentials could have been revoked.

This is strictly a rumor and no one has been able to confirm, but Helwani did state that he was sitting in the crowd for the weigh-ins on Friday night.

The “Colt Cabana” reference is especially interesting.

When WWE superstar C.M. Punk was on the outs with the WWE, he did a video promo where he gave a shout out to fellow pro wrestler Colt Cabana who was an independent wrestler and not tied to the large promotion.

By shouting out Cabana, it could be a sign that Helwani is saying he’s on the outs with the UFC.

Helwani heavily covered an event for Bellator MMA in New York recently and he had a lengthy interview with C.M. Punk for MMAFighting.com, so the attention that he is paying to the UFC’s competition could have caused a strained relationship. There may also have been a clause in his contract that may have forbidden coverage for Bellator.

He was also not invited to the pre-fight media scrum with UFC president Dana White, so there is another reason to believe he is on the outs.

For those interested in the “Twitter drama,” White and Lorenzo Fertitta also stopped following Helwani on the social media website.

Of course, Helwani could simply not be working this event for FOX and the rumors are nothing other than some pot-stirring, but it will be interesting to watch over the next few days to see if any other information surfaces.

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  • Broder

    Lets face it, Helwani would be nothing if it wasn’t for Zuffa allowing him to ride along on their coat tails.

    • truth

      Wrong! Ariel was the only journalists that was actually doing interesting interviews with almost every MMA Fighter years before he joined UFC/Fox.

      He was the only guy that asked hard questions and very good questions. Everybody else was like “meh..” He has a lot of fans

      • Broder

        According to Ariel Helwani he has only been covering MMA for 6-7 years. He has been a propagandist for Zuffa for almost all of those years.

  • Ol’ Rooter

    The UFC controls the press now? I can understand not working for Fox, but isn’t the guy a journalist? It’s probably better this way, writing articles without having Zuffa and the fat-baldheaded guy proofreading everything you write. I hope Helwani sticks it to them good.

  • J.D.C.D.

    On the MMA Hour yesterday at the beginning of the Fan Questions part of the video Ariel addresses this partially. He states that all the jobs he held on 12-31-2013 he currently holds. He just won’t be working the next 2 UFCs PPVs that he would answer later. He kept saying that nothing has changed or will change. He would address the stuff fully at a later date.

    I don’t mind the guy. Sometimes the questions make me roll my eyes or just sigh but overall Ariel does a good job.

    I’d love for Ariel to have Gareth Davies on the MMA Hour. That would be a lively discussion.

    • http://mmacover.com/ Bryam Olivera

      you’re english