Journalist for @espn / Host of “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show,” “Ariel & The Bad Guy” and “The MMA Reporters” / Proud father of 3 / Canadian 🇨🇦.
Muhammed Lawal (@kingmofh) told the media in Japan earlier today that he plans on retiring this year. That revelation got me thinking about his career and this post-fight interview in 2010 (almost exactly nine years to the date) after he won the Strikeforce light heavyweight title. It remains one of my favorite ever. He couldn’t walk after his win over Gegard Mousasi, so @e casey leydon and I shot the interview in his locker room while he laid on the ground, crying. Congrats on a great run, Mo. It was a pleasure to cover your career. Thank you for sharing this moment with us and for always being so good to the media over the years. I hope you get to go out on your terms, on top, dancing all the way to the back. And then I hope you stick around the fight game because you’re one of the brightest minds in the game. #gdp #teamthirsty (🎥 AOL FanHouse)
If Alistair Overeem wins tomorrow via knockout and walks off while doing the Dougie, you know who to thank. 💁♀️ (Circa 2011, for AOL FanHouse)
Who remembers the time Chael P beat Alexey Oleynik in BodogFight almost 13 years ago? It’s true, it’s true.
Nine years ago today in Nashville ... (🎥 the late, great AOL FanHouse)
Happy birthday, @natediaz209. Handshakes on me dawg (🎥 circa 2012 for @mmafightingdotcom)
“I’m willing to die. I’m prepared to die.” Love this story from @stylebender on the moments before the start of round 5.
Happy birthday to the great @ginajcarano. This was my first time interviewing her on camera back in May 2008 for the late, great MMARated.com. Earlier that day, I read some really mean internet comments about my awkwardness and felt like I had made a horrible career choice. I was kinda crushed. Then we had this super awkward but kinda awesome exchange and for some reason it helped me forget about the haters and just be myself. It really helped! Thanks for this, Gina. I’ll never forget this moment. I look forward to our next chat, whenever it may be.
“I actually feel bad for him.” Dominick Cruz on TJ Dillashaw’s suspension.
2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and four-time World Champion @alliseeisgold says he wants to have one MMA fight before it’s all said and done. Burroughs is the face of USA wrestling right now and one of the most decorated American wrestlers. This would be a huge deal.
Proof! (It’s all downhill from this point, I reckon.)