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The Mixed Martial Arts Hour with Ariel Helwani is back in your life. Twice a week you'll hear interviews with the best fighters and biggest personalities in the sport, plus in-depth analysis of the week's UFC and MMA news. Follow the show on YouTube and on your favorite podcast app for new episodes every Monday and Wednesday.

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Ilia Topuria around (2:28) talks about life as a UFC champion, what he told himself before he made the walk at UFC 298, why his X bio changed, visiting Real Madrid stadium and his reception after the win, UFC 300, his reaction to the BMF title fight, if the BMF title will be on the line, when he would like to fight again, The Sphere card, an event at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, his conversation with Sean O’Malley, meeting Lionel Messi, his recent music video, his message to Max Holloway, how the fight would play out, and more. Bo Nickal around (35:06) discusses his UFC 300 performance, UFC 300 fight week, his lengthy break, his reaction to the win, his conversations with Dana White, his first fight as a Dad, Khamzat Chimaev’s comments, Chimaev vs. Whittaker, when he would like to return, WWE, his beef with Jordan Burroughs, and more. Jiri Prochazka around (1:01:16) discusses his UFC 300 performance, bouncing back from his Alex Pereira loss, if he doubted himself after the defeat, if he regretted taking that fight, the UFC 300 fight week, visiting the arena before the fight, the second round of the fight against Aleksandar Rakic, how did it feel to get stoppage, the “samurai” comments, Pereira vs. Jamahal Hill, if Hill should be next, facing Pereira next, and more. Oscar De La Hoya around (1:43:03) drops by in studio to discuss the upcoming Devin Haney vs. Ryan Garcia event, his dinner with Garcia, Garcia’s antics before the fight, if there are any warning signs, if he ever thought of postponing the fight, if there is a rematch clause, UFC 300, Mike Tyson vs. Jake Paul, what happened at the Mets game, Bill Haney’s comments, making the fight, the Canelo Alvarez vs. Jaime Munguia fight, and more. Mike Perry around (2:13;13) discusses headlining BKFC Knucklemania 4 against Thiago Alves, Darren Till turning down offer, will he ever fight Till, UFC 300, if he will ever return to the UFC, Misfits boxing, Jake Paul, and more. Yan Xiaonan around (2:41:32) discusses her UFC 300 loss to Zhang Weili, UFC 300 fight week, if she was nervous, her thumb injury, the end of the first round, what happened with her corner after the round, the support after the fight, what she wishes she could have done differently, what’s next, Weili vs. Tatiana Suarez, and more. Michael Chandler around (3:04:42) discusses the announcement of his UFC 303 fight against Conor McGregor, when he signed, if 185 pounds was ever discussed, 3 or 5 rounds, if he has seen Road House, if he ever thought that this wouldn’t happen, if the UFC ever offered him another fight, if he doubts Conor McGregor will show up, if he will attack McGregor’s leg, how he wants the BMF belt, Dustin Poirier vs. Islam Makhachev, new gloves, the BMF title fight, training camp without his family, and more. GC around (3:45:17) reveals his bet and parlay for this upcoming weekend. In the latest edition of On the Nose around (3:51:00), Ariel Helwani discusses what’s next for Alex Pereira, Dustin Poirier’s title shot, if a chat with Dana White will ever happen, the UFC 303 announcement, studio vs. hotel room interviews, the UFC 303 fight card, Taylor vs. Serrano 2, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ariel Helwani wraps up UFC 300, the storylines, the nostalgia, the aftermath, and much more from the memorable event this past weekend. He also discusses the return of Conor McGregor and Islam Makhachev. The panel discusses the top story from the card, other highlights, and who should be next for the top fighters. Kayla Harrison around (1:00:25) discusses her UFC 300 fight week, her weight cut, the last pound, her fight night weight, her nerves before debut, Holly Holm’s strategy, the reaction by Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg, why she didn’t say Nunes’ names after the win, when she would like to fight again, why Nunes is no longer a teammate, and more. Arman Tsarukyan around (1:25:15) discusses his UFC 300 fight week, how tight the guillotine was by Charles Oliveira, how he got out of it, the judging of the fight, why he passed up title shot against Islam Makhachev, when he would like to return, who will win between Makhachev and Dustin Poirier, the walkout skirmish, what his manager told him about the incident, and more. Renato Moicano around (1:45:25) discusses his UFC 300 victory, why he deserved a bonus, Jalin Turner walking away after knocking him down, Max Holloway’s knockout, Jamahal Hill’s gameplan, Alex Pereira’s power, if he might compete at UFC 301, his recent momentum, financial advice, Paddy Pimblett, Kayla Harrison vs. Amanda Nunes, Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier, and more. Diego Lopes around (2:10:03) discusses his UFC 300 fight week, if he was nervous before the fight, his unique haircut, his win over Sodiq Yusuff, his celebration, what’s next for him, and more. Aljamain Sterling around (2:30:40) discusses his UFC 300 fight week, his featherweight debut, his performance, if he would have called it quits with a loss, his weight cut, fan support, Mark Zuckerberg, his lack of a post-fight interview, a match with Movsar Evloev or Brian Ortega, Dana White’s comments, the new gloves, Holloway vs. Topuria, and more. The parlay pals around (3:05:13) look back at their most recent pick, and GC recaps his picks for UFC 300. Jorge Masvidal around (3:13:38) discusses his boxing fight against Nate Diaz going against UFC 301, why Diaz is a diva, why the event is not in Miami, why they didn’t move date, Diaz’s actions Friday in opening presser, his message to Jake Paul, why he won’t fight Paul in PFL, his father’s arrest, why he retired, if he will ever do MMA again, if he regrets taking UFC deal before Fight Island fight, his worst weight cut, Kayla Harrison’s performance, Harrison vs. Nunes, Nickal vs. Chimaev, Holloway vs. Gaethje, Justin Gaethje’s recent remarks, Colby Covington, Paul vs. Tyson fight, next Gamebred FC, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ariel Helwani recaps the top highlights from the UFC 300 press conference and UFC 300 weigh-ins. He also gives his take on the new UFC gloves, as well. UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman around (15:17) discusses his trip to UFC 300, BMF title presentation, the rescue of his parents from the house fire, how they got them out of the house, his dog, why he returned to the hospital for pneumonia, how he’s doing now, how he works out all the time, what caused the fire, the Fedor fight, his fight with alcohol, the support of fans, how his dog will be remembered, his new dog, how he got hurt stretching, his hip surgeries, how he still plans to compete, an MMA match with Mike Tyson, Tyson vs. Paul, The Liver King, the carnivore diet, his hernia, his first UFC loss, his issues with John McCarthy, open scoring, and more. Israel Adesanya around (1:38:21) discusses UFC 300, how close he was to being the main event, the reason it didn’t happen, the recent comments by Dricus du Plessis, if Alex Pereira was an option, when he might return, if he was fired up for Sean Strickland, what he learned for the fight, his arrest before UFC 293, the Joshua vs. Ngannou fight, playing golf, using therapy, the Strickland vs. DDP fight, his words with DDP in the octagon, Chimaev vs. Whittaker, his conversations with Jamahal Hill, why he almost pulled out o the Derek Brunson fight, pro wrestling, Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson, the UFC 300 main event, if he will fight Pereira again, and more. Dan Hooker around (2:28:15) discusses his arm injury, his new tattoos, which ones were the most painful, what the leg ones represent, his comments about Arman Tsarukyan, Tsarukyan’s fight with Charles Oliveira, Dustin Poirier vs. Islam Makhachev, the other lightweight fights on UFC 300, training during COVID, why he doesn’t have a ticket to UFC 300, when he would like to return, why he wants to face Mateusz Gamrot next, the Islam Makhachev fight, UFC title quest, UFC gloves, Alexander Volkanovski’s last performance, cornering fighters, and more. Ariel Helwani and crew break down the top storylines from UFC 300. The panel then around (3:36:15) delivers a same-game parlay for the UFC 300 main event. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ariel Helwani and the gang get settled in fabulous Las Vegas. Manager to the stars Tim Simpson around (23:43) discusses Israel Adesanya’s next fight, the negotiations that nearly landed Leon Edwards on UFC 300, Max Holloway’s future, Jiri Prochazka being “terribly injured” against Alex Pereira, Paul Hughes’ free agency, UFC 300's custom fighter shorts, Simpson’s recent fight, and more. UFC legend Demetrious Johnson around (1:19:13) discusses his biggest UFC 300 storylines, the GOAT debate, his current addiction to grappling competitions, why he’s not a BJJ black belt, Ryan Garcia’s mental state, Anthony Joshua beating Francis Ngannou in MMA, his negotiations with the UFC, and more. Eric Nicksick around (2:25:55) discusses the fallout from Francis Ngannou’s knockout loss to Anthony Joshua, Ngannou’s decision to switch stances, how difficult it was afterward, Sean Strickland and Chris Curtis’ latest losses, Ngannou’s next step, adjustments Ngannou will have to make for his MMA return, Strickland not getting an immediate UFC title rematch, what went wrong against Dricus du Plessis, tricks for fighting at the UFC APEX, biggest UFC 300 questions, and more. Merab Dvalishvili around (3:37:13) discusses a timeline for his potential UFC title fight against Sean O’Malley, how Aljamain Sterling has been looking at 145 pounds, Chris Weidman’s run of bad luck, the UFC’s new glove, Ilia Topuria’s success, his exploding DMs, and more. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
As we travel to Las Vegas for two special on-site live shows on Thursday and Friday, Ariel Helwani and crew preview UFC 300 then hit a super-sized On The Nose to discuss the best streaming services, the next move for Dillon Danis, if he will ever attend another UFC event, MMA media, Jon Jones, top 5 WrestleMania events, Dustin Poirier’s next move, AEW’s CM Punk video release, Kayla Harrison’s weigh-ins, and more. Then, GC makes his picks for UFC 300. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ariel Helwani around (6:57) wraps up his busy weekend with Paul Heyman’s Hall of Fame induction and WrestleMania 40. He talks about the memorable main event finish and how the AEW was partially responsible. Paul Hughes around (40:15) discusses his latest win at Cage Warriors 170, how he had multiple opponents before the fight, if he wanted to stay with Cage Warriors, why he couldn’t take a PFL deal early, his free agency, what he wants on the MMA game, how the injury by Ryan Curtis has affected him, meeting Conor McGregor, his issues with Paddy Pimblett, when he will make decision for his next stop, and more. Arman Tsarukyan around (1:02:13) discusses his Charles Oliveira fight at UFC 300, if he was surprised Oliveira took the fight, why he was watching UFC 200 for Gegard Mousasi, training with Fedor Emelianenko, swimming in freezing water, if he was surprised Justin Gaethje chose to defend BMF title, his comments about Charles Oliveira, how the fight will play out, his relationship with Kayla Harrison, and more. Calvin Kattar around (1:15:54) discusses his fight with Aljamain Sterling at UFC 300, how he ended up on the card, returning from his ACL injury, Sterling’s last fight, Ilia Topuria’s title win, Max Holloway’s decision to take the BMF fight, when he got injured in his last UFC fight, and more. Tom Aspinall around (1:29:57) discusses his trip to New York before UFC 300, his last trip to New York City for UFC 295, his back injury during training before the fight, advice from Georges St-Pierre, Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou, Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk, how close was he to fighting at UFC 300, Stipe Miocic’s skills, his new podcast, his hamburger, upcoming England pay-per-view, the UFC heavyweight division, who he wants next, why he’d rather fight Curtis Blaydes or Ciryl Gane, Gane avoiding him, his recent run-in with Jon Jones, Rico Verhoeven, Joshua kicking pads, his tattoos, retirement thoughts, and more. Karate Combat president Asim Zaidi around (2:33:16) discusses how he started Goat Shed Academy, cornering fighters and what he says on videos after the win, who owns Karate Combat, how he got involved with the organization, how fans are involved in their success, having an event at his mom’s house, how he balances the team and the organization, what Karate Combat is like, how he got Rockhold vs. Schilling fight done, and more. Skye Nicholson around (3:29:41) discusses her WBC featherweight title win, her game plan, why she wasn’t main event, Serrano vs. Taylor, chasing Amanda Serrano, how Serrano’s last fight fell apart, fighting on Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson undercard, the showdown between Claressa Shields and Alycia Baumgardner, when she wants to return, and more. The parlay pals around (3:51:30) get back on track, and GC looks back at his picks this past weekend. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Cody Rhodes around (5:41) discusses watching the ‘Bash at the Beach’ in person, the injuries he suffered Monday, WrestleMania 39, the advice he got from John Cena, comments from Roman Reigns, his relationship with Triple H, The Rock’s return, going back-to-back at the Royal Rumble, when his father is brought up to promote matches, Vince McMahon controversy, CM Punk’s return, his opinion of Tony Khan and AEW, his conversation with The Rock, how the fans made WrestleMania 40 main event, The Rock’s recent promos, his mother’s reaction, The Rock’s mom, the matches he’s looking forward to the most this weekend, and more. Maycee Barber around (1:16:21) discusses her recent health scare, if there was a point she was worried about her life, her thoughts on her performance, Erin Blanchfield vs. Manon Fiorot, what’s next for her, if Rose Namajunas or Manon Fiorot is an option for her next fight, the best women’s flyweight on the planet, her relationship with Namajunas, her return to training, and more. Chris Weidman around (1:37:31) discusses his win over Bruno Silva at UFC Atlantic City, his eye pokes, if he feels like it is a legitimate win, why so many eye pokes happened, if he thought Silva was looking for a way out, how eye pokes should be punished, his overall performance, the critics, if he would have retired if he had loss, if he wants a rematch with Silva, who he wants to face in his return, and more. Josh Barnett around (2:06:23) discusses his pro wrestling promotion Bloodsport, why Shayna Baszler is allowed to compete at the event, his upcoming event in Japan with Rampage Jackson, how MMA and pro wrestling are linked, how to fix MMA, if the rounds were longer, weight-cutting, referees, MMA vs. pro wrestling, CM Punk’s comments on AEW and Tony Khan, his thoughts on Ronda Rousey, Baszler’s time in WWE, and more. Manon Fiorot around (3:12:04) discusses her win over Erin Blanchfield at UFC Atlantic City, being a tourist in New York, shoes, if there were any surprises in the fight, what she wants next, the trilogy of Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko, Maycee Barber’s place in the division and last performance, why she went to the hospital after the fight, when she wants to return, the popularity of MMA in France, why she stopped snowboarding, Victor Wembanyama, bouncing back from her first loss, if she needs more finishes, and more. The parlay pals around (4:00:13) make their latest selection, and GC makes his picks for the upcoming weekend. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ariel Helwani and the crew around (5:41) recap their busy weekend. Mysterious Frank recaps his trip to the Chase and Status party, and several people recap the UFC Atlantic City event and the trip to the casinos afterward. Joaquin Buckley around (31:14) discusses his big win at UFC Atlantic City, why he didn’t think Vicente Luque wanted to be there, his trip to the pool before the fight, why he wants to be the main event at UFC St. Louis, who he might want to fight next, and more. Nate Landwehr around (45:47) discusses his knockout win at UFC Atlantic City, what it was like fighting as a father, life as a UFC fighter, a recent tornado back home, who he wants to fight next, and more. CM Punk around (1:02:49) discusses his torn triceps, if he could have competed at WrestleMania 40, his return to the WWE and when the conversations started, his conversation with Triple H, his removal from a WWE event this past May, how the AEW reacted, his return event for WWE and his walkout, his reception, his conversation with Vince McMahon, his opinion on the latest McMahon scandal, WrestleMania 40 plans, his relationship with Roman Reigns, what happened with Jack Perry at the London AEW event, his last match with AEW, the version of events told by Tony Khan, his issues with Adam Page, the controversial scrum, why he decided to return after ‘Brawl Out,’ his favorite AEW memories, his time with MJF, if he regrets coming back to pro wrestling, if he was close to signing with WWE over AEW, the viral clip with Randy Orton, issues with Colt Cabana, if AJ Lee will ever return to television, when he might be able to return to the ring, his final UFC trip to the Octagon, and more. Ariel and NewYorkRic around (2:58:10) react to the CM Punk interview and his answers. Rhea Ripley around (3:13:30) discusses her wrist injury, WrestleMania 40, Becky Lynch’s comments, Lynch’s current talent level, her pre-match comments about Lynch’s daughter, the locker room’s opinion of Ripley, Jade Cargill, the match with Lynch, and more. Becky Lynch then calls in to come into the studio for the interview. Lynch and Ripley around (3:31:05) then exchange words and shoves on The MMA Hour set. The panel then around (3:32:18) recaps the confrontation between Lynch and Ripley. The parlay pals around (3:40:28) look back at their most recent pick, and GC recaps his picks for Saturday’s event. Ariel Helwani and the panel around (3:45:41) then looks back at the foul-plagued UFC Atlantic City event and all the storylines. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
AJ McKee around (9:18), whose father Antonio McKee weighed in early on the UFC antitrust lawsuit settlement, discusses his experience at PFL vs. Bellator, the transition to PFL, what’s next for him, if he wanted to do the PFL tournament, his focus on the year, what he thought of Bellator Belfast, his staph infection, his snowboarding, his Bellator contract, his performance against Clay Collard, and more. Ben Shalom around (36:47) talks about the BOXXER rise, how they ended up on Peacock, how he ended up as a promoter, if he has the respect of Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren, why they are holding an event on Easter Sunday, if they could work with Matchroom down the road, Dalton Smith vs. Adam Azim, Ben Whittaker, his favorite promoters, and more. In the latest On the Nose around (1:11:41), Ariel Helwani discusses The Rock, Drake vs. Kendrick Lamar, favorite quotes, leftovers, top fights in post-covid era, Brandon Moreno taking time out, dream UFC London card, Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson, ‘Road House’ reviews, what questions would you ask Ronda Rousey, and more. Becky Lynch around (2:03:26) discusses her new book, her journey, writing the book, her job as a flight attendant, why she decided to write a book now, how Mick Foley helped, the road to WWE superstardom, Seth Rollins, working with your husband, Vince McMahon and the allegations, Ronda Rousey’s recent comments, Lynch’s love of wrestling, CM Punk’s return, her contract, if Rhea Ripley crossed the line with her comments and recent matches, and more. Saul Milton around (3:04:10), the “Chase” part of the English electronic music duo Chase & Status, discusses his MMA fandom, his music, their performance at Brit Awards, how they DJ as a duo, Tyson Fury’s walkout, MMA walkouts, going to UFC events, how MMA is his favorite sport, if Conor McGregor can return to form, and more. The parlay pals around (4:05:26) make their selections for the upcoming weekend, and GC makes his picks for UFC Vegas 91. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ariel Helwani around (7:58) wraps up a busy weekend, and GC reveals his new haircut. Payton Talbott around (15:11) discusses his performance at UFC Vegas 89, his violent knee, his post-fight celebration, his hair, his YouTube channel, how he got into mixed martial arts, having nose surgery from his mom, why he has never attended UFC event, what he wanted to be growing up, his post-fight career, buying used shoes, his tattoos, Sean O’Malley comparisons, Dennis Rodman, when he wants to return, and more. Erin Blanchfield around (40:35) discusses getting the UFC Atlantic City main event, competing in Singapore, if a title shot is on the line this weekend, what she thought of Rose Namajunas’ latest UFC fight, if Rose is better at 115 or 125 pounds, her favorite fighter growing up, her thoughts about Maycee Barber’s comments, the trilogy between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko, 3 rounds vs. 5 rounds, and more. Renato Moicano around (56:54) discusses his upcoming fight at UFC 300, how he got the fight, how UFC 299 compares to UFC 300, Sean O’Malley vs. Merab Dvalishvili, Dustin Poirier’s performance at UFC 299, Ian Garry vs. Colby Covington, Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler, the UFC anti-trust lawsuit settlement, when he wanted to be a MMA fighter, Paddy Pimblett’s recent comments, and more. Ariel and the panel around (1:28:59) discuss Bellator Belfast, the biggest story of the weekend, and UFC Vegas 89. Sodiq Yusuff around (2:00:04) discusses his new deal, fighting at UFC 300, the last time he fought in front of a crowd, why he looks up to Georges St-Pierre, his thoughts about Ryan Garcia, his recent injuries and last fight, how he ended up on a Disney show, acting, Francis Ngannou, and more. Rose Namajunas around (2:29:17) discusses her UFC Vegas 89 main event performance, pressure she felt heading into the fight, how she is adjusting to the new weight class, her dreams, if she’s staying at 125 pounds, if she will ever return to 115 pounds, Blanchfield vs. Fiorot, Maycee Barber’s latest comments, the issues she has with a local dog park, and more. Chris Weidman around (3:00:00) discusses his upcoming fight against Bruno Silva at UFC Atlantic City, what life is like away from NYC, if he thought about retirement for this weekend, how he is training, the mental side to another fight, who will be in his corner, if this is a must-win fight, his upcoming opponent, moving past the leg break, the E:60 documentary, the UFC weigh-in shows, watching his kids participate in sports, and more. The parlay pals around (3:40:30) look back at their most recent selection, and GC recaps his picks for this past weekend. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ariel Helwani around (4:55) starts the show with the news that the UFC settled its pair of antitrust lawsuits and what it means. He then around (19:54) talks about attending the Road House premiere in New York City with GC and Mysterious Frank. In the latest On the Nose around (26:20), Ariel Helwani discusses the Paul vs. Tyson fight, best paper fight that didn’t deliver, solar eclipse, the UFC 300 poster, and more. Donn Davis around (58:48) discusses the UFC class-action lawsuit, PFL vs. Bellator branding, Bellator’s move to Max, Bellator to Fight Network in Canada, the PFL’s loss to Bellator in the pay-per-view, Francis Ngannou, Ngannou’s future, Cedric Doumbe’s future, the relationship with Cris Cyborg, PFL Africa, Kayla Harrison, the PFL event before UFC 300, the PFL season-ending championship, PFL’s new broadcast team, and more. Benoit Saint Denis around (1:33:32) discusses his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 299, his tough fight week, his staph infection before the fight, the weight cut, the injuries suffered during the fight, who he wants to fight next, if he had any regrets going through with the fight, and more. Michael ‘Venom’ Page around (1:58:36) discusses the Road House movie, his movie script, the greatest MMA movie, his UFC debut win, if he regrets not joining UFC sooner, his childhood, his mixed martial arts journey, how his father impacted his style, when he would like to return, Ian Garry, Garry’s performance against Neal, Colby Covington’s videos, Manchester United, Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson, and more. Tim Welch around (3:02:35) discusses Sean O’Malley’s performance in his title defense at UFC 299, Chito Vera’s toughness and ability, the game plan, what was said between Welch and Vera after the fight, the greasing allegations, if a trilogy match with Vera is on the horizon, Petr Yan’s actions after the event, what’s next for O’Malley, Merab Dvalishvili’s skills, Ryan Garcia, O’Malley vs. Garcia in boxing, Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson, and more. Conor McGregor around (3:39:53) discusses his acting debut in the Road House movie, how his role developed, UFC 300, getting the call for his next UFC fight, contract extension talks, movie career, 3 rounds vs. 5 rounds, Nate Diaz’s recent comments, his motivation, drug testing, and more. The panel around (4:10:44) reacts to the Conor McGregor interview. Ariel Helwani around (4:22:04) returns to On the Nose to discuss DDP’s next fight, the most anticipated fights for UFC 300, UFC 300 trip, the parlay boys’ losing skid, and more. The parlay pals around (4:45:43) make their latest picks, and GC makes his picks for the upcoming weekend. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ariel Helwani around (6:04) discusses the latest news in the UFC, the title fight and Jose Aldo’s return at UFC 301, what could have been at UFC 301, and more. Gilbert Melendez around (20:19) talks about his new promotion with Scott Coker and their first event in San Jose on May 18, how the relationship will work, if he plans to return to fighting in the near future, why the fights will be in a ring instead of a cage, how many events do they plan this year, Diaz vs. Masvidal, Nate Diaz’s future, why he wants to fight again, and more. Francis Ngannou around (47:13) talks about the physical and emotinoal fallout from his knockout loss to Anthony Joshua, how he felt after getting knocked down the first time, the unusually long wait for the fight to start, whether he felt more nervous for the fight with title shot on line, how he broke from tradition and watched the fight, whether Joshua would beat Tyson Fury, if he’s annoyed by revisionist history of his boxing career, whether the fight was the biggest payday of his career, when he can fight again, his desire to fight Tyson Fury, his reaction to the announcement he’d fight the winner of Ryan Bader vs. Renan Ferreira, whether his PFL contract requires him to fight in MMA this year, whether he regrets anything about the fight, and more. The panel breaks around (1:26:32) down the Tom Aspinall vs. Jon Jones meeting and the trash talk between Colby Covington and Ian Garry. Marlon Vera around (1:34:24) discusses his title loss to Sean O’Malley at UFC 299, his vision for the fight, if he has watched the fight, why O’Malley had such success, his issues with O’Malley’s hair, his eye injury during the fight, when he would like to return, what he wishes he could have done differently, Cory Sandhagen’s comments, his comments for Tim Welch, the robbery of his home, his fans in Miami, who he wants to fight next, O’Malley vs. Dvalishvili, and more. Rafael Cordeiro, the coach of Mike Tyson, around (2:15:31) discusses Tyson’s training for the upcoming Jake Paul fight, the age gap between the two fighters, the difference between this Tyson and the fight against Roy Jones Jr., how he ended up coaching Tyson, balancing the gym and Tyson, his fight prediction, and more. John Kavanagh and Rich Chou around (2:46:30) discuss the latest about Train Alta, Chou’s journey after Bellator, the program and how it works, the goals, new-look Bellator, Scott Coker’s new promotion, Mike Tyson vs. Jake Paul, recent retirements, Conor McGregor’s absence from the UFC, and more. The parlay pals around (3:44:15) look back at their most recent selection, and GC recaps his picks from the UFC event. Robert Whittaker around (3:51:49) discusses his win over Paulo Costa at UFC 298, the illness before the fight, his performance in the fight, what happened with the Dricus Du Plessis fight, his opinion of Costa, Dustin Poirier’s recent comments, the MMA community, Alexander Volkanovski, Francis Ngannou, Steve Erceg and the UFC 301 title fight, his return, Sean Strickland, if Israel Adesanya gets next title shot, and more. 5:42 Julianna Pena debates leaving the parlay pals, but Ariel gets her to stay until UFC 300. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ariel Helwani around (5:56) breaks some big news to start the show. Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal will run it back on June 1 in a boxing ring, and the panel reacts to the news. Jorge Masvidal around (15:25) discusses his upcoming boxing match with Nate Diaz, the first between the two in the UFC, if they ran into each other at UFC 299, and more. Kayla Harrison around (32:00) discusses her UFC 300 fight against Holly Holm, her current weight, what she wanted this past fall after her final PFL fight, 145 or 135, her thoughts of joining the UFC, her goal to become UFC champion, her recent UFC 300 Q&A appearance, the last time she weighed 136 pounds, if she has been promised a title shot with a win, Cris Cyborg’s recent comments, how things ended with PFL, Dustin Poirier’s comments, and more. Ben Davison, a coach for Anthony Joshua, around (1:04:27) spoke about his initial reaction to the Ngannou vs. Joshua booking, researching Ngannou’s MMA fights in training camp, how Ngannou shocked him in the Tyson Fury fight, how he prepared Joshua for Otto Wallin, why he doesn’t like it when his team has rejuvenated Joshua, how he felt on fight night, why he felt Ngannou’s chin hadn’t been tested, Ngannou’s switch to southpaw, why he thinks fighters in MMA switch stances more easily, his reaction to Ngannou’s knockout, how Ngannou will fare in boxing moving forward, whether Ngannou’s loss should end crossover fights, whether he prefers Oleksandr Uysk or Fury for Joshua’s next fight, his pick for Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson, and more. Joanna Jedrzejczyk around (1:33:48:11) discusses her UFC Hall of Fame induction, if she knew it would happen, a past story of Action Bronson, if she ever thought of coming back to the UFC, if she will ever fight again, her life as a manager, her last UFC fight and her decision to retire, hanging out with Zhang Weili, her relationship with Valentina Shevchenko, and more. Tai Tuivasa around (2:04:36) discusses his upcoming fight against Marcin Tybura at UFC Vegas 88, the smaller cage at the UFC Apex, if he had any regrets taking last fight, why he switched training camps, his recent losing skid, Tyson Pedro’s recent retirement, Joshua vs. Ngannou, and more. In the latest edition of On the Nose around (2:35:06), Ariel Helwani discusses why he covered an event in Saudi Arabia, terrible boss stories, Mark Coleman, fighter pay, GC’s fastest mile, the new weigh-ins, what’s next for Chito Vera and Benoit Saint Denis, Bo Nickal’s placement on UFC 300 fight card, Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson, if a title shot is next for Dustin Poirier, a special darts episode, and more. The parlay pals around (3:59:15) make their latest selection, and GC makes his picks for the combat sports weekend. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ariel Helwani around (17:51) wraps a busy combat sports weekend with plenty of news from PFL, Ngannou vs. Joshua, Tyson vs. Paul, and UFC 299. The panel discusses the biggest story of the weekend and more. Helwani makes his pick and wonders what could be next for Francis Ngannou. The panel also discusses the controversial stoppage in the PFL Europe main event. Michael Page around (01:02:44) discusses his UFC debut win over Kevin Holland at UFC 299, his fight week vs. a Bellator fight week, Kevin Holland’s pre-fight comments, what he learned from the first strike, his walkout, what his walkout plan really was, his gameplan, what he told Holland after the fight, Dana White’s post-fight comments, who he wants next, The Sphere, Ben Whittaker, Joshua vs. Ngannou, and more. Dustin Poirier around (01:34:14) discusses his win over Benoit Saint Denis at UFC 299, bouncing back from the Justin Gaethje loss, his different mindset for the fight, his obsession with jumping guillotines, what a clean knockout feels like, what he said to Dana White and Saint Denis after the fight, why he took this fight, what he wants next, his rib injury before the fight, his mental struggles after the Gaethje fight, and more. Sean O’Malley around (2:05:09) discusses his UFC 299 win over Chito Vera, his first fight with Vera, his knee against Vera, the fan support for Vera, his injuries from the fight, the body shot at the end of the fight, his top choice for his next fight, his backstage encounter with Merab Dvalishvili, what he does before the fight, his fight IQ, if he is going to stay with pink shorts, his afterparty, when he would like to return, and more. The panel around (2:31:01) discusses what’s next for Sean O’Malley, Dustin Poirier’s comments, and more from UFC 299. Cedric Doumbe around (02:44:45) discusses his controversial loss at PFL Europe, if he plans to appeal the loss, when he first noticed his toe injury, his issues with the referee, his foot injury, when he suffered the injury, if he wants a rematch with Baissangour Chamsoudinov, his proposed walkout, if the fight would be five rounds, Joshua vs. Ngannou, and more. Joanne Wood around (03:18:40) discusses her final UFC fight at UFC 299, when she decided to call it quits, why it was a year between fights, why was the biggest reason she decided to call it quits, her final walkout, “rock bottom,” how she ended up in Las Vegas, her favorite fights, her scare after the Jennifer Maia loss, if she has any regrets, her scare after a UFC fight, and more. John Wood also joins the show to talk about his wife’s final fight, and more. The parlay pals around (3:56:53) look back at their latest selection, and GC recaps his picks from a busy combat sports weekend. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
With Ariel Helwani in Saudi Arabia, NewYorkRic and Conner Burks hop in the hot seats to discuss the massive events coming up in combat sports. Ariel Helwani around (9:51) joins the show from Saudi Arabia to discuss Joshua vs. Ngannou and much more. He discusses the scene in Riyadh just days before the boxing showdown. NewYorkRic and GC then around (30:48) discuss UFC 299 and the top storylines for the entire card, including the main event, MVP’s debut, and much more. They also list their favorite fights for the event in Miami. NewYorkRic and GC then around (43:34) turn their attention to Joshua vs. Ngannou and what the fight means for Ngannou’s future. They then turn to PFL Europe to discuss Cedric Doumbe’s return Thursday. In the latest On the Nose around (1:33:14), NewYorkRic and GC discuss the Glory Heavyweight Grand Prix, if Cedric Doumbe is the PFL’s best prospect, Ryan Garcia, Sean O’Malley’s pink shorts, The MMA Hour belt, parlay pals vs. parlay boys, hardest sports to play, Bloody Elbow, best grappler, WWE podcasts, favorite TV shows and books, and more. The parlay pals around (3:25:34) make their latest pick, and GC makes his selections for the upcoming combat sports weekend. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ariel Helwani around (3:54) discusses his past weekend in Puerto Rico for the Jake Paul fight, the main event being called off, Jake Paul’s opponents, Tyson Pedro’s retirement comments, and more. Curtis Blaydes around (20:32) discusses facing Jailton Almeida at UFC 299, why he had to withdraw from their previously scheduled fight, the hype around Almeida, if a title shot against Tom Aspinall could be next, Jon Jones and what’s next for him, his time off for action, if he would ever do bareknuckle MMA or BKFC, Jairzinho Rozenstruik’s performance, Joshua vs. Ngannou, and more. Jairzinho Rozenstruik around (45:32) discusses his performance at UFC Vegas 87, the stoppage, the changes he made, finding his “real power source,” spending a week in the jungle, fighting in front of an audience vs. UFC Apex, which fighters he would like to fight next, Joshua vs. Ngannou, Brandon Royval around (1:00:44) discusses his performance against Brandon Moreno at UFC Mexico City, his knee injury, who he wants to fight next, his conversation with Alexandre Pantoja after the fight, when he would be able to fight again, if Muhammad Mokaev deserves a title shot next, Mokaev’s DMs, Cody Durden, the worst match-up for Pantoja, fights at the arena and hotel, Haney vs. Garcia, and more. Dewey Cooper, the coach of Francis Ngannou, around (1:32:31) speaks how Ngannou has trained compared to the Tyson Fury fight, how Joshua and Fury are different, if Ngannou will go back to mixed martial arts, Sean Strickland’s comments, Team Combat League, and more. Song Yardong around (1:57:09) discusses his upcoming UFC 299 fight against Petr Yan, why his hair is blonde, why he is fighting Petr Yan, his last performance, why he doesn’t want to fight on the same card as his friends again, Petr Yan’s abilities, O’Malley vs. Vera, and more. The parlay pals around (2:15:26) look back at their most recent performance, and GC recaps his picks from the past weekend. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In the latest On the Nose around (4:45), Ariel Helwani discusses Francis Ngannou leaving PFL event, which boxing fight are they looking forward to the most, and more. Jorge Masvidal around (17:41) discusses his upcoming Gamebred MMA event, his recent trip to Stockton, his recent issues with Nate Diaz and Chael Sonnen, what it’s like to promote Charles Bennett, getting Bareknuckle MMA licensed, the upcoming BMF title fight at UFC 300, who will win the fight, Ilia Topuria’s rise, rock climbing, his father’s arrest, and more. Claressa Shields around (47:17) discusses her performance at PFL vs. Bellator, her time in Saudi Arabia, if she was close to being submitted, why she is competing in mixed martial arts, what she wants to do next, her “shocking” beef with Cris Cyborg, Alycia Baumgardner, the length of fights and Amanda Serrano, Garcia vs. O’Malley, Joshua vs. Ngannou, and more. Matt Riddle around (1:12:27) discusses his latest wresting action, his WWE departure, how his schedule has changed, his incident at JFK, if the TKO merger caused the firing, why he failed some drug tests, why he went to rehab, his wrestling goal, what rehab was like, his divorce, if he has regrets, the conclusion of the storyline with Randy Orton, the DC vs. Jones storyline, how Daniel Cormier did as a referee, his reaction to the Vince McMahon news, Bad Bunny and Logan Paul, WrestleMania 40, if he has interest in MMA or BKFC, and more. Ariel Helwani returns to On the Nose questions around (2:20:59) to discuss the UFC 300 main event, boxing’s increase in superfights, who would win a mile between Ariel and GC, the rising interest in combat sports, Ed Shares, Jon Jones at the PFL vs. Bellator event, and more. David Feldman around (2:37:39) discusses Mike Perry’s next announcement, the KnuckleMania card in April, how they ended up with Thiago Alves for Perry instead of Darren Till or Anthony Pettis, where they stand with Nevada and New York, recent signings, what happened to Rothwell vs. Duffee, his recent meeting with Dana White, his bad day a couple years ago, a recent big offer, if there’s a number he would be willing to sell BKFC for, and more. The parlay boys around (3:02:09) make their most recent selection, and GC makes his picks for the upcoming combat sports weekend. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ariel Helwani and crew around (5:53) discusses the biggest combat story of the weekend, if it was PFL vs. Bellator, Brian Ortega’s comeback win or something else, why Ilia Topuria’s moment with Real Madrid was so big for the sport, what’s next for Topuria, Ortega’s injury during introductions, the UFC 301 main event, if Alex Pereira could headline UFC 300 and UFC 301, and more. Devin Haney around (33:31) discusses how he ended up facing Ryan Garcia next, how the fight ended up in Brooklyn, what happened at the Super Bowl, if he was close to Tank Garcia fight, his experience in Saudi Arabia, his dream opponent, if there is a rematch clause with Garcia, what he thought of Garcia’s last performance, his first fight with Garcia as a kid, their last fight as teenagers, why this fight with Garcia is personal after recent comments, if Francis Ngannou has a chance against Anthony Joshua, Canelo Alvarez’s new situation, what’s next for Terence Crawford, what’s next for him, and more. The panel then around (1:07:32) discusses PFL vs. Bellator 2, Francis Ngannou’s appearance, the missed opportunity, what it meant for PFL and Bellator, Jon Jones vs. Francis Ngannou, what’s next for Johnny Elben and Claressa Shields, and more. Ryan Garcia around (1:45:35) discusses his upcoming fight with Devin Haney, the comments that upset Haney, his strategy against Oscar Duarte, how he ended up with Haney next, his relationship with Floyd Mayweather, if he rematches with Tank Garcia, his issues with Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins, recent comments from Shia LaBeouf, his divorce, his recent hangout with Nate Diaz, if the fight will stay in Brooklyn, beating Sean O’Malley in MMA, Haney’s recent comments, his feud with Bill Haney, his official fight prediction, and more. Oscar De La Hoya around (2:18:43) discusses how the fight between Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney got made, Eddie Hearn’s involvement, how the fight ended up in Brooklyn, his past issues with Ryan Garcia, why Brooklyn will work for the fight, Ryan Garcia vs. Tank Davis, Garcia’s issues with Bernard Hopkins, Canelo Alvarez’s future, his thoughts on Turki Alalshikh, Garcia’s chances of fighting in the UFC, a boxing version of the UFC Apex, if Garcia vs. Haney will do 1 million pay-per-view buys, and more. Eddie Hearn around (2:57:15) discusses the Ryan Garcia vs. Devin Haney clash, how he is financially involved, the location, Canelo Alvarez’s future, who could be next for Alvarez, the state of PBC, his toughest competition, his relationship with Dana White, his relationship with Oscar De La Hoya, Francis Ngannou’s chances against Anthony Joshua, Conor McGregor’s future, 5x5 rosters, Katie Taylor’s future, his talks with Tank Davis, and more. The parlay boys around (4:01:52) look back at their most recent selection, and GC recaps his picks for UFC Mexico City and PFL vs. Bellator. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In the latest On the Nose, Ariel Helwani discusses NYR vs. GC in an MMA contest, the UFC 300 main event, the women’s title fight at UFC 300, what could headline UFC 301, Robert Whittaker’s future, if UFC 300 should be two nights, Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler, Ian Machado Garry’s future, and more. Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall around (42:56) discuss the coloring book gift, the heated media events, the weight class for the fight, their opinions on each other’s last fights, if they ever will be friends, their first fight, their prediction for their upcoming fight, and more. Brandon Royval around (1:00:32) discusses his upcoming showdown with Brandon Moreno at UFC Mexico City, why he didn’t come earlier to fight week because of the altitude, what went wrong against Alexandre Pantoja in his UFC title fight, the first fight against Brandon Moreno, Moreno’s performance against Pantoja, and more. Johnny Eblen around (1:21:24) discusses his upcoming title fight against Impa Kasanganay at PFL vs. Bellator, how he has been treated, his options for this event, the belt/ring, the cage, fighting outside, his expensive shopping trip, a Home Depot prank almost gone wrong, being on TMZ, training with Sean Strickland, how he matches against Dricus Du Plessis, and more. Anthony Hernandez around (1:42:47) discusses his win over Roman Kopylov at UFC 298, family life with four kids and chickens, where he gets his nickname Fluffy, how he got into mixed martial arts, what he would have done if he didn’t do MMA, how he didn’t know who Rodolfo Vieira was before submitting him, his smiling celebration at UFC 298, his earrings, when he wants to return, and more. Ariel Helwani around 2:05:59) returns to On the Nose to discuss the evolution of MMA compared to other sports, UFC 300 dream card, UK trivia questions, and more. Michael Chandler around (2:27:59) discusses his WWE promo on Monday Night Raw, how it happened, his meeting with Triple H, the past year waiting for Conor McGregor, why they aren’t headlining UFC 300, his current weight, when the fight might be possible, Alex Volkanovski’s knockout at UFC 298, the UFC 299 co-main event, and more. Alex Pereira around (3:07:45) discusses the UFC 300 main event against Jamahal Hill, his connection with the fans, when he found out he would headline the event, if he would like to fight at heavyweight, what weight he walks around with, why his coach loves the idea, if he wants to fight Israel Adesanya again, why he would be open to training with him, UFC 301, his stare down with Jamahal Hill after Hill fought Glover Teixeira, training with Steven Seagal, meeting Hasbulla, Dubai, how the fight will end, and more. The parlay pals around (4:28:39) make their latest selection, and GC makes his picks for UFC Mexico City and PFL vs. Bellator. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ariel Helwani around (5:40) discusses UFC 298 storylines, what’s next for Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria, what’s at stake at UFC Mexico City, Merab Dvalishvili’s win, Henry Cejudo’s future, how he scored the Ian Garry vs. Geoff Neal fight, the co-main event, and the announcement of the UFC 300 main event. The panel then around (38:52) wraps up UFC 298 and the pick for the UFC 300 main event. Ian Machado Garry around (1:01:50) discusses his UFC 298 win over Geoff Neal, why he studied NFL wide receivers, the scoring of the fight, if he’s having internal conflict with recent behavior, dealing with the fans in Anaheim, Colby Covington, his relationship with the Irish media, his feud with Rampage Jackson, why he cries before fights, one of his tattoos, Leon vs. Belal, Sean Brady, and more. Merab Dvalishvili around (1:35:18) discusses his UFC 298 win over Henry Cejudo, his social media, getting the next title shot, why he prefers Sean O’Malley to win UFC 299, his fans back home, his fight with Aljamain Sterling before his UFC 298 fight, his relationship with Mark Zuckerberg, if Cejudo will retire, his Mexican fans, when he would like to return, and more. Sean O’Malley around (1:59:50) discusses the UFC 298 main event, Merab vs. Cejudo, possibly facing Ilia Topuria in the future, why he went to UFC 298, if Cejudo should retire, why there is a Mexican flag on his UFC belt, his upcoming fight against Chito Vera, his improvements since the first fight, his coach’s injury, why he writes in journals, his social media, his official fight prediction, and more. Oban Elliott around (2:31:03) discusses his UFC 298 win over Val Woodburn, his tough first round, his debut performance, if he was nervous before the fight, a voice message from Tom Aspinall, meeting CM Punk, Michael Bisping, and Chael Sonnen after the fight, seeing his mother after the fight, and more. The parlay boys around (3:05:01) look back at their most recent performance, and GC recaps his UFC 298 picks. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Comments (57)

Shawn Cahill

2:00 to skip ads 👍

Mar 19th
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Shawn Cahill

2:37:40 😂

Feb 11th
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Shawn Cahill

Over five minutes of ads. That may be a record.

Jan 30th
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Shawn Cahill

Did I hear correct that ESPN wanted Colby to remove his MAGA hat?

Dec 15th
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Shawn Cahill

I start day dreaming when they talk about stick and ball sports. 🥱

Dec 1st
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yoyo

this time last year Sean became champion??? last month maybe..... lol!! I must've misunderstood

Nov 23rd
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Shawn Cahill

23:00 to bypass Ariel talking about Israel the country.

Oct 10th
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Shawn Cahill

Starts at 2:30

Oct 10th
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Shawn Cahill

I wish Ariel would have asked how her sister Victoria died. If it wasn't due to the mRNA shot, why does it seem to be shrouded in mystery?

Oct 6th
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Shawn Cahill

Ariel can't atone for his sins, let alone anyone else's. Read the Hebrew Bible Ariel.

Sep 28th
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Shawn Cahill

4:06:30 Ariel on Yom Kippur you don't atone for your sins. Read Leviticus 16 and you will see it was God's appointed priest who atoned for Israel. Today the high priest is Christ Jesus. Don't be fooled by Rabbinic Judaism.

Sep 23rd
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Shawn Cahill

Listening to Ariel and homeboy watching football was super boring.

Sep 19th
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Shawn Cahill

Starts @ 3:05

Sep 8th
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Shawn Cahill

2:10:00 "Only for biological girls" 🤣

Jul 29th
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Shawn Cahill

DDP's comments have nothing to do with apartheid. C'mon Ariel, DDP made this clear and yet you seem to perpetuate this. I don't know if you're trying to stir up drama, or just drinking the woke Kool Aid. I think Israel is a victim of Critical Race Theory, sad.

Jul 11th
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the master

72 hour fast is one way to permaneny lower testosterone production.

Jun 24th
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Shawn Cahill

Ariel be drinking that woke Kool Aid.

Jun 9th
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yoyo

off course they will save UFC 300 for international fight week!!!

Jun 1st
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yoyo

with the BMF belt on the line, is Dana trying to set something up for when/if Nate comes back??

May 24th
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Shawn Cahill

Ariel's ignorance of Rumble is hilarious. He probably thinks YouTube is the only video hosting site 🤦‍♂️

May 12th
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