Ariel Helwani Hits Back At Joe Rogan’s Criticism, ‘He’s Dana’s Boy’

MMA Journalist Ariel Helwani responds to criticism from Joe Rogan following a statement made on his podcast.

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Ariel Helwani is taking offense to something that was said about him by Joe Rogan.

Two of the most popular MMA YouTube podcast are The MMA Hour featuring Ariel Helwani and The Joe Rogan MMA show. Both of these men have been around the sport of MMA for years and have different but sometimes overlapping jobs in the sport. Rogan is a commentator for the UFC and does his MMA show on YouTube. He has a great relationship with fighters and when speaking with them seems to be enjoying more of a casual conversation. On the flip side, Helwani is a journalist and interviews fighters on his show. Now it seems that the two are butting heads. 

On a recent episode of Helwani’s show, he had UFC fighter Sean Brady on as a guest. Helwani brought up the topic of trolls threatening him and his wife. Brady made a comment along the lines of “burying them in the desert,” which Rogan caught wind of. He replied to his guest at the time, Belal Muhammad that Helwani likes to make people say certain things on his show. 

Ariel Helwani did not take kindly to Joe Rogan’s accusations of leading his guests

Rogan was basically insinuating that Helwani asks leading questions in hopes of getting fighters to say interesting quotes. Helwani took offense to this and rebutted in his most recent episode

“It’s especially rich coming from the guy who was pushing false narratives, and false information, and fake information, and all kinds of nonsense over the past two years to the point where people were demanding that he get dropped from Spotify, which I never agreed with,” he said. “But I mean, that’s rich. Of course, we know what the history is with Joe. He’s Dana’s boy, he’s always going to have his back.”

Helwani and Dana White do not get along and have not for many years, Helwani is now piecing together that perhaps the animosity sent his way from Rogan is due to his loyalty to White. 

“At least I ask people questions about topics that I’m somewhat well versed in, as opposed to you know, someone who sits in front of his guests and pretends to know more about a topic when they’re talking to an expert and pretends to be interested about the topic,” he said. “Now I’m going on and on about something that I don’t really want to go on and on about but that is a weird comment. That is a really weird comment. ‘Ariel Helwani likes to get people to say things,’ I mean, yes, I do. I like when people say things to me, that would be an answer to a question. But other than that, I’m not really sure what he’s referring to.”

Rogan is not the only one who has taken aim at Helwani in recent months. He has also caught so shade from another podcaster, Brandon Schaub, and from UFC lightweight Paddy Pimblett. Pimblett was upset with Helawani for not paying him for an appearance on his show. 

Published on February 2, 2023 at 9:25 am
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