MMA Reporter Ariel Helwani Joins ESPN & Will Co-Host Podcast With Chael Sonnen

MMA’s most-respected journalist Ariel Helwani left the MMA Hour, to join the ESPN to cover a variety of roles. He’ll co-join former UFC and current Bellator fighter “Bad Guy” Chael Sonnen for Ariel & The Bad Guy,” a weekly 30-minute digital show for the ESPN+ platform which will include some pre and post-fight events.

ESPN and Helwani confirmed the news on Thursday:

“Ariel and The Bad Guy” will team Helwani with professional fighter and ESPN MMA analyst, Chael Sonnen, for a fast-paced 30-minute weekly breakdown of the top stories, developments and upcoming fights. New episodes will be available on ESPN+ each Wednesday, beginning June 20, and there will be special episodes before and after major mixed martial arts events.”

Canadian Journalist has been covering the sport since 2006, will departing MMAFighting.com and the MMA Hour podcast through SB Nation, where he built his fame and reputation. Helwani is a seven-time winner of MMA Journalist of the Year at the World MMA Awards.

Helwani is expected to run his own podcast “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” on ESPN and will serve other MMA commentating duties as well.

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