Famend sports activities journalist Ariel Helwani not too long ago revealed whether or not UFC president Dana White was the explanation he left media large ESPN. The MMA reporter turned down an extension after his three-year contract with the community expired in June.
Talking with fellow sports activities commentator Dan Le Batard, the 38-year-old pulled the curtain again to disclose what his relationship with the UFC boss is like. In keeping with Ariel Helwani, Dana White put “one roadblock after the following” in entrance of him throughout his tenure with ESPN.
“He [Dana White] did not make it straightforward,” Helwani mentioned. “He most likely thinks he ran me out. In truth, I do know he is celebrating that I am not there anymore, however I’d argue that he did me a large favor.”
Helwani additionally recounted just a few of Dana White’s whims:
“Once I can be at occasions, and for example it is the weigh-ins, proper? And there is a desk there and I’d be doing one thing beforehand and Dana White is coming as a visitor in half-hour or one thing… I must be escorted out of the venue as a result of per his request, I could not be in his neighborhood or his line of sight.”
Ariel Helwani added that the expertise was not solely a nuisance for him, however it was additionally embarrassing for the safety personnel who needed to ask him to depart. He added:
“So right here I’m on the set of an organization I work for and safety, the nicest individuals on the earth who have been embarrassed that that they had to do that, would inform me, ‘I am sorry Ariel I must stroll you out.’ You know the way that makes somebody really feel?”
Helwani did not straight point out that White was the explanation for his departure from ESPN, however he implied that the UFC president’s habits in the direction of him actually contributed. However in the long run, Helwani mentioned it labored out for him as he is now free from the constraints of working with the UFC’s official media companion.
Proper now, Helwani primarily covers MMA for BT Sport and The Ringer. He additionally returned as host of MMA Combating’s The MMA Hour discuss present.
Dana White’s beef with Ariel Helwani
Ariel Helwani rose to prominence after breaking the information concerning the return of former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar to the octagon in 2016. Helwani reported Lesnar was near signing a deal to battle at UFC 200, regardless of nonetheless being energetic within the WWE.
Nevertheless, Dana White was furious after Ariel Helwani “ruined” his shock announcement. Helwani’s scoop earned him an ejection from UFC 199 and was threatened with a “lifetime ban” from protecting future UFC occasions.