Ariel Helwani

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Ariel Helwani
Born (1982-07-08) July 8, 1982 (age 32)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation MMA journalist

Ariel Helwani is a Canadian mixed martial arts (MMA) journalist.[1][2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Helwani was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Helwani's mother is from Lebanon and his father is from Egypt.[5] He grew up in a Jewish family in Mount Royal, Quebec and Westmount and attended the Akiva School and Herzliah High School.[6]

In 2004, Helwani graduated from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse, New York.[4][7]


Journalist Helwani has been covering mixed martial arts professionally since 2006. He works for (SB Nation)[8] and Fox Sports. Helwani serves as an "MMA Insider" for Fox Sports 1's weekly "UFC Tonight" show and other pre- and post-event programming.[9] He is the former co-host of the Sirius XM radio show "Fight Club",[6] and is currently the host of "The MMA Hour" podcast.[10][7]

Personal life[edit]

Helwani lives with his wife Jaclyn Stein and two sons [11] in Brooklyn, New York.[citation needed]

Honors and awards[edit]

Helwani was awarded MMA Journalist of the Year at the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 World MMA Awards.[12][8]

In 2011, FIGHT! Magazine named him as one of their "Power 20", a list of the "most significant power players, movers, shakers, ambassadors, and game-changers in MMA," describing him as "the Howard Cosell of MMA".[7]

At the beginning of 2015, it was announced that he had won 2014 Journalist of the Year in the Awakening WMMA Awards.[13]


  1. ^ Lees, James (July 18, 2010). "Full Mount Focus: Ariel Helwani". Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ Hackett, Miles (October 5, 2009). "FLD Exclusive - Ariel Helwani: The Man Behind the Microphone". Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ "VigilanteMMA Exclusive Interview: Ariel Helwani". September 30, 2010. Archived from the original on 5 October 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^!/arielhelwani/status/17821861614
  6. ^ a b Lazarus, David. "Montreal native is a mixed martial arts broadcaster", The Canadian Jewish News, January 13, 2011.
  7. ^ a b c FIGHT! Staff, "The 4th Annual Power 20", FIGHT! Magazine, July 2011 issue.
  8. ^ a b "Ariel Helwani on finding his calling down the road less traveled", Martyr magazine, January 12, 2012.
  9. ^ "UFC's New Announcing Crew Mostly Impresses". 
  10. ^ "The MMA Hour". 
  11. ^
  12. ^ "World MMA Awards 2010 Winners". 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  13. ^ "Awakening Fighters WMMA Awards". Retrieved 2015-01-07. 

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