July 8, 1982 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Early life and education
Helwani was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Helwani's mother is from Lebanon and his father is from Egypt. He grew up in a Jewish family in Mount Royal, Quebec and Westmount and attended the Akiva School and Herzliah High School.
Journalist Helwani has been covering mixed martial arts professionally since 2006. He works for MMAFighting.com (SB Nation) 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. He is the former co-host of the Sirius XM radio show "Fight Club", and is currently the host of "The MMA Hour" podcast.
Honors and awards
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".
At the beginning of 2015, it was announced that he had won 2014 Journalist of the Year in the Awakening WMMA Awards.
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- "The MMA Hour".
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- "Awakening Fighters WMMA Awards". Awakeningfighters.com. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
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