MMA Fighting

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Screenshot for in April 2018
Type of site
Mixed martial arts news
Available inEnglish
OwnerVox Media
Created byRay Hui[1][2]
RegistrationOptional (required for comment posting)
LaunchedApril 2001; 20 years ago (2001-04)
Current statusActive

MMA Fighting is a news website that covers the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). Founded in 2001, the site is notable for its breaking news coverage.

Overview[edit] was launched by Ray Hui in 2001, initially as an Angelfire site.[3]

In 2009, was acquired by AOL.[4] In 2011, it was sold to their current owners, Vox Media, where they now are a part of SB Nation.[5]

MMA Fighting writers include Luke Thomas and Dave Meltzer.

A 2 million unique users per month website reported in 2011,[6] and currently the #3 most popular MMA media & news website worldwide according to Alexa Internet.[7]


In the World MMA Awards, MMA Fighting has won the award for "Media Source of the Year" a total of four times, including three consecutively between 2015 and 2017. Additionally, Ariel Helwani, who is a former employee of MMA Fighting,ha has won the award for "MMA Journalist of the Year" every year since 2010.[citation needed]

The MMA Hour[edit]

The MMA Hour
MMA Hour Logo.svg
The logo for The MMA Hour since June 2017
Hosted byLuke Thomas
  • Audio
  • video
Created byAriel Helwani
Length4–5 hours
ProductionDanny Segura
Opening themeRing Ring
Composed byByron Brizuela
No. of episodes453 (as of October 15, 2018)
Original releaseJune 18, 2009 – present

MMA Fighting hosts The MMA Hour, a weekly show hosted by Luke Thomas that featured interviews with various names in mixed martial arts, including fighters, promoters, agents, coaches, and journalists.

The MMA Hour was formerly hosted by Ariel Helwani, until June 2018.[8]

In June 2021, Helwani announced his return to MMA Fighting and Vox Media as host for The MMA Hour and SB Nation’s MMA Fighting. [9]


  1. ^ " CEO and Executives - Bloomberg". Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  2. ^ "Ray Hui Profile and Activity - MMA Fighting". Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". 2001-04-28. Archived from the original on 2001-04-28. Retrieved 2018-04-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "AOL Acquires | Time Warner Inc". Time Warner. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  5. ^ "MMA Fighting Sold to Vox Media". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  6. ^ Ourand, John (7 November 2011). "SB Nation Acquires Combat Sports Site MMA Fighting from AOL". American City Business Journals ( Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Alexa - Top Sites by Category: Sports/Martial Arts/Submission Fighting and MMA/News and Media". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Mixed Martial Arts Insider Ariel Helwani Joins ESPN - ESPN MediaZone U.S." Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  9. ^ "Ariel Helwani is returning to MMA Fighting and The MMA Hour, in addition to new roles with Spotify, BT, and Substack U.S." Retrieved 2021-06-26.