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ESPN's Ariel Helwani talks to the biggest names, addresses the hottest topics and previews/reviews the most important fight cards from across the world of MMA.

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    • Jan 11, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    2022 Predictions: What's Next For Volkanovski, Poirier & Nate Diaz

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 56:29

    Daniel Cormier and Ryan Clark make their predictions for the UFC in 2022. Plus the guys give their takes on what's next for Alex Volkanovski, Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. And is Francis Ngannou overlooking Ciryl Gane ahead of their heavyweight title fight at UFC 270? 

    2021 Year in Review Plus Jon Anik Joins

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 65:34

     Daniel Cormier and Ryan Clark give out their awards for best fight, finish, fighters, prospect and celebration in the UFC for 2021. Plus UFC play-by-play man Jon Anik joins the guys to discuss another amazing year in combat sports and a recap of another KO win by Derrick Lewis in the final bout of 2021.

    UFC 269 Recap plus Paul-Woodley 2 Predictions

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 55:15

    DC & RC recap all of the news and results to come out of UFC 269 and give out their own performance awards for that fight card. The guys also preview this weekend's Fight Night between Derrick Lewis and Chris Daukaus and the boxing rematch between Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley.

    Dustin Poirier & Amanda Nunes Join DC & RC Ahead of UFC 269

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 53:00

    Before UFC 269 this Saturday, #1 lightweight contender Dustin Poirier and two-division champ Amanda Nunes join DC & RC. The guys also recap Jose Aldo's big win and tap in or out on Jake Paul's rematch with Tyron Woodley.

    Introducing "Haters" from Man in the Arena

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2021 30:02

    Whether you love him or hate him or are somehow completely indifferent, you've probably spent at least some of the last 20 years thinking about Tom Brady. Brady has altered friendships, families and communities. He's changed the trajectory of careers and reputations, enabled fairy tale dreams to be both realized and dashed. 'Man In the Arena' is a new 10-part series from ESPN and Religion of Sports that looks at those two decades of Brady through the eyes of the fans and the haters, those in the arena and those outside. Host Gotham Chopra grapples with these big themes, while grounding the podcast in his personal relationship with Tom and his journey from a Brady fan to Tom's friend.   America's collective adoration of the underdog means that people love to hate Tom Brady. In the world of sports, hatred is inevitable, so why are haters always gonna hate? And in the context of sports, could hate be a positive thing? What might it take to change one fan's mind?    Listen on Apple Podcasts (, Spotify (, or search 'Man In the Arena' wherever you're listening now.

    DC, Chandler and Dariush

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 52:48

    DC is joined by Michael Chandler and Beneil Dariush on this week's show. DC also previews Font-Aldo for the Stuart Scott Fight Like Hell Fight Night and takes fan questions. 

    What's next for Max Holloway & Terence Crawford Joins Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 58:18

    Terence Crawford joins the show this week after the guys recap Max Holloway's big win on Saturday and preview if he'll get a shot at the belt or a shot at Conor McGregor. Then DC & RC pick their Best MMA Boxers of All Time and predict what's next for Khamzat Chimaev, Leon Edwards and The Ultimate Fighter in 2022. 

    Kamaru Usman & Max Holloway Plus UFC 268 Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 62:17

    DC welcomes Kamaru Usman to the show as they discuss what's next for the champ and recap UFC 268. Then the number one contender in the featherweight division, Max Holloway joins the guys. DC & RC then give out their UFC 267 and 268 awards plus a tap in-tap out segment on Deron Williams versus Frank Gore in an upcoming boxing match.

    UFC 267 Recap & UFC 268 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 62:42

    DC and RC begin the episode with a recap of Khamzat Chimaev, Petr Yan and Glover Teixeira's wins at UFC 267. Then they preview Usman-Covington 2 this weekend at UFC 268 in New York City. Plus a tap in-tap out segment on Jake Paul's next fight versus Tommy Fury.

    Conor, and Tony, and Nate…Oh My!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 30:05

    Conor McGregor is at it again on social media, and this time “The Notorious” is going at it with Tony Ferguson and Nate Diaz. The guys discuss what, if anything could have come of the drama. Then, DC&RC “Tap In or Tap Out” on all the big storylines heading into UFC 267 this Saturday.

    DC & RC..AND Khabib

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 33:51

    DC & Ryan welcome the great Khabib Nurmagomomedov for an exclusive interview that you absolutely cannot miss!

    Athletes You Love to Hate

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 31:00

    DC & RC hold a spirited draft of the Athletes They Love to Hate plus a preview of this weekend's middleweight clash between Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori.

    Coaching Controversy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 38:37

    Laura Sanko and Din Thomas share their perspective with DC & RC on the coaching controversy surrounding Aspen Ladd plus the guys discuss Colby Covington's sit-down with Brett Okamoto ahead of UFC 268.

    Top 5 Trilogies

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 28:56

    The guys give their Top 5 trilogies in combat sports history plus DC & RC break down their best fights that never happened in the UFC.  

    Edwards vs Masvidal Grudge Match set for UFC 269

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 37:30

    DC & RC discuss Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards finally getting to settle their 3 piece and a soda drama, plus a recap of Fury-Wilder 3.  

    Top Submission Artists

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 24:20

    The guys rank their top 5 submission artists in MMA history and a quick preview of the trilogy fight between Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder this weekend.

    Lightweight Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 36:27

    DC & RC preview Dan Hooker taking a fight with Islam Makhachev on short notice at UFC 267 and the title fight being booked between Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 plus could Henry Cejudo return the octagon soon?

    Victorious Valentina & A UFC 267 Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 22:20

    The guys discuss whether a trilogy fight should happen between Valentina Shevchenko and Amanda Nunes plus they react to the news of an interim title fight between Petr Yan and Cory Sandhagen.

    UFC 266 Reaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 45:04

    DC & RC react to Robbie Lawler's victory over Nick Diaz and what's next for featherweight champ Alex Volkanovski after another successful title defense.

    BMF Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 33:16

    Who wins the draft between DC and RC as they pick their Top 5 MMA BMF's of all time? Plus a complete breakdown of the UFC 266 main card.

    Gratitude for Conor McGregor and Nick Diaz Returns

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 39:11

    DC & RC preview Nick Diaz's return to the octagon in a rematch versus Robbie Lawler and what expectations they have for Stockton's Finest. Plus, why some combat athletes need to thank Conor McGregor and what's next for Anthony Smith after a dominating performance over Ryan Spann.

    Gable Steveson Decides While Jake Paul Has Options

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 28:58

    DC & RC chat about Gable Steveson's decision to join the WWE and what's next for boxers Vitor Belfort, Anderson Silva and Jake Paul. And, a quick preview of this weekend's UFC Fight Night between Ryan Spann and Anthony Smith. 

    McGregor's Transformation and DC's New Role

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 35:30

    The guys discuss Conor McGregor's transition from champion to character and DC's move from fighter to Warrior. Plus, a cross continent-cross sport comparison between UFC rising star Paddy Pimblett and NFL rookie Trevor Lawrence. 

    #AskDC (Part 2) & Luke Rockhold Stops By

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 29:04

    Episode 2 starts off with DC discussing the topics you want to hear when he answers more questions submitted by the fans! Plus, Luke Rockhold joins the show to talk his return to the octagon against Sean Strickland at UFC 268 and much more.


    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 23:57

    In this episode of DC & RC,DC puts the people in charge of the discussion when he answers your questions on all things MMA and beyond!

    Must See UFC Fighters Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 22:10

    On this episode of DC & RC, with former UFC champion Brock Lesnar making his return to WWE this weekend, it got us thinking… who is the most must see UFC Fighter of all time? The guys will draft their respective top five. After that, RC discusses how the TUF finale compares to the final week of the NFL preseason.

    Nobody Is Beating Kayla Harrison

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 31:40

    On this episode of DC & RC, the guys discuss if Kayla Harrison could be defeated. Plus, a preview of this weekend's bout between Jake Paul and former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.

    Two Champions Talk About Losing

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 30:54

    Paige Van Zant was candid about her struggles following her most recent loss. On this episode of DC & RC, the guys provide exclusive insight into what it is like to not only to lose on the biggest stages in sports, but how they respond to those losses and what it took to bounce back. After that, we preview this week's UFC Fight Night.

    Conor McGregor…Still Tweeting

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 25:24

    On this episode of DC & RC, the guys discuss the latest Twitter call out from “The Notorious” Conor McGregor: UFC Welterweight Champ Kamaru Usman. Speaking of social media beef, are Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz trying to tweet a showdown in the octagon into existence? And if so what's next for Charles Oliveira?

    José Aldo Is Back

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 20:54

    DC & RC start off this episode by discussing José Aldo and how he's back! Then, the guys question if Julianna Pena is right for asking for an interim championship? After that, DC gives Jacaré Souza his flowers, and more! 

    Offering Our Critiques

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 31:53

    DC & RC start off this episode by discussing what Conor McGregor has to say about DC. Then, the guys critique Derrick Lewis and his performance against Ciryl Gane. After that, DC & RC examine the outlook of the heavy weight division after Ciryl Gane's fantastic performance; and more! 

    Let's Talk the Story & Start Fights

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 15:27

    DC & RC start off episode two this week by debating which is more exciting: Derrick Lewis & Francis Ngannou fighting again or Ciryl Gane winning having coach Fernand Lopez in his corner? Then, the guys get into what we hope to see from Jose Aldo's return. After that, DC & RC shout out Tamyra Mensah-Stock for becoming the first U.S. black women to win gold in freestyle wrestling.

    Is Islam Makhachev the Future UFC Lightweight Champ?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 30:28

    DC & RC start episode one by questioning if Islam Makhachev is the future UFC lightweight champ? Also, what is the excitement level for his next fight? Then, the guys recap what Sean Strickland had to say after his last fight and why we're surprised. After that, DC.& RC react to what Cheyanne Buys had to say after her first UFC win.

    Is Bantamweight the Best Division in the UFC

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 28:12

    DC & RC wrap up their conversation yesterday about TJ Dillashaw and debate whether or not bantamweight is currently the best division in the UFC. Then, the guys discuss the judging from last weekend's Fight Night and what they disagree with.

    How Far Is Too Far?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 23:26

    DC & RC discuss how Conor McGregor tweeting (and then deleting) crossed the line when it comes to rivalries and trash talk. Then, Usman vs Covington 2 is official. The guys revisit the highly competitive first fight, and discuss if Covington was the right choice for the fight over Leon Edwards. Lastly, TJ Dillashaw was impressive in his return, defeating a very tough opponent in Cory Sandhagen. Is a title shot up next for TJ?

    Sleeping McGregor

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 15:00

    DC & RC start off the episode by wrapping up their conversation about Meisha Tate from yesterday. Then, they get into Jake Paul's sleeping McGregor chain, who they feel is exciting to watch in the octagon, and more!

    This Needs To Be Talked About...

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 27:56

    DC & RC start off this episode with a recap of the NBA Finals and a shoutout to the Bucks! Then, the guys get into last weekend's fight card... who won and what they took away from each fight.

    Debut Episode of DC & RC

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 42:19

    In this debut episode of DC & RC, Daniel Cormier and Ryan Clark look ahead and discuss Saturday Night's massive trilogy bout between Dustin Poirier & Conor McGregor in UFC 264.

    Not Goodbye, Just See You Later

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 61:35

    On the final episode of DC & Helwani, the guys talk about all things UFC 263, where the big winners and losers go from here, Claressa Shield's successful MMA debut and much more. They also say goodbye to the show and put a bow on it once and for all.

    Reminiscing With Old Friend NewYorkRic

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 51:31

    On the final edition of Ariel Helwani's MMA Show, Ariel welcomes back his old pal NewYorkRic to reminisce about their time together and to preview the busy weekend ahead in MMA. They also discuss Alistair Overeem's decision to return to kickboxing.

    What To Make of Logan Paul vs. Floyd Mayweather, Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley, & UFC 263 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 60:13

    On this week's show, DC & Helwani talk about the future of the show after Ariel's announcement that he is leaving ESPN. Then, they discuss the wacky Logan Paul vs. Floyd Mayweather fight, who won and lost and what this all means. They also preview UFC 263 this weekend, and discuss what's at stake between Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley later this summer.

    Paul Felder, Charles Oliveira, Carla Esparza

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 63:24

    On this week's show, Ariel kicks things off with the recently-retired Paul Felder. They discuss why he retired this past weekend, career regrets and highlights, what's next for him and more. Then, Ariel welcomes in the current UFC lightweight king Charles Oliveira, who talks about his big win over Michael Chandler recently, his comeback, the parade he received back home and his first title defense. Finally, Ariel talks to Carla Esparza about why she should fight Rose Namajunas for the strawweight title next, her massive win this past weekend, climbing back into the 115-pound title pictures and her cookie pound-for-pound rankings.

    New Bantamweight Contender?, Rose Namajunas' Next Foe, Fury-Wilder-Joshua Drama, & More

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 57:10

    On this week's episode, DC & Helwani kick things off by talking about Rob Font's big win over Cody Garbrandt and where he goes from here. They also talked about whether Carla Esparza should be next for Rose Namajunas, and why Ariel hate-watched Jack Hermansson's win over Edmen Shahbazyan. The guys also discuss Paul Felder's retirement announcement, a potential Cris Cyborg vs. Kayla Harrison fight, the heavyweight boxing drama of the past week, GSP vs. De La Hoya, and much more.

    Tatiana Suarez, Edson Barboza, Cris Cyborg

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 63:55

    On this week's show, Ariel speaks to undefeated Tatiana Suarez about her recent health issues and when she'll return to action. Then, Ariel talks to Edson Barboza about his win over Shane Burgos this weekend, his move to 145, who he wants next and more. After that, Ariel welcomes in Cris Cyborg, who fights Leslie Smith this Friday at Bellator 259. They also talk about her interest in fighting Kayla Harrison, her career and more. Ariel ends the show with a look at the upcoming MMA schedule.

    UFC 262 Recap, Hail the New Lightweight King, Where does Tony Ferguson Go From Here?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 60:59

    On this week's show, DC & Helwani pay homage to Charles Oliveira after his thrilling win over Michael Chandler. They discuss his future as lightweight champion, potential matchups to come and where Chandler goes from here. They also discuss Tony Ferguson's future after a third-straight loss and Beneil Dariush's winning streak. Also, they talk about the rest of UFC 262 before talking about some new fights made last week, a big win by friend of DC's, the upcoming weekend in MMA and much more.

    Michael Chandler, Anderson Silva, Kayla Harrison

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 80:53

    On this week's show, Ariel kicks things off by talking to Michael Chandler about his vacant UFC lightweight title fight this Saturday night at UFC 262. They talk about his journey to get to this point and what a win would mean for him. Then, Ariel talks to the legend Anderson Silva about his MMA future, boxing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on June 19, Chris Weidman's leg break, DMX's death and more. Ariel also talks to Kayla Harrison about her recent win and tremendous post-fight promo, why she is fired up, her future with PFL and a potential future fight against teammate Amanda Nunes. Ariel closes the show by running down another busy weekend in MMA, including UFC 262.

    Is Cerrone Done?, Harrison's Mic Drop, UFC 262 Preview, & More

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 64:23

    On this week's show, DC & Helwani talk about a busy week in combat sports. They start things off by discussing Marina Rodriguez's win over Michelle Waterson, Donald Cerrone's future after another loss and a potential Neil Magny vs. Khamzat Chimaev fight. Then, they discuss Canelo Alvarez's win over Billy Joe Saunders. Later, they discuss busy weeks for the PFL and Bellator, followed by a UFC 262 preview. They end things off with a chat about Stipe Miocic's future.

    Chris Weidman, Jiří Procházka, Rory MacDonald

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 80:50

    On this week's show, Ariel first speaks to Chris Weidman about his horrific leg injury at UFC 261, the surgery he had immediately afterwards, the road to recovery and much more. Then, Ariel speaks to rising star Jiří Procházka about his recent win over Dominick Reyes, the love he is getting in his home country of the Czech Republic, whether he wants a title shot next and much more. And lastly, Ariel talks to Rory MacDonald about his successful PFL debut, his time away from the sport last year, how he regained his love for MMA, training in Florida and more. Ariel ends the show with a look at this weekend's MMA schedule.

    A New Star at Light Heavyweight, Donation-Gate, Diego Sanchez's Release, Ngannou-Jones Alive Again?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 60:28

    On this week's show, DC & Helwani open things up by talking about Jiří Procházka's scintillating win over Dominick Reyes, whether he should fight for a title next and where Reyes goes from here. Then, they talk about this weekend's UFC card, the donation drama between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, and Diego Sanchez's release from the UFC. After that, they discuss whether Francis Ngannou vs. Jon Jones will in fact happen next, Rory MacDonald's PFL debut and more.

    Jorge Masvidal, Dustin Poirier, Rose Namajunas

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 81:03

    On this week's show, Ariel talks to Jorge Masvidal about his loss to Kamaru Usman, his feelings afterwards, where he goes from here and much more. He then talks to Dustin Poirier about all the drama surrounding Conor McGregor's donation, the trilogy fight on July 10 and not fighting for the belt next. Then, Ariel talks to Rose Namajunas about her emotions after winning the strawweight title again, her mantras, life as champion again and much more. He ends the show with some news and notes and a look at the weekend MMA schedule.

    DC Challenges Jake Paul, Usman is the P4P King, Rose & Valentina Shine at UFC 261

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 72:44

    On this week’s show, DC & Helwani first talk about all the madness that transpired at UFC 261 Saturday night in Jacksonville: from Kamaru Usman’s knockout, to Rose Namajunas’ highlight-reel head kick, to Valentina Shevchenko’s dominance and what lies ahead for all the champs. They also discuss Chris Weidman’s shocking leg injury and Anthony Smith’s win over Jimmy Crute. Then, DC explains what happened with Jake Paul inside the arena and actually challenges him to a fight. The show wraps with a discussion about Nick Diaz’s potential return, Adesanya-Vettori 2 and Clay Collard’s win over Anthony Pettis at PFL.

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