Ariel Helwani, a long-time MMA journalist, has announced his retirement from ESPN: ‘This was 100 percent my decision.’

Ariel Helwani After failing to reach an agreement on a new contract with the cable network, Ariel Helwani, who has been a major figure in the media for more than a decade, said Sunday that he will leave the firm after his final day on June 15. Helwani released a statement on the breakup, saying it was “100% my decision” to depart. Helwani rose to prominence in the MMA world during his time at MMAFighting.com, where he spent most of his professional career. The Montreal native and New Jersey resident has won the fan-voted World MMA Awards’ “MMA Journalist of the Year” title ten times. In addition to FOX Sports’ UFC coverage, he has worked for SiriusXM Radio.

Ariel Helwani After failing to reach an agreement on a new contract with the cable network, Ariel Helwani, who has been a major figure in the media

When Helwani joined ESPN in 2018, he began co-hosting “Ariel & The Bad Guy,” a new weekly show on ESPN+ with Chael Sonnen. To begin his ESPN career, he presented his own show, “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.” When the coronavirus pandemic arrived, his Monday show became “DC & Helwani,” a chat program with Daniel Cormier.

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