When Ariel Helwani informed us that he was leaving MMA Rated – once the go-to spot for video interviews that often became instant internet classics, now an anemic shell of a website – amid hard financial times, we naturally assumed that this meant our Canadian friend would soon be reduced to selling fake Nikes and knock-off Affliction shirts in Times Square. Then he got the job working on “UFC Primetime” and it seemed like things might be all right until production shut down following UFC 94 and he was forced to get some sleep and go back on his all Ramen Noodles diet.
But lo and behold, “The Franchise” is back in business. We’re pleased to tell you that Helwani is now beefing up the MMA coverage at Versus.com. That’s right, as in the people who air the WEC events you enjoy so much. In other words, Helwani is working for The Man. The good news? The Man pays well, and on time.
He tells us that Versus.com will be covering the MMA world as a whole and not just the WEC, and we’re encouraged by the fact that they hired a real MMA journalist for the job and not some punk-ass corporate lackey. If you want to check out Helwani’s first effort – a recap of last night’s WEC – you can read it here.
Congrats, Ariel. The Potato Nation looks forward to reading your work until you are inevitably fired for stealing office supplies and sexually harassing interns. Should be a fun three weeks.