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UFC Fan Expo Video Interview #3: BG vs. Ariel Helwani…Who Takes It and How?

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At this point, MMA interviewer/analyst Ariel Helwani is more famous than a lot of the people he interviews. If you’ve ever spotted him at an MMA event, you know that he can’t get ten feet without being swarmed by another group of fans, who follow his work intently at and Versus. Keep in mind that Ariel Helwani is not a fighter. He’s just a dude who started with a dream and went on to become the most well-known interviewer in our sport. To put it simply, he’s come a long way since Andrei Arlovski‘s pee-pee-pee. 

So here’s something special for all the Helwannabes in the house: Ariel stopped by the booth at the UFC Fan Expo on Saturday and spent some time on the other side of the microphone. Watch the video above to learn about Ariel’s journey from sports fan to "liver of the dream," his love of Howard Cosell, and of course, why he thinks we’re so awesome. Many thanks to Ariel for giving us his time and, at least for one moment, lending the carnival booth some measure of legitimacy.

Note: Keep your eyes peeled around 2:41 and 2:56 to watch some amazing background work from ReX13. Yep. That’s what I had to deal with all weekend.

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dranokills- September 2, 2010 at 7:49 pm
to great, I get to see Helwani get interviewed but I get to see one of my buds doing the "taco-dance". sweeeeet!
Fried Taco- September 2, 2010 at 7:48 am
Ariel Mohammed Helwani is a sleeper for Al Qaeda.

And if you listen closely, you can hear Justin Beaver playing when ReX13 is dancing. What do you think the 13 stands for anyway?
Zee German- September 2, 2010 at 4:57 am
All three were at this grappling-try-out-thing. I remember Old Dad serving Farra (even his submissions were funny) while Wanderlei tried to teach something, anything, to Helwani. Who just stood there like an old woman waiting for the bus.
It WAS a classic and it should be posted AGAIN.

And thanks to ReX. For making me laugh out loud by acting like a character out of a Naked Gun movie. I mean that as a compliment.
Shaky- September 2, 2010 at 3:15 am
@ Rex
You sir, are a lurker.

dude- September 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm
Helwani, should've punched "Lights Out" out when he took the mic from him
Kimbos Bread- September 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm
In response to the questions in the title:

Who takes it? BG

How? In the rear.

No I'm kidding. Please don't ban me.

I have kids to feed.
jimbonics- September 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm
The CP shout out at the end makes up for the BC shout out at the beginning.

And umm.....

Did the man intimate (5:59) that he wanted to work for CP back in the day and y'all declined?
El Guapo- September 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm
Sexy Rexy > Little Mermaid Ariel+Ariel of schnowzer fame

Not even close, either..
El Guapo- September 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm
BUT, if it was one of those "who would you rather?"... Well now, that's entirely different. I'm a sucker for big schnowzers. And Helwhiny has one of the best schnowzers I've ever bore witness to. Mmmm hmmm.
El Guapo- September 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm
Ariel from the Little Mermaid > Ariel Helwhiny

ben dover- September 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm
can someone post the vid of ben and ariel sparring i cant find it
831 Son- September 1, 2010 at 3:21 pm
Haha that was a good video. Rex, nice work bro. You handled your camera time like a dork/legend.
omunto- September 1, 2010 at 2:47 pm
Ariel is pretty awesome... The grappling training with old dad (if my shit memory serves correct) was some classic stuff.

...wait maybe it was Farra...

Disregard my comments.. I'll be in the corner...
NomadRip- September 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm
Cage Potato and Ariel are my only 2 sources of MMA news. It's good to see Ariel is happy to share a bed with you.

"Brooklyn." :-D
RwilsonR- September 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm
I used to semi-work with/interract with Ariel when I used to write some stuff at MMARated (where the Arlovski interview took place). It was a stupid site, but Ariel's interviews were always great. He's a nice guy, and I'm glad to see he has found his niche as an interviewer. Most of us over there took it as a side diversion to our regular jobs, which was cool since we loved MMA. But Ariel was always willing to turn this whole MMA interest into a career, and I'm really happy he has done so.

Although I always though he had a face better suited for radio.
Viva Hate- September 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm
You know your dancing would look great with the following song SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS or maybe Matty can do some sort of slow motion work with it. Oh the options are endless.

ReX13- September 1, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Big fan of Ariel, always professional, and an incredibly nice guy. He deserves everything good thing that comes his way.

In other news....

Um, can we get some other news up?

steampunk22- September 1, 2010 at 1:20 pm

That shit is PRICELESS. Since I was not able to attend I will take solace in the fact that I wasn't standing there grinding with you.


Very true. He's responded pretty frequently whenever I have sent him any tweets, always gracious and always a class act. You sort of can't help but be happy for the guy.


Goldstein defeats Helwani via TKO - Knee Strikes 2:33 Rnd 1

I've seen that MMA reports grappling vid from way back. Fowlkes and Farra can throw down a little, with Fowlkes clearly having some minor wrestling technique, but Helwani got worked over hard. Goldstein's Muay Thai prowess all the way on this one. Those knee strikes will be so hard Helwani will be seeing Mogen Dovid's!

L'chaim! ;P
itsgalf- September 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm
War Helwani!
When he held his own when James Toney was trying to take the microphone = respect
Biffmiester- September 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm
Haha. I hereby pronounce you, Sir ReX, the distinguishable title of Duke Twinkletoes. No? How's about Lord of the Dance Dance Revolution? No? Count Cha-Cha? No? Earl Twistenshout? Wait... I got it! King Beef!


Ariel's awesome. Best journalist in the game today. Well on his way to being the Jon Stewart of MMA for his great interviews & insight. Even though he's from Montreal, he still reps NYC in Boston...lmao. Love it!
hersey10- September 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm
An absolute class act , he has set the bar . It's impossible to dislike this man and his work speaks for itself , it you dont already I recommend following him on Twitter @arielhelwani . He interacts with his fans constantly . Those who love MMA know how lucky we all are to have an Ace like him .
monsieurkiwi- September 1, 2010 at 1:04 pm
Ariel Helwani makes me proud to be Canadian. .. Sorry Mr Russell. :D

Almost North- September 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm
Nice moves, playa.
LIKE A BAS- September 1, 2010 at 12:58 pm
Rex you could always comment under another name, like oh littleredengine maybe?
Viva Hate- September 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm
Well looks like you have a new name for this weeks write up there Dancin' Doug