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UFC Tonight - Ariel Helwani - Netflix
Ariel Helwani is a Canadian mixed martial arts (MMA) journalist.
UFC Tonight - UFC 199 controversy / UFC lifetime ban - Netflix
On June 4, 2016, Helwani and two colleagues were escorted out of UFC 199 before the main event. He said their press credentials were taken and they were banned for life from all UFC events. He earlier reported the return of Brock Lesnar at UFC 200, hours before UFC announced it on the broadcast, without notifying UFC first. UFC spokesman Dave Sholler said such reporting was against standard practice. According to UFC commentator Joe Rogan, Helwani was asked to not report this news, as management suspected a mole had leaked it to him and, without knowing who it was, would then have to fire all possible moles. Through Twitter, Helwani called Rogan's story “100% inaccurate.” UFC president Dana White was displeased. He announced that the ban will last “As long as I'm here.” Later, he reputedly added “He can cover all the events he wants, he just can't have a credential” On the June 6 episode of The MMA Hour, Helwani detailed the incident in an emotional broadcast. He said he was brought to see Dana White, who told him he was banned for being “too negative”. He later learned this call was made by Lorenzo Fertitta. He stood by his decision to report the news in a timely manner, and said he would continue to work as an MMA journalist. Many high profile UFC fighters sympathised with Helwani. Light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones wrote on Twitter “That's unfortunate.” Former Middleweight champion Chris Weidman said on Twitter “This sport needs the GOAT (slang for Greatest Of All Time) of MMA reporting”. Later on June 6, UFC rescinded the ban, stating: ""Following a conversation with the editorial team at SB Nation, UFC will not prevent MMAFighting.com from receiving media credentials to cover live UFC events. We respect the role the media plays in our sport and beyond, including MMAFighting's ability to report news. However, in our opinion, we believe the recurring tactics used by its lead reporter extended beyond the purpose of journalism. We feel confident our position has now been adequately communicated to the SB Nation editorial team.
UFC Tonight - References - Netflix