Ariel Helwani is a 35 years old Canadian MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Journalist. MMA is a sport of full-contact fighting, which utilizes techniques from other combat arts as well as martial arts. He has been in this field since 2006. Read further to know more facts about Ariel Helwani and his net worth in 2018.
Ariel Helwani’s Early Life
Ariel Helwani was born on the 8th of July, 1982 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to a Lebanese mother and Egyptian father. His family is of Jewish background. He was brought up in Mount Royal, Quebec and later on in Westmount. He went to Akiva School as well as Herzliah High School. When he grew up, he enrolled himself in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications of Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.
Ariel Helwani married his childhood sweetheart, Jaclyn Stein, with whom he has three kids. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and children.
Ariel Helwani’s Career, Awards & Achievement
Ariel Helwani has been in the profession of journalism, as a mixed martial arts reporter, since the year 2006. He has been the face of MMA fighting in many of the pre and post event programs. He has formerly served as the co-host of the radio show, ‘Fight Club’ on Sirius XM. After that, he has been working as the host of the ‘MMA beat show’ and ‘The MMA Hour Podcast’ on YouTube. He is also serving at the Mixed Martial Arts Journalists Association, as the interim vice president.
On 4th of June, 2016, Ariel was removed from the event coverage of UFC 199. His fault was that he reported the return of the professional American wrestler, Brock Lesnar even before UFC got the chance to make it official. He was stripped of his credentials and was banned from covering UFC events for life. Joe Rogan, the UFC commentator stated that Ariel wasn’t supposed to disclose the information and was made clear about the same prior to the event. It was believed that a mole was involved in leaking the story to Ariel, although, he later took to Twitter to deny everything.
Dana White, UFC president, declared that Ariel’s ban will last as long as he was in the position to uphold it. He was allowed to cover the events, but without any credential. Later in the month of June, he let out on an emotional broadcast about the whole situation on an episode of ‘The MMA Hour’. Even though he lost his credibility, he made the decision to still work as an MMA journalist. On 6th of June, UFC cancelled the ban on Ariel Helwani stating that media is an important and integral part to all UFC events and they have sorted out their differences after a talk with the SB Nation’s editorial board.
Awards and Achievements
• Won the ‘MMA Journalist of the Year’ Award at World MMA Awards (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016).
• Named ‘the Howard Cosell of MMA’ by FIGHT! Magazine (2011).
Net Worth of Ariel Helwani
Ariel Helwani’s net worth is nearly $6.5 million. His fortune is the result of his credibility and demand as a mixed martial arts journalist.
Ariel Helwani has gained quite a repo as an MMA journalist and is considered one of the best in his profession. He has been considered by many as the centre of attention, or even a one man show, when it comes to the media section at MMA. Ariel has won the best MMA journalist award for seven consecutive years and, even after several controversial phases, has managed to build an excellent career.