UFC Statement | Ban Lifted & Ariel Helwani Reinstated


We’ve been keeping you updated on the biggest story coming out of UFC 199 over the weekend. MMA Journalists Ariel Helwani being kicked out the event and Banned for life. UFC has face tons of criticism from MMA fans and worldwide media alike. It looks like the pressure was  a little too much and they have decided to reinstate Helwani and lift the ban according to this statement from the UFC, check it out.


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’s goal as the world’s leading mixed martial arts promotion is to cultivate interest in its world-class athletes and events, and deliver for the fans. We will continue to introduce this sport and its athletes to new fans across the world, and we will do so by working alongside media across all platforms.