‘Do You Still Cry at Dana White’s Shoulder?’- Darren Till Makes Fun of UFC Analyst Ariel Helwani

Published 03/30/2021, 10:07 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: Darren Till of England prepares to fight Robert Whittaker of New Zealand in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Ariel Helwani had a conversation with Darren Till on the phone. Till was mocking Helwani and things took a funny turn when Darren Till asked Helwani in a sarcastic tone, “Do you still cry at Dana White’s shoulder”? Helwani replied, “Yes, is that wrong? Is that bad?”

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Till chuckled in response, as he knew Ariel Helwani and Dana White do not gel well together. The two both have a history of disagreements between them and do not feel comfortable with each other. Till wanted to know the story as he asked, “I never ever know what happened? Did he actually shout at you”?

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Helwani ignored the question and told him not to mix two stories.

The beef between Dana White and Ariel Helwani

The beef between White and Helwani started when the surprise return of Brock Lesnar to UFC 200 got ruined by him. Helwani broke the news before the official promo video got released at UFC 199.

After this incident, Helwani was told to leave the building and was banned from covering the sport. White got angry at Helwani as the UFC did not tolerate this.

Dana White said that Ariel Helwani is an agitator and likes to create disputes between two fighters. White has also said that Helwani is not a true journalist, as a lot of things he says on the mic are inappropriate. Helwani got his credentials back after some time and started working again.

Things were better between the two before UFC signed the deal with FOX

White was really nice to Helwani in the beginning of his career. Helwani interviewed him several times as he was very cooperative and helped in picking up his career. Previously in an interview with SPORTSNET, Helwani shared his side of the story. He said, “If I don’t speak to him ever again on camera on the record. I will still probably spend more time with him on camera than any other person in the sport. That’s how gracious he was with his time.”

He shared “The change of the relationship happened when FOX became the broadcast partner of the UFC and at some point maybe I flew a little too close to the sun”.

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Ariel Helwani is now working for ESPN MMA

There’s no doubt that Ariel Helwani has asked some provocative questions to the UFC and its fighters, which is the reason Dana White disliked him. For now, Helwani is still covering the sport and is working for ESPN MMA. UFC is also in a contract with ESPN, and some events are streamed by ESPN directly.

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Both works separately now so hopefully the relationship with Dana White will improve. Inasmuch, we may see them together on the mic soon.

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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