Happy Tuesday! It’s that time of the week again. Hit me with your best questions below. As always, everything and anything goes. I’ll answer ‘em on Wednesday’s show. Again, try to keep them short and sweet, if possible. That increases your chances of having the question answered.
on the latest episode of the Joe Rogan Podcast with Belal Muhammad, the two talked about his fight against Sean Brady and Brady saying that someone on the internet threatened him or his wife that he would bury him in the desert.
Jamie said that Sean told this on your show, to which Rogan said that you like to make people say certain things. What are your thoughts on that?
I think it's a shame that he seems to have such an opinion of you and we will probably never see you and him on a show together.
Best regards from Northern Germany to the whole crew, you make time go by faster at work.
On Monday’s show, you and the guys briefly discussed UFC / WWE comparisons. It got me thinking, and two immediate comparisons came to mind:
Jorge Masvidal and Razor Ramon
Ben Askren and Bob Backlund
Both MMA fighters resemble their WWE counterparts in appearance, personality, and fighting style. Masvidal famously KO’d Askren at UFC 239, and Razor destroyed Backlund in less than 4 minutes at Wrestlemania 9.
Could their possibly be a better UFC/WWE comparison that actually played out in both?
I have both a question and suggestion. With all the talk about GC being a babyface, who do you think is the biggest babyface in MMA right now and could you add the Babyface of the Year award to next years award show?
Hello R-E-L & Crew
It feels like 284 is being massively undersold. With #1 taking on #2 P4P to become double champ, the stakes are historic. Instead, the UFC just isn’t promoting this fight, outside of the weird face-off in Australia. They’ve posted significantly more about slap fighting than 284. With the unfriendly start time of the next fight night, there just isn’t much time left to properly promote it. Has the UFC just phoned it in, or are they in need of a serious reprioritization of goals and a shakeup in leadership?
Dana suggested his presence benefits the fighters’ and company’s success, but the lack of promotion of this massive fight is detrimental to both. The fact that Dana is more invested in power slap and eating the pickle corn dog than promoting this card makes me think a change in leadership may be necessary.
What is up Ariel. Sorry it was a little bit of a let down here in STX, but glad you had some-what of a good time at least. But my question is about the rumored bout of Max Holloway x Arnold Allen. It’s obviously a gigantic fight and a huge opportunity for Arnold, but what does this fight do for Max? As long as Volk is champ, there is no way on Earth he gets another crack at it right? I can see them continuing to give Max top contenders, because maybe they feel there is a chance that Volk may go up there to 155 and just stay up there?? I don’t know, just wonder what your thoughts are about the fight and the direction it would take both fighters.
Also have you heard anything on what the main event is going to be for UFC San Antonio?? Please please don’t tell me it’s actually going to be Aldana x Pennington 2.
What's good, Ariel. With ONE Championship coming to the US in May for the first time, it's an exciting time for MMA in the states. ONE championship is unique among US MMA promotions in its showcasing of different martial arts outside of just MMA, not to mentioned the slightly expanded rule-set (i.e. allowing knees to a grounded opponent). I would hate to ruin your relationship with Chatri, but my question is how much of a splash do you think ONE's foray into the States will make? Do you think ONE has potential to gain a foothold in the states and hold regular shows and pull more western talent? What about becoming the Number 2 MMA promotion in the US? Much love. Hope to see the crew in Colorado, can't wait for the fights!
Good Day Ariel,
You’ve made it pretty clear Hunter Campbell, who has actually made appearances on the hottest new sport, Super Slap or whatever, would be the head man when Dana leaves. Would Hunter also be the face in the public eye the way DW is? Or just keep his role, running things like he does now and have DC, Jon Anik etc. take over as the face of the UFC.
Hope you’ll have a great week and thanks for all the great content!
I’ll soon be a father to a girl and was wondering what new dad advice you had to offer. Question: Ariel and the Bad Guy was great. Thank you for all of your 10-7s, and thank you for paying me for this question.
Hi, Have you seen MMAI video on UFC's politics, seams everything is more rotten every layer down...
You think the bubble bursts in our lifetime?
Howdy Ariel and Crew. My question is inspired by the, in my opinion, laughable "promotion" that Dana put out last week announcing fights. Not only was he late, he lacked passion, and didn't even have a crew competent enough to simulcast to YouTube and Instagram Live like they originally wanted. My question is, when was the last time you remember Dana White promoting with PASSION? Off the top of my head, it would be the Stipe v Ngannou 1, and all that talk about hitting as hard as a Prius on a frictionless plane, or whatever. (It bothered me how disrespectful Dana was to Stipe during all this, but it is what it is, as Holloway would say). Would love to hear y'all's takes. Love and Peace.
I can understand any potential reticence to speak about this, but I was hoping to hear your thoughts on Bloody Elbow closing up shop.
All the best to you and the boys in the back.
Hi Ariel, I know bellator indicated they were very interested in Francis, but have we heard anything from PFL or ONE? Honestly, ONE seems like the best fit given the international platform, ability to fight in multiple martial arts, and heavyweight division with some interesting matchups - Arjun Bhullar and Anatoly Malykin (guy who beat Reiner de Ridder) to name a few. Plus, who wouldn't want to see Francis in a spot where the drug testing is... shall we say, lax?
Cheers to you and the crew!
Hi Ariel, if I remember correctly you use to get guests to sign a whiteboard before they came into the studio. What happened to the whiteboard and do guest still do this?
Ariel and gang!
If Izzy beats Pereira in April, where does the MW division go from there? Do they once again run it back to settle the best of 3 in MMA?
Rob probably needs at least 1-2 more wins to get a third crack at izzy and other than him, there really aren’t any other contenders. Perhaps Dolidze if he beats Vettori?
Maybe izzy takes the time to bulk up for LHW while MW figures out it’s contenders.
Hey you SCUMBAG content creator.
Do you think Dana saw what you had to say about him after he grossly and pathetically hit his wife. You nailed it he is who we knew he was !
I'd love to know if he watched that 30 minutes. Or even knows about it.
I know he has blocked you from everything and none of his minions would have the balls to tell him about it but if you had to guess do you think he watched it ?
Man imagine seeing his little reaction ha.
Hello Ariel and team,
With Holloway vs. Allen recently being announced, do you think it should be for the interim featherweight title? I believe Allen deserves it and who knows how long until Volk returns to fight after moving up to fight for the lightweight title.
Thanks guys for always putting out great shows.