Monday’s lineup! Can’t wait. See ya then.
The first photo is Colby Covington three weeks ago. An accidental headbutt in training opened a cut that required 16 stitches. He told me a doctor told him he should consider pulling out because of its proximity to his eye. He told me he used a little makeup to hide it from the commission in fear they wouldn’t clear him to fight and will have it looked at again in the coming days. The UFC was unaware of the cut, he said. The last photo was three days ago.
Usman x Covington. Nov. 2. Madison Square Garden. Has to happen here. From a promotional standpoint, this will be unlike any title fight build we’ve ever seen. Lots of tension and undertones. The fight is a fascinating one on paper, too.
How do you feel about this? And where do you think she ends up?
Respect to Marreta. #ufc239
What a weekend! Love working with Chael and Mike. We talk a lot during breaks.
Season’s greetings from the happiest place on earth
Monday’s lineup! See ya then. #helwanishow
Thank you @mmahistorytoday for this drawing to celebrate 10 years of the show. I appreciate you very much. Little known fact: in the 10 year run of the show I’m proud to say pretty much every significant MMA personality in the history of the sport has appeared on the show ... except one (😢). Whenever you’re ready, Gina!
It’s time to come back home, Expos!!! We’ve been waiting for you! (Sure the idea is wacky but I’ll take what I can get.)
I’ll be a part of ESPN’s NBA Draft Hoop Streams coverage tomorrow. Very excited to work with the team and to continue doing more NBA stuff. I love this game, as the commercial once said. Can’t wait!
UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo is undergoing left shoulder surgery after tearing his subscapularis muscle during his fight against Marlon Moraes earlier this month, Cejudo told ESPN. Cejudo said he suffered the injury in the first round of his fight at UFC 238. Despite the injury, he defeated Marlon Moraes via third-round TKO to become just the fourth fighter in UFC history be crowned champion in two different weight classes at the same time. According to online medical sources, the subscapularis muscle is the most-used muscle in the shoulder and is a part of the rotator cuff. (Pic sent to me by Cejudo moments before he went under the knife. Poor Triple C.)
This week marks 10 years of talking with y’all on Mondays about MMA. Thank you to my good friend @LeahAlmondia for the cupcakes and candles yesterday. I appreciate it very much. ❤️
Monday’s lineup. See ya then!
Thank you to everyone who came out tonight. I’m blown away. I had a blast and hope y’all did too. I’ll never forget this. Let’s do it again soon, k? (Pod link in bio.) #HelwaniRoadShow
I have always dreamed of doing a show in front of a live audience. Today that dream becomes a reality. Thank you to Elizabeth, Daniel, Glenn and everyone at ESPN who made this happen. I’m blown away. I can’t believe people bought tickets to this. And it sold out! Thank you for this amazing honor. This is the first many, and it amazingly happens exactly three years after episode 333. Fitting. If you want to know what living the dream looks like this is it for me. Dream big, kids. Thank you. 👃
Get to give the people what they want
Can’t believe I’m about to work at the NBA Finals. Is this real life? (Watch Hoop Streams at 8 pm et on @espn Twitter!!)
Don’t @ me, bros 🇨🇦
Super excited to share that I’ll be a part of ESPN’s coverage of game 1 of the NBA Finals Thurs in Toronto. Game 1. NBA Finals. In Canada. This is a dream. If you know me, you know how much this means to me. I’ll be on the Hoop Streams pre-show live from Jurassic Park w/ @CassidyHubbarth, @Rosenbergradio & others. Thanks you very much to bosses for this incredible opportunity. It is an honor for this Canadian. Can’t wait! 🇨🇦
Tomorrow’s lineup. See you then. 1 pm et / 10 am pt / 5 pm gmt on YouTube and Twitter.
In the immortal words of Canibus, the greatest rapper of all time died on March 9th (22 years ago today). Rest easy, Biggie Smalls.
Back on SportsCenter last night to talk about JDS v Lewis & what’s next for Jon Jones and Kamaru Usman.
Thank you to the William Paterson University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for inviting @newyorkric and I to talk to students this evening. We enjoyed it very much. Love doing things like this. It was an honor.
When I was a little kid, I used to “King Kong Bundy” my mom while she was doing the dishes. I’d run from the other end of the kitchen and splash her like he used to do to his opponents on the turnbuckle. Those were good times. He was the ultimate heel. Mania 2 vs Hogan was so great. Those poor ribs. RIP, big man 😔. (📷 @walteriooss)
Today’s #HelwaniShow lineup! See you at 1 pm et / 10 am pt / 6 gmt on YouTube and/or Twitter. We got things to discuss with many people.
Seven years later, we meet again. (My, how time flies.) Pleasure and an honor to work with Chael P and Michael tonight. And thankfully no one was dehydrated this time around. (📷 @e_bucheit)
Things are going to happen here soon. Before they do though, join me on ESPN Radio from 4-6 pm ET as we preview UFC 235. Wanna hear from y’all so give me a call at 1-888-SAY-ESPN. Xo
UFC welterweight title challenger Kamaru Usman repped his home country of Nigeria earlier tonight at the ceremonial weigh-ins. Always love when fighters do things like this. (📷 @jeffbottari)
Seven years later, they’ll run it back. #boyz2men (📷 Getty)
The legendary Mirko Cro Cop announced his retirement on Croatian TV today. Spoke to him earlier and he confirmed he suffered a stroke after his last fight and he can no longer take punches to the head. He is doing OK, though. “I was very lucky,” he said. A former member of the Croatian parliament, Filipovic once described his lethal striking as, "right leg, hospital; left leg, cemetery," which was a quote that followed him throughout his career and turned him into one of the most beloved fighters in the history of the sport. Hvala vam, Mirko.(📷 Getty)
Can’t wait for Monday’s show. Much to discuss with these people + more on the UFC 234 aftermath. 1 pm et / 10 am pt / 6 pm gmt on YouTube and Twitter. See ya then!
UFC middleweight champ Robert Whittaker is currently recovering from yesterday's emergency hernia surgery at a local Melbourne hospital, according to sources. As of now, doctors are hoping he'll be discharged on Thursday. The surgery lasted three and a half hours, sources said. At the moment, there’s no immediate timetable in place for when he could possibly return to action. It was a serious and complicated surgery, sources said. 📷 @jeffbottari
Robert Whittaker is out of tonight’s UFC 234 main event. According to source very close to Whittaker here’s what happened: He started getting abdominal cramps and bloating late last night. Then vomiting started at about 10 pm. He was taken to hospital at about 2 am and had a series of tests and scans and is now in surgery. Incredibly unfortunate turn of events for Whittaker, who also had to pull out of last year’s Melbourne card due to chickenpox and an injured hamstring.
Robert Whittaker is the most underrated champion in the UFC. Tough as heck. I was in awe after his win over Yoel Romero at UFC 225. Good to see him back and good for Gastelum, who has overcome a lot to get here.
Amazing staredown between a legend and an absolute rising star. Even more amazing was what happened afterwards. In his post weigh-in interview, Anderson Silva cried ... a lot. Tears down his face. Couldn’t speak for a moment. Then Adesanya got choked because Silva was choked up. But he added, “he’s trying to make me cry, f*ck him.” Never seen that before. Great stuff.
UFC 234 face-offs (from the presser stream).
Very sad to hear about the passing of baseball pioneer Frank Robinson. A true legend of the game. Quick story: In 2004, while a senior at Syracuse University, I couldn’t go home for spring break because my visa to work in the USA was still being processed, so I decided to cover the Montreal Expos’ final spring training in Melbourne, Fla. At the time, I had an afro. It was very big. On my first day there, Robinson, the Expos manager, was holding court with the 2-3 beat writers in town. I had no idea what to do or where to go — this was my first time in a big league clubhouse — so I just walked into his office with my backpack. He stopped talking the moment I walked in and said, “Son, what is going on with your hair?” After some ribbing, he told me to get it cut. I don’t remember actually saying anything back to him because he was such a presence and I recall being slightly intimidated by him. The next day, I went to a local barber shop and shaved it all off. I then went to the ballpark, he saw me from afar, came jogging towards me and started rubbing my head. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson rubbing my head! “That’s what I’m talking about!” he said. “You look so much better.” Moments later, he held court again. When the reporters were done asking questions he turned to me and said, “Kid, what do you got?” (He didn’t ask me that the day before.) I riffled off 5-6 questions. I felt so cool that the great Frank Robinson acknowledged me. The end of the Expos was a weird time and he was often criticized by the few fans left, but I always thought he legitimized the team during its final days and it was so cool to have someone of his stature manage the team. Rest in peace, Mr. Robinson. Thanks for what you did for Montreal (and thank you for convincing me to finally get a haircut).
Today’s #helwanishow lineup. Shows kicks off at 1 pm et / 10 am pt / 6 pm gmt on YouTube and Twitter. See ya then!
Like if you think one of these teams will ever win a title in my lifetime (please. Just one — one! — is all I ask for 🙏)
It’s Friday night in Salinas, Calif. UFC champ & Gilroy HS head coach Daniel Cormier has been coaching kids for 3 hours at a local HS wrestling tourney. Still a few more hours to go. Every so often people ask for pics. He wouldn’t rather be anywhere else. Incredible how into it he is. When Cormier was named HC of the team I figured it was just a side thing he did. It consumes his free time. He helps kids cut weight, deals with the parents. You would never guess he’s one of the greatest fighters ever when he’s out here. Not sure if there’s an athlete of his stature who‘d do this. And perhaps most amazing of all, he doesn’t get paid a cent for any of it. Gives the money to his assistant coaches. We think we know him, but never seen this side of him. His dedication to these kids is truly remarkable. More on why I’m here later.
Tough day. I met @kporzee @ JFK in 2015 on my 33rd birthday. I was going to LV to cover UFC 189, he was going to make his Summer League debut. I told him NY has his back, & I can’t wait for him to bring us a title. It wasn’t supposed to end this way. Sports, man. 😢
This is how my phone transcribed a voicemail from my two year old daughter this AM. I think it’s a sign I write about MMA on my phone way too much.