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08th Dec 2022

Ariel Helwani shares Paddy Pimblett WhatsApp messages as spat becomes public


Helwani has responded to Pimblett’s comments

Ariel Helwani has responded after Paddy Pimblett criticised him and accused him of ‘earning money off’ UFC fighters.

Pimblett appeared alongside UFC president Dana White on his Chatting Pony podcast and criticised MMA journalist Helwani.

Helwani responded by sharing a message he allegedly received from the Liverpool fighter last year.

“I hate all these journalists, especially the ones what earn off us,” Pimblett said.

“Ariel Helwani, in particular, loves earning money off fighters. Every decent job he’s had he’s been sacked from. And now he’s just a biased content creator.”

‘The Baddy’ also said that Helwani ‘hates on’ Dana White and he ‘uses fighters to make money.’ Pimblett also called the MMA journalist a ‘rodent’ and a ‘cheeky c***.’

“He hates on you, hates on the UFC, and he even hates on me now. It proper annoys me,” Pimblett said.

“He uses fighters for clicks, uses fighters to make money, and then has the audacity to talk about the UFC and yourself, saying that they don’t pay the fighters enough. Get your dough out, Ariel.”

Helwani responded on The MMA Hour and stated that he will not pay fighters to do interviews.

“I ain’t paying for s***,” he said.

“That’s not how this works, you don’t pay for coverage. That’s not how this works, does Joe Rogan pay his guests? Does Oprah pay her guests? Did Larry King pay his guests? No, that’s not how this works.”

He also played an audio message he allegedly received from Pimblett.

The message reads:

“Yo, yo, the big fella. What’s going down, Ariel? Just thought to let you know, lad, if you want to say hi or do anything with me, man, I’ll be in NYC in November – I think I’m gonna be there from the third to the sixth.

“And then I’ll be coming back again on the 17th or the 18th, and then I’ll be coming back to Liverpool on the 23rd. So, I’m about in New York, two separate occasions in case you want to see your mate, you know what I’m saying?”