Ariel Helwani Removed from Showtime's Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Coverage

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27:  Mixed martial artists journalist Ariel Helwani fields questions for fighters during the UFC 205 press event at Madison Square Garden on September 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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As Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor start the hype for their Aug. 26 showdown, MMA journalist Ariel Helwani will not be covering the proceedings for Showtime.

Helwani tweeted out that the UFC requested he be removed, saying he was "incredibly disappointed" and pointed the blame at UFC President Dana White:

Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

Not working for @SHOsports anymore on the May/Mac tour. Just learned UFC specifically asked to have me removed. Incredibly disappointed.

Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

And in case there's any confusion, the decision to remove me from Showtime was 100% Dana White's call. He fought for it and won, again.

However, Helwani did note he's still a credentialed member for the tour, despite the fact that he won't be working Showtime's broadcast:

Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

@SHOsports Took red eye from NY to LA only to get this news moments ago. Still credentialed for the tour and will also be in Toronto and NY. All good.

The relationship between Helwani and UFC President Dana White has been well-documented, with White trying to limit Helwani's ability to cover mixed martial arts for MMAFighting. 

At UFC 199 on June 4, 2016, Helwani tweeted he was escorted out of the Forum arena in Inglewood, California, prior to the main event between Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold. 

Per TMZ Sports, White banned Helwani from covering UFC events due to being angry Helwani reported Brock Lesnar's return to mixed martial arts at UFC 200 and the contract for McGregor and Nate Diaz's second fight was done. 

Two days later, the UFC lifted Helwani's lifetime ban and allowed him to once again cover the sport. 

Helwani is one of the most prominent journalists in mixed martial arts. He has covered the sport since 2006 and will often have post-fight interviews with many of the biggest stars after an event has concluded. 

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