Ariel Helwani couldn’t be left out in the overwhelming media hype that arose from contracting a fight for the UFC heavyweight champion. His contract with ESPN recently expired, and as ESPN and the UFC are close partners, the impression was that Helwani has been significantly more restrained in his work over the past three years than usual.
However, such things are now behind him and we seem to be getting Ariel Helwani back with a series of insider information. Francis Ngannou and his team are quite surprised by the UFC’s latest move, but Ariel Helwani explained via his Twitter profile that this is not something new.
Such moves are actually a common tactic by which the UFC oppresses its fighters. Helwani points out that Hunter Campbell is the person behind it. '' Regarding today’s interim news, you’d be shocked how often they threaten this &/or how often they threaten to strip.
And while most of the criticism has been directed towards Dana White - he is the face after all - it’s really been the M.O. of Hunter Campbell since he took over. "Helwani wrote in one of the" tweets " Hunter Campbell is the CEO, and Helwani tried to explain the role of the lawyer in the next few posts.
''For those that don’t know, Campbell is the UFC’s chief business officer. He took over shortly after the sale. He does most, if not all the deals these days. Some love him - he’s a lot more like Lorenzo in that he isn’t emotional - but he also threatens to strip constantly" describing the role of the controversial Hunter Campbell.
"Campbell is the “lawyer” White often refers to. Hardly ever mentions him by name. Not sure why. He’s way more valuable to UFc than just being a lawyer. In fact, I’d argue he’s the third most important person in the company behind Ari and White.
Again, he does all the big deals." "Think of him as the UFC’s general manager if they were a sports team. Yet, he never speaks publicly or has to explain moves like a GM would from time to time. Good gig! Anyway, some enjoy dealing with him but this is right up his alley.
It happens way more than fans think" One of Helwani's followers wrote in a comment that such things would never have been done if Miocic were still the champion. However, Ariel refuted such speculations: ''I can think of at least five occasions they threatened to strip Stipe.
Never went through with it, but he got it worse than anyone.' ' Helwani replied via Twitter to his follower. In any case interesting information from Helwani. Obviously a lot of unknown things are happening behind the scenes, and fighters, in addition to all their daily obligations and stresses, have to deal with things like this.