UFC gets Ariel Helwani thrown off Mayweather/McGregor tour coverage

July 6, 2013; Las Vegas, NV. USA; MMA reporter Ariel Helwani photographed on the set before the weigh-in for UFC612 in Las Vegas. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Ariel Helwani, one of MMA’s best known journalists, has been told that he will no longer be covering the Mayweather- McGregor press tour for Showtime sports.

Helwani tweeted earlier today that he only found out the news after he had taken the NY-LA red eye and that he believes that the UFC is behind the last minute decision.

UFC president Dana White once said that Helwani wouldn’t receive a credential as long as he was at the UFC, after the reporter broke a pair of stories (Lesnar return/McGregor-Nate Diaz rematch) without asking the promotion for a comment. Helwani’s ban was lifted in summer 2016.

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