Wednesday, June 20, 2018

ESPN+ will debut today “Ariel & The Bad Guy”, a weekly MMA program hosted by award-winning mixed martial arts journalist Ariel Helwani, alongside ESPN MMA analyst, Chael Sonnen. The show will be available today exclusively in the United States on ESPN+, the recently-launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service.

“Ariel & The Bad Guy” will be a fast-paced 30-minute weekly breakdown of the top stories, developments, and upcoming fights. A new episode will be available on ESPN+ each Wednesday starting today. In addition to the regularly scheduled episodes, ESPN+ will stream special episodes before and after major mixed martial arts events.

As it turns out, Helwani was a last minute choice for the role.

Helwani will also host a new weekly podcast, “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show,” which will debut live on Twitter on Monday, June 25. Each episode of Helwani’s podcast will be streamed live on Twitter and be available on the ESPN App,, and wherever podcasts are available.

The ESPN+ lineup includes 18 exclusive, live Top Rank events per year, dozens of fights from other Top Rank undercards, an unmatched library of the greatest fights in boxing history, and two exclusive, original boxing programs: The Boxing Beat with Dan Rafael (Tuesdays) and In This Corner (twice monthly).

It also features hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, Grand Slam tennis, PGA Tour golf, college sports, international rugby, cricket, the full library of ESPN Films (including 30 for 30) and more. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time.

ESPN+ is an integrated part of the completely redesigned ESPN App. Already the leading sports app, the new ESPN App is the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans and is a showcase of the company’s culture of innovation. With a richer, increasingly more personalized experience, the new ESPN App curates all of ESPN’s incredible content into an experience unique to each fan’s individual tastes.

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