A big night for the UFC has been soured for many fans over the company’s decision to throw award winning MMA journalist Ariel Helwani out of UFC 199 and ban him from the promotion’s events indefinitely. The decision to blacklist the MMAFighting.com writer and former FOX Sports correspondent seems to stem from Helwani breaking the news of Brock Lesnar returning at UFC 200 before the UFC had a chance to make the announcement on their own.
Ariel’s report on a possible Lesnar fight hit the internet around 8PM EST. The UFC made Brock’s return official just before midnight during their pay-per-view event. Helwani also broke another piece of big news that night, revealing Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz would rematch each other at UFC 202 in August hours before the promotion’s ad for the fight aired.