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Sport MMA reporter claims UFC told Showtime to drop him from Mayweather-McGregor coverage

01:30  12 july  2017
01:30  12 july  2017 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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MMA reporter Ariel Helwani tweeted Tuesday morning that he won’t be appearing as a part of Showtime Sports’ McGregor vs. Mayweather coverage . He says the change comes at the specific request of UFC .

Respected MMA reporter Ariel Helwani will still get to cover the media tour ahead of the much anticipated boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather , he Neither the UFC , Showtime Sports nor Helwani immediately returned The Washington Post’s requests to comment.

MMA reporter claims UFC told Showtime to drop him from Mayweather-McGregor coverage© File photo MMA reporter claims UFC told Showtime to drop him from Mayweather-McGregor coverage

The first leg of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor press tour was set to begin on Tuesday, but Showtime's coverage got a last-minute change.

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MMA reporter Ariel Helwani tweeted Tuesday morning that he won't be appearing as a part of Showtime Sports' McGregor vs. Mayweather coverage. He says the change comes at the specific request of UFC.

Helwani, a journalist for SB Nation's MMAfighting.com, thought he was going to appear on television with Showtime in addition to his regular online coverage when he learned that he'd been booted from Showtime's lineup. He said that he got the news after a cross-country flight from New York to Los Angeles.

Earlier Tuesday, Showtime's press release had Helwani listed as part of its coverage.

SHOWTIME Sports announcer Mauro Ranallo will host coverage from Los Angeles with analysis from two-division world champion and SHOWTIME Boxing analyst Paulie Malignaggi, former UFC fighter and current MMA analyst Brendan Schaub and MMA industry veteran Ariel Helwani. Helwani will take over hosting duties in live coverage from Toronto and New York alongside Malignaggi and Schaub. Details on coverage from the London event will be announced shortly.

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The host of the popular mixed martial arts show “The MMA Hour” took to Twitter to announce that he has been banned from covering the Floyd Mayweather -Conor McGregor news tour for Showtime Sports, which started in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon, allegedly at the behest of the UFC .

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Last year, Helwani was "banned for life" by UFC after reporting that Brock Lesnar would return for UFC 200. Helwani was escorted out of UFC 199 and had his credentials removed. Two days later, UFC lifted the ban on Helwani despite releasing a critical statement about MMAfighting.com's "recurring tactics."

For The Win reached out to Showtime for comment and will update with the response.

At this point, it's unclear if UFC's alleged request had anything to do with the incident at UFC 199, but Helwani said that he is still credentialed for the press tour. This news pertained strictly to his television role.

Mayweather and McGregor will fight in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. The two fighters will make stops in Toronto, New York and London after Tuesday's press conference in Los Angeles.

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