Helwani implies that Cejudo sacrificed manhood to his manager

MMA reporter Ariel Helwani has slammed former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo for caving in to his manager’s demands.

While mixed martial arts typically sees feuds develop inside the cage and before the inevitable encounters between fighters, athletes aren’t the only figures in the community who can develop animosity.

Canadian journalist Helwani, who has had his share of criticism from UFC top brass and some fighters, is not in the good books of Dominance MMA Management CEO Ali Abdelaziz.

The Egyptian’s issue with Helwani dates back to pre-UFC 258. Ahead of Gilbert Burns’ title shot against Kamaru Usman, two fighters on Abdelaziz’s roster, the then ESPN reporter suggested Leon Edwards deserved more this opportunity.

Responding on social media, Abdelaziz ‘banned’ the publication from speaking to fighters under his Dominance banner – a ban which obviously carries over to MMA hour after Helwani’s departure from ESPN.

Other than two-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison, who acknowledged the importance of exposure through the popular YouTube show, no fighters under Abdelaziz’s leadership appear in the episodes.

And Helwani thinks fighters allowing their managers to exert so much control is a bad image.

Helwani: Cejudo stabbed me in the back

During a recent episode of MMA hourfeaturing Demetrious Johnson, Helwani discussed his feelings towards Henry Cejudo, who is one of the Dominance fighters adhering to Abdelaziz’s ban.

After recalling a time when “Triple C” was ready to appear in interviews with him, Helwani suggested that Cejudo “stabbed him in the back” following his manager’s orders.

“The thing, Henry, I don’t want to give myself the old pat on the back, but I kinda helped him along the way and then he stabbed me in the back,” Helwani said. “I bought her the Bella twins, do you know the Bella twins?” I put him in there, he’s hanging out with them, then all of a sudden he stabs me in the back, he’s not coming on the show anymore.

“It’s really because his manager won’t let him in,” Helwani continued. “Can you imagine? Can you imagine your manager telling you not to come here and you say, “Yes sir, yes sir.”

After hearing the blanket ban, which Usman, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Gilbert Burns, Justin Gaethje and Frankie Edgar all agreed to, “Mighty Mouse” Johnson noted that he would never agree to such a rule if his manager sought to impose this. .

“I would say, ‘No, I’m not. I would go there. To which Helwani replied, “Yeah, you’re a man.”

It remains to be seen how permanent Abdelaziz’s Helwani veto is, but it certainly retains its strength and influence two years later.

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