Ariel Helwani’s UFC Press Credentials Revoked After Breaking Story of Lesnar’s Return

UFC has a history of black-balling reporters who rub up against company interests – most notably Josh Gross and Loretta Hunt –, so the reaction doesn’t strike me as surprising. It does strike me as unreasonable, and unwise.

The distraction away from the excitement and positivity of UFC 199 (one of the best events in years) seems like one obvious negative short-term effect.

In the long-term, incidents like this could foster a lingering distrust in the wider media towards the promotion and sport that could be hard to reverse.