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Ariel Helwani Urges Dana White and Co. to Follow NBA’s Blueprint, Suggests Bringing 30 Iconic Superstars to UFC 300

Souvik Roy

Ariel Helwani Urges Dana White and Co. to Follow NBA’s Blueprint, Suggests Bringing 30 Iconic Superstars to UFC 300

Ariel Helwani has urged Dana White to imitate the NBA. Basketball fans have witnessed retired legends of the sport getting felicitated amidst their coveted events. Even the noted MMA coverage persona, Ariel Helwani, has been through such heartwarming incidents himself, when the NFL authorities invited the “top 50” or “top 75” retired stars of the sport to honor them.

Recently, Helwani engaged in a conversation with the former UFC flyweight champ, Demetrious Johnson, and expressed that the UFC should also follow the NBA and NFL’s path in this regard. He further specified that inviting the “top 30” UFC fighters in the history of the promotion may illuminate the stage of UFC 300 even more.

UFC fighters like Daniel Cormier and Michael Bisping have found ways to continue their tenure in the promotion even after their in-octagon retirement. But that isn’t true for several former UFC athletes like Spencer Fischer and others. The NBA has always been one step ahead of the UFC with its ‘National Basketball Legends’ programs to ensure the smooth livelihood of their athletes, even after their on-field retirement.

Looking at the NBA’s programs and felicitations for their retired athletes, Helwani’s demand may look like a pretty meager one. He said,

The NBA does this all the time. [They bring in] the top 50- players, the top 75 players. I’d love if they [UFC authorities] brought out the top 30 fighters.”

Helwani also counted ‘Mighty Mouse’ inside the list of “top 30” UFC fighters whom he would like to see at a similar ceremony someday. However, such examples already exist in the MMA realm itself.

Bellator MMA had implemented Ariel Helwani’s plans in one of their major events

MMA icon, Fedor Emilianenko, is one of the most respected figures in the history of MMA. Most fans may know that ‘The Last Emperor’ declared his retirement on February 4, 2023, after his fight against Ryan Bader at Bellator 290. This was also the event where Bellator MMA showcased a real-life implementation of Helwani’s plans for UFC 300.

The Kia Forum in Inglewood, California, became ‘A sky full of stars’ on February 4, 2023 as several former UFC legends like Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell, and several others graced the Bellator 290. Thus, with Helwani advocating for the same, UFC fans would also love to witness a similar procession of the UFC legends inside the octagon amidst an event someday.

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Souvik Roy

Souvik Roy


The coveted boxing bout between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson in 2002 was the first combat sports event that Souvik ever witnessed. However, he fell for the UFC when he knew about it in 2010. After starting as an occasional viewer back then, Souvik has been watching UFC events almost regularly from late 2017. He began his career as a UFC(MMA) and combat sports journalist in the year 2022 after gathering a lot of valuable knowledge about MMA and a few other combat sports disciplines. He has written more than 1300 articles about various UFC and other combat sports events prior to joining The SportsRush. Apart from being a journalist, Souvik is also an ardent fan of the UFC. Hence, he always looks to have conversations about the same with others. He has a deep affinity for striking part of MMA and other combat sports and Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier is the warrior of his choice in the current UFC roster. Souvik also serves as the Lead Vocalist of a rock band during his time free from publishing reports.

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