Screenshot for in April 2018
Type of site
Mixed martial arts news
Available inEnglish
OwnerVox Media
Created byRay Hui[1][2]
RegistrationOptional (required for comment posting)
LaunchedApril 2001; 23 years ago (2001-04)
Current statusActive

MMA Fighting is a news website that covers the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). Founded in 2001, the site is notable for its breaking news coverage, podcast series, and The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani.

Overview was launched by Ray Hui in 2001, initially as an Angelfire site.[3]

In 2009, was acquired by AOL.[4] In 2011, it was sold to their current owners, Vox Media, where they now are a part of SB Nation.[5]

A 2 million unique users per month website reported in 2011,[6] and currently the #3 most popular MMA media & news website worldwide according to Alexa Internet.[7]


In the World MMA Awards, MMA Fighting has won the award for "Media Source of the Year" a total of four times between 2015 and 2018.[8] Additionally, MMA Fighting employee Ariel Helwani has won the award for "MMA Journalist of the Year" every year since 2010.[9]

The MMA Hour

The MMA Hour
The logo for The MMA Hour since June 2017
Hosted byAriel Helwani
  • Audio
  • video
Created byAriel Helwani
Length4–5 hours
ProductionDanny Segura
Opening themeRing Ring
Composed byByron Brizuela
No. of episodes453 (as of October 15, 2018)
Original releaseJune 18, 2009

MMA Fighting hosts The MMA Hour, a twice-weekly show hosted by Ariel Helwani, that features interviews with various names in mixed martial arts, including fighters, promoters, agents, coaches, and journalists.

The MMA Hour was hosted weekly by Ariel Helwani from June 2009 until June 2018.[10] In June 2018, Luke Thomas took over as the host.

In June 2021, Helwani announced his return to MMA Fighting and Vox Media as host for The MMA Hour, with a new twice-weekly schedule.[11]

See also


  1. ^ " CEO and Executives - Bloomberg". Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  2. ^ "Ray Hui Profile and Activity - MMA Fighting". Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". 2001-04-28. Archived from the original on 2001-04-28. Retrieved 2018-04-19.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "AOL Acquires | Time Warner Inc". Time Warner. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  5. ^ "MMA Fighting Sold to Vox Media". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  6. ^ Ourand, John (7 November 2011). "SB Nation Acquires Combat Sports Site MMA Fighting from AOL". American City Business Journals ( Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Alexa - Top Sites by Category: Sports/Martial Arts/Submission Fighting and MMA/News and Media". Alexa Internet. Archived from the original on 14 September 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  8. ^ rburnyeat (2023-06-21). "Awards Criteria". The World MMA Awards. Retrieved 2024-03-25.
  9. ^ "World MMA Awards 2022 nominees". MMA Fighting. 2022-07-27. Retrieved 2022-08-21.
  10. ^ "Mixed Martial Arts Insider Ariel Helwani Joins ESPN - ESPN MediaZone U.S." 16 May 2018. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  11. ^ "Ariel Helwani is returning to MMA Fighting and The MMA Hour, in addition to new roles with Spotify, BT, and Substack U.S." 21 June 2021. Retrieved 2021-06-26.