Luke Thomas replaces Ariel Helwani as MMA Hour and MMA Beat host

Luke Thomas replaces Ariel Helwani as MMA Hour and MMA Beat host

The tide is changing at MMAFighting.com. With Ariel Helwani leaving the website and joining ESPN, the MMA Hour and MMA beat will now be hosted by Luke Thomas.

It was announced a couple of weeks ago that veteran journalist Ariel Helwani will leave his long-term post at MMA Fighting to join the media powerhouse that is ESPN.

Via ESPNMediaZone, Helwani released the following statement after the news broke:

“For as long as I can remember, my dream has been to work at ESPN. I know the term ‘dream come true’ is often overused, but this is truly that for me.  Growing up in Montreal we didn’t get ESPN, but any time my family would travel down south I would stay in our hotel room as long as possible watching the morning SportsCenter on loop.  I’ve loved all things ESPN since I was a kid, and in all honesty, it still feels a bit surreal that I am joining the gold standard in sports media. I couldn’t be more excited to get started and am extremely thankful for the opportunity.”

Following this news, fans wondered who would replace Helwani to host poplar weekly shows the MMA Hour and the MMA Beat, and now we have an answer.

During his live chat show which is hosted on Youtube and MMAFighting.com, Luke Thomas announced that he was the man to take over both shows as host.

“I am beyond excited, I am beyond grateful, I am beyond thrilled, I am beyond nervous. Opportunities like this don’t come around in sports media almost ever” stated Thomas on his live chat.

Thomas also stated that the MMA Hour will start at noon on Monday (eastern time) and will be a shorter version of the Helwani MMA Hour, lasting for around two hours.

The new look MMA Hour will feature the ability for fans to call in and start a discussion along with ‘big’ interviews from the sports biggest stars.

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