Mixed martial arts continues to grow in popularity, and as it grows, its presence on ESPN will expand. ESPN should scoop Helwani, a 35-year-old reporter for MMAfighting.com from Quebec. He’s perhaps the most plugged-in UFC journalist in the game. His insider knowledge runs so deep that it got him in trouble in June 2016, as the UFC issued Helwani a “ban for life” for making public information that it hoped would be kept private. It rescinded the ban two days later. Helwani, who also co-hosts The MMA Beat, received MMA Journalist of the Year at the World MMA Awards six years in a row, from 2010-16. Honorable mention in the MMA category: up-and-coming UFC reporter Matt Parrino, another guy who’s great both in print and on camera.