UFC Reporter Gets "Lifetime Ban" for Breaking Brock Lesnar Story

The UFC reportedly banned reporter Ariel Helwani for life for breaking news of Brock Lesnar in 'UFC 200' before they could.

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Yesterday we learned that Brock Lesnar was going to return to the UFC to fight in UFC 200 on July 9. We heard it first from MMA Fighting, as reported by longtime MMA scribe Ariel Helwani.

Helwani's reporting, however, did not please the UFC. They've reportedly banned him as well as a pair of colleagues (both a videographer and photographer), for life for having the gall to report the news. He was escorted out of the building before the main fight at UFC 199, relaying the way too overly dramatic happenings from his Twitter account:

He also stated his hope that the ban will be reversed, which will likely happen when UFC realizes how thin-skinned and shitty this makes them look:

Previously, Helwani had his access temporarily denied after reporting on UFC competitor Bellator. Also, after he was fired by Fox Sports 1 earlier this year, it was rumored to be at the behest of UFC's management.

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