Many of you keeping score know MMAFighting.com journalist Ariel Helwani was escorted out of UFC 199, but he wasn’t the only one. Photographer Esther Lin and video director E. Casey Leydon were also escorted out with their media credentials revoked and a lifetime ban issued according to Helwani.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 5, 2016
It’s obviously an unfortunate situation.
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) June 5, 2016
All three are well respected in MMA and it’s baffling to me for them to be removed and little to no explanation provided. I’ve never met Lin, but I’ve seen her work in many organizations, including Invicta FC. I also know my colleague Kenai Andrews has met her and Helwani also with nothing but good things to say about them and their work.
Perhaps someone can explain this to me?
By the way, a petition is underway to restore Helwani’s UFC credentials. Interested readers can check it out here.
— UFC Brasil (@UFCBrasil) June 5, 2016
Meanwhile, it’s back to the drawing board for Penne. This is her second consecutive lopsided loss and it’s clear her striking needs improvement. She tried to get the fight to the ground, but Andrade wouldn’t cooperate. I hope she figures it out.
Strawweight Tecia Torres attended the Canada Fitness Supershow June 4th and 5th at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.
— Tecia Torres (@TeciaTorres) June 4, 2016
Torres watched UFC 199 from the comfy confines of the Real Sports Bar & Grill. I hoped she enjoyed The Six. It’s a great city.
It’s getting closer for #12-ranked Randa Markos (5-4-0) and Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (6-2-0) to rumble at UFC Fight Night 89. Same for #5-ranked Valerie Letoruneau (8-4-0) and #11-ranked Joanne Calderwood (10-1-0).
— Randa Markos (@randamma) June 5, 2016
— Jo Jo Calderwood (@DRkneevil) June 1, 2016
— Valerie Letourneau (@ValTroubleMMA) May 13, 2016
The strawweights are active, but where are the 135-pounders?
Check out this AXS TV article in which Alpar says she’s not too concerned about Damm’s past steroid use.
Best of luck to both ladies.
Wondering how Jamie Moyle’s been doing since TUF 23?
— Jamie Moyle (@LoveBoatJamie) June 4, 2016
In case you missed TUF 23, you can read up on the fight between Amanda Bobby Cooper and Moyle here.
And finally, many of you in Crossfire Nation already know this, but Women’s MMA Today is another great resource for WMMA information. Check them out on the regular!