The difficulty with entry journalism is that it depends on entry. And very similar to many leisure industries, in a sport like Combined Martial Arts preserving entry to the celebs is a serious a part of doing the job for mainstream retailers. Because of their broadcast take care of the UFC, there’s little danger of ESPN ever actually getting reduce off from the majority of the group’s roster, however for the second they seem to have misplaced their connection to a big chunk of it.

Dominance MMA proprietor Ali Abdelaziz lately introduced that he would deny entry to the UFC’s broadcast companion, over what seems to be his long-running spat with Ariel Helwani. Whereas Helwani and Abdelaziz have been buying and selling barbs, each in interviews and over social media for the previous couple years, it seems the ultimate straw got here shortly following the conclusion of UFC 251.

In a dialog between Helwani and former UFC champion Daniel Cormier for his or her ESPN MMA Present, the 2 males gave their ideas on the present welterweight title image following Kamaru Usman’s principal occasion win over Jorge Masvidal in Abu Dhabi. After DC known as Helwani out for suggesting that Edwards and Burns ought to struggle for an opportunity to face Usman, Helwani made his case for why Burns shouldn’t robotically be subsequent in line.

“To start with, the disrespect that Mr. Leon Edwards has needed to endure over the previous yr is disgusting, actually disgusting,” Helwani mentioned, launching into his rant. “Simply because he doesn’t puff his chest out, simply because he doesn’t have a supervisor writing his tweets, simply because he doesn’t go on the market and endear himself to all of the media doesn’t imply that this man shouldn’t be combating for a title.

“Primary: this man has received eight in a row. Eight in a row! He’s received eight in a row. Eight in a row, proper? He was presupposed to struggle Tyron Woodley on March 21st. He had that chance taken away from him. And, by the best way, when Masvidal couldn’t come to phrases with the UFC on July 11th, they went to Edwards first! He needed to flip it down as a result of he didn’t have a coaching scenario, and it was on three weeks discover. God forbid Leon Edwards needs greater than three weeks to coach for his struggle. A title struggle! Lord is aware of if he’s ever going to get one other probability to struggle for the title. I respect the truth that he mentioned, ‘Give me a bit of extra time.’

“So, what about this: Usman simply fought, he needs to spend time together with his daughter, he’s earned that chance, it’s been a really hectic few months for him. Let him sit back till the top of the yr. Within the meantime, they’re gonna return to Abu Dhabi in September, what’s fallacious with Burns vs. Edwards on a kind of playing cards as a primary contender struggle. Burns has received 4 in a row at welterweight, six total. 4 just isn’t equal to eight. You realize what I’m saying? 4 not equal to eight. Why does Gilbert Burns deserve a shot over Leon Edwards? I don’t get it. As a result of he bought a title shot first? Okay, inform that to Karo Parisyan, who was presupposed to struggle Matt Hughes 15 years in the past. C’mon, not cool. It’s not honest to Leon Edwards. I don’t get it. I really feel like I’m residing in some type of bizzaro world right here with all you individuals.”

Gilbert Burns himself apparently took exception to the entire thing, with a string of Tweets, concentrating on Helwani for his take.

It wasn’t lengthy after Burns’ outburst, that Abdelaziz took to Twitter to inform ESPN that he would now not enable the outlet entry to fighters managed by his Dominance MMA company. And whereas he didn’t title Helwani particularly, it appears fairly clear that Helwani’s place on Burns vs. Edwards (and simply possibly that dig about managers operating fighter twitter accounts) was the driving pressure behind the transfer.

Abdelaziz additionally famous that Canadian outlet TSN can be on his ‘banned listing,’ though he didn’t state the specifics as to why.

Dominance MMA at present lists UFC champions Khabib Nurmagomedov, Kamaru Usman, and interim champ Justin Gaethje amongst its steady of fighters—in addition to former champions Frankie Edgar, Cody Garbrandt, and Fabricio Werdum, alongside greater than 30 different fighters starting from relative newcomers to longtime veterans and high contenders. Even amongst a roster floating round 600 athletes deep, that’s a big group of people that it appears like received’t be speaking to ESPN for the fast future.