The lifetime ban of Ariel Helwani may have been lifted, but it doesn’t excuse the UFC’s actions.

Fellow media member and SIRIUS XM Rush 93 host and writer Michael Stets (@Michael_Stets) joined Jay Kelly (@JayKellyMMA) on Rear-Naked Choke Radio to talk about the treatment of Helwani, as well as GLORY Kickboxing and other coverage Stets provides for combat sports fans.

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It’s quite publicized what happened to Helwani, and as a peer, Stets talked about the impression it leaves on other media members. He also spoke about Helwani addressing the situation on The MMA Hour, which divulged information about his past dealings with the UFC and FOX. While Helwani repeatedly said he didn’t like to talk about himself, he felt it was necessary to let the public and other media members know tings are not always as great as they seem when working closely with the UFC and even touched on having a physical altercation with a staff member. Stets explained why he believes Helwani was targeted and why such people would not attempt a stunt like this with some media members that can handle themselves.

Aside from talking about the bad news that trumped headlines in the MMA world, Stets talked about his role at SIRIUS XM Rush 93, writing for, kickboxing, Bellator MMA and what’s next on his schedule.

During the recording of this show Kelly and Stets were informed of the passing of Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson. Kimbo may not have been at the top of the MMA food chain, but he was well liked by fans and media, and to find out he is gone came as a shock to everyone. Stets shared a story about Kimbo and talked about his place in the sport.

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Jason Kelly has been a lifelong fan of martial arts and was instantly hooked on MMA after watching the pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 1 at 12 years old. The Canadian dabbled in martial arts and MMA over the years, but the sport he excelled at was basketball. Jason’s introduction to MMA media started at MMA Religion, which led to his position as a feature writer on MMA DieHards. Jason eventually became the Feature Content Manager at MMA DieHards. His duties at MMA DieHards led to hosting MMA DieHards Radio and MMA Cypher Radio with Corey Charron, before going on to join Joe Rizzo's longtime-running show, Rear Naked Choke Radio. Following a short hiatus from covering the sport he loves, Jason joined the staff at Combat Press. Aside from his interest in MMA, Jason has a passion for hip hop, especially battle rap. He considers himself a hip hop connoisseur and is always up for a conversation on the subject.

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