Established MMA journalist escorted out of UFC 199 and allegedly issued life ban

Helwani apparently sent out a report ahead of an official UFC announcement

Established MMA journalist escorted out of UFC 199 and allegedly issued life ban

Image: Youtube.com

MMA journalist Ariel Helwani has revealed that he was removed from UFC 199 last night and has been apparently issued a life ban from the sport.

Fellow MMA writers E. Casey Leydon and Esther Lin from MMAfighting.com were also escorted away from the event, and were forced to surrender their credentials along with Helwani.

It is believed that the action was taken after Helwani and MMAfighting.com broke news that Brock Lesnar would be making his return at UFC 200, hours ahead of the UFC's official announcement. 

According to Helwani, they were also told they were 'banned for life' from further UFC events.

The reputable MMA reporter expressed his love for the sport and said he hopes the matter will be resolved soon.