Fake Ariel Helwani Dupes MMA Fans on Twitter with McGregor Fight Announcement

An Ariel Helwani parody account - verified under ‘Twitter Blue’ subscription - tricked thousands of MMA fans with a fake Conor McGregor fight announcement.

By Timothy James | November 11, 2022

Conor McGregor may be “Notorious,” but so far, Elon Musk’s ‘Twitter Blue’ is infamous. A huge number of MMA fans were tricked by a fake Ariel Helwani account - sporting the ‘Twitter Blue’ checkmark - with an announcement that McGregor would make his UFC return in June against Charles Oliveira.

The account managed to fool some fans by using Helwani’s profile picture and using the handle @arielhe1wani. That probably wouldn’t have been enough on its own to trick people, but the blue checkmark was the cherry on top that had a decent amount of people believing the fake announcement.

Regardless of how you feel about Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, one thing is sure - the trolls and impersonators have more teeth now than ever before, all for the low cost of $8/month.

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