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Perhaps no promotion did MMA as a spectacle better than Pride Fighting Championships. Now Bellator is taking a page from the now-defunct Japanese organization for its upcoming “Dynamite” event.
The Scott Coker-led promotion announced on Thursday that popular former Pride FC voice Lenne Hardt will serve as ring announcer for the Sept. 19 event.
Hardt, a voice actress, began working for Pride in 2000. When Zuffa purchased the promotion in 2007, Hardt took her talents to Dream, where she continued in the same role. Hardt’s unique delivery, which includes high pitched screeching and her trademark long rolling “R,” made her something of a cult favorite in the MMA world.
Bellator 142 “Dynamite” takes place at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., and is headlined by a light heavyweight championship bout between Liam McGeary and Tito Ortiz. The event, which will feature an MMA cage and kickboxing ring in the same venue, also includes a four-man 205-pound tournament to determine the next title challenge.