Mike Goldberg, Mauro Ranallo Sign Multi-Event Broadcast Agreements with Bellator MMA

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 13, 2017
Bellator MMA has added a pair of iconic names to its broadcast team.

The California-based promotion announced Tuesday that it has signed veteran mixed martial arts commentators Mike Goldberg and Mauro Ranallo to multi-event broadcast agreements beginning with Bellator 180 and Bellator NYC “Sonnen vs. Silva” on June 24. Goldberg and Ranallo will join a broadcast team that already includes Jimmy Smith, Jenn Brown and Chael Sonnen.

It is unclear exactly how commentary duties will be distributed between Goldberg and Ranallo. On Monday, Sean Grande announced that he would be stepping down as play-by-play voice for Bellator and Spike Sports following a two-year stint. Grande cited Bellator’s travel schedule along with his radio duties with the Boston Celtics as the primary reasons for his departure.

“Mike Goldberg and Mauro Ranallo are two of the best in our business and I couldn't be happier about them joining the Bellator family,” Bellator President Scott Coker said in a release. “In addition to June 24, we look forward to working together to make future Spike broadcasts even more exciting for our fans as we add further depth to an already-exceptional broadcast team.”

A longtime commentator with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Goldberg called his final event with the Las Vegas-based promotion at UFC 207 on Dec. 31. Goldberg began his tenure at UFC 15.5 “Ultimate Japan 1” in 1997 and became a fixture along with analyst Joe Rogan at pay-per-view events. Goldberg previously called numerous events on Spike when the UFC had a contract with the cable network.

Ranallo, meanwhile, made a name for himself as the voice of Pride Fighting Championships and Strikeforce, where he initially worked with Coker. Ranallo also works boxing, kickboxing and wrestling events and will continue duties with Showtime Boxing in addition to Bellator.

“The addition of highly-regarded announcers Mauro and Mike to our fantastic lineup of broadcasters, and our first-rate production led by Scott Fishman, further demonstrates our commitment MMA fans and expanding the global Bellator brand,” Spike VP of Sports and Specials Jon Slusser said.

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