'The shakeup continues in the world of mixed martial arts broadcast commentary.
On Tuesday, Bellator MMA announced that Jay Glazer has joined its broadcast team and will make his debut for the company this Saturday for coverage of Bellator 192, which airs live on the rebranded Paramount Network, formerly Spike.
Bellator 192 takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and features a welterweight title bout between champion Douglas Lima and challenger Rory MacDonald, as well as a Bellator heavyweight tournament quarterfinal between “Rampage” Quinton Jackson and Chael Sonnen.
“I have always had a tremendous passion for MMA, where the relationships you develop are unlike any other sport,” Glazer said in a press release. “And I am very fortunate to be able to continue these relationships with an incredible organization like Bellator. I’ve been friends with [Bellator MMA CEO] Scott [Coker] for many years, and am ecstatic that he brought me into the Bellator family.”
Glazer previously served as a desk anchor on Ultimate Fighting Championship broadcasts, crossing over from his regular insider role for Fox’s National Football League coverage. In addition to being named Sports Illustrated’s 2007 “Media Person of the Year,” the 48-year-old is an MMA veteran himself, posting a 1-1 pro record under the Reality Fighting banner in 2003.
Glazer is also the owner of the Unbreakable Performance Center in West Hollywood and has garnered attention for training a slew of NFL standouts and celebrities, from Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews to Chris Pratt and Wiz Khalifa.
The Glazer announcement is just one of many in a recent run of notable changes in the MMA broadcast landscape. Last week, Bellator announced that longtime MMA referee and official “Big” John McCarthy was joining its broadcast team. The news came just a week after the promotion confirmed it had parted ways with its longtime color commentator Jimmy Smith, who promptly signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Last year, Bellator added the UFC’s longtime play-by-play man Mike Goldberg, as well as preeminent combat sports voice Mauro Ranallo, to its broadcast roster.