Bellator MMA have hired two experienced broadcasters who are no strangers to fight fans. The company has confirmed the addition of play-by-play announcers Mike Goldberg and Mauro Ranallo. Both men have signed multi-event broadcast deals according to the company’s website.
Goldberg spent more than two decades providing play-by-play for the UFC, forming a popular team with analyst Joe Rogan. He last worked for the UFC in December 2016 calling the UFC 207 pay per view. In addition to his UFC experience, Goldberg has also called every major sport at the network level, most notably over 900 NHL games.
Ranallo on the other hand gained popularity with MMA fans during his tenure with Pride and Strikeforce. He most recently worked as an announcer on WWE programming. During his career, he has called a number of action sports including boxing, kickboxing and ice hockey. He’s expected to continue his work with Showtime Boxing.
“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,” said Scott Coker. “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.”
The agreement will start with Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva and Bellator 180: Davis vs. Bader on Saturday, June 24th. It’ll be the first time Goldberg has appeared on SPIKE television since 2011. Ranallo will be reunited with Bellator President Scott Coker. The two men worked together through 2013. They’ll be joined on the broadcast by Jimmy Smith, Jenn Brown and Chael Sonnen.