Bellator is going in lately.
They’re striking while the iron is hot.
Say whatever you want about Mike Goldberg, whether you enjoyed him or not, he was a big part of the UFC. A lot of people loved him, even when he would make his little mistakes, it was almost endearing in a way. Well, Goldy has now found a home behind the desk at Bellator.
In addition, they’ve also signed Mauro Ranallo who used to work for PRIDE… because PRIDE never dies, obviously.
This is cool news, a lot of casual fans don’t really know the difference between promotions, but they’ll definitely recognize a famililar face like Goldie, and Mauro brings a piece of MMA history from PRIDE along with some attention from the WWE fanbase where he also used to work.
“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 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,” added Spike SVP, Sports and Specials Jon Slusser.
Now, there are some UFC fans who don’t really like Goldberg, and that’s their opinion, but it’s hard to deny the excitement the guy brings to a fight. We’re very happy for him that he’s landed on his feet after being fired in such a low-class way by the UFC, not a single mention of all the years he had given to them, no tribute whatsoever, just one day he’s there and the next he’s gone.
Rumors had been circulating for months about who would replace Mike Goldberg at the UFC, and many thought it would be Mauro Ranallo himself, and there were rumors that the UFC was interested in him, but at the end of the day Bellator got the deal done. Kind of reminds you of when the UFC was trying to make a deal with Fedor, couldn’t, but then Bellator could.
Joe Rogan wasn’t allowed to give his long-time partner a proper sendoff on their final UFC broadcast together, but he’s taken to Instagram to show some love in a very classy way.