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Video: O’Malley Fake Sparks Joint During UFC On FOX 29 Broadcast

Rising UFC bantamweight prospect Sean O’Malley went full Cheech last night (Sat., April 14, 2018) during the FOX broadcast for UFC on FOX 29 from Glendale, Arizona, when he acted like he was sparking up a joint on live television (seen above).

A little awkward for UFC women’s flyweight contender Mackenzie Dern, who was siting right beside “Sugar,” but a moment most fight fans took in with a smile.

O’Malley, 23, is one of UFC’s most promising young athletes, although he’s not really a standard role model like other fighters that would be featured at the forefront of a mixed martial arts (MMA) broadcast. As a fighter who utilizes a chunk of his free time to enjoy the greener side of things, O’Malley took time during his short TV spot to pull out a rolled joint and pretend to light it.

Jealous?

Whether or not you’re someone who partakes in that sort of thing, you have to applaud the kid’s effort. After all, this isn’t new to UFC or the many fans who follow O’Malley. Ever since “Sugar” released footage of a side-by-side smoke session with rap icon Snoop Dogg, the talented bantamweight has publicly revealed marijuana-infused after parties and plans to roll out his own customized weed strain.

Not too shabby, especially for a young fighter with only two Octagon appearances under his belt (both victories).

O’Malley is a unique character to say the least and a fighter UFC is certainly going to lean on to attack a specific demographic moving forward. Not for nothing, but this guy has already paved the way for the second generation of UFC weed smokers.

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Sean Grande to Make ‘One Night Only’ Return for Broadcast Duties at Bellator 196

Former Bellator MMA commentator Sean Grande will return to work for the California-based promotion for “one night only” next month.
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Ex-Bellator Commentator Jimmy Smith Signs Deal to Join UFC Broadcast Team

It didn’t take long for veteran mixed martial arts commentator Jimmy Smith to find a new home.
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Daniel Cormier: UFC told broadcast team not to mention Kevin Lee’s staph infection at UFC 216

When Kevin Lee stepped inside of the Octagon at UFC 216 earlier this month the team of cageside UFC commentators, including Jon Anik, Joe Rogan, and UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, noticed that “Motown Phenom” was suffering from a nasty staph infection on his chest.

Lee’s durability against Tony Ferguson in the main event was clearly affected, forcing him to give in to “El Cucuy” via third-round submission. Not to mention the brutal weight cut Lee endured leading up to UFC 216.

While Lee’s staph infection most certainly played a role in his inability to cut weight and perform on fight night, the team of UFC commentators were told not to discuss the ailment when the fight began.

“So we’re on air, right, and Rogan goes ‘is that staph?’” Cormier said during a recent episode of the Talk & Talker podcast. “And somebody in my ear, I don’t know who it is goes ‘don’t say nothing.’ And I was like ‘What the hell? Do I address this, or do I not say anything?’”

“So I was like ‘it is.’ I couldn’t help myself, I go ‘it is staph.’ Because it’s big and red, and raised up.”

It’s strange that UFC would specifically request Anik, Rogan, and Cormier to ignore the golf ball-sized staph infection on Lee’s chest. The infection was impacting the young contender’s performance and that probably should have been relayed to the hoards of fight fans tuning in to the fight.

And if you think for one second that the staph didn’t change Lee for the worse, listen to Cormier discussing the negative effects of fighting such an infection before and during competition.

“The issue is you can take antibiotics to get better. But again, antibiotics, it’s the devil when you’re getting ready for a fight because it f*cks with your cardio,” Cormier explained. “You don’t really have much of an option in terms of feeling better when you have staph.

“In training, you go ‘oh my goodness, what is this? It might me staph.’ You stop, you get on antibiotics, and you get better. When you’re a week from the biggest fight of your career, you go ‘oh shit, this is staph, but I gotta keep training.’ You don’t have the option to just shut it down.”

Lee did everything in his power to hide the staph infection from UFC and Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) in order to keep his interim lightweight title fight with “El Cucuy.” As someone who has competed in five UFC title fights himself, Cormier understands Lee’s decision to move forward and fight with the illness.

“For Kevin Lee, he had no option because he couldn’t not fight,” Cormier said. “And you saw it, I mean between the second and third round, he told his corner, he goes ‘I’m just so tired.’”

“It’s sad because he didn’t get a fair shake, but the reality is, Tony Ferguson was on his game. And it was just getting worse because Tony was just getting better as the fight was going on.”

At just 25 years of age, “Motown Phenom” will certainly have another opportunity down the road to challenge for a UFC title. Hopefully he’s healthier the next time out.

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Broadcast Duties Announced for Mike Goldberg, Mauro Ranallo Ahead of Bellator 180 in NYC

Bellator MMA has set its broadcast line-ups set for Saturday evening at Madison Square Garden.
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Showtime announces broadcast team for Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor

The broadcast team for the historical clash between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is set.

Scheduled to go down on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas, the boxing fight between the pound-for-pound great and the UFC star will be called by Showtime’s regular team, the network told Sporting News.

The pay-per-view broadcast will feature host Brian Custer, color analysts Al Bernstein and Paul Maglianaggi, ringside reporter Jim Gray and unofficial scorer Steve Farhood. There will also be some “guest commentators” during the broadcast as well which could mean some appearances by UFC analysts.

The team will also include Mauro Ranallo, a familiar voice from both boxing and MMA fights, who signed with Bellator MMA earlier this week.

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Bellator adds Mike Goldberg, Mauro Ranallo to broadcast booth

Bellator’s big Madison Square Garden card will feature the debuts of two of mixed martial arts’ most familiar faces.

The company announced on Tuesday that veteran broadcasters Mike Goldberg and Mauro Ranallo will join the broadcast booth for Bellator NYC on June 24.

“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 Bellator CEO Scott Coker in a statement. “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.”

Goldberg was the UFC’s lead play-by-play announcer for nearly two decades, forming an iconic duo with color commentator Joe Rogan. Goldberg was let go by the UFC at the end of last year when new UFC owners WME-IMG chose not to renew his deal.

Ranallo, meanwhile, has long been one of combat sports’ most versatile announcers as a lead voice on everything from mixed martial arts to boxing to pro wrestling. Among his gigs, Ranallo was Showtime’s lead MMA play-by-play announcer in Coker’s Strikeforce promotion, and remains the cable network’s lead boxing voice.

With both names known for their play-by-play calls, it’s not yet clear how Bellator will handle lead duties. In a press release, the company simply noted the duo would join longtime color commentator Jimmy Smith, Jenn Brown, and Chael Sonnen on the 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,” said Spike SVP of Sports and Specials Jon Slusser.

The news comes one day after Sean Grande, the company’s play-by-play announcer for the past two years, revealed he was no longer continuing in that capacity.

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Jon Anik reflects on three-man commentary team at UFC 208: ‘It was a challenging broadcast’

The most recent UFC pay-per-view was a challenging broadcast for experienced UFC play-by-play commentator Jon Anik.

UFC 208, which went down on Saturday, Feb. 11 and was headlined by Germaine de Randamie vs. Holly Holm, was the first UFC pay-per-view following the departure of long-time play-by-play commentator Mike Goldberg in December. Prior to his exit, Goldberg and UFC color commentator Joe Rogan made up the main broadcasting team the UFC used for major events.

In light of Goldberg’s absence, the UFC put together a three-man team with Anik, Rogan, and UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier to narrate the action for UFC 208. The change marked the first time in recent memory that the UFC used a three-man commentary team.

Reflecting back on the event, Anik called UFC 208 a challenging experience.

“It was a challenging broadcast,” Anik told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “There were a lot of wrinkles that went into it. At least from a pay-per-view standpoint, there was a lot of sponsorship inventory, so I felt like every time I wanted to say something about fighting, you know, our stage manager would hand me a card of Halo Wars 2. I hope they paid the UFC a lot of money this weekend because I felt every word out of my mouth was Halo Wars 2, but it’s an interesting navigation with the three-man booth, particularly for mixed martial arts, a sport in which the line between play-by-play guy and analyst is blurred unlike in other sports.

“There is a lot of real estate there, but it’s not uncommon in MMA to hear an analyst call out a left hand or a combination, so that line is blurred in MMA.”

Some of the feedback fans had for the three-man team at UFC 208 was that Anik wasn’t as active on the microphone as he usually is on other UFC broadcasts. Anik says the reason for him not having as much air time is, in part, because he wanted to give Rogan and Cormier the spotlight. But like most new changes, Anik also believes the three-man booth is a work in progress.

“I did have a sensitivity to Joe and Daniel, and I wanted to make sure, as any good play-by-play would want to do, that those two guys would shine,” Anik explained. “I said when I was going in [to UFC 208], that I was going to air on the side of not saying enough. If there was going to be any criticisms of me after this pay-per-view, it was going to be that I didn’t say enough. And I feel like in the Fight Pass prelims, I started to find my way a little bit and work my way in. But at the end of the day, dude, it’s just not about me, you know?

“It’s about Germaine de Randamie and Holly Holm. And Joe Rogan is brilliant and has such an infectious energy about him. If I take myself out of it, and I put myself in Joe Rogan’s shoes, to his right is the UFC light heavyweight champion of the world and an Olympic wrestler, and to his left is a broadcaster. So if he was leaning to DC early on, or I was letting them have their way, I think that a lot of fans rather hear those two guys.

“I know I heard from a lot of fans saying they wanted to hear more of me, and that’s certainly not a criticism that’s been levied at me in the past. I’m okay with it. I think UFC 209 will be a little bit better and I think it’s a work in progress, and what’s interesting is that we didn’t really have much to work with in these fights. There was one finish and there weren’t a lot of seminal moments to cap necessarily. So it’s a work in progress, but I think we’re happy to have that first one in the can.”

For now, the UFC’s plan is to continue to have a three-man booth for future UFC pay-per-view events. Former UFC bantamweight champion and FOX Sports 1 analyst Dominick Cruz will also participate, joining Anik and Rogan in this new broadcasting team format.

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UFC adds ESPN, WWE vet Todd Grisham to broadcast team

The UFC is bringing in a veteran TV reporter and host for its broadcast team.

ESPN and WWE veteran Todd Grisham has been hired by the promotion and will work on the studio desk and in the play-by-play role for fights, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting on Tuesday. Grisham’s debut will be on the desk at UFC on FOX 23 on Jan. 28 in Denver.

Sources said Grisham was not brought in to be a replacement for Mike Goldberg, the longtime UFC play-by-play man whose final event was UFC 207 on Dec. 30.

The UFC declined to comment on broadcast changes when asked by MMA Fighting.

Grisham, 40, had been with ESPN since 2011. Before that, the Alabama native was a WWE host and on-air personality for seven years. Grisham also works for Glory Kickboxing on UFC Fight Pass as an interviewer and play-by-play man.

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Bellator 166 Broadcast on Spike Draws 613,000 Viewers in Initial TV Ratings

Initial ratings are positive for Bellator 166, with preliminary Neilsen estimates pegging the Dec. 2 event at 613,000 average viewers, with 289,000 viewers in the 18-49 demographic.
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