Mike Goldberg now not below contract with Bellator MMA

After about three-and-a-half years with the promotion, Mike Goldberg will now not be part of Bellator MMA broadcasts.

Bellator MMA makes its Showtime debut tonight with Bellator 255, however don’t be alarmed if you happen to’re not greeted by a well-known voice to MMA followers — one who has been manning the play-by-play position for the higher a part of the final three-and-a-half years.

Per a report from the New York Put up, Mike Goldberg will now not be part of the Bellator MMA commentary workforce going ahead.

The transfer was confirmed by Bellator MMA CEO Scott Coker.

“Mike Goldberg isn’t going to be a part of the combo transferring ahead,” Coker instructed the Put up. “However I believe we had an important run with Mike, and the door’s all the time going to be open.”

Bellator 255 will be watched stay on FanSided right here.

Coker confirmed that coloration commentator and former longtime referee “Large” John McCarthy could be making the soar to Showtime, as is Josh Thomson, fellow coloration commentator and former fighter, and broadcaster Jenn Brown.

Mauro Ranallo will likely be transferring into the principle play-by-play duties for Bellator. Ranallo has sometimes offered play-by-play for Bellator in the identical span as Goldberg, and he’s been the voice of Showtime Boxing for numerous years now. Ranallo can also be a former play-by-play man for PRIDE.

Mike Goldberg, Bellator MMA half methods as Bellator makes transfer to Showtime beginning with Bellator 255

A number of Bellator fighters are additionally anticipated to supply announcer duties. The undefeated A.J. McKee will likely be available tonight. McKee will face the winner of tonight’s featherweight title combat between Patricio “Pitbull” Freire and Emmanuel Sanchez within the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix finals.

Coker moreover instructed the Put up that Bellator will likely be given a brand new presentation much like how different sports activities broadcasts are introduced on Showtime.

Goldberg joined Bellator in 2017, making his commentary debut that June within the Bellator 180 broadcast, moreover offering analyst desk responsibility that night time for the Bellator NYC pay-per-view.

Goldberg was the longtime play-by-play man for the UFC, making his debut at UFC Japan in December 1997. He’d be the principle individual in that place for the subsequent 19 years earlier than he and the UFC parted methods following UFC 207 in December 2016.

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