Former WWE Announcer Signs With UFC

grishamAfter much speculation, the UFC has finally added a new member to their announce team … and nobody saw it coming. It was recently reported that UFC 207 would be the final appearance for the “voice of the UFC” Mike Goldberg. Dana White stated in an interview that he had been looking to make a change for years, so the move may not be as sudden as it appears. But who would be the man to take his place? Todd Grisham made waves via Twitter this afternoon when he changed his handle to @GrishimaMMA and added UFC to his bio. That’s right former WWE and ESPN anchor Todd Grisham is set be the new voice of the UFC.

Immediate rumors named Jim Rome as the man to be handed the coveted microphone. This seemed to be a bit random. Sure Dana White was a frequent guest on the Jim Rome Show, but it seemed like a long shot that the Rome would leave his comfy CBS-syndicated deal to start traveling the globe with the UFC.

Rome wasn’t the only man rumored to be taking the chair. Jim Ross was another name linked to the position. It’s been well known that Ross has tried to make his jump to the UFC, he has even had meetings with the UFC President in years past, although the two never really came close to coming to terms. Ross eventually transition to calling boxing bouts, and jumping back into pro wrestling with NJPW.

 

Well everyone’s focus was on big names, Todd Grisham quietly moved into position to take the UFC into the new era of MMA. Recently purchased for over $4 billion, the UFC has been making major transitions left and right. Out with the old and in with the new has been the motto. Grisham will get his UFC start right away as he is set to debut at UFC Fight Night Rodriguez vs Penn on January 15.

Grisham recently became the play-by-play man for Glory Kickboxing, which it appears he may continue to do. Formerly the play-by-play for the WWE in the past, Grisham was also ESPN’s go-to reporter (along with Brett Okamoto) for combat sports. Dana White initially said his plan for a new play-by-play announcer would debut by the summer. It appears the plan is to get Grisham going immediately with the UFC’s smaller Fight Pass events, and to join Joe Rogan later this year

UPDATE: It is being reported, that Grisham is not Goldberg’s official replacement, so there should be another big signing (or internal move) to come. Check back to HitTheRopesRadio for additional details.

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