Many fans were excited to hear that the familiar voices of Mike Goldberg and Mauro Ranallo will be returning to mixed martial arts broadcasts as Bellator announced the signing of the two MMA broadcasting pioneers on Tuesday.
“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 the statement released on Tuesday. “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.”
Joe Rogan, who was the longtime broadcast partner with Goldberg for the UFC sent out his congratulations to his close friend for picking up his new gig. Goldberg was thankful for all the warm reactions he got from fans and members of the MMA community.
Goldberg put a few posts out on his social media channels stating his excitement and thanks.
Goldberg: Can’t tell you how excited I am to join the Bellator family! I’m so energized by you great fans!
Can't tell you how excited I am to join the Bellator family! I'm so energized by you great fans!… https://t.co/dWJfMEhmzD
— Mike Goldberg (@GoldieOnTV) June 13, 2017
Goldberg: Equally as fired up after talking to @jimmysmithmma just 11 days to #BellatorNYC HERE WE GO!!!!
Equally as fired up after talking to @jimmysmithmma just 11 days to #BellatorNYC HERE WE GO!!!! https://t.co/e6bjuSHOGO
— Mike Goldberg (@GoldieOnTV) June 14, 2017
Goldberg: Thank you @joerogan my friend forever! Miss you too powerful partner! #headtap!
Goldberg: Overwhelmed and humbled by all the amazing support today, going live on FB tomorrow, details to follow #bellatornyc #herewego
What are your thoughts on Mike Goldberg and Mauro Ranallo joining the Bellator MMA broadcast team? Will the new owners of the UFC regret letting Goldberg go as it is obvious he has gained a ton of fans throughout his lengthy career with the UFC? Let’s get your take on the pickup by Bellator and discuss this one in the comment section!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/14/2017.