Monday, May 19, 2008
Amazing news for MMA fans this evening as it turns out that the announcer that will be calling the broadcast television debut of the Sport on CBS is none other than Gus Johnson. From MMA Rated via Five Ounces Of Pain....
Officials from CBS and EliteXC held a press conference and autograph signing in Studio City, Calif. earlier this afternoon in anticipation of the first mixed martial arts event to be broadcast on live primetime television on Saturday, May 31.Johnson will be joined in the booth by Showtime announcer Mauro Ranallo and former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock for CBS' first broadcast two Saturdays from now. Gus has called many a Boxing match in his day, so this should be a great fit.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned from those attending the press conference that Gus Johnson has been announced as the lead play-by-play announcer for the historic event.
I'm not sure about the fighters themselves (because I'm not up on my Elite XC), but he gets a couple of stars in Kimbo Slice and American Gladiator Gina Carano (Crush), and a title bout as well.
CBS EliteXC Card For 5/31
Gus & Mauro: A Match Made In Heaven (MMA Rated)
Gus Johnson to call play-by-play during EliteXC: Primetime on CBS (Five Ounces Of Pain)
Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:53 PM