In a rather surprising move, UFC has announced that they have hired Todd Grisham to join their broadcasting team. Management has been looking to add more talented commentators in the wake of the departure of Mike Goldberg, their longtime play by play commentator.
The promotion was expected to make several changes once it was sold for a record breaking $4 billion.
It will be interesting to see the details of the contract that Grisham signed with UFC. Longtime color commentator Joe Rogan recently restructured his contract, where he will only be broadcasting pay per view events that take place in North America. Ultimate Fighting Championship has been trying to expand globally and has done a couple of shows down in Brazil. Management is going to need to find someone to replace Rogan when they go abroad.
Initially, Grisham is going to be handed a smaller role, where he will be calling shows that air exclusively on Fox Sports 1. If he does well there, then he has a very good chance at taking over the commentating booth at certain pay per view events.
There is a Fight Night card taking place in Phoenix on January 15th. The belief is that Grisham will be making his debt for UFC that evening. There are also reports floating around that the 4o year old only signed a short term deal with the promotion. Some are saying that he is only locked in for four events, with the option of expanding that deal.
Before the hiring of Grisham was made official, Dana White told the media that he has been wanting the former WWE commentator for years now. Though he has been critical of the professional wrestling industry, White does have a good relationship with Vince McMahon. He admires the World Wrestling Entertainment executive as an entertainer and promoter. White was probably made aware of Grisham while he was still working for McMahon.Categories: News, Tidbits