Popular colour commentator, Jimmy Smith, has parted ways with Bellator.
Smith first started commentating at Bellator events nine years ago and has been an ever present beside several co-commentators such as Sean Wheelock and Sean Grande as well as the current commentators Mauro Ranallo and Mike Goldberg.
In a statement Bellator said, “After a long and successful relationship, Jimmy Smith and Bellator have mutually agreed to part ways. Jimmy is one of the finest combat sports announcers of our time. He has played an integral role in the growth of Bellator as it has evolved into the successful global franchise it is today. The Paramount Network sports production team and Bellator MMA would like to thank Jimmy for his great work behind the mic over the years and wish him all the best in the future.”
Smith said, “I am very grateful to the entire Bellator organisation and fans for an amazing and unforgettable nine years. As I move on to the next phase in my career, I want to wish all of the fighters, producers, and Bellator staff the absolute best.”
It’s expected that current Bellator star, Chael Sonnen, will become more frequent behind the mic and also expect former UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir, to do some commentary; a role he does with ACB.