Jimmy Smith Signs Deal With UFC
Following his release from Bellator, veteran color commentator Jimmy Smith didn’t spend much time unemployed.
Smith, who spent his entire broadcast career in Bellator, has signed on to join the UFC broadcast team, the company announced on Friday. The move comes just two weeks after Smith and Bellator announced that they had mutually parted ways.
“I am honored to join the world’s premier combat sports brand in 2018,” Smith stated. “It is a privilege to call fights for a living and I can’t wait to join the tremendous UFC broadcast team to call the best fights in the world. To the UFC fans, I am thrilled to join you for this wild ride. See you all very soon!”
In Friday’s press release, the UFC stated that Smith would be a part of UFC broadcasts for FOX and pay-per-view events, as well as taking part in the company’s pre-fight programming.
According to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, Smith’s first assignment will be for FS1’s UFC 220 coverage,
“We’re very excited to have Jimmy Smith join the UFC production team and look forward to working him into a variety of different on-air talent roles,” said UFC vice-president Craig Borsari.
“Jimmy’s extensive experience in mixed martial arts gives him a unique voice and great insight to breakdown the intricacies of our sport. We are excited to welcome him to the family.”