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Former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock will serve as one of the color commentators during the television broadcast of Elite Xtreme Combat’s “Primetime” event on May 31st, which will become the first mixed martial arts show to air live on network TV. (CBS)
The news comes from Sherdog.com, which reports that CBS and EliteXC are expected to make the announcement this morning at a news conference held at the network’s studios in Los Angeles.
Gus Johnson, mostly known for his work during the NCAA Tournament and as the radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s New York Knicks, will serve as the play-by-play broadcaster.
Mauro Ranallo, who has done play-by-play for every EliteXC broadcast since the promotion’s first show in February of last year, will work as a color commentator alongside Shamrock.
Coming off a highly successful, well-received debut on July 27, Showtime Networks Inc. and Mixed Martial Arts organization EliteXC are proud to announce the second installment of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series live on Showtime Saturday, Aug. 25, at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) at Vicksburg Convention Center in Vicksburg, Miss.
The cage main event will feature two of the most talented, colorful and charismatic fighters in MMA, the unpredictable “Krazy Horse” Charles Bennett (18-3-2) of Ocala, Fla., and Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela (5-2-2) of Covina, Calif. in perhaps the most eagerly awaited grudge rematch in MMA history.
There is no love lost between “Krazy Horse” and “Joe Boxer,’’ who fought to a controversial, hotly disputed draw on Aug. 5, 2005. The two-round fight ended with “Krazy Horse” unconscious and flat on his back. The grudge rematch is slated for three, 5-minute sessions, as are all the televised fights.
“These fighters have been stewing to get at each other for two years,” said Gary Shaw, EliteXC Live Events President. “When their scheduled June 22 bout was postponed due to extenuating circumstances, the anticipation only grew larger. Both men guarantee that the bout will not go the distance, and I guarantee it will be a match you won’t want to miss.”
MMA fans eat your hearts out! Finally someone has stepped up to the plate and exposed one of the most hated “personalities” in MMA, Jerry Millen. Jerry Millen recently took part in an interview with CBS and former PRIDE announcer Bas Rutten decided enough was enough so he made a post revealing the dirt on Jerry Millen.
Bas kicked off the post by letting fans know that Millen’s name is actually Gary but he goes by the name Jerry because it is “cool”.
First of all, everything is fake about this guy, his name is Gary Millen, not Jerry, he doesn’t think Gary sounds cool so Jerry was the name, ask for his drivers licence. About his appearance I have some comments too, but that’s for later, I have way more on him.
He went on to say Millen knew nothing about MMA and he faked it in his video tape he submitted to PRIDE when applying for a job.
He got his job by faking that he knew the MMA game, his friend, who knows MMA, would tell him through a microphone (he was wearing a headset) what he would have to say when watching a tape of MMA. That tape he send to the Pride people, they believed he could do it and they took him in.
Millen began to piss off Rutten and Quadros when he’d cut out segments and fights to show a ring girls and entire entrances. Millen didn’t want PRIDE to have any unique segments rather he wanted them to be more like boxing.
He cut out the funny skits that we use to do at the opening of the show, he wanted to make it more look like boxing. I told him that EVERY organization in the world already did that and that people enjoyed the stuff we did before because we did something fresh and new, they NEVER complained before about the editing, they did now. But no, he wanted to make it look like all other organizations.
So that was out and he started to cut the shows together. The complains were like that he cut out fights in order to show some ring girl. Or he showed the entire walk through to the ring but than cut the fights? This didn’t make sense, we are watching fights, but he cuts the fights?
Gary “Jerry” Millen was given too much power by the PRIDE brass and that was when he began to throw his worthless weight around.
They acknowledged that they gave Jerry, and these are there words: “Too much power”, I also told them how he REALLY got his job in Pride and what he did more for lies, but … they believed in second chances and they wanted to give him another shot?! After all the things I told them, they still wanted to give him a second chance?!
Millen was worthless behind the scenes and PRIDE’s business sense in general ruined the relationships with Rutten, Quadros and Ranallo.
First to leave was Quadros…
He went out with me and Stephen Quadros the first night, we went to see some Pancrase fights. I realized that he didn’t like Stephen at all, don’t know why. He would ask me what I wanted to drink, and while Stephen was standing next to me, he wouldn’t ask him anything and gave me only a drink. I asked Stephen afterwards if he did something to piss him off, Stephen had no clue. But I knew that there was something going on.
Next thing I is that they fired Stephen a show later.
Now I guess that Jerry now needed a new victim that he could push around, and Mauro Ranallo was that victim, why? Again, I have no clue, but he started to mess with him. I believe because he saw that Mauro was unbelievably talented and maybe he was jealous?
Followed by Rutten…
Anyway, this stress and the fact that Pride never gave me a raise after even 6 years of working for them started to bother me. They tell everybody that I am “the face of Pride”, but they do anything to make it easier on me.
Please understand this, I flew at least 11 times a year to Japan, that’s 77 days gone from home, coming home with a jet lag and than still have to leave the house to do seminars and other stuff because they didn’t pay me enough to live form that. So it became really hard on the family for me and together with the stress from Jerry Millen I though, “I don’t need and deserve this, I am out.” Everybody remembers the “I quit” letter on my website? And after that the President came to talk to me and I told the people that I was back again, remember that? Than they started to do other stuff and that’s where I announced that I this time REALLY quit. And now Millen says that HE did that?
Finally the last victim of the broadcast booth, Mauro Ranallo.
Than when Jerry came to tell Mauro that there was something going down and that he probably was going to be the US representative of Pride, (so this time he took the job from the Japanese people, remember, these were the people that gave him a second chance!!) and he took their place, I guess he did a lot of talking to Mr. Sakikabara and Mr. Sakikabara believed him! They got fired and he got the job. Mauro called me from Japan! And he told me that if THAT was going to happen, he would quit, he would NEVER work under Gary Millen he said. They announced it, and Mauro quit.
Millen displayed his wealth of knowledge while sitting ringside when he’d ask Bas what a kimura was…
He also started to “second guess” Mauro, if Mauro would say “Wow, nice kimura attempted there!!”, he would use his microphone and ask me, (Mauro and I BOTH could hear this, NOT the people at home), “Is that a kimura Bas?”
Bas Rutten, I’d like to take this time to salute you for exposing Gary Millen. It was only a matter of time and who better then El Guapo. Props to Gary Millen, looks like you have done some great stuff for PRIDE.
It has been announced that Mauro Ranallo and Jay Glazer will join the broadcast team for the upcoming EliteXC show on Showtime.
Originally it was announced that former WWE star Bill Goldberg and Mario Lopez would be in charge of the announcing duties. Luckily for MMA fans, Showtime and EliteXC has added some legit announcing with the additions of Glazer and Ranallo.
Mauro Ranallo will be in charge of the play-by-play duties while Goldberg and Glazer provide the color commentary. Mario Lopez will serve as a “roving reporter”.
I’m happy to see Showtime has added some legit talent in the broadcast booth. When I first heard that Bill Goldberg and Mario Lopez would be the announcers I figured the organization was destined for failure. Goldberg was absolutely horrid when he did the color commentary on the WFA: King of the Streets show.
It has been announced that former PRIDE play-by-play announcer Mauro Ranallo has been signed to commentate for the newly formed Hardcore Championship Fighting.
“I have worked with Mauro for the past 8 years. Having him head up our broadcast team guarantees our spot amongst the world’s elite productions,” said HCF CEO Keith Crawford. “There really isn’t anything he can’t do when it comes to announcing.”
It has been a busy year for Ranallo. In August he signed with ‘The Fight Network’ and he will be the network’s lead news anchor for a Sportscenter-type of show which will start later this year. Then in early November it was announced that Ranallo resigned from Pride Fighting Championships due to difficulties he had with the American producer, Jerry Millen.
Mauro Ranallo has stepped down from his post as the play-by-play commentator for PRIDE Fighting Championships. Ranallo joined the PRIDE broadcast team back in October of 2003 and he informed the promotion of his resignation just prior to his final event this past Sunday at PRIDE Bushido 13.
“I felt it was an untenable environment to work in. It was commonly known since day one that I’ve had difficulties with the American producer, Jerry Millen,” said Ranallo today.
“Apart from Millen, I loved working with all of my colleagues at PRIDE, especially the Japanese staff,” says Ranallo. “They treated me very well, but I think my future as a broadcaster lies elsewhere.”
Former PRIDE play-by-play announcer Mauro Ranallo will join The Fight Network this September. Ranallo will be the network’s lead news anchor for a Sportscenter-type of show starting later this year.