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Who Showtime almost hired for Elite XC

By Zach Arnold | November 20, 2007

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By Zach Arnold

In an interview with ESPN’s Bill Simmons, Gus Johnson (NFL on CBS & MSG sports announcer) revealed to Simmons (audio starts at the 29 minute mark) that he had/has aspirations to do play-by-play for MMA events. In fact, according to Johnson, he was scheduled to be the original play-by-play guy for Showtime on the Elite XC & Sho XC broadcasts (instead of Mauro Ranallo).

However, according to Johnson, the Saturday events conflicted with the scheduling for his regular Sunday afternoon NFL games. Johnson says that in the future that he would like to do play-by-play for both boxing and MMA events.

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7 Responses to “Who Showtime almost hired for Elite XC”

  1. Sheldon says:

    Gus Johnson is awesome. He’s one of the best March Madness guys that CBS has, it was a shame that he didn’t do more games last year. His enthusiasm and excitement would be a nice touch to an mma event.

  2. D.Capitated says:

    Johnson would be a huge upgrade assuming he understands the sport to some degree. A million times improved over Mauro.

  3. Gus Johnson would be great for the sport, IMO.

  4. Matthew Watt says:

    I am with the Sports Guy on this one, Love Gus Johnson.

  5. Jonathan says:

    I do not think that Mauro is that bad of a guy…he makes penis jokes about hot women.

  6. IceMuncher says:

    Just think, if he was hired there’d be no more “Yo yo yo, and away we go!”

  7. […] Ranallo is really taking comments from Gus Johnson’s interview with Bill Simmons to […]


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