I guess CBS’s opinion is that you can never have too many people in the broadcast booth, because they’re now up to four peeps:
Frank Shamrock, a five-time Ultimate Fighting champion and perhaps the biggest name in the sport, will serve as an analyst and color commentator for the inaugural “CBS Elitexc Saturday Night Fights.”
The telecast will be anchored by CBS veteran play-by-play man Gus Johnson, a practicing martial artist and mainstay for the network’s college basketball, NBA and NFL games. He’ll be joined by Mauro Ranallo, who hosts Showtime’s mixed martial arts programming, and Showtime boxing reporter Karyn Bryant.
While I’m certainly happy that Bill Goldberg is nowhere to be seen on this list, I’m kinda surprised that they opted to ditch Stephen Quadros but keep Mauro Ranallo. They’re now pretty heavy on color commentary and flappy heads (which is what I call the guys who are just there to sell the company lines and put over the sponsors) but light on guys who have solid play by play experience.