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Mauro Renallo has gone off the deep end

After every EliteXC show comes the standard complaints: it’s trashy as fuck, and the hip hop has to go. I’m gonna mix things up a bit though this time, and concentrate on someone who’s gone from being pretty decent to downright obnoxious: Mauro Renallo.

I know most of you guys remember the Mauro from the Pride days. Back then he was obviously kept on a much tighter leash with the fear that he’d be sent back to announcing backwood Canadian pro wrestling shows if he fucked up. Now though, the dude is pushing the limits like someone who’s got enough jobs lined up to not give a shit. This can be good sometimes, such as at K1 Dynamite where he actually ripped into a lot of the stupid stuff going on. But on the whole he’s basically been allowed to devolve into a retarded pun-spewing gimmick announcer, worse than the guys they have running the booth at the WWE.

I’m not the only one who thinks Mauro’s gone off the deep end. Check out what Bill Thompson from Total MMA thinks:

Another big complaint, and one that I share, is the announcing. MMA companies as whole don’t have much to offer in the way of announcers. Bodog for its first couple of seasons had some very good announcing and the WEC has Frank Mir doing a tremendous job in the booth. Outside of those examples MMA is filled with bad announcing, and EXC is possibly the worst of the lot. Mauro Renallo spends the entire broadcast unleashing hyperbolic statement after hyperbolic statement and sounds like a fool while doing so. He never sounds like he knows what he is talking about and that is because he usually doesn’t. Stephen Quadros has taken his “Fight Professor” gimmick as far as it will take him. People don’t buy into his act anymore, because with each passing show he comes across as more and more incompetent. He contradicts himself on a minute by minute basis and does a terrible job of conveying what is taking place in the fight. That leaves us with Bill Goldberg, an announcer so bad that he makes me yearn for the days of Damon Perry in Pride.

And if you don’t believe him, Steve Cofield has taken the time to write out some of the dumber shit Renallo spouted off during the broadcast. And he actually missed quite a few of the most groan-worthy:

  • “Kimbo is ready to prove he belongs among the elite. Miami is a land of hopes realized, where dreams come true.”
  • “Tank Abbott is more public enemy than Flavor Flav.”
  • “Tank is looking to rain on Kimbo Slice’s Sunshine State parade.”
  • “The Bank United Center is shaking down to its foundation. This is the type of tension you can’t cut with a knife. You need a blowtorch. It is absolutely volcanic.”
  • “Kimbo calls himself a bear, a lion-he’s out to prove he has more game than a wildlife preserve.”
  • “There have been many critics of Kimbo Slice coming into mixed martial arts. I think those critics have been silenced by the sea of humanity here.”
  • “Tonight here in Miami, Kimbo Slice proves he’s the big man on campus.”
  • “Kimbo Slice legitimizes himself as a mixed martial artist. Watch out heavyweight division.”
  • Fightlinker Jackal says:

    Bas Rutten always put Mauro in place… now he’s just out of control.

  • Accomando says:

    “…This is the type of tension you can’t cut with a knife. You need a blowtorch. It is absolutely volcanic…”

    Aghh, ha, ha, ha…

    Mauro is rivaling the great Goldy with this insanity, I think its good for the sport.

  • Atom says:

    93 hours without a legitimate post

  • JackalAss says:

    You forget when one of the announcers actually stated that he seen Tank in the dressing rooms and said “He looks to be in good shape”

    What in the fuck is that? Was he wearing his fucking beer goggles again? If tank was in shape during the fight then call me anorexic.

    I hate Mauro as a human being and an announcer more than anyone. He’s a little bitch…Just look up Mauro interviewing Cro-Cop in pride and you’ll see what im talking about.

    He reminds me of one of those wal-mart greeters…you don’t give a fuck what they have to say when you walk into the store. You just wanna get your shit and get out. Thats how I feel…I wanna watch a good fight and then go rub one out afterwards.

  • Si says:

    “Tank Abbott is more public enemy than Flavor Flav”

    That’s so fucking ghastly, it verges on beautiful.

  • igorpunck says:

    Hey, don’t forget his wonderful comment on Gina Carano fight, the infamous “i would touch that with a 25 centimeter pole”

  • MacDaddy says:

    I liked Frank Trigg’s Pride commentating (certainly a lot more than his horrible blog and even horribler radio show), he knows his shit, he’s an unapologetic, opinionated dickhead and he doesn’t sound like an AM radio morning drive promo throw. He would be a good call for EliteXC. Bas is boss, too, he’s got that goofy Dutch accent and the in fight onomatapeia:

    “He shoods in for de tagedown… AND BOOOOONNG!!! IT’S A KNEE TO DA HEAD!!! BOW!! AND A HOO-K!!! JA he really rung ‘is bell ride dere. He just said ‘NOD TODAY MEESTER!!’…”

  • frickshun says:

    Whenever I think of MMA crowds, I always think “sea of humanity”. Or maybe that’s “den of iniquity”?

  • Captain says:

    Somehow Mauro went beyond terrible Saturday night. Way worse than Goldie and also worse than Bill Goldberg (who seemed less douchey in his interviews).

    I feel like there was another retarded analogy that had me rollin that’s not listed above. Fuck, I might have to go back and watch that terribleness.

  • adc says:

    Not to mention that he stated that Ricco Rodriguez is a top hw “up there with Minotauro Nogueira and Frank Mir”.

  • Pontus says:

    Mauro knew that if he goofed around in Pride they would send crocop after him.

  • kentyman says:

    “Hands. Of Steel. Personified!”

    “Scott Smith hit Kyle Noke so hard he rearranged his DNA!”

  • igorpunck says:

    UFC Fight Night 13 Will Be a Three-Hour Broadcast
    MMA Junkie

  • Dangerfield says:

    Your just jealous of Mauro.

  • Mike_N says:

    Thompson mentioned Mir, but what’s stood out about the WEC announcing (for me, at least) has been Mir and Todd Harris, the play-by-play guy. Harris–a college football guy by trade–doesn’t try and fill in the space with inane commentary or remarks, generally stays away from cliches, and gives Mir more than enough room to expound on all of the finer technical points. Maybe that’s the key: hiring guys who admittedly don’t know enough to be dangerous about what they’re calling and telling them to shut up and let the analysts talk when they get confused.

  • kentyman says:

    Like Jake?

  • MJC_123 says:

    I think its time to call Mirko back in to scare the shit out of him. He talks absolute friggin pipe now-a-days.

  • garth says:

    Seriously, 3-hour broadcast UFN

    flink FTW

  • garth says:

    My gf was forced to watch the EliteXC show with me and she got tired of me bitching about the announcers. “Just mute it!”
    “But then I won’t know how stupid the shit they’re saying is…”


  • Santino says:

    “Bas Rutten always put Mauro in place… now he’s just
    out of control.”
    It wasn’t Bas it was Jerry Millen. That was one of Bas’ criticisms of Millen, that he would constantly make Mauro “turn it down” and not use “big words”

  • Atom says:

    mma fans no smart enuf to get more-O talk?

  • MMA insider says:

    This guy is HORRIBLE! He was fired from PRIDE by Jerry Millen for exactly the same reasons. Millen has stated the he’s totally unprofessional and that he had to edit the hell out of him. Hopefully Showtime will smarten up and replace this idiot:)

  • dualdiagnosis says:

    I have to disagree, a mma fight promotion/event featuring “Tank” Abbott and Kimbo Slice without that cartoon rap by Mauro would be a sad, depressing affair.

    You could not have asked for a better fit. It was beautiful, it was horrifying and surreal. It was like a laugh line in a slasher flick, the crowd was as jazzed up as an Obama crowd going nuts watching Hillary run from offstage and jump on Barack for a throwdown.

    Next up for Mauro should be a tag team fight of Butterbean and Bob Sapp vs Kimbo and Genki Sudo.

  • pauli says:

    what i found even worse than mauro on his own were the flat out uncomfortably bad and unprofessional ricco jokes that stephen was attempting, with the other two eventually joining in.

    that’s what the INTERNETS are for, not the guys doing play by play, for god’s sake.

  • natureboy says:

    Mauro isn’t as good as he was in Pride because he can’t take steroids.

  • 23 dualdiagnosis

    finally someone gets it right….. It’s Kimbo vs Tank, I’m not expecting Howard Freaking Cosell on play by play. With the freak show type cards EXC is putting on (Kimbo, anything with Frank Shamrock) Mauro is just trying to match the level of absurdity on the mike that we are seeing in the cage…..

  • blackstar says:

    Mauro enhances the fights! There has been times (most of the time) you’d swear Rogan and Goldberg were at a grade 3 spelling B. Mauro obvioulsy loves the fights and is trying to relay the message with his calls. So don’t be a bunch of idiots, it is entertainment and he is trying to entertain.

  • Hattori Hanzo says:

    Mr. ten cm pole is getting worst with every show. Honstly would rather have Goldberg from UFC

  • blackstar says:

    Are you guys serious! Having Mauro makes the show more interesting. Goldberg: Coming up next! Travis Lutter is like the Michael Jordan of BJJ! Seriously! At the very least Ranallo does his homework and it shows that he appreciates the sport of MMA. Elite XC is about the show and he is adding to the SHOW!

  • blackstar says:

    Didn’t anyone follow pro wrestling as a kid?

  • cyphron says:

    I heart Mauro.

  • #1 jackal says:

    CRO COP- I half nought ben verwee hap pe with what you say about me in my lass fight.

    MAURO- Um, uh…..uh.. I am not for sure what you are talking about mirko, i have nothing but total respect for you and I would never say anything bad about a man your size ever. I am sorry Mirko with what ever I said or didnt say about you but please Mirko for the love of god, dont hurt me.
    Wahh, Wahh tears…

  • Xavier says:

    Yeah, many of us followed pro-wrestling. Pro-wrestling is where carny fucks like Mauro should be announcing.

    This shit is a sport, and that’s why guys like Mike Goldberg, Mir, Rogan are all very good announcers. They talk and treat it like a sport, not a fucking crapfest like EliteXC’s quasi-wrestling production style.

    I’ve only had Showtime for two EliteXC “events” and man that shit is fucking horrible.

  • Xavier
    This shit is a sport, and that’s why guys like Mike Goldberg, Mir, Rogan are all very good announcers. They talk and treat it like a sport,

    i must have missed the memo on that, i think it was drowned out by Rogan telling me tyson griffin has a badonk a donk and letting me know that Houston Alexander fights like someone was raping his mother. Goldberg and Rogan are clowns of the first order and are being treated like lepers by anyone that UFC is trying to set up another TV deal with (HBO, CBS). Goldeberg isn;t an announcer he is a shill and hype guy. Rogan is very insightful at times and ganja-fueled nuttiness at others.

  • pauli says:

    and urine fueled.

    don’t forget the urine.

  • Heydre says:

    Let’s just call the three:
    Asshat Backwards
    Fart Wrangler
    Mr. A2M

    Can’t PHUCKIN’ stand ’em…especially Goldterd. Egomaniacal loin splitter….

  • Heydre says:

    P.S. I like Rogan…tried not to but he won me over .

    P.I.S.S. If you think Rogan is a douche….check out his rants on Mencia……relentless he is

  • Big D D says:

    “which Tank will show up tonight…… sherman or septic”

    one of the best!

  • Captain says:

    Dude, I liked Mauro when he was with Pride but he was just bad that night. Regardless of what you think of Rogan or Goldie, there’s no way to justify Mauro’s retarded babbling on Saturday.

    Anyone listen to his response on the criticism? Zach Arnold posted a link to an mp3 of the response but I can’t mess with that shit at work.

  • Accomando says:

    “…Goldeberg isn;t an announcer he is a shill and hype guy…”

    You write that like it’s a bad thing.

  • P W says:

    I’m waiting for Fightlinker to provide me with a live play-by-play radio show. I’d even stop watching events live (not that I do, but if I did, I’d stop) if I just could sync them with a FL commentary mp3 after a day or two. Think about it FL…