Bellator MMA has announced today that veteran MMA referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy will be part of their broadcast team. Big Jonh will make his debut as a color commentator at Bellator 192 on January 20. This will also be Bellator’s debut on Paramount Network. Bellator believes that the referee will:
“provide a unique level of first-hand insight to the plethora of original content”
Bellator also confirmed that Chael Sonnen has extended his contract with the promotion. He will remain a commentator for some broadcasts.
Bellow, you can see an excerpt of Bellator’s statement:
“With the addition of ‘Big’ John to our broadcast team, we have put together the premier group of MMA commentators ahead of our Jan. 20 debut on the Paramount Network,” Bellator President Scott Coker said.
“With John and Chael providing analysis, you’re getting two people who have spent more time in the cage than they have spent with a headset on, and that will translate to a positive viewing experience for Bellator fans.”
“I first want to say how grateful I am for the opportunity I have been given to work with the incredible team Bellator has assembled. It is always so hard to leave something you love, but I have always wanted to step away based on my terms rather than someone else’s. My goals are to work as hard as I can to meet the expectations everyone will have for me and to hopefully someday exceed them.” McCarthy said.
“I cannot think of anyone I would rather be working with than Scott Coker. Scott has always been a person I admire because of his honesty, loyalty and love for the martial arts. I want to thank everyone from Bellator and Viacom for the trust you are bestowing upon me to keep the commentating of Bellator MMA at the highest levels of the sport.”
Bellator 192 takes place in Inglewood, California on Saturday, January 20, 2018.
The prelims will start at 6:00 pm EST with the main card airing on Paramount Network around 8:00 PM EST. We will see the much anticipated welterweight title defense where Rory MacDonald will go against the champion Douglas Lima. Meanwhile, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will face Chael Sonnen in the quarterfinals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix.