UFC Signs Veteran ESPN/WWE Broadcaster
The worlds of mixed martial arts and professional wrestling have crossed over once again as it was recently reported by multiple sources that Todd Grisham (formerly of ESPN and the WWE) has been hired by the UFC.
Grisham worked with the WWE from 2004-11 as a backstage interviewer and commentator before joining ESPN as host of ESPN2’s MMA Live until it also ended in 2011. He was a presenter on SportCenter through 2015, later resuming his backstage role in combat sports with Glory Kickboxing when he debuted at Glory 30.
The UFC have declined to comment, but MMAFighting.com initially reported that Grisham would not be replacing play-by-play lead Mike Goldberg, who left the company after UFC 207 on December 30. Grisham will be filling a play-by-play role, however. This will be in addition to working the studio desk for the UFC, a job he begins on January 15 at UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Penn.
Todd Grisham @GrishamMMA Just changed my twitter handle to @GrishamMMA. 2017 is going to be a great year! It is still unknown who will replace Goldberg at this time.
The newest addition to the broadcast team also confirmed on Twitter that he would remain with Glory Kickboxing as an interviewer/commentator as well. Glory events are available on the UFC Fight Pass video streaming service.
Todd Grisham @GrishamMMA Absolutely. Love @GLORY_WS !!!! UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Penn takes place from Phoenix, Arizona’s Talking Stick Resort Arena and begins at 9 p.m. CST on FS1.