UFC declines to re-sign veteran MMA analyst Jimmy Smith

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  1. Wild

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    MMA fans know Jimmy Smith as one of the longtime voices of Bellator MMA, working as that promotion’s cageside analyst until he parted ways at the end of 2017. The UFC didn’t take long to sign him up to be part of its commentary and studio rotation to begin 2018, but we won’t be hearing Smith on UFC shows in 2019.

    ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported news of Smith’s impending departure three weeks ago, and now that 2019 has arrived, Smith has confirmed the news himself on Twitter.

    “Now that the New Year has arrived I’m afraid I have to announce that the UFC has declined to re-sign me and my time with the promotion has come to an end,” Smith said. “I just want to thank everyone at the promotion who made me feel welcome and appreciate…


    UFC declines to re-sign veteran MMA analyst Jimmy Smith
     
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    That was fast.
     
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  3. ENOCK

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    Jimmy never should have left Bellator - He was becoming their voice for the organization while Bellator was signing big UFC names and building young talent while growing as an organization...

    Where does he go now?

    Does he try to go back to Bellator?
    Does Bellator even want him back now?
     
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  4. Giuseppe Morabito

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    Kind of weird as he was very good and wasn’t as cheesy as I thought he was in the bellator post fight cage interviews and any of his bellator work (which I don’t blame on him as he’s not a cheesy type guy)

    He fit well with the FUC and I found him to be very knowledgeable and informative and respectable......
     
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    I’m surprised they didn’t want to keep him around. I’ve always thought he is a solid commentator, and he seems to be generally well-liked. But UFC has let good folks go before, so...

    He’s like Rogan without TRT/HGH and stimulants like bulletproof coffee and alpha brain lol

    Wonder if he goes back to Bellator? Curious to see where he lands.
     
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    Who commentates One?
     
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    I don't get this decision at all

    Jimmy has been great!
     
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  8. Dat Pre-HollyHolm Ronda $

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    He's damn good and a breath of fresh air from Rogan

    How do you hire a guy like Todd Griesham who knows fuck all about MMA
    and sounds like a retard when commentating and then let Jimmy go?
     
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  9. Willthiswork

    Willthiswork I'd rather have 4 quarters than 100 pennies.

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    I vaguely remember him saying that Bellator lowballed him when he was negotiating with them at the end of his contract.

    He can go to work for the various other promotions or possibly end up working for ESPN directly. Lots of options and hopefully he lands in a great opportunity.
     
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    exactly this. Jimmy is a thinking-man's Rogan.
    I feel like Joe hasn't evolved enough to appeal to the range of fans, from casual to hardcore, that Jimmy does.
     
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    @Wild@Wild

    I think I brought it up awhile back....so not trying to harp, but...

    I hope y’all can get some more fighter Q/A threads going again someday. Those threads and videos were always fun. Outside of fighters, Q/A threads with dudes like Jimmy, or @CutmanMatt@CutmanMatt or @ErikMagraken@ErikMagraken would be cool and interesting too.

    Any plans to kick those up again in 2019?
     
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    Not sure, I haven’t been keeping up with One very well.
     
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    Yes, absolutely. Thinking about doing one with Tywan "Speedy" Claxton of Bellator in the near future. Really cool dude who I interact w/ on Twitter & I bet he would be down.
     
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    Different specialties, Jimmy was more of a rogan type educating on the action whereas Grisham was a “Goldie” type (I don’t know the technical terms for these guys)
    Grisham is to bring the non MMA crowd into the show
    Jimmy was really good with the ufc
     
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    Some lowbrows just love rogan screaming "oh he got rocked," every time a clean shot is landed.
     
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    Maybe they let him go cuz DC and Dominick will be taking over more

    Still makes no sense though cuz Rogan is leaving and Jimmy was perfect
    to take over for him
     
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    Didn’t they do this because bispin is looking for that role?
     
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    Why should we , makes very little to bring back a guy who was only here for like three months. Know I don’t have the figures or the tie to look it up but can we agree his contribution far underweigh the little impact he had on the ufc in Germany. Think about it we know joe Rohan and the like but no one knows jimmy. Not one of my friends or family. Bring in bisbing as planned and then we can talk. Until then let’s just wait and see because we don’t have all the information yet. So innocent until proven guiimy or it didn’t happen. Feel what I amean
     
  20. Willthiswork

    Willthiswork I'd rather have 4 quarters than 100 pennies.

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    I think they're doing their best to transition to more former fighters in the role. As much as we like Jimmy and realize how good he is, to the casual fan a guy like Bisping or DC/Cruz/etc is always going to be better because they saw them fight.
     
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    Michael "the voice" Schiavello
     
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    Goldie/Anik = Play-by-play announcer

    Rogan/Jimmy Smith/Fighters like Cormier/Felder/Cruz = Color commentator
     
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    He's a good guy. Got to meet him when he trained out of the same boxing gym I did in Bellflower.
    Slick on the ground, very friendly. He's had a few fights (6? 7?).
    Not sure why they would drop him, but they make no sense half the time.
     
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    Pretty funny as the UFC puts together a collection of dimwits and duds to rep their events and let a legit talent like Jimmy go.
     
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    Agreed haulport. Why keep the man. Let him go like ash did butterfry and let bisping bang the mike
     
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