You may know him from interviewing professional wrestlers in the WWE or perhaps providing commentary for Glory Kickboxing, or more recently as a presenter for ESPN. But from next week Todd Grisham will be the new face of the UFC.
Following a tweet yesterday where he changed his twitter handle to @GrishamMMA, the US broadcaster changed his bio to include the following, “From WWE to ESPN to Glory/UFC… with love. Former SportsCenter Anchor, current Glory Kickboxing/UFC/Boxing Announcer”.
During his time at ESPN, Grisham hosted ‘MMA Live’, following in the footsteps of Jon Anik. And history is repeating itself as he too joins the Octagon’s play-by-play team. He is also still an active member of the Glory broadcasts providing play-by-play commentary as well as in ring interviews with fighters.
His first UFC gig will be at UFC Fight Night 103, headlined by Yair Rodriguez vs. BJ Penn, in Phoenix, Arizona on January 15th.
Grisham’s appointment follows the departure of leading play-by-play announcer Mike Goldberg, who recorded his last broadcast at UFC 207 last weekend. ‘Goldie’ leaves the promotion after 19 years service.
The UFC has yet to make any formal announcement of Grisham’s role but there have been rumblings denying he is Goldberg’s long term replacement or part of a reshuffle that will include further additions to the UFC’s commentary team in the future.