Affliction MMA today made the broadcast team official for its debut show, "Banned," which will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on July 19.
And the veteran voice of mixed martial arts Mauro Ranallo -– who was believed to be part of the ensemble -– will not call the fights for the upstart promotion.
In fact, according to press release issued just this morning, "television sports reporter and announcer, Jay Glazer, will handle blow-by-blow action" for the pay-per-view (PPV) and Fox Sports Net (FSN) telecasts.
Glazer will be shoulder-to-shoulder in the booth with color commentators, Frank Trigg and "Big" John McCarthy. This won’t be the first time Glazer and Trigg have teamed up -– the pair hosted the Pride FC special programs that often aired on FSN.
Affliction: ‘Banned’ will begin at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) on FSN in the United States and The Fight Network in Canada. The broadcast will run for one hour on those networks, featuring two bouts (Aleksander Emelianenko vs.Paul Buentello and Vitor Belfort vs. Terry Martin) before moving directly to PPV.
The main card on PPV will showcase the inaugural WAMMA heavyweight championship fight between Fedor Emelianenko (27-1) and Tim "The Main-iac" Sylvia (24-4) in the main event, as well as several other marquee match ups that include Josh Barnett, Andrei Arlovski, Ben Rothwell, Renato "Babalu" Sobral and others.
To check out the latest Affliction card for "Banned" click here.