When you ask MMA fans to give you their favorite play by play commentators (man/woman) you get a short but solid list with guys like Joe Rogan, Michael Schiavello, Pat Militech and of course Bas Rutten coming to mind. There is one voice that has been constant in MMA, boxing, kickboxing and New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV and that is Mauro Ranallo. Mauro has been in the game for almost 30 years and has worked with Showtime Boxing, Pride Fighting Championships and of course Strikeforce. Ranallo embarks on a new journey in 2016 as WWE has announced that he will be the voice of SmackDown when it heads to the USA Network. The “new voice of SmackDown” will debut on January 7th. Ranallo not ony brings a fresh perspective but knows his wrestling. I look forward to hearing him call matches on SmackDown.

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STAMFORD, Conn., December 14, 2015 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that veteran announcer Mauro Ranallo will be the new voice of SmackDown beginning Thursday, January 7 when the show moves to its new home on USA Network at 8 pm ET. Ranallo brings nearly 30 years of broadcasting experience, and is currently the play-by-play announcer for Championship Boxing on Showtime and former lead announcer for the Strikeforce MMA promotion.

Earlier this year, Ranallo called the international feed for the historic Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight. Ranallo is the only sports broadcaster to call every major combat sport on national television, including boxing, kickboxing and MMA, as well as helping to launch New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV.

“Joining WWE has always been a lifelong dream of mine,” said Ranallo. “I am thrilled to add my voice to the SmackDown broadcasts as the show moves to its new home on USA Network.”

With more than 800 original episodes, SmackDown is the second longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. television history, only behind Monday Night Raw®. Over the past 15 years, SmackDown has been broadcast from 170 different venues, in 148 cities, in seven different countries including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Iraq, Japan, Italy and Mexico. Now the exclusive cable home to WWE’s flagship programs, USA Network will air SmackDown every Thursday night beginning January 7. USA also airs Monday Night Raw live 52 weeks a year.

Prior to joining Showtime, Ranallo was the voice of the Pride Fighting Championships, and spent six years in Toronto where he hosted Canada’s first TV show dedicated to MMA while also hosting a daily combat sports radio show.

Ranallo lives in Los Angeles where he is a social advocate for mental health, an avid hiker and voice artist for commercials, books and film.

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