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Bellator MMA announced on Tuesday that Jay Glazer has joined its broadcast team and will make his debut for the company this Saturday for coverage of Bellator 192, which airs live on the rebranded Paramount Network, formerly Spike.
Bellator 192 will takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and features a welterweight title bout between champion Douglas Lima and challenger Rory MacDonald, as well as a Bellator heavyweight tournament quarterfinal between “Rampage” Quinton Jackson and Chael Sonnen.
Glazer previously served as a desk anchor on Ultimate Fighting Championship broadcasts, crossing over from his regular insider role for Fox’s National Football League coverage. In addition to being named Sports Illustrated’s 2007 “Media Person of the Year,” the 48-year-old is an MMA veteran himself, posting a 1-1 pro record under the Reality Fighting banner in 2003.
Glazer is also the owner of the Unbreakable Performance Center in West Hollywood and has garnered attention for training a slew of NFL standouts and celebrities, from Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews to Chris Pratt and Wiz Khalifa.
“I have always had a tremendous passion for MMA, where the relationships you develop are unlike any other sport,” Glazer said in a press release. “And I am very fortunate to be able to continue these relationships with an incredible organization like Bellator. I’ve been friends with [Bellator MMA CEO] Scott [Coker] for many years, and am ecstatic that he brought me into the Bellator family.”
Glazer’s main role with FOX as the network’s NFL Insider, appearing on pre- and post-game coverage throughout the regular season and playoffs. Glazer told MMAjunkie his duties with FOX’s NFL coverage are not changing, nor are any of his other non-MMA gigs.
Last year, Bellator added the UFC’s longtime play-by-play man Mike Goldberg, as well as preeminent combat sports voice Mauro Ranallo, to its broadcast roster.
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