MMA Odds and Ends for Wednesday: Bellator signs commentators Mike Goldberg and Mauro Ranallo

Bellator announced in a press release Tuesday that the California-based promotion has signed longtime UFC commentator Mike Goldberg and former Strikeforce/PRIDE commentator Mauro Ranallo to multi-event broadcast agreements. They will join Jimmy Smith, Jenn Brown and Chael Sonnen in the broadcast booth. The duo will officially join the promotion next Saturday (June 24, 2017) for Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva and Bellator 180: Davis vs. Bader.

Goldberg’s UFC contract was not renewed at the end of 2016, and he will return to Spike TV airwaves for the first time since 2011. Ranallo reunites with Scott Coker for the first time since 2013, when he was a commentator for the now-defunct Strikeforce promotion. No update yet on how the pair of commentators will be used next weekend on the broadcast. 

UFC featherweight Arnold Allen given 5-months suspended sentence for Christmas brawl

Per, the UFC’s Arnold Allen was involved in an incident at a Christmas party December 23rd-24th at a venue near Suffolk, England. The 23-year-old reportedly tried to protect his girlfriend, who was involved in a brawl, before he “essentially ran amok.” according to the report. As a result, the former Cage Warriors standout was given a five-month prison term, ordered to pay $4,200 (£3,250) to his victums, must perform 150 hours of community service and subject to one month of home curfew.

Allen (12-1) improved to 3-0 in the UFC after defeating Makwan Amirkhani at UFC Fight Night 107 in London this past March. This conviction could impact Allen’s fight career going forward due to travel restrictions in both competition and training camp, as he sometimes travels to train at Tristar Gym in Canada. Stay tuned to as more updates become available.

Written by James Lynch

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