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Mike Goldberg, Mauro Ranallo to split broadcasting duties for Bellator MSG show

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Last week, Bellator announced it had signed of a pair well-known voices in mixed martial arts in former Strikerforce play-by-play man Mauro Ranallo and longtime UFC commentator Mike Goldberg.

On Monday, the promotion clarified what each man’s role will be for Bellator’s historic first show at Madison Square Garden on June 24.

For the Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva main card, Ranallo will have the call alongside stalwart color commentator Jimmy Smith, while Goldberg will anchor the desk for the event.

Meanwhile, during the earlier portion of show — promotionally being called Bellator 180 — Goldberg and Smith will call the fights cageside, while Ranallo anchors the desk. Bellator 180 will air live on Spike at 8 p.m. ET, while the pay-per-view portion kicks off at 10 p.m. ET.

It was also announced that Jenn Brown will host Spike’s live pre-show, which will feature analysis from popular podcaster and former fighter Brendan Schaub and UFC/Bellator veteran Josh Thomson. Michael C. Williams will resume his role as the ring announcer for the event.

Bellator 180: Sonnen vs. Silva will pit Chael Sonnen against Wanderlei Silva in the main event, and feature a heavyweight between Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Mitrione. Also appearing on the main card will be a lightweight title fight between Michael Chandler and Brent Primus, as well as a light heavyweight title fight between Ryan Bader and Phil Davis.

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