Bellator MMA and their new home network, Paramount, have parted ways with longtime commentator Jimmy Smith.
Smith has been with the mixed martial arts organization for nine years and it seems that the parting of ways was mutual. Spike TV, the home of Bellator MMA will be rebranded with a name change to Paramount Network and will launch January 18, 2018.
Statements from both Jimmy Smith and Bellator below.
“Jimmy is one of the finest combat sports announcers of our time,” the press release read. “He has played an integral role in the growth of Bellator as it has evolved into the successful global franchise it is today.”
“I am very grateful to the entire Bellator organization and fans for an amazing and unforgettable nine years,” Smith stated. “As I move on to the next phase in my career, I want to wish all of the fighters, producers, and Bellator staff the absolute best.”