WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross is making his way to the MMA scene and he’s got one hell of a partner coming with him. Ross will make his MMA commentating debut at BattleGrounds MMA 5 on October 3rd along side one of the sport’s most polarizing figures: Chael Sonnen.
Sonnen is no stranger to the broadcast booth and should be more than able to keep up with a far more experienced broadcast partner in Ross. Most recently, Sonnen was the co-host of Fox Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight” before being released from his contract with Fox after failing two drug tests prior to his scheduled UFC 175 bout with Wanderlei Silva.
Ross spoke to MMAFighting and voiced extreme excitement over this new stage in his career. “As a long time fan of MMA, to be asked to broadcast this grueling, Battle Ground MMA event on October 3 is amazingly exciting for me,” said Ross. “I’ve broadcast NFL and XFL games, Fox Sports boxing and sports entertainment for WWE, but MMA is a new adventure and one that I’m enormously excited in which to contribute. To launch this phase of my broadcasting career in my home state and with Chael Sonnen at cage side makes it an ideal opportunity and a bucket list experience.”
While Ross is no stranger to the broadcast booth, he may need to rely on Sonnen to explain the intricacies of the sport. Sonnen has been in the cage and will be able to convey what each fighter is going through and feeling inside the cage. Still, make no mistake about it, this will be Ross’ show come October 3rd.
BattleGrounds MMA 5 is headlined by a lightweight bout between UFC veteran Ryan Couture (8-3) and Jonny Carson (11-6). Also featured on the card is a one night, eight man tournament in the welterweight division. Among the competitors are UFC veterans Dennis Hallman (53-15-2), Brock Larson (37-8), Cody McKenzie (15-4), Roan Carneiro (17-9), Luigi Fioravanti (24-11), and David Mitchell (14-4). Rounding out the competitors are Chris Honeycutt (4-0) and Trey Houston (10-2).
BattleGrounds MMA 5 will be available on pay-per-view through all major cable and satellite providers. A price for the event has yet to be announced.