Bellator have made a big change heading into the new year as they’ve just announced that they’ve parted ways with their long-time color commentator Jimmy Smith.
An official reason for the decision wasn’t given, but it’s since been reported by MMAfighting.com’s Ariel Helwani that Smith’s current deal with the promotion had come to an end and the two parties had failed to reach an agreement.
“I am very grateful to the entire Bellator organization and fans for an amazing and unforgettable nine years,” Smith said in a press release. “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.”
Despite his depature, Bellator were also keen to acknowledge Smith’s contribution to the organization over the years.
“Jimmy is one of the finest combat sports announcers of our time,” Bellator’s statement reads. “He has played an integral role in the growth of Bellator as it has evolved into the successful global franchise it is today.”
It will be intriguing to see what happens to Smith now, with there already being indications that the UFC are potentially interested in bringing Smith on-board, though a deal hasn’t been reached yet.