Mauro Ranallo has called some of the best combat sports events of all time, from PRIDE to the WWE to NJPW to Bellator MMA to various boxing events and beyond.
The voice of combat sports sent out a tweet a few weeks back for MMA promoters to contact him regarding commentary work for 2019, but Ranallo now says he hopes to re-sign with Bellator MMA next year.
“Tweeting at certain times is not always smart, as they say,” Ranallo said on The MMA Hour. “And I was frustrated that day by a lot of things going on internally and externally. I will say that I will continue to do MMA and I hope it will be with Bellator MMA and that we’re negotiating.”
Ranallo is still with Bellator MMA for the remainder of 2018 and will call the action next month at Bellator 213.
A reflective Ranallo admits that insecurities may have lead to the tweet coming out, but the color commentator still wants to prove that he is one of the best in the business.
“I was in an insecure feeling for me sort of feeling pattern,” Ranallo said. “It was everything going on in the business, and it’s all around us, and we see the proliferation and the growth of all the different channels that have combat sports. I guess I just wanted to send it out there for my own sake to prove to me that I can do it at the highest level and do it on a more regular basis.”
Up next for Ranallo is this Saturday Night’s Deontay Wilder versus Tyson Fury boxing match, which will air live on pay-per-view on December 1.