SUNDAY NEWS DIGEST 7/2: Dana White’s “Tuesday Night Contender” series experimenting with alternate SnoopCast (w/Hiscoe’s Analysis)

By Mike Hiscoe, MMATorch contributor

Dana White (photo credit Gary Vazquez © USA Today Sports)

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series will feature some fresh new fighters, but also new approach to fight commentary. UFC announced Friday that the series set to debut on UFC Fight Pass on July 11 will feature an “alternative” commentary stream with rapper Snoop Dogg behind the mic.

The “Snoopcast,” as they are calling it, will “bring his irreverent humor and freestyle commentary to the action,” UFC said in a press release. Retired UFC fighter Urijah Faber will work alongside Snoop for the shows.

The inclusion of Snoop Dogg is certainly outside the box, even for UFC, a promotion that built its brand as an outside of the box sport. White was enthusiastic about the signing but made sure to remind fans that Snoop isn’t going to be required listening on Tuesday nights. “This is a fun opportunity for fans to opt into SnoopCast and hear his take along with Urijah Faber on how the fights are going,” White said.

The core announce team has not been announced but UFC has no shortage of commentators with Jon Anik, Todd Grisham, and John Gooden as the key play-by-play voices. Brian Stann has been UFC’s go-to color analyst as of late with Joe Rogan working a reduced schedule. Dominick Cruz and Daniel Cormier have sat in on commentary recently as well with Dan Hardy typically working European shows with Gooden.

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series debuts on July 11 for an initial eight week run on UFC Fight Pass.

Hiscoe’s Analysis: This is definitely an unexpected signing, but it’s something I’m looking forward to. With near weekly events as it is, it’s going to be tough to get fans excited about these additional shows. Having Snoop on commentary will get fans to tune in, at least for the first week. It’s also something viewers will need to deliberately choose to enable so it’s not quite Dennis Miller on Monday Night Football. For fans who are worried about the sanctity of the sport, they don’t have to listen and Snoop won’t ruin the show for them. For the rest of us, it will provide for some entertainment during some probably mundane fights with unknown fighters. Being on Fight Pass, it’s the perfect platform for experimentation and I’m looking forward to it.


-Ronda Rousey is set to appear on Live with Kelly and Ryan this Wednesday.

-Cody Stamann vs. Terrion Ware and James Bochnovic vs. Trevin Giles have been added to UFC 213 this Saturday from Las Vegas.

-Rustam Khabilov vs. Desmond Green has been announced for UFC Fight Night Rotterdam on Sept. 2.

NOW CHECK OUT YESTERDAY’S UPDATE: SATURDAY NEWS DIGEST 7/1: Kayla Harrison, Olympic Judo medalist, headed to MMA; Snoop Dogg on Dana White show; UFC 213 updated

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