ROUNDTABLE: What is MMA’s top commentary team?

By MMATorch Staff


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What is your favorite play by play/color team in MMA right now?

Frank Hyden, MMATorch Contributor

I guess I’ll go with Mauro Ranallo and whoever he’s with. Jon Anik is all right. I like Joe Rogan a lot better as a person than as a commentator. He’s a fine commentator but when I listen to a color guy I want some color, I want that person to be as real as they can be. I don’t mean trying to settle petty grudges or anything like that, but if a guy cheats, call them on it. If a fight sucks, say so. If a fight gets really boring, have some funny stories to tell to at least entertain those at home watching. Don’t give me generic platitudes, give me the truth. I feel this way about all sports. Also, excitement and enthusiasm go a long way, but fake enthusiasm is horrible.

Cole Henry, MMATorch Contributor

I might have a different answer on a different day but at this very second its Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier. Cormier doesn’t seem to feel the need to challenge everything Rogan says and his knowledge of the sport as a competitor is great to hear. Rogan is always entertaining but with Cormier he seems to flow a bit more.

Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch Managing Editor

I really enjoy the lighter tone that Daniel Cormier brings to the UFC commentary booth. He carries immense credibility as a current competitor and champion but he also comes off as a fan, which I think is important for the role he’s in. His rapport with Joe Rogan is infectious and I think having Cormier beside him, keeps Rogan motivated at a time when he seems to have one foot out the door. So with that, my current favorite team is Jon Anik with Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier. Honorable mention goes out to Bellator’s combo of Mike Goldberg and John McCarthy. Goldberg has his flaws but McCarthy plays it straight and brings so much knowledge and credibility that he balances things well.

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