World Series of Fighting has undergone another change in the
broadcast booth, as former World Extreme Cagefighting commentator
Todd Harris and Bas Rutten will
now call the action during the Las Vegas-based promotion’s
debut event on Nov. 3.
The NBC Sports Network broadcast was initially expected to be
hosted by play-by-play man Michael Schiavello, pro-wrestling star
Kurt Angle and Rutten, but Angle was replaced by Renzo Gracie
due to a conflict of interest. No official reason was given for
Harris replacing Schiavello, though a source close to the promotion
told Sherdog.com that time conflicts made the switch necessary.
WSOF 1 takes place at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las
Vegas and is headlined by a heavyweight confrontation between
ex-UFC champion Andrei
Arlovski and former Strikeforce talent Devin Cole.
The main card broadcast will also see former WEC bantamweight king
Torres lock horns with Marlon
Moraes, while onetime Octagon talent Anthony
Johnson collides with Bellator alum D.J.
Linderman at light heavyweight.
Formerly the WEC’s play-by-play announcer on Versus prior to the
network becoming NBC Sports, Harris is now likely best known by MMA
fans as the host of Fuel TV’s “UFC Tonight.” Since the WEC was
folded into the UFC last year, the announcer has continued to work
for NBC, calling action at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
A former UFC heavyweight champion, Rutten previously served as one
of the voices of the Pride Fighting Championships alongside Stephen
Quadros and Mauro Ranallo. El Guapo” has co-hosted “Inside MMA”
with Kenny Rice on AXS TV since the program’s inception in 2007.