Todd Grisham
Todd Grisham

After the loss of Mike Goldberg, UFC have quickly added the professionalism and experience of former ESPN reporter Todd Grisham to their broadcast team.

Grisham, who has also previously covered commentary duties for Glory Kickboxing and WWE, will start immediately and will work exclusively on Fox Sports 1 shows. It is thought he will work both behind the studio desk and filling the play-by-play role for fights.

The 40-year-old TV reporter will make his debut at next weekend’s UFC Fight Night 103 from the Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, which will see the returning BJ Penn face Mexico’s hottest prospect Yair Rodriguez.

UFC have declined to comment on broadcast changes but sources have told that Grisham is not being considered a replacement for the recently departed Goldberg despite the timing.

In 2004, Grisham joined the WWE and enjoyed a successful broadcasting career in various shows and roles within the company. The Mississippi-born broadcaster would then join ESPN where he became most famous for being the anchor of one of the network’s biggest shows SportsCenter.

Despite the surprise by some at his arrival into the UFC, Grisham does have previous experience in the field when he took over from Jon Anik presenting MMA Live on joining the network in 2011.