Dave Doyle

  • Famous wrestling announcer Jim Ross going 'legit'

    Dave Doyle at Yahoo Sports4 days ago

    Jim Ross will leave his trademark cowboy hat home when he makes his mixed martial arts commentating debut on Oct. 3.

    The hat symbolized the pro wrestling character of "Good Ol' JR," made familiar to millions of fans who tuned into World Wrestling Entertainment broadcasts over the past two decades.

    The 62-year-old Oklahoman is semi-retired after 40 years in the wrestling business. While he's proud of his body of work, the popular longtime broadcaster has long wanted to call an MMA event.

    He'll get that opportunity next month, when he serves as the play-by-play announcer alongside color commentator Chael Sonnen for the BattleGrounds MMA one-night tournament in Tulsa, Okla.

    "This is a bucket-list item for me," Ross told Yahoo Sports. "This is something I've always wanted to do."

    Ross is destined to go down as a beloved figure within his realm. While the characters in the ring came and went, Ross was the omnipresent voice of the proceedings, making him easily identifiable to both hardcore wrestling fanatics and those casual viewers who like to pretend they don't watch wrestling, but secretly tune in.

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  • Renan Barao 'got too comfortable' before loss to T.J. Dillashaw, vows to get belt back

    Dave Doyle at Yahoo Sports25 days ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The toughest part of Thursday's festivities for Renan Barao was being so close to what was once his.

    There sat the former UFC bantamweight champion, during a UFC 177 media day at Sleep Train Arena, no more than 15 feet away from current titleholder T.J. Dillashaw. Dillashaw was the fighter with the biggest crowd of reporters and cameras around him, the victor basking in his hometown glory, the star of the show.

    And resting on a podium next to Dillashaw was the bantamweight title belt, the one which had been Barao's until Memorial Day weekend, sitting both literally and metaphorically just out of the Brazilian's reach.

    "It motivates me a lot," Barao said through an interpreter. "I think about it all day, every day. I want to go over there and get my belt back."

    He'll have that opportunity soon enough, as Barao and Dillashaw meet up in the main event of UFC 177, just three months after Dillashaw, as an 8-to-1 underdog, pulled off a jaw-dropping upset with a fifth-round finish in Las Vegas.

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  • Alexander Gustafsson will have to wait for his chance to take Jon Jones' title

    Dave Doyle at Yahoo Sports1 mth ago

    You can't blame Alexander Gustafsson for believing the next shot at Jon Jones' UFC light heavyweight title should be his for the re-taking.

    After all, the 6-foot-5 Swede was slated to meet Jones on Sept. 27 in Las Vegas in a rematch of their epic fight a year ago.

    But Gustafsson suffered a knee injury early in training camp, which caused him to pull out of the fight, and set in motion the circus-like chain of events which ended up making Jones vs. Daniel Cormier one of the most anticipated fights in years.

    So when Jones himself had to pull out of the date because of a meniscus injury, causing the bout to be pushed back to Jan. 3, Gustafsson felt the title shot which had been his should be restored.

    "I just heard the news that Jones is injured and the fight is rescheduled to January 3," Gustafsson wrote on his Facebook page. "Until then, I will be more than ready, it was my fight to begin with and I want the fight as the number 1 contender. End of story!"

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