CBS parts ways with Strikeforce commentator Gus Johnson

by Michael David Smith | source:

Gus Johnson, the lead mixed martial arts play-by-play man for CBS who has called many of the most-watched fights in the sport's history, is leaving the network.

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated reports that Johnson, who's best known for calling college football and the NFL, is leaving after failing to come to terms on a new contract with the network. It's not clear whether Johnson is also out at Showtime, where he has been both a boxing and MMA play-by-play voice. Johnson will still be part of Saturday night's Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley pay-per-view broadcast, but it seems unlikely that Johnson would stick around at Showtime, which a division of the CBS Corporation, for long.

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5/6/11 12:39 PM by Monsters Ball

You always have to read 2Jupes in Charlie Sheen's voice and then it makes more sense.

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5/6/11 12:18 PM by Combat Vette

 Good riddance!  I absolutely HATED how that guy commentated MMA!!!

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5/6/11 12:04 PM by ranier wolfcastle


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5/6/11 10:03 AM by thirdleg

That's because hired you people to try to get a little track laid, not to jump around like a bunch of Kansas City faggots.

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5/6/11 9:59 AM by 2JupitersTooMany


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5/6/11 9:51 AM by frontrowbrian

 You know Jim Ross wants the job .... He'd be awesome. No one crafts a story quite like him. It doesn't matter if it's a shoot or work. It's storytelling. It's entertainment and Jim Ross does it better than anyone in combat sports. Zuffa should insist Showtime hire him for Strikeforce

Cyril Jeff site profile image  

5/6/11 9:49 AM by Cyril Jeff

 Jupes, your literary craftiness is only akin to those guys who make those masterful sea vessels in those tiny bottles. bravo!

BuddyRevell site profile image  

5/6/11 9:47 AM by BuddyRevell

 Didn't CBS pretty much part ways with MMA after the Mayhem brawl?

BigBlack23 site profile image  

5/6/11 9:45 AM by BigBlack23

  Hopefully Mauro Renallo will be next to get his walking papers.

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5/6/11 9:40 AM by frontrowbrian

 Gus Johnson = Legend When it's all said and done, Gus will be talked about like Vin Scully and the best of all time...... Ernie Harwell