Rogan: Bellator F’D up not keeping Jimmy Smith

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

“I just want to say before this podcast starts, ‘YOU F***ED UP BELLATOR.'”
-Joe Rogan

Former Bellator broadcaster Jimmy Smith is a tremendous talent. With a six-fight pro career and a black belt in BJJ, he knows what he is seeing, and how to convey it, and has passion for the sport like we do. Smith appeared recently on The Joe Rogan Experience MMA Show and explained without rancor how he is no longer part of Bellator’s broadcast team after nine years.

“It’s not a Bellator thing,” said Smith, as transcribed byJed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “They were great to work with. They were great about the whole break up thing. What happened was, I had a deal with an option year and 2018 was my option year and when I was in Verona, New York doing the Verona show, my boss sat me down and said, ‘We’re not gonna renew 2018, we want a different deal.’

“When they come to you and say they want a different deal, it’s never – when you’re girlfriend comes to you and says she wants to talk it’s never, ‘I don’t give enough b***jobs.’ They never say that. It’s always bad. It’s always bad.

“So that was it. When they were like, ‘We want to change the deal around,’ I was like, ‘Okay,’ and they did make an honest effort to keep me. They really tried, but they just didn’t make an offer that was worth me coming back. That was pretty much the deal so it’s kind of comparatively amicable.”

There are rumors Smith is being courted by the UFC, something Rogan has wanted for years.

“I called Dana White about you, how many years ago, like four? I tried to get Jimmy Smith hired by the UFC four years ago,” said Rogan. “I was like, ‘Dude, you want better people, you want more people? Hire that f***ing guy. He knows what he’s doing, he’s excited, and he loves the sport. I was telling him you’re a great guy, he’s genuine, he’s a real fan and he’s f***ing good at it. Go get him.’”

“You f***ed up, Bellator. You f***ed up. I’ve been telling everybody that Jimmy Smith’s the best out there and you let him go. That’s a huge error on their part. I would be thrilled if somehow or another they were able to work it out where Jimmy Smith was at the UFC. That would be what I would like to see.”

“We shall see,” replied Smith. “We shall see how that goes.”