by Dane McGuire
In case you missed it, former Bellator MMA and UFC broadcaster Jimmy Smith is headed to the WWE, more specifically, joining its main roster broadcast team on Monday nights for WWE Raw.
Smith will be filling the spot of former broadcaster Adnan Virk. Virk, previously of the MLB Network, worked just seven episodes of WWE’s flagship weekly program before both sides agreed to “mutually part ways.”
Virk wrote on Twitter shortly after the news came out, “Thanks to @WWE for a wonderful opportunity. The weekly travel along with my other jobs was a grind for me and my family. Am grateful to everyone with the company, especially @WWEGraves and @ByronSaxton for being such fantastic teammates.”
WWE confirmed Smith as a new edition on Wednesday. Smith also then confirmed the news on his Twitter account.
Although Smith said in a Tweet years ago that he hadn’t actively been a fan since grade school, drawing the ire of current fans, this is not Smith’s first foray into the world of professional wrestling.
Smith has most recently been working with WWE’s Michael Cole and serving in the role of analyst for the WWE’s developmental brand, WWE NXT, and being a part of special projects fpr NXT.
The website Awful Announcing noted Smith will still be a part of MMA, continuing his radio show “Unlocking the Cage” on SiriusXM.
“Smith is a former MMA fighter (he went 5-1 in pro bouts between 2003 and 2006) and a long-time TV commentator. He started as a host of Fight Quest on Discovery, then later worked as a host for American Ninja Warrior and as a commentator for Bellator MMA bouts, Premier Boxing Champions, the UFC and more.”
Smith’s WWE Raw debut will be tonight’s Memorial Day episode, which had been confirmed beforehand, prior to the recent Tweet below from Smith.
Monday Night Raw airs Monday nights from 8:00-11:00 p.m. ET on the USA Network.