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Dear Fox, Please Keep Gus Johnson Away From Your UFC Broadcasts. Signed, Everyone.

(“Maybe he was born with it. Maybe it’s Maybelline.”)

One overlooked scenario from today’s blockbuster announcement that Fox Networks has signed a seven year broadcast deal with the UFC is that Gus Johnson may somehow be involved in its UFC coverage.

Fox recently inked the sometimes MMA commentator to a multi-year commentary deal that will see the veteran football and basketball play-by-play man call a variety of Pacific-12 football and basketball games, the Cotton Bowl and football games on the Big Ten Network, which is also partly owned by Fox. He will also call about 30 BTN basketball games as well as some yet-to-be-determined college basketball games on either Fox or FX.

Hopefully for the sake of the majority of MMA fans who came to loathe the much-maligned Renzo Gracie BJJ blue belt’s oblivious Strikeforce commentary, his other duties will keep his made-up mug off of the UFC-related broadcasts, that are said to include pre and post-fight shows and a weekly or daily UFC magazine-type series.

If UFC president Dana White has his way, Johnson, who he called “bush league” for the way he handled the brawl in Nashville last year, won’t be allowed near any of his shows.

Here’s what White had to say about Johnson’s “Sometimes these things happen in MMA” remarks in an interview with Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole:

“When have you seen anything remotely close to that happen at a UFC event?” White asked. “What kind of ridiculous commentary was that? That was an idiotic thing to say. And then he was yelling at them to stop, telling them they are on national television. That was just another example of how bush league they are.”

UFC color analyst Joe Rogan is also not a fan of GuJo.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/Romain1212)

I’d rather see Mauro Ranallo get the gig than Gus and I’d much rather see Chael Sonnen host his own UFC show. Maybe he could do double-duty as a political analyst on Fox News.

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stopdrinkingpee- August 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm
Please no.

Also, love the caption.
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El Guapo- August 19, 2011 at 10:41 am
CP Fights 3... Gus vs MRuss... "I Too, Roll, Dog"
XENOPHON- August 19, 2011 at 9:54 am
@Pen Fifteen

Neither of the legislative studies or efforts you reference deal with the root of my gripes, they deal with the economics of who gets paid, and ultimately who has to pay who for using a co-mingled distribution architecture for content delivery down to the last mile.
I deplore the use of mandated time delays to bleep out foul language, nudity, or anything else deemed offensive - it's the FCC mandates this.
I'm both an atheist and independent and it's a national insult that both right and left leaning lobbyist fuckers from the National Association of Broadcasters and major corporations decide what content I hear or view. If to this day the research that the FCC has developed to justify relaxing the media rules has been kept top secret; members of Congress and leading media scholars have asked to see it and been turned down.
If your going to try and convince me that an individuals personal or religious views or a corporations interests should impinge on or trump everyone else's Constitutional rights, after I received two Honorable discharges for defending the same rights...
...the right's which allows those hanging on to their religion to have a fucking church steeple over their heads on an given Sunday - or the shareholders legislative protections to line their deep pockets at my expense, this fucking thread will get brutal and bloody real fucking fast.
And if we go there, I suggest you change your screen name to Pen_Twenty-five because this is bound to become a main event.
mt59801- August 19, 2011 at 9:04 am
I'll see your Fran Drescher dream team and raise you with a Gilbert Gottfried and James Toney in the booth and Mike Tyson cageside/post fight.
Pen Fifteen- August 19, 2011 at 7:33 am
You do realize that television has been almost totally deregulated thanks to the abolishment of fin-syn and PTAR in the 1980s, as well as the Telecommunications act of 1996. And what the fuck was your point in the first place?
LOKI- August 19, 2011 at 7:22 am
Gus Johnson is the transexual Batman villian that didnt get past the FCC or the SuperHero code of decency.
J-Dog- August 19, 2011 at 5:58 am
"Seriously, I would rather have Fran Drescher, Sara Palin, and Roseanne Barr commentate than Gus Johnson, Mauro Ranallo & Frank Shamrock"

Time Traveler might be on to something here. This group would be pretty funny.
j-k-martin- August 19, 2011 at 5:55 am
You woulds hope that they would let the UFC do what they do best: production.
shitbag- August 19, 2011 at 5:39 am
I never want to hear that motherfucker's voice again! What REALLY sucks if you are also a fan of boxing, like I am, and having to hear him on every showtime broadcast, too. It is because of this man I've learned to watch fights with the volume off.

Todd M- August 18, 2011 at 9:45 pm
Photo caption is gold, I don't see the UFC getting rid of Joe Or Goldie, especially for a Ranting RuPaul
fatbellyfrank- August 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm
Maybe GuJo could get a gig as a cocktail waitress in a Drag queens club
fatbellyfrank- August 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm
^ whoa, thats a fucken big call, but I have to agree, and I do find Sara Palin kinda sexy
TIME_TRAVELER_FROM_THE_FUTURE- August 18, 2011 at 7:57 pm
Remember when Dana White used to talk about how he Hated Showtime's MMA dept.
We can only hope that hate spread over into their production.
Seriously, I would rather have Fran Drescher, Sara Palin, and Roseanne Barr commentate than Gus Johnson, Mauro Ranallo & Frank Shamrock.
That's how much I hate the showtime play-by-play commentators.
XENOPHON- August 18, 2011 at 7:01 pm
It's time the FCC trash and revise its 50's rules over political correctness on National TV.
It's just not that the UFC, their SpikeForce, their StrikeFarce or other's need special concessions for keeping it real, it's that most all programming from the 2, 4, and 7 networks patently sucks when stacked against the other choices.
Just wait until people who have grown used to the UFC format and antics, get right wing Fox programming shoved down their throats.
Sure the viewership will go up in quantity, but quality as we know it will severely suffer. Today I am going to boil my Potatoes, simply for selling out so easily.
dthrckt- August 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm
he's queerer than a 3 dollar bill

that alone would be enough for me to avoid hearing him call any fights...but he sucks at there's no chance in hell I'll un-mute when he's anywhere near a mic
Spitting into the wind- August 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm
I swear to motherfucking fuck, if that fuck comes anywhere near the fucking UFFUCKINGC I WILL CUT HIS FUCKING THROAT.(By which I mean scream incoherent abuse at my TV and think unflattering, slightly racist and homophobic thoughts)
thegorilla- August 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm
Joe Rogan is great but imo he's hugging on Mayhem's nuts a bit too hard. For the record, you always back up your boys, whether it be on national tv or on Ustream, Joe! I'm not mad atcha, back up your boy.

The Mayhem nut hugging goes back to UFC:52

Joe Rogan: "Mayhem is light years behind him, beyond him rather, on the ground".

All while Mayhem is getting ripped a new asshole by GSP.
mt59801- August 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm
Dear Gus,

The purple eye shadow will not give you Oprah's media clout, it's time to
Mike Russell- August 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm
Anton...Men on MMA.
RwilsonR- August 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm
Who was that gay little black dude on <i<In Living Color... Tommy Davidson, I think? That's who Gus Johnson looks like. Except his sketch just never seems to end.
twincest- August 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm
Gus makes Frank Shamrock look like a genius. That's no simple task.
Lex Talionis- August 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm
Fantastic caption, I laughed my ass off at that one.
RwilsonR- August 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm
Best article I've read all day. Well, I haven't even read it yet, but I'm pretty conffident based on the title.
The_Dead_Cow- August 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm
I like the way his tie accents his lipstick.