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From the ‘Why Couldn’t This Have Happened a Year Ago’ File: Gus Johnson Leaves CBS for Fox


(Sometimes purple lipstick happens in MMA commentating.)

According to a Sports Illustrated report, MMA’s most maligned play-by-play commentator Gus Johnson is leaving CBS to work for Fox.

Not sure if this has anything to do with the fact that the UFC bought Strikeforce and UFC president Dana White has made no secret of the fact that he doesn’t care for Johnson’s fight calling abilities and as such it seemed unlikely that GuJo would be included in their vision of business as usual .

Maybe this is a sign that CBS may be revisiting its relationship with Strikeforce under the new Zuffa regime, or maybe one has nothing to do with the other, but at least there’s hope now that the lipstick-sporting, reporter-calling, Renzo Gracie blue belt has left the network, that if they can come to terms, we won’t ever have to hear Gus proclaiming things like Seth Petruzelli beating Kimbo Slice is the greatest upset in MMA history on network television.

Johnson’s last gig with the network will be his calling of the Showtime pay-per-view broadcast of the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley bout, but after that fans may never see his make-up aden mug during another MMA broadcast.

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lolatyou- May 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm
so fucking what? Strikeforce hasn't been broadcast on CBS since the last showing. You clowns forget hes still going to be working for showtime?
KingAtRock- May 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm
These things happen, in mma...
hoboplata- May 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm
Lipstick, no. Kool Aid lips, definitely.
stopdrinkingpee- May 6, 2011 at 12:36 pm
Good riddance, you self-righteous clown. Johnson's biggest problem (apart from the purple lipstick) was that he didn't realize how little he knew about MMA. He probably could have been a more-or-less professional play-by-play guy if he had realized when to shut up. Which was always.

Worst announcer in MMA history, including those guys who did the Vinny Magalhaes fight in M-1.
Walrus- May 6, 2011 at 10:26 am
Get Kenny Rice and Bas -- great team.

And honestly, do any of you watch college basketball? Gus Johnson's commentary makes a lotta of those games. What's ridiculous is that the network would want to let him go. MMA's one thing, but people love that guy during the March madness games.
LaWeapon- May 6, 2011 at 9:56 am
since i sit here at work all day and do nothing, i could whip up some pretty good Gus Johnson photoshops.. that's why i asked.
ExpectJesusBro- May 6, 2011 at 9:52 am
@ArmFarmer
Exactly! that was the key phrase for me that made me immediatlly hate this guy. Seriously. Kimbo Fucking Slice. What the fuck was he on? what the hell is he constantly on to wear lipstick like that? Maybe he needs some of Chael Sonnens Testi-Replace-Therapy.

@LaWeapon
I like that idea! Wish I was good with that program, no time to learn these days, or not enough ambishion, whichever.
Sabado Gigante- May 6, 2011 at 9:34 am
Bad + Ass= BAS!
LaWeapon- May 6, 2011 at 9:09 am
CP Can we have a Gus Johnson Photoshop contest?!?
marrilia- May 6, 2011 at 7:54 am
Bas Bas Bas Bas Bas Bas Bas Bas Bas Bas Bas Bas Bas Bas Bas Bas Bas
(imagine a slow hand clap to go with the chanting of the name of the best MMA commentator ever)
ArmFarmer- May 6, 2011 at 7:26 am
You fucking assholes.. everytime I point out one of your stupid mistakes you edit on the article and then edit it in my comment.. making me look like the dumbass.. That's why you took our edit button away, so that we are powerless against you. Damn you cp, you win this round.
Fried Taco- May 6, 2011 at 7:23 am
Replace him with Bas!
MomJeans- May 6, 2011 at 7:04 am
Do boxing fans even like this guy? I never understand how some people seem to get promoted to positions they don't deserve or fit into. Toby Maguire as Spiderman anyone?
LOKI- May 6, 2011 at 6:40 am
TO EVERYONE WHO IS ASKING IT THE PICS ARE REAL
Yes! I watched the last SF live and at first I thought he was having a laugh/self depricating by going over the top on the tranny make-up but than I came to realize that to him there was absolutely nothing amiss about an MMA sportscaster looking like Ru-Paul. Add that to the Anderson Silva vs Cung Li comment?...A dangerously deranged creature.
Enricho Palazzo- May 6, 2011 at 6:07 am
Damn!!! I, for one, wanted to see him fully complete his tranny transformation before he got canned. Part of the fun of watching Strikeforce events was seeing if Gus Johnson could possibly look more feminine than he did during the previous broadcast.

For anyone who's still wondering, no - that picture is not photoshopped.
ArmFarmer- May 6, 2011 at 5:25 am
@expectjesus

That was referring to kimbo/seth "upset" right? If someone were less lazy than me and went to the trouble of compiling both of their resumes and looking at the fight on paper, that statement becomes even more hilarious. Despite not being a top fighter seth actually has an abundant amount of combat sports experience. He started training martial arts at like 7 years old, wrestled in highschool, starting fight pro right after highschool, has a bunch of grappling experience and accomplishments, lots of pro fights.. apparently him beating a guy who's mma resume is "beat up some random people in parking lots and back yards" is the biggest upset in histroy.. lol
ExpectJesusBro- May 6, 2011 at 5:04 am
This guy Fucking disgusts me.
ExpectJesusBro- May 6, 2011 at 5:02 am
"This is the biggest upset in MMA history" you Fucking Fruitcake.. I hope Don Frye kills you after giving you the mustache ride of your young life. How the fuck did you manage to end up on Fox anyway? your not even good enough for those fools. you should be cast away to a far, far away island living with the Pigmys.
ArmFarmer- May 6, 2011 at 4:57 am
lol I actually felt bad about ripping on cagepotato writing on that other article.. like maybe I was overexaggerating how often they make mistakes.. then I read "or maybe one has nothing to do with the other" what the fuck does that mean?? lol come on guys this article isn't even 4 paragraphs long..
uzitotinbaby- May 6, 2011 at 4:14 am
Nice! Now Showtime just needs to ditch that shameless self-promoter Frank Shamrock and his braces and the Strikeforce shows will be that much better.
DARKHORSE06- May 6, 2011 at 3:32 am
The guys lips would make a good prison pussy. Maybe he could get a job commentating with War Machine.
Ascerendant- May 6, 2011 at 3:02 am
Mauro could actually be great. He just needs to get off whatever drug he is taking minutes before commentating.
frndlylion- May 6, 2011 at 1:08 am
Except for the UFC's long time pair of commentators I think 99% of them are annoyingly ignorant or simply biased like shamrock. Rogan trains himself and knows what he is talking about and I appreciate that. Goldberg's inflated drama can be a little much sometimes for me but, I spose that's part of his job.

I still think Frank Mir was one of the best commentators. He is extremely knowledgeable and speaks well. His running analysis of the fight as it was taking place seemed very accurate. I was bummed when he got himself in trouble and lost that gig for WEC. IMO the only person that can match that is Pat Miletich. I think he is also well spoken and definitely knows what he is talking about. I hope they plan on keeping him.
Kenny Florian gets an honorable mention from me for his ability to instantly translate Portuguese corner instructions. I don't even remember who was fighting I just thought that kicked ass.
joe sons balls- May 6, 2011 at 12:27 am
@intercept440:

thats not even the funniest one. when i saw the riddler pics i thought they were fake too, but they arent. maybe someone can hook you up in here if you havent seen them.
joe sons balls- May 6, 2011 at 12:23 am
mauro is easily as bad as gus johnson if not worse. sure he knows a little about the sport, but goddamn. those retarded as fuck quips that he keeps on a notepad in front of him to pull out when he thinks its appropriate? gayer than gus johnsons clown makeup.
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