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In Spite of Our Pleas, Fox Execs Pushing for Gus Johnson Involvement in UFC Pre and Post-Fight Shows


(Video courtesy of YouTube/MMAHeat)

Somebody needs to send Eric Shanks a few links to some mixed martial arts website comment sections and message boards where the topic of Gus Johnson’s MMA commentary skills are being discussed. If they did, the FOX Sports Media Group President and Co-COO might think long and hard about having captain eyeshadow do the UFC’s pre and post-fight shows like he told MMA H.E.A.T’s Karyn Bryant he’s looking into doing.

This could call for a petition.

We’re not saying that Gus is a shitty commentator. He does a decent job excitedly screaming about how football players have “getting away from the cops speed” and how college basketball players are “rising and firing buckets.” It’s just that, in spite of his claims that he’s a BJJ blue belt under Renzo Gracie, he doesn’t seem to know much about MMA, which is a problem when your job is to talk about the intricacies of the sport. Am I right, Franklin McNeil?

Hopefully Dana puts his foot down on the matter so we can sleep easy knowing that our MMA coverage won’t be sponsored by Cover Girl.

Do yourself a favor and watch the whole interview with Lorenzo Fertitta. He gives a level-headed and articulate breakdown of the deal.

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dthrckt- August 23, 2011 at 1:01 am
@XENOPHON
the delusion isn't your employment history, it is that anyone here cares.
take the meds
stopdrinkingpee- August 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm
I like avaholic's idea. This shit ABSOLUTELY MUST NOT HAPPEN. I'd rather have Dan Quinn, Junie Browning, and Butterbean team up in the booth than let Gus anywhere near an MMA broadcast.
XENOPHON- August 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm
@mt59801

Post an e-mail address, and I'll send you my resume, with references if you think I'm full of shit over anything I said.
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Make it a one time use from some free account if your afraid.
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Matter of fact I will provide you with a Security Exchange Commission Index Number with verifiable quarterly and annual disclosures.
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Then you can shut the fuck up...
mt59801- August 20, 2011 at 10:44 am
XENO, buddy, pal........ Sometimes we're prescribed a medication. Then after taking it for a few days, weeks, months etc. we start feeling better, so we fool ourselves into thinking we don't need the pills anymore. This is not the case the pills are responsible for those feelings of normalcy. So for the sake of the board, GET BACK ON YOUR MEDS YOU DELUSIONAL BASTARD.
XENOPHON- August 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm
FOX Sports Media Group President and Co-COO and I are literally equivalents.
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From one COO (with both private and public expertise) to another, read this entire thread and realize what a strategic blunder it will be to include Gus Johnson.
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If it's a case of racial balance your looking to encapsulate, good for you. I suggest you then hire Hershel Walker. My guess is the MMA community will embrace Walker unless he drops the ball, which from his track record is not likely.
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I know what others don't. Since the deal is now inked, you call the shots moving forward, not Dana. Bad press is not what your new initiative needs to build embrace and momentum.
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These comments are not biased, they are a direct reflection of Break Media and their platinum portal Cage Potato, which connects over 100 million people each month to the most engaging MMA content online.
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If you fuck this up, in a depressed economy, the board will not be forgiving. They will eat your ass alive. You spent too much money to drop the ball out of the gate. I sure hope to hear a print out of this makes it across your mahogany desk.
A Gangster from America- August 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm
gus johnson is gayer than aids. with that said, why hasnt anyone exercised any sort of fear of joe buck shitting out of his mouth on a post fight show? that guy is fucking brutal. not knowing facts hasnt prevented that asshole from having an opinion in any sport he has embarrassed verbally.
TheBaconator- August 19, 2011 at 6:10 pm
Lets blow up facebook.com/foxsports
Spitting into the wind- August 19, 2011 at 5:56 pm
I will sign the petition in his blood and my fecal matter.
KarmaAteMyCat- August 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm
Really the UFC is going to USE Fox Sports Package.. is that like... Using Murdoch's package.. Ewww.. I just threw up in my mouth....
Jonnnybizoy- August 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm
Goodness..... Surely they troll.
avaholic46- August 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm
Go to facebook.com/foxsports and let them know you don't want Gus. Facebook spam-bomb-thing!
MMAmike- August 19, 2011 at 1:38 pm
I say lets get rid of Goldie and bring in John Madden to commentate. It can't be any less insightful. "he brings the fist to the face, because thats where the fist will go"
mDino- August 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXdSuZPj46Q
twincest- August 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm
DFW may hate the editors of CagePotato, but he doesn't hate the fans.

BUT we should all get on his Twitter account and start petitioning him there. Gus must be stopped.
twincest- August 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm
Start the petition. I have at least 60 guys who will sign it, and then tell their friends.
Payday- August 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm
I pray that this World Class Wrecking Crew reject ass clown in no way, shape, or form gets involved with the UFC on Fox.
Dynamo- August 19, 2011 at 11:47 am
They already said the event is only going to be 2 fights long on FOX.(one hour) Probably 20 minutes of commercials and 10 minutes of this clown.

This way they don't compete with boxing that night.
Cestus84- August 19, 2011 at 11:46 am
You know, I don't think I'll mind so much since he'll just be caling the pre and post fight shows, not calling the action in the cage.
Onan- August 19, 2011 at 11:40 am
Since when has Dana cared what MMA comment and message board denizens think? I seem to remember him expressing disdain for "hardcore mma" fans in general. I know if I ran a major corporation MMA comment board dudes are the last folks I would take business advice from.
JZ89- August 19, 2011 at 11:33 am
only if the fighters gets to punch him square in the nuts before and after every syllable he speaks
JewJitsYou- August 19, 2011 at 11:24 am
Couldn't they just get a homeless person/Mark Coleman to just diddle himself on camera for money?
Sgt. 606- August 19, 2011 at 11:21 am
The only problem here is the simple fact that DFW hates Cage Potato more than he hates Gus "Princess" Johnson. So a petiton would do more harm than good.
CheechFace- August 19, 2011 at 11:20 am
Someone that knows about twitter get that shit in motion.
I'll sign up and twit/tweet/twat whatever is needed to give DFW the numbers he needs to go into Fox and demand that fuckwit GuJo stays a mandatory 20,037.52Km away from any and all UFC events.

Potato Nation...... Assemble
KidDinomite- August 19, 2011 at 10:57 am
No fuckin' way Dana lets this happen. He'd have a HUGE fit!!!
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