The Facebook page of UFC on Fox got crossover fans talking earlier this week when they asked if there would be interest in former WWE play-by-play man Jim Ross in the UFC. The post from Facebook is embedded below:
The post linked to an article on FoxSports.com where writer Marc Raimondi wrote about JR and former UFC star Chael Sonnen teaming together on Friday night to broadcast for Battlegrounds MMA. The duo will work a show featuring a one-night, eight-man tournament with the winner earning $50,000 that will air live on pay-per-view from Tulsa, Oklahoma. You can read the piece at this link.
Jim Ross was forced into retirement by WWE in 2013. His retirement was forced due to a Legend's panel for the WWE 2K14 video game over SummerSlam 2013 weekend, in which JR was the host. An inebriated Ric Flair went into business for himself, embarrassing the company in the process. While Flair was quietly dealt with, JR was treated as the sacrificial lamb.
Since his "retirement," Ross has gone on to work as a contributor to FoxSports.com, host his own Podcast and even transition as a boxing announcer. WWE continues to sell his BBQ products, while Ross refuses to speak badly about his former employer. In fact, he sat in the front row at the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
However, it doesn't appear all is well between WWE and Jim Ross as he recently noted that WWE is not approving his requests to interview any of their contracted talent on his podcast.
Ross continues to remain well engaged with the current WWE product and recently admitted to having casual discussions with New Japan Pro Wrestling. The latest update from the man himself was posted in a new blog on his website on Tuesday at this link.
Richard Reacts: Jim Ross in my view is the best pro wrestling play-by-play man of all-time. While I've come to enjoy the WWE trio of Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler, there will never be another Jim Ross. I hate the childish way that Vince McMahon treated JR over the years and would love to see him calling prominent UFC shows. Ross has such a great voice, I don't care what he calls, I just want him on announce. Remember, it was never his desire to be removed from his play-by-play post in WWE but a decision made by Vince McMahon.