World Series of Fighting (WSOF) continues to change the format of their broadcasters, finalizing the team early today. Todd Harris and Bas Rutten (28-4-1) will now call the first ever WSOF event. Harris is the latest addition to the team.
Harris is the former play-by-play voice for WEC. He is also a host on UFC Tonight on FUEL TV. Rutten is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion and announced for Pride.
“We are thrilled that Bas and Todd have signed on for our first event,” said Ray Sefo, WSOF president to MMA Junkie. “These guys are true professionals and we know that their commentary will add tremendous value to our first card.”
Several names had been linked to the broadcasting booth, but were forced to withdraw. TNA’s Kurt Angle had to pull out over contractual stipulations with Viacom, who own the channel that airs the wrestler’s weekly TV program. Renzo Gracie (13-7-1-1 NC)was set to replace Angle, but WSOF saw it best to make the inaugural show only have two people calling the action.
“WSOF and NBC Sports Network revisited and discussed the telecast team at length and we decided that, for the inaugural event, it would be best to simplify things and go with a two-person team in the booth,” said Sefo. “Since Todd has extensive experience covering fights and working with NBC Sports Group, we felt he would be the best fit for one of the two positions.”
WSOF 1 takes place November 3 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The card will air live on the NBC Sports Network and be headlined by heavyweights Andrei Arlovski (17-9) vs. Devin Cole (20-9-1).