With Mauro Ranallo traveling to Japan to call Glory 13 and Julie Kedzie competing at UFC Fight Night 33, there were a couple of open seats in the commentating booth at Invicta FC 7, which happens this Saturday.
Thankfully Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp has filled those spots for the event with two well-known figures in combat sports.
Filling in for Ranallo will be Australian-born commentator Michael “The Voice” Schiavello, who has called the action for numerous combat sporting events in Japan and the United States. Taking Kedzie’s position will be UFC star and former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion Miesha “Cupcake” Tate, who is coming off of a successful coaching stint off of the “The Ultimate Fighter.” They will join Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, who has been a commentator for Invicta Fighting Championships since the promotion’s first event.
I think both of Schiavello and Tate will a good job in the booth. Although no one can replace Ranallo, Schiavello is one of the few commentators who can match his knowledge of mixed martial arts, kickboxing and boxing.
As for Tate, her experience in the cage will bring an extra perspective to the booth. While I’m sure we’ll here a few references to the UFC and Ronda Rousey, I think Tate will keep the focus on the fighters competing at the event. She may ruffle a few feathers with some calls – similar to when Brandon Vera criticized Brian Stann’s play-by-play – but I think fans will like having Tate next to Lawal and Schiavello.
I don’t think Tate and Schiavello will be taking Ranallo’s and Kedzie’s places on the Invicta commentating team, but if they have other commitments at the same time as an Invicta event, then it is likely we will once again see Cupcake and The Voice fill in for them.
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