Bellator MMA continued to tweak its product under new President Scott Coker this week.
Yesterday, it was revealed that the promotion broke up its broadcast team of the past five years, as they bid adieu to play-by-play commentator Sean Wheelock.
The news was broke first by the Awful Announcing blog.
Bellator color commentator Jimmy Smith, Wheelock’s longtime partner behind the microphone, expressed sadness via his Twitter account:
Hard day for me. Will always treasure my 7 1/2 years working with @SeanWheelock. I can honestly say there are few people who love MMA more.
— Jimmy Smith (@jimmysmithmma) July 9, 2015
Wheelock was also offered a fond farewell by Bellator middleweight Douglas Lima:
@PhenomLima Thanks Douglas. The pleasure was all mine. You are a first class person in every way.
— Sean Wheelock (@SeanWheelock) July 10, 2015
In addition to his work with Bellator, Wheelock helped provide commentary for PRIDE and M-1. Outside of the MMA world, he served as a play-by-play commentator for Major League Soccer’s FC Kansas City. He is also co-author of Art Davie’s book about the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Is This Legal?, reviewed here at Caged Insider.
Wheelock’s replacement was named yesterday as well: Sean Grande, mostly known for his play by play work for the Boston Celtics.