Officials from CBS and EliteXC held a press conference and autograph signing in Studio City, Calif. earlier this afternoon in anticipation of the first mixed martial arts event to be broadcast on live primetime television on Saturday, May 31.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned from those attending the press conference that Gus Johnson has been announced as the lead play-by-play announcer for the historic event.
Johnson is an existing member of CBS Sports’ announce team and joined the network in 1995. He is best known for his current roles as an announcer for both the network’s NFL and NCAA basketball telecasts. Johnson was also a part of CBS’ coverage of the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Johnson will be joined on the announce team by SHOWTIME play-by-play announcer Mauro Ranallo and former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock.