“First Take” followers who tune in to UFC 264 to look at the rubber match between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier on Saturday might even see — and listen to — a pair acquainted faces.
In keeping with a report by MMA Junkie, “First Take” co-hosts Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman can be part of the UFC 264 broadcast on Saturday, serving to name the mega occasion between rivals McGregor and Poirier as they battle in T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas. It is clear ESPN, which has unique broadcast rights of the complete UFC 264 battle card, is pulling out all of the stops for the mega bout, which must be essentially the most profitable pay-per-view fights of 2021.
And what higher duo to name McGregor-Poirier 3, a pairing that has featured loads of back-and-forth jawing through the years?
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Nonetheless, MMA Junkie studies that Smith and Kellerman can be on separate desks — which means we cannot see their patented debates on the set. Under is the reported full set of broadcast assignments:
|Desk 1 (major)|
|Michael Eaves (broadcaster); Michael Bisping, Dominick Cruz, Stephen A. Smith (analysts)|
|Desk 2 (secondary)|
|Karyn Bryant (broadcaster); Max Kellerman (analyst)|
MMA Junkie additionally studies that Megan Olivi and Lauro Sanko will function roving reporters; Jon Anik would be the major broadcaster cageside, the place he can be joined by play-by-play alongside coloration commentators Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier.
Why are Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman on UFC 264 broadcast?
As for why Smith and Kellerman are on the decision, it is sensible ESPN would connect two of its most vocal and well-known personalities to the battle. Smith has expertise overlaying boxing for ESPN, and in 2019 grew to become a UFC commentator as ESPN partnered with the group to turn into its unique broadcast accomplice. Kellerman additionally has in depth expertise in boxing protection, signing a multi-year deal in 2018 that included a significantly expanded function in boxing protection.
Whereas boxing and blended martial arts do not provide a direct one-to-one comparability, each fighters have important hanging capability, significantly McGregor, whose battle model relies closely in boxing. Neither Smith nor Kellerman can be out of their aspect on Saturday — whether or not analyzing the battle or arguing about it.