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Bellator hires Mauro Ranallo, UFC veteran Mike Goldberg to announce PPV

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, right, is

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, right, is interviewed by Mauro Ranallo after a press conference two days before she defends her title against Sarah Kaufman in San Diego. (Aug. 16, 2012) Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin

LOS ANGELES — Bellator has hired longtime UFC play-by-play commentator Mike Goldberg and veteran combat sports broadcaster Mauro Ranallo to call their pay-per-view show in New York on June 24.

The mixed martial arts promotion announced the hirings Tuesday.

The UFC didn’t renew Goldberg’s contract late last year after he had spent 19 years as the company’s primary voice, mostly alongside color commentator Joe Rogan. Goldberg also is a veteran NHL broadcaster.

Ranallo is a boxing announcer for Showtime who also has worked for the Strikeforce and Pride MMA promotions. He also worked for the WWE before leaving that job recently.

Bellator is staging its second pay-per-view show in promotional history at Madison Square Garden. Chael Sonnen is scheduled to fight Wanderlei Silva in the main event.

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