The Black Eye: My Privilege of Calling the Score Fighting Series
Well, to be honest, I really don’t know.
What I do know is that calling fights for The Score has been the most fun I’ve ever had in a “job” (in parentheses because it never ever felt like a job) and, trust me, I’ve done some pretty fun things in the music and entertainment and television and combat sports businesses.
But this was the greatest. Believe me, nothing compared to sitting beside Mauro Ranallo or Michael Schiavello or John Ramdeen and doing my best to describe these incredible fights between these brilliant athletes.
Wow. What a privilege. What an absolute privilege.
And nothing compared to the people I met, the people I worked with, the people I learned so much from.
The fighters inspired me, made me believe in true greatness. I will never stop marveling at the beauty and honesty of an elite Mixed Martial Arts fight between two special fighters. In a world of lies and distrust, these martial artists fight with such truth.
Brendan Fyfe, the 80-hour-a-week inspired tireless worker, tireless tireless learner, really taught me about drive and commitment. About research. About problem solving. He made me see that it actually is possible to be a great businessman and a great person at the same time.
Alex Caporicci, the matchmaker, always found a way. He always made it work. He brought together great athletes and gave them fair and exciting opportunities to show their skills, and it always thrilled the fans. Again, he’s as great a person as he is a worker. You always had fun with him, even while working your ass off.
Keith Crawford – the best announcer on the planet and the best guy to be around. Just the greatest man around.
Woody. Arda. Love you guys and look forward to working with you again in the future.
All the staff. Great people, great friends.
Just an incredible blend of talent. And an incredible group of human beings.
Nobody got rich working for The Score, the bottom line wouldn’t allow it. Most of us worked very close to free for the first few years. We were in it together and we were going to help this thing work. When the budgets got cut near the end, before the Rogers purchase, some of us took pay cuts so we could make it work. But I didn’t care. We were doing something great. And we knew it.
There were so many special fighters out there, and we believed we could showcase them and put something great together.
And, by the end, I think we did.
From a personal perspective, I got so so much from this. I humbly believe I am a quality color commentator now. This is the first thing in my life I actually feel that I’m really good at. I believed these fighters deserved the best analysis, the best insight, the best verbal soundtrack to their journey. So I did my best to work to give them what they deserved.
I have The Score, AXS TV, and Mauro, Michael and John and all the fighters to thank for the opportunity.
I’m going to take the things I’ve learned and do my very best to keep getting better, and always contribute my very best on the mic for these great great athletes. This is a special job, and one I take very seriously. I will always be prepared. I will always do my best.
I learned that from working on The Score Fighting Series.
From the fighters.
Every show, every fight, they gave their all.
We can all learn from that.
If it is over, like it sounds like it is, I will always miss it.
It’s been one of the greatest experiences of my life.
And one last word to all the fighters: Thank you again for the privilege.
I hope I get the gift of calling your next one. And the one after that.