October 27, 2009

Al Bernstein, the long-time boxing announcer, will return to the mixed martial arts broadcast booth on Nov. 6 for the Strikeforce Challengers event in Fresno, Calif.

The organization's regular play-by-play announcer for the Challengers events, Mauro Ranallo, will be in Chicago on Nov. 7 calling the action for the Strikeforce/M-1 Global event on CBS. FanHouse learned of the decision on Monday.

That weekend will undoubtedly be the busiest in Strikeforce's history. The organization, which has been promoting MMA events since 2006, has never held shows on back-to-back days, thus forcing them to bring in Bernstein. Ranallo will be calling the Challengers action once again on Nov. 20.

While Bernstein is known for his work in boxing, he did call one ShoXC event on Oct. 26, 2007. Above is a clip of Bernstein calling the Shayna Baszler-JenniferTate match on that show.

Here's how the broadcast teams will look:

Showtime Challengers event: Bernstein, Stephen Quadros, Pat Miletich

CBS event: Gus Johnson, Mauro Ranallo, Frank Shamrock

According to MMA Junkie, Strikeforce has also announced the remaining bouts for the televised portion of the Nov. 6 show. Below is a look at the updated card:

Billy Evangelista vs. Jorge Gurgel Brandon Cash vs. Shane del Rosario Luke Rockhold vs. Jesse Taylor Ousmane Thomas Diagne vs. Warren Merritt Zoila Frausto vs. Elisha Hellspur

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