Veteran Analyst Jimmy Smith Reveals That UFC Has Not Renewed His Contract

Veteran Analyst Jimmy Smith Reveals That UFC Has Not Renewed His Contract

By Tristen Critchfield Jan 1, 2019

After approximately one year, mixed martial analyst Jimmy Smith and
the Ultimate Fighting Championship are parting ways.

Smith announced on Wednesday that the UFC elected not to renew his
contract.

“Now that the New Year has arrived I’m afraid I have to announce
that the UFC has declined to re-sign me and my time with the
promotion has come to an end,” Smith wrote on Twitter. “I just want
to thank everyone at the promotion who made me feel welcome and
appreciated at every single show.

“I tried my utmost to show the fighters the respect they deserved
for giving their lives to this sport and hope they felt that when
they heard what I had to say. The UFC fans were truly amazing and I
wish I could thank each and every one of you for your support and
even your criticism because it made me strive to be better. Wishing
everyone a great 2019 and on to the next fight…Adios Amigos.”

Smith
joined the UFC broadcast team
at the beginning of 2018, helping
call Fox Sports events and pay-per-views as well as working in the
FS1 studio. He made his color commentary debut with the Las
Vegas-based promotion this past February at UFC 221.

Prior to his short-lived UFC stint, Smith worked approximately nine
years with Bellator MMA. The two sides
mutually parted ways
at the end of 2017 when Smith was unable
to reach a new contract agreement with the Scott Coker-led
organization.

Now that the New Year has arrived I’m afraid
I have to announce that the UFC has declined to re-sign me and my
time with the promotion has come to an end. I just want to thank
everyone at the promotion who made me feel welcome and appreciate
at every single show.

— Jimmy Smith (@jimmysmithmma)

I tried my utmost to show the fighters the
respect they deserved for giving their lives to this sport and hope
they felt that when they heard what I had to say. The UFC fans were
truly amazing and I wish I could thank each and every one of you
for your support and

— Jimmy Smith (@jimmysmithmma)

even your criticism because it made me
strive to be better. Wishing everyone a great 2019 and on to the
next fight…Adios Amigos

— Jimmy Smith (@jimmysmithmma)

Source

http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Veteran-Analyst-Jimmy-Smith-Reveals-That-UFC-Has-Not-Renewed-His-Contract-147701

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