“I think that, quite frankly this may sound egocentric, but I think the transition from calling a pro wrestling match and calling MMA fights would be easy,” –Jim Ross
I think the UFC desperately needs more commentators. Whatever your feelings are about Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg or Jon Anik and Kenny Florian, I worry that those four guys are going to get burned out with as many dates and shows as the UFC puts on. Added to that, the expansion into international markets and the international travel involved, their commitments to TV shows on FOX Sports 1, and any other personal appearances, and it’s shocking how these four are able to keep up with the demands of a UFC schedule. It’s also shocking that there are only four full-time UFC commentators.
I don’t know if JR can help. I don’t know if you can totally divorce yourself from the entertainment aspect of pro wrestling (see Brock Lesnar cutting a promo after Mir/Lesnar2). JR is immensely talented, and as skillful as he is behind a microphone, he is just as adept behind the scenes. He was an integral part to the success of the business side of the WWF/WWE, and he might be better served behind the scenes, especially in dealing with talent.
I for one would welcome JR’s ability to tell a story and engage fans, making them care about more than just the fight happening in the cage, but I also recognize from a strictly presentation perspective how that may not fly with MMA fans. I will say this, no one can drop the phrase “slobberknocker” as seamlessly into a conversation better than JR, and there is no shortage of MMA guys from the Pride and Strikeforce era who have tried and failed.