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In 2015, Mauro Ranallo made history as the only sports broadcaster ever to call every major combat sport on national television: Boxing, Kickboxing, MMA, and Professional Wrestling.
Since 2007, Mauro Ranallo has been a part of the CBS Broadcasting family as Lead Announcer for the Strikeforce MMA promotion, and in 2012, was chosen as the play-by-play announcer for Championship Boxing on Showtime. The next year, Mauro’s wit and booming voice earned him the Boxing Announcer of the Year Award from Yahoo sports.
During that time he also traveled the globe calling the action for Glory, the
preeminent kickboxing organization shown in 100+ countries.
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Mauro Ranallo chuckled as he gazed down at the table. His iPhone lay before him, wrapped in a case with “Stigma Free” written across it. He uses words to make a living as a broadcaster, so he took a moment to gather them.
For a decade, Ranallo allowed a close friend to shadow him in hopes of helping to shatter the stigma surrounding mental illness. The process was arduous; the camera captured a bare-chested Ranallo weeping inside hotel rooms, growling at himself with rage and pounding his keyboard in euphoria. Watching the film made him uncomfortable. And now, over lunch, Ranallo fretted about what would happen next.
Prolific combat sports broadcaster Mauro Ranallo and his lifelong battle with mental illness are the subject of a new documentary film from SHOWTIME Sports®. BIPOLAR ROCK ‘N ROLLER – named for the moniker Ranallo gave himself as a broadcast personality and DJ in the early 90’s…
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— Sigmund Freud
Mauro is one of the most inspirational men I’ve ever met and I’m proud to call him a friend. I believe his impact on the world of combat sports announcing will be second only to the impact he has on helping to end the stigma associated with mental health issues.
— Frank Shamrock
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