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Bellator: Dynamite Snags Former PRIDE Announcer

Bellator 142: Dynamite just got a lot more intense.

All that, and it has nothing to do with any of the fighters competing inside the cage at the SAP Center in San Jose on Sept. 19.

Former PRIDE and DREAM ring announcer Lenne Hardt will showcase her one-of-a-kind talents as the fighters make their way into the ring, Bellator announced Thursday.

The name may not ring any bells to some, but the voice should. Take a listen:

Hardt got her big break when she landed an opportunity to announce fighter’s names for PRIDE in 2000. She spent the next seven years of her life screaming names like Wanderlei Silva, Antonio Nogueira (both of them) and Fedor Emelianenko, to name a few.

She went on to serve a similar role for DREAM, GLORY and ONE Fighting Championships.

She showcased talents only capable of belonging to few others, separating herself from the more traditional stylings of the Michael Buffers and Jimmy Lennons of the ring announcing world.

Boasting a light heavyweight title fight, a four-man, one-night tournament and separate platforms for mixed martial arts and GLORY kickboxing, Hardt is just the latest addition separating Bellator’s big event from anything offered by most other promotions.


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