Jimmy Smith works as a FOX UFC analyst on FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN, PREFIGHT, PRELIMS and POSTFIGHT SHOWS. He also works as an analyst Octagon-side calling UFC fights live on FS1 and the UFC PPV broadcasts.
Prior to joining the UFC and FOX Sports, Smith was an analyst for Bellator MMA for eight and a half years, working on the Spike television broadcasts. He started his broadcast career with M1 Global in 2008, then called fights for Affliction’s MMA.
Smith began his television career in 2006, hosting a show called “Fight Quest” on the Discovery Channel, where he traveled around the world competing in a wide variety of martial arts styles. In addition, he also hosted “America Ninja Warrior” on the G4 network for two seasons.
Currently Jimmy has his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) under Rey Diogo, who is a fourth-degree black belt under the legendary Carlson Gracie.
Smith started training mixed martial arts (MMA) with UFC light heavyweight champion and Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz and Fabiano Iha in Huntington Beach and compiled a 6-1 professional record, with five first-round submissions. He worked for Long Beach Unified School District while training in MMA.
He graduated with honors from University of California, Los Angeles, with a History degree. It was at UCLA where Jimmy was introduced to BJJ and started seriously training after graduation. In high school, he was the captain of the Long Beach Poly wrestling team.
Born in Lynwood, California, Smith has been California native his entire life. He was raised mostly in Long Beach. He has one younger brother and a Greek mother, who is the greatest cook in human history (seriously, ask anyone).
Smith currently lives in Culver City, California. Follow Jimmy on Twitter at: @jimmysmithmma