Rushville Republican

April 24, 2013

York gets MMA Hall of Fame nod

Frank Denzler
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Rushville resident Joe “The Truth” York was honored for more than 20 years of announcing mixed martial arts and boxing matches Saturday evening at the Indianapolis Marriot.

York became the first ringside announcer inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame since the hall's inception in 1976.

What the Rushville resident did not know was that he was also recognized as the Announcer of the Decade.

“It was a crazy night. I was surprised and taken back by this. There is a lot of company out there. I hadn’t anticipated this by any means. I am extremely touched,” York said.

What is more amazing is that as a child York stuttered when he spoke and he overcame that on the road to Saturday’s award.

“Don’t ever let anybody tell you that you can’t do something, because you can do anything if you want to bad enough. I am deeply touched, this means even more if that is possible because I was nominated by promoters that I’ve worked for,” the Rushville man said.

During the past 20 years, York worked tirelessly perfecting his ringside presence and said prior to his enshrinement that he was excited, flattered and rather nervous about the induction ceremony.

“I have a lot of passion for what I do and am very blessed. It’s great to be recognized knowing that I’ve been a part of this [the introduction of fighters and competitors] since the beginning,” York said.

During the late 1980s, in the infancy of his career, York worked as an understudy to Michael Buffer. Buffer coined the phrase, “Let’s get ready to rumble,” a moniker that is known throughout the boxing world.

Some time later York came up with his own phrase that separated him from others and has since become synonymous to MMA events; “It’s time to get nasty.”

Although calling Rushville home, York’s voice is heard around the world while announcing events on cable stations HBO and ESPN, as well as local and regional outlets.

York said he does a lot of research on the competitors involved in an effort to make their introductions special as well as to motivate not only the fighters but also the audience.

He recently said that he likes the small town atmosphere of Rush County and in time hopes to be a part of a pro boxing event in Rushville.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106