Michael Schiavello is heading home, though it’s a bittersweet departure for the veteran AXS TV Fights play-by-play man. “Las Vegas has been home for may years, but Australia is always the spiritual home,” the 42-year-old Australian told MMAjunkie Radio. “It’s where you’re from. There’s nothing quite like being home.” Tonight’s LFA 12 event at Mystic Lake Showroom in Prior Lake, Minn., is Schiavello’s second-to-last event before he parts ways with the MMA-centric channel and returns home with his family. In some ways, he never expected to be here this long. Schiavello formally signed with AXS TV in 2009 and was soon calling MMA, muay Thai, pro wrestling and kickboxing events. From Legacy FC to RFA to CES MMA to Lion Fight and combat-sports offerings of all sorts, Schiavello and his booming voice have been a Friday-night fixture on AXS TV. In the early days, “The Voice,” who’s also a longtime combat-sports writer, used to shuttle between Australia and the U.S. every 10 to 14 days. Admittedly, criss-crossing the globe wore on him. So he and his wife moved to U.S. for what he expected to be a three-year contract. Then came a renewal. And another. “We’ve been here for almost seven years now, and we decided the time has come to go home,” he said. “Our first son was born here in Las Vegas, so he’s a little American-Australian. He’s got both citizenship. And with a second one on the way, due here in July, we decided it was time to go home and raise the family in Australia. That’s where all the family is, where the friends are.” After all, they’re the most important thing. “Our utmost priority is the happiness, joy and well-being of our kids,” he said. Although he enjoys the U.S., Schiavello said his wife was ready to go to their familiar surroundings. Plus, he said, he also missed his friends and family back home, and no matter how comfortable he got in the U.S., it was hard to stay away from Australia. Of all the things he’ll miss, though, broadcasting partner and friend Pat Miletich is atop the list, he said. While they initially seemed like an unlikely pair and they were thrown together and lacked any previous camaraderie or experience together Schiavello soon found a broadcasting soulmate. “I believe we form the best (broadcasting) combination in mixed martial arts,” he said. “I really do. The chemistry Pat and I have developed is is legit. We bounce off each other. ” … I don’t think anyone else has quite the chemistry where they can do that. I’ve worked with many, many, many color commentators over the years, and Pat is the best. There’s no one better at dissecting the fighting game. Whether we’re commentating muay Thai or whether we’re commentating MMA whatever it may be there’s no one better and able to communicate to the layman and the expert (than Miletich).” He’ll also miss veteran AXS TV Fights reporter Ron Kruck and the rest of the crew that travels all corners of the U.S. Despite a small budget, the Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner-owned company has become a combat-sports juggernaut. Schiavello said everyone from AXS TV Fights President Andrew Simon to the countless behind-the-scenes folks are in a class of their own. “These guys here are the guts and the heart of the team,” he said. “I’m going to miss hanging with those guys because you won’t find a better production team doing it the way they do it. Admittedly, they don’t have a budget of a CBS or a TBS or FOX Sports. They don’t have it. But every Friday night, they’re producing amazing quality content and amazing production on a shoestring budget. They take it in stride and knock it out of the park.”For more on LFA 12, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casinos Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by Gorgeous George Garcia and producer Brian Goze Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.