On Thursday, the UFC announced former ESPN2 MMA Live host Jon Anik (Pictured) will be taking his talents to the Octagon. The 33-year-old will serve as a commentator and on-air talent for UFC events on FX and FUEL TV.
“Jon Anik has been a top tier talent at ESPN for a number of years and I’ve made it a priority to bring him over to the UFC as we start our new partnership with FOX,” UFC president Dana White stated. “It’s critical to seek out the best talent in the business as our company continues to grow.”
Immediately after White revealed their latest acquisition, Anik hopped a red-eye flight destined for Bristol, Connecticut to film his final episode of MMA Live with co-hosts Kenny Florian and Franklin McNeil.
No word on who will replace Anik on the weekly show.
“The UFC is one of the strongest brands in sports, and in my opinion, it’s the greatest sport in the world,” Anik said. “The product speaks for itself. More frequently than any other sport, the UFC delivers. I had the chance to be on the road at UFC events when I was with ESPN and what separates the UFC from other sports is that it prides itself on being hands-on and fan-friendly.”
“I look forward to helping play a small role in bringing the UFC to as many people across the world as possible. I’m really excited to a part of an organization that is filled with quality people who are the best in the world at what they do.”
Following yesterday’s UFC 137 press conference, White said he was unsure who will rock the mic alongside Anik. However, Anik and his partner will formulate a second broadcast team that will complement longtime UFC commentators Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan.
Anik will make his debut in January as host of Ultimate Insider on FUEL TV.