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ESPN’s MMA Live Host Jon Anik Joins UFC Broadcast Team

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(Photo courtesy of Ed Mulholland/ESPN)

In an effort to take some of the growing workload off of the backs of color analyst Joe Rogan and play-by-play man Mike Goldberg, the UFC announced today that it has added veteran sportscaster Jon Anik to its broadcast team.

Anik, who has anchored MMA Live since 2008 and hosted several ESPN pre-UFC shows, will be involved with the November 12 Fox broadcast in some capacity and will likely take the reins of commentating duties for the next season’s weekly live broadcast of The Ultimate Fighter on FX among other events.

“We’re very happy to have Jon as part of the team,” UFC president Dana White said after making the announcement at today’s UFC 137 press conference.

“It’s a dream come true. I believe the UFC’s a strong a brand as there is in professional sports, but what really drew me to this organization was the people behind it. I think as strong as this organization is, it’s the people behind it,” the 33-year-old Boston native said Thursday. “It’s a well-oiled machine, I just hope I don’t get in the way. I’m very excited to get started.”

Anik’s last day at ESPN was today. A successor for Anik at MMA Live has not been named, but if it’s Franklin McNeil, we predict a drastic drop in ratings.

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SnackDaddy- October 28, 2011 at 6:51 am
But what about that token black guy or dude with the braces from Strikeforce?
Jason Moles- October 28, 2011 at 4:49 am
Jon Anik was the right choice. ESPN MMA is about to fade away...
colee1- October 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm
Good news, it's pretty comical seeing him next to Brock in this photo. FOX seems a little busy with scoring UFC and trying to settle negotiations with Directv. Nov. 1st many FOX channels are going black for Direct subscribers, which is sad because they have some of the best stuff on TV right now. I’m thankful I’ll still get to keep FX and my FSN’s in the future with my employee DISH Network account. FX is doing a great job of keeping great shows on the air.
LukeTheDuke- October 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm
Anik's a class act. His precision will be precise. Always thought he was bigger than MMALive. Glad to hear the news. NOW LET ME HOST MMALIVE.
danomite- October 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm
what's wrong with todd harris? is he in some kind of contract that prevents him from announcing on fx?
smellypiratehooker- October 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm
I believe his broadcasting precision will be very...precise.