Laura Sanko, a seasoned veteran in the combat sports industry, is set to make a historic appearance at UFC Vegas 68 this weekend as the second ever female color commentator in the modern day UFC.
With her extensive knowledge and passion for the sport, she is more than deserving of this opportunity to share her insights and analysis with fans around the world. This marks a significant step forward for diversity and representation in the UFC and fans can look forward to a fresh perspective in the commentary booth.
Ahead of her highly anticipated UFC color commentary debut on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 218 in Las Vegas, Laura Sanko sat down with MMA Junkie and other journalists for a series of interviews. During these interviews, she shared her thoughts on her upcoming role and offered a glimpse into her approach to commentary.
In response to the reporter's inquiry about how she felt about the new opportunity, she said:
"It's surreal. And it's awesome. I'm incredibly honoured to be here. I'm grateful that the UFC believed in me and gave me this opportunity."
Watch her full conversation here:
The Future of UFC Commentary: Laura Sanko Takes Center Stage
This weekend's UFC Fight Night 218 will see Laura Sanko become the first female color commentator in the modern era of the UFC, making history.
Sanko has operated as a backstage correspondent and with the commentary crew on president Dana White's Contender Series for seven years as a part of the UFC broadcasts.
Sanko received a call from producer Zach Candito informing her that she would be the third person in the broadcast booth while she was working on another UFC production. She had co-called the Road to UFC competition with seasoned UFC announcer John Gooden, so it made sense. But it was also a pivotal moment for Sanko's career in athletics and the promotion. After working as a reporter behind the scenes at a UFC on FOX event, it took her seven years to reach this position.