Laura Sanko is set to be the first female color commentator in modern UFC history this weekend, a pivotal moment in her broadcasting career.
Sanko will graduate from her color commentary position on Dana White's Contender Series, as she will now be calling the action during an official UFC Fight Night. She has been an integral part of the UFC's pre- and post-fight shows for several years now, and has commentated on the Road to UFC tournament alongside John Gooden.
Sanko is a former MMA fighter who competed at atomweight and holds a 1-0 record. Following retirement, she began working as a broadcaster for Invicta FC before transitioning to the UFC in 2016.
During a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Laura Sanko explained her journey from being a fan of combat sports to a history-making broadcaster within the sport's biggest promotion.
Sanko also stated that it would be a dream of hers to be paired alongside longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan for a UFC pay-per-view:
"The reality is I’m a fan who was so in love with the sport that I decided to train, and then I was so in love with training that I decided to fight, and then I was so in love with fighting that I couldn’t give it up even when I had to, so I went into this outlet. There’s just that theme of purely loving the sport, and I feel like Joe [Rogan] embodies that, so if I could do that with him, man, that would be the ultimate."
Read the full interview below:
Laura Sanko predicts Jon Jones to be successful at heavyweight
Laura Sanko shared her thoughts on Jon Jones' move from light heavyweight to heavyweight, and believes that 'Bones' will be successful in the heavier weight division.
Jones last fought in February 2020 against Dominick Reyes and has taken time off to bulk up in preparation for his move northwards. His return was recently announced, and 'Bones' will face Ciryl Gane for the vacant heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 285 in March.
In a recent interview with Submission Radio, Laura Sanko spoke of her excitement at the return of Jon Jones:
"You look at his frame, he certainly has the height. I think he looks good, and the thing that gave Jon [Jones] an advantage at 205 [pounds] was his fight IQ. He's one of the smartest fighters we've ever seen inside the octagon in terms of his ability to build a strategy before the fight even started. To have that level of fight IQ in a division known for 'slanging and banging', I think he will have a ton of success."
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