The UFC family has welcomed another member. ESPN's Jon Anik, the longtime host of "MMA Live", has been hired by the UFC to take over broadcasting duties for the promotion's upcoming move to Fox. UFC President Dana White made the announcement to kick-off Thursday's pre-fight press conference.
"We're very happy to have Jon as part of the team," White declared.
According to White, Anik will take over play-by-play duties for all FX-broadcast events, as well as live fights on "The Ultimate Fighter". Additionally, Anik also carry out various undisclosed roles in the filming and production of the long-running reality show.
Reports from MMA Weekly indicate that Anik's contract stretches for three years and takes effect immediately. As such, the 34-year-old will likely have a role in the UFC's November 12th debut on Fox.
"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. It's a well-oiled machine, I just hope I don't get in the way," Anik said. "It's a dream come true."