The UFC’s next light-heavyweight title contender Daniel Cormier has been installed as the permanent co-host on the weekly ‘UFC Tonight’ show on FOX Sports 1, where he’ll join Kenny Florian along with with Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani.
Cormier is no stranger to the role – he’s already appeared as co-host on numerous occasions along with other UFC related shows on FOX Sports 1. FOX had been switching between several different fighters in the role though, including the likes of Michael Bisping, Dominick Cruz and Gilbert Melendez since Chael Sonnen was released following his failed drug tests earlier in the year.
Apparently Cormier is the man who impressed the most now and so he moves in to permanently fill Sonnen’s shoes.
“I love being a part of UFC on FOX family and extending my mixed martial arts career,” Cormier told foxsports.com. “The TV analyst role is exciting, fun and actually improves my fighting skills, because I see the action so differently now. I look forward to working with the team each week on UFC Tonight and vow to bring the light heavyweight title belt with me to the desk in January.”
FOX Sports appear to be equally happy with the deal.
“We’re thrilled to have Daniel join the UFC Tonight team on a permanent basis,” Steve Becker, FOX Sports coordinating producer said. “He’s been working with us as an analyst and fill in co-host for almost two years and has proven to be a natural talent in front of the camera providing excellent insight and fantastic personality.”
A former U.S Olympic wrestling captain, Cormier has made a big impact in a relatively short space of time in the UFC. In the space of just 18 months the former Strikeforce heavyweight grand-prix champion has defeated Frank Mir and Roy Nelson, moved down to light-heavyweight and strung together back-to-back wins there to extend his unbeaten MMA career to 15-0 and earn a title shot against Jon Jones in the process.
The fact that he’s also been able to move straight into a broadcasting role and then become a permanent fixture on the FOX Sports 1 team during the same space of time is undoubtedly impressive and is a testament to his character and work ethic.