UFC fighter Kenny Florian admitted last week that his career could come to an end due to a back injury, but nevertheless his future with the promotion is secure as he’s just been announced as their new color commentator.
Florian won’t be taking over from Joe Rogan who normally fulfills that role, but rather will be paired up alongside another recent addition to the UFC ranks, former ESPN host Jon Anik, to become the UFC’s second commentary team.
The duo will commentate on smaller shows like the ‘UFC On FX’ and ‘UFC On Fuel TV’ broadcasts, leaving the main team of Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan to focus on the PPV shows and ‘UFC On FOX’.
It’s an inevitable step for the UFC to take as they continue to ramp up the amount of events that they are doing and the number of global destinations that they are traveling to on a regular basis.
Other’s who were in the running for a role opposite Anik in the commentary booth were Stephan Bonnar and Frank Mir who’ve both handled color-commentary duties for the WEC before, and Rich Franklin.
Anik and Florian have a natural rapport though from their time working together on ESPN’s ‘MMA Live’ so the UFC’s decision to have them join forces doesn’t come as a great surprise.
“It’s really a vision I had since we started working on ‘MMA Live’ together – that’d we’d be calling UFC fights together,” Anik admits. “I just really think he’s such a natural at it, and he’s got a gift of simplifying things. … He’s going to make my life much easier.”
Fans can get their first chance to check out the new UFC ‘b’ team in action this Friday night when they call the fights at ‘UFC On FX 1’.