This Saturday at UFC 208 the UFC will be introducing its featherweight championship in the main event between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie. Another big debut for the promotion will be the announce team calling the fight.
Following the departure of long time play-by-play announcer Mike Goldberg, speculation was running rampant as to who would fill his seat. A few weeks ago the UFC announced that for the first time (in the Zuffa and post-Zuffa era) they will be going with a 3-man announce team.
Joe Rogan will be joined by UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and veteran UFC announcer and host Jon Anik.
It is an extremely well-deserved honor for Anik who has proven to be one of the best play-by-play voices in the sport. This won’t be Anik’s first time calling a pay-per-view for the UFC, however. He filled in for Mike Goldberg on short notice for UFC 155 back in 2012.
Anik was recently asked by mmaoddsbreaker.com what it will be like to fill Goldberg’s empty chair:
“Big shoes to fill, for sure. I was a senior in high school when Goldie called his first UFC show. He is my friend, and there is a lot of mutual respect there. I have a ton of admiration for what he has accomplished. He is a Hall-of-Fame voice, and I’m sure we will hear from him soon.”
Anik joined the UFC in 2011, and while the chair is his this coming weekend, he doesn’t quite know what the UFC has planned going forward:
“I’m honored to have the chance to work with Joe more regularly, and it’s my job to make his life on fight night as easy as possible. I’m not sure what the plan is going forward, but we will have UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier working with us at UFC 208. DC is one of my best friends in the game, and we’ve worked together a lot. He is as naturally gifted a TV analyst as I’ve been around, and it’ll be great to have him as part of our three-man booth this weekend.”
Many fight fans took to twitter following Goldberg’s departure to voice their support in giving Anik the job. There’s no telling what the future holds, but at least for now, fight fans can rest assured that the chair is in good hands.