Analyst Laura Sanko Wants to Get Back to Having ‘Solid’ UFC Career: “I’m About That Life”

Published 05/14/2022, 6:55 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 10: Laura Sanko prepares to announce the judges decision during Dana White’s Contender Series at the TUF Gym on August 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/DWTNCS LLC)

Desk analyst and voice of Dana White’s Contender Series, Laura Sanko, desires to get back into professional fighting. Sanko believes she could have had a solid career in one of the world’s biggest promotions, UFC.

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Laura Sanko has become a prominent voice in the UFC. However, even she had a fair share of fights in her career. But she never made it to the UFC as the promotion doesn’t have a women’s atomweight division.

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However, Sanko is doing her part in the sport by lending her voice to Dana White Contender Series. Also working behind the desk and interviewing the fighters. Moreover, Sanko made history by becoming the only second woman to lend her voice to a UFC program, by commentating for the Contender Series.

Even though not fighting, Sanko is on the verge of having a successful career in the fight industry. However, she still desires to live the fight life. In a recent interview, Sanko said, “Paige VanZant and I debuted on the same card, same night, we both got wins, both got finishes. I know that if there had been an atomweight division in the UFC. I know that I could have gone on to have a solid career in the UFC.”

“There’s no doubt in my mind. There’s not that much footage of me out there fighting. And I’m so much better than the footage that does exist.” Sanko added. 

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“That’s the irritating part because my growth as a fighter really happened after I quit competing actively. So there’s definitely a part of me that wants to get back to some form of competition just to prove to people I’m about that life.” Sanko concluded. 

Laura Sanko over the years

Laura Sanko made her amateur debut in 2010. Unfortunately, she lost her second amateur bout. However, for Sanko, it was never looking back. She bounced back into the win column in her third fight.

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From there, Sanko only bagged wins in her amateur career. She has an amateur record of 4-1 under her name. After a glorious run in her amateur career, Sanko decided to go professional in 2013.

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The now UFC commentator Sanko made her professional debut in women’s MMA promotion, Invicta FC, in 2013. She secured a finish in her professional debut. However, this was her only professional bout. Sanko picked up the mic after she hung her MMA gloves. And the rest is history.

What are your thoughts on Sanko’s fighting career? What are your thoughts on her words? Let us know in the comments below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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