UFC Vegas 46 Broadcast Team Announced – Laura Sanko Set to Make Her Desk Analyst Debut

Published 01/13/2022, 9:56 AM EST
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)


Former mixed martial artist and UFC analyst and reporter, Laura Sanko, is ready to make her debut as a desk analyst. A long-time reporter with the UFC, Sanko is mostly seen as a roving reporter and taking interviews of fighters backstage.

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MMA fans and experts love her because of her confidence on the mic. She has slowly climbed the MMA hierarchy ladder and is one of the most recognizable faces in combat sports today.

In the past, Sanko has clarified that her dream is to work as a color commentator in the UFC. She’s commentated at Dana White’s Contender Series before and would like to do so in the main UFC events as well. That dream might be a little far away for now. However, she’s got a step closer.

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In recent news, it was announced that ‘Fancy’ will make her debut as a desk analyst. She will do so at UFC’s first event of the year, UFC Vegas 46. Sanko will join Karyn Bryant, who will serve as desk anchor and host. And Anthony Smith, who will be her fellow analyst.

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Brendan Fitzgerald will lead on the mic from the cage side and will be joined by former UFC champions Michael Bisping and Dominick Cruz. The event will be headlined by Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze in what will be a huge fight with great implications for both.

Laura Sanko wants to be the first female color commentator in the UFC

UFC reporter and analyst Laura Sanko is determined to become the first female color commentator in the UFC. Already a successful reporter, and a commentator at the Dana White’s Contender Series, Sanko sees this as the next step.

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She was recently on Throwing Down with Renee & Miesha radio show. And said, “It [2021] was the first time I sat down on New Year’s eve and wrote like in present tense that I am the first female color commentator in the Zuffa era and you know it was a whole bunch of things. It was pretty amazing to check that biggest one-off. But this year 2022 I will definitely be writing that I am the first female color commentator who can commentate a UFC Fight Night. I just have to be a little more specific.”

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It is definitely a huge step in her career and she would want to make the most of it. Do you see her becoming a color commentator in the near future? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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