“You Almost Forget That the Camera’s There” – Daniel Cormier and Jon Anik Say UFC Commentators Don’t Play It Up

Published 12/22/2021, 6:30 AM EST
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 06: (L-R) Jon Anik, Joe Rogan, and Daniel Cormier anchor the broadcast during the UFC 268 event at Madison Square Garden on November 06, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)|Getty Images


Many UFC spectators feel that the commentators play it up slightly; especially when their reactions are crazy. However, Daniel Cormier and Jon Anik clarified that it’s not true. They are fans of the sport and get totally engrossed in the live fights.

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Explaining his reactions, Anik, who appeared on an episode of DC & RC, said, “Well, it’s amazing that people actually think we’re like playing up to the camera. I mean, … do they understand our proximity to what is happening and the results that actually are happening, that that result in these type of reactions with Rose Namajunas and everything else right.”

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He revealed, “It’s a tiny little camera right in front of Joe Rogan. It’s complete pandemonium. This is the most crazy, unpredictable theater in all of live sports and yeah, I mean, I guess for me, obviously as the play-by-play guy like, when I first started working with Joe Rogan, it’s like ‘you ain’t trying to step on Joe Rogan’ right as the new guy. But I am charged with providing the historical context for these championship moments.”

The reactions of the commentators are so unique because before being journalists they are fans who have tapped into their love and passion for the sport to get to their spots behind the booth at octagon side.

Cormier touched on this and said, “Like you said, we are not playing it up. But the one thing that I don’t believe people know, Ryan, is we are fans of the game. Like we love this. Like every one of us, absolutely love being in there. So when you look at our reactions, look at the people behind us. They’re doing the same thing.”

“There’s no put on because the camera’s there. Honestly, you almost forget that the camera’s there.”

Daniel Cormier, Jon Anik, and Joe Rogan’s best reactions

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‘DC’ Daniel Cormier, Joe Rogan, and Jon Anik had some hilarious reactions at UFC 268. When Chris Barnett defeated his opponent with a spinning wheel kick, all three of them were impressed. Similarly, when Kamaru Usman knocked out Jorge Masvidal, all the three commentators were shocked.

At UFC 269, Amanda Nunes’ loss against Julianna Peña also earned some of the best reactions.

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Their fun commentary and reactions surely add a ton of life to the events. What do you think about Cormier and Anik’s perspectives? Let us know in the comments.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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