UFC’s Jon Anik reveals the one rule he’ll never break as a broadcaster.
UFC play-by-play broadcaster Jon Anik doesn’t have many guidelines that dictate his job, but one general rule sticks out among the rest.
Anik is one of the most well-known sports broadcasters in the world and is the main voice of UFC broadcasts. The energy and analysis that he presents during UFC cards are some of the many reasons for the sport’s overall rise in popularity.
In the middle of his preparation for a given UFC card, he always reminds himself of the one rule to never break during an event. This continued most recently at UFC 270 featuring Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane.
During an interview with FanSided’s Amy Kaplan, Anik revealed the golden rule that he’ll never break as a UFC commentator.
“I remember when I got hired in 2011 and I was in charge of doing the post-fight interviews for my first broadcast with them in 2012,” Anik said. “And he said ‘whatever you do, whether it’s Conor McGregor or whoever, you can’t give up the microphone. Whatever the ‘F’ you do, don’t give up the microphone.’ I’ve only given up the microphone one time I believe and it was in the Philippines when Mark Munoz retired and I felt like he was going to give me the respect to give it back to me. As a broadcaster, once you give an athlete the microphone, you’ve given up control of the entire broadcast.”
Jon Anik has emerged as the voice of the UFC
In addition to being the play-by-play man for the UFC, Anik also hosts pre and post-fight coverage along with hosting his podcast with UFC legend Kenny Florian.
Anik is arguably one of the UFC broadcast’s versions of a swiss army knife, being able to hold multiple roles and succeed at them. But, he’ll never give up control of the broadcast to one of the many fighters who respect him.
Anik is an inspiration to many prospective broadcasters around the world and is arguably one of the most respected in the business. He is teaming up with Modelo, the official beer of the UFC, to give away cash prizes along with an exclusive UFC fan experience.
How to enter Jon Anik and Modelo’s ultimate fan experience contest
According to an official press release:
- Highly-coveted “golden” floor seats and travel to ten of the year’s biggest PPV fights in Las Vegas, and other cities, for a full year.
- Grand prize winner also gets to meet legendary UFC announcer, Jon Anik, at the Apex for meet & greets with UFC personalities and a behind the scenes look at Jon’s pre-fight announcer rituals, creating the “ultimate” fighting experience that only Modelo can provide.
How to enter the contest:
To enter, fans must scan the QR code and go to DraftKings to play 3 free contests. Consumers will enter individual contests, the best lineups from each contest will win cash and the Top 2 will be entered to win the Modelo grand prize for golden floor seats to the year’s marquee UFC fights.
The contest opens starting Feb. 2, 2022, and runs until April 15, 2022.