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Jon Anik reveals that Colby Covington beef has been squashed: "I never felt particularly threatened"

Josh Evanoff - April 14, 2023

UFC commentator Jon Anik has finally discussed his brief feud with Colby Covington. ‘Chaos’ has been out of the cage since his win over Jorge Masvidal over a year ago. However, last month in London at UFC 287, the former interim champion made a shocking return. Covington weighed in as the main event’s backup fighter and was cageside for the card.

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Jon Anik believes Israel Adesanya cemented his status as the “greatest middleweight of all time” with his highlight reel KO at UFC 287

Harry Kettle - April 12, 2023

UFC commentator Jon Anik believes Israel Adesanya is the greatest middleweight of all time following UFC 287. Last Saturday night at UFC 287, Israel Adesanya proved his doubters wrong in style by knocking out Alex Pereira. In doing so, he was able to reclaim his UFC middleweight championship.

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Michael Bisping defends Jon Anik after Colby Covington's recent threat: "He’s just stating facts"

Josh Evanoff - March 24, 2023

UFC commentator Michael Bisping has responded to Colby Covington’s recent threat. ‘Chaos’ has been out of the cage for over a year, since his unanimous decision victory over Jorge Masvidal last March. Weeks following the defeat, ‘Gamebred’ allegedly assaulted Covington outside a Miami steakhouse. For over a year following the incident, the welterweight contender was out of the spotlight.

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Multiple fighters offer UFC commentator Jon Anik assistance following recent threats from Colby Covington

Susan Cox - March 23, 2023

Multiple fighters have offered UFC commentator, Jon Anik, assistance following recent threats from Colby Covington. Colby Covington, the number 2 ranked welterweight contender, took aim at Jon Anik, going as far as threatening him, after the commentator expressed sympathy for Belal Muhammad.

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UFC commentator Jon Anik recalls crowd reaction to Islam Makhachev defeating Alexander Volkanovski: "It’s the first time I’ve ever been hit with a burger"

Josh Evanoff - February 16, 2023

UFC commentator Jon Anik didn’t have the greatest time after the results of Saturday’s main event were read. UFC 284 went down over the weekend as the promotion returned to Australia. In the main event, featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski headed up to lightweight to face newly crowned titleholder Islam Makhachev. Heading into the fight, the Russian was a sizeable favorite.

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Jon Anik shares his disappointment on the current state of MMA Judging: “I'm not sure the state of MMA judging has ever been worse”

Harry Kettle - December 21, 2022

UFC commentator Jon Anik has given his thoughts on the current state of judging in mixed martial arts. Over the course of the last few weeks, fans and pundits have pointed out a string of questionable decisions in the world of MMA. From UFC to Bellator and beyond, it feels as if bad choices from judges are being made every other night.

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Joe Rogan praises Jon Anik for “the best call ever” in a UFC fight: “Bro, that’s Shakespeare”

Harry Kettle - December 5, 2022

Joe Rogan has praised Jon Anik for what he called one of the best calls in the history of the UFC earlier this year. For many years now, Jon Anik has been known as the voice of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He has been responsible, more than once, for making a great moment even greater.

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Jon Anik explains why the UFC won’t take a chance on Jake Paul like they did with CM Punk: “We just don't need him”

Harry Kettle - February 7, 2022

Jon Anik has explained why he doesn’t believe the UFC will sign Jake Paul, in what would likely be a similar signing to CM Punk. It’s now become fairly common for mixed martial arts fans to hear the name “Jake Paul” in every other article they read, largely because “The Problem Child” can’t stay out of the spotlight. From his diss track about Dana White to his constant fighter pay talk, the YouTuber turned pro boxer certainly knows how to market himself.

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Commentary teams set for UFC Fight Island triple-header

Tom Taylor - January 13, 2021

The commentary teams for the UFC’s upcoming three-event stint on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi have been made official. The UFC is set to promote three events on Fight Island starting this weekend. The first will be UFC Fight Island 7, headlined by a featherweight fight between Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar, on Saturday, January 16. Next up will be UFC Fight Island 8, headlined by a welterweight clash between Neil Magny and Michael Chiesa, on Wednesday, January 20. The fun will conclude on Saturday, January 23 with the stacked UFC 257 pay-per-view, headlined by a lightweight clash between top-5 contenders Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.

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Jon Anik suggests interesting solution to weight-cutting issues after Mike Perry scale fail

Tom Taylor - November 20, 2020

UFC commentator Jon Anik has suggested an interesting solution to MMA’s weight-cutting issues after a grievous scale fail from Mike Perry. Perry is slated to take on Tim Means on the main card of UFC 255 this Saturday. On Friday morning, he stepped onto the scale to weigh in for the fight, but missed the 171 welterweight limit by a significant 4.5 pounds.

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Jon Anik sets odds for UFC 249 happening on May 9

Tom Taylor - April 23, 2020

UFC play-by-play man Jon Anik is very confident the promotion will be able to go ahead with the planned UFC 249 card on May 9. Anik, who is a proud “degenerate gambler,” even set the odds for the card happening at a solid 9/10.

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Jon Anik expresses "major concerns" about calling UFC 249

Tom Taylor - April 9, 2020

UFC play-by-play man Jon Anik has some understandable concerns about calling the upcoming UFC 249 event. UFC 249 is scheduled for April 18. It was originally expected to go down in Brooklyn, New York, but has been moved to tribal land in California to skirt public health advisories and travel restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jon Anik responds to accusations of biased commentary against Cris Cyborg

Christopher Taylor - August 2, 2019

Jon Anik has issued a statement following fan criticism of biased commentary in the UFC 240 co-main event between Cris Cyborg and Felicia Spencer. In what was likely the final fight of her UFC career, Cris Cyborg defeated Felicia Spencer via unanimous decision. While it was a gutsy performance from the Canadian, there was no doubt that the Brazilian legend had done enough to get the judges decision.

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UFC 235 commentator Jon Anik criticizes referee Marc Goddard, Goddard responds

Tom Taylor - March 4, 2019

On Saturday night, in the co-main event of UFC 235, Kamaru Usman authored a dominant decision victory over long-time UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. During the fight referee Marc Goddard continually stood Usman and Woodley up, oftentimes when some onlookers felt it wasn’t necessary. UFC commentator Jon Anik, who was on duty for the card, shares that opinion. Yes! Wildly inconsistent. And Usman was working his ass off.

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Broadcast and commentary teams revealed for UFC on ESPN 1

Tom Taylor - February 17, 2019

On Sunday, February 17, the UFC will make its debut on ESPN with an exciting, 13-fight card. In a recent press release, ESPN revealed the commentary and broadcast teams for this debut UFC on ESPN card. Jon Anik and Dominick Cruz will call the fights from cage-side, while Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping and Karyn Bryant will man the broadcast desk, and Megan Olivi will handle reporting. UFC fighters Fabricio Werdum and Brandon Moreno will join Victor Dávila on the Spanish language broadcast.

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Jon Anik signs four-year contract extension with the UFC

Cole Shelton - October 22, 2018

With the UFC leaving Fox and entering the ESPN era, changes were expected. One big question heading into this transition is how the UFC broadcast team would be affected. Well, at the very least, UFC play-by-play man Jon Anik will be staying on board. According to MMAJunkie, Jon Anik will be calling UFC fights for at least the next four years.

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Jon Anik to Be Joined by Two New Fighters at the Commentary Booth

Tom Taylor - September 20, 2016

When Jon Anik hunkers down at the broadcast booth to call a UFC event, he’s typically joined by one of two fighters. One is former UFC lightweight and featherweight title challenger Kenny Florian. The other is former UFC middleweight Brian Stann. Both are long retired. Today, however, news broke that Anik will be joined by two active fighters in the near future – both of whom happen to be reigning world champions.

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Jon Anik discusses aftermath of getting '209' tattoo

bjpenndotcom - March 24, 2016

Prior to UFC 196, where Nate Diaz ended the undefeated streak of Conor McGregor, UFC commentator Jon Anik promised his podcast listeners that he would get a ‘209’ tattoo in honor of Nate Diaz if he defeated McGregor. After Diaz’s win, Anik made good on his promise to get ‘209’ tattooed on his body permanently. Now, two weeks removed from UFC 196, Anik reflected on the decision during an interview with MMAJunkie Radio:

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