Laura Sanko provided a heartfelt reaction to becoming the first female commentator of the Zuffa era.
On February 4, Sanko will make history by commentating on an official UFC event. The only other woman to do so was Kathy Long, who appeared at UFC 1 in 1993. Since Dana White and Zuffa bought the UFC in 2001, no female has followed in Long’s footsteps until now. During a UFC Vegas 68 press conference, the former Invicta fighter had this to say about the opportunity:
“It’s surreal, and it’s awesome, and I’m incredibly honored to be here. I’m grateful that the UFC had the belief in me to give me this opportunity in an elevated role. I’m also simultaneously glad that they made me earn it… Everything here [in the UFC] is earned. Nothing is given, regardless of gender.”
Sanko has experience commentating for LFA, Invicta, Dana White’s Contender Series, and the Road to UFC series. The 40-year-old will make her UFC color commentating debut at UFC Vegas 68, headlined by a heavyweight showdown between Derrick Lewis and Sergei Spivac. The event was supposed to be in South Korea, so the preliminary card won’t start until 10 p.m. ET, with the main card following at 1 a.m.
Watch Laura Sanko’s UFC Vegas 68 press conference below:
Laura Sanko discusses the allegations of cheating on her husband
Laura Sanko has been on the wrong end of some harsh allegations. The most notable being from Megan Anderson, who claimed Sanko cheated on her husband with Glory MMA coach James Krause. During the same press conference, Sanko addressed those accusations and more by saying:
“Anytime you do something for the first time, people are gonna have something to say about it. I’m incredibly thankful, as you say, the reception has been overwhelmingly good. On the way up, there is a lot of questioning, and I’ll just say it, the number of people I’ve supposedly slept with is just endless. It’s so long, and it would be exhausting if it was true. I don’t see other well-respected voices in the sport, they don’t get that. Brett Okamoto doesn’t get accused.”
All drama aside, Sanko deserves every opportunity she has been given. The former Invicta fighter never gave up and even worked multiple jobs on Dana White’s Contender Series to make herself undeniable. It’ll be intriguing to see how she adapts to an official UFC event, but the 40-year-old will have support from the MMA community.