Laura Sanko is making her UFC commentary debut at UFC Vegas 68.
On February 4, Sanko’s hard work and dedication will be rewarded by becoming the second female UFC commentator in promotional history. The first woman to commentate a UFC event was Kathy Long, who appeared at UFC 1 alongside Bill Wallace and Jim Brown. The UFC released an official statement about Sanko that read:
“Taking the next step to join the UFC commentary team has been a goal of mine since I began my broadcast career. It is an honor to walk in the footprint of Kathy Long 30 years after her appearance on UFC 1. I consider it a true privilege to be part of the team that is a voice to our incredible fans, communicating the fighting art of each man and woman who steps inside the UFC Octagon.” Via UFC.com
Sanko’s role at UFC Vegas 68 was a long time coming. The 40-year-old has been grinding on Dana White’s Contender Series, where she held multiple roles, including commentating, post-fight interviews, and in-ring announcing. The UFC staff and the MMA community are thrilled to see her thrive at official UFC events.
Dana White and Zach Candito praise Laura Sanko ahead of color commentary debut
Anyone who knows Laura Sanko can vouch that she deserves everything coming her way. The former Invicta fighter has built her life around MMA and now finds herself an inspiration for women worldwide. During the UFC press release, Dana White provided this statement about Sanko’s commentary debut at UFC Vegas 68:
“I can’t think of anyone better to be the first female color commentator for the modern UFC era than Laura. She has worked incredibly hard to prove herself and get to this position and I couldn’t be prouder to have her calling the action.”
UFC Vice President Zach Candito also praised Sanko in the press release by saying:
“Laura brings passion, enthusiasm, and an undeniable work ethic to all of her roles with the UFC. There is no doubt she’ll do the same in this elevated opportunity as the first-ever female color commentator at the UFC during the Zuffa era. We are thrilled to add her to our talented stable of commentators and her expert analysis promises to be a great addition to UFC broadcasts moving forward.”
UFC Vegas 68 goes down on February 4 with twelve bouts, including the finale of the Road to UFC, which Sanko commentated. The event was supposed to take place in South Korea, but the late switch to Las Vegas maintained the inconvenient start time of 10:00 p.m. ET for the preliminary card. Regardless of the time, Sanko’s commentary debut makes it worth tuning in.