- Full Name Jon Anik
- Nationality American
- Birthplace Massachusetts, USA
- Birth Date Jul 03, 1978
- Age 43 Years, 2 Months
Jon Anik | Biography 2021Mixed Martial Arts Commentator
After six years with ESPN, Anik was hired as a commentator by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2011. He worked as a studio desk host handling play-by-play duties for UFC Fight Night events on FOX and FS1. In 2017, Anik took over lead play-by-play duties replacing the longtime play-by-play man Mike Goldberg. This new contract was Anik's third deal with the UFC. When the UFC went to ESPN and ESPN+ in 2019, Anik inked a new four-year deal with the organization to stay on as a commentator. It's a multi-year contract, with the UFC and ESPN aligning the entire domestic package, and Anik has always wanted to be a part of it from the start.
Jon Anik is an American mixed martial arts commentator presently working for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He also co-hosts the Anik & Florian Podcast.
Who is Jon Anik?
Jon Anik is a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) commentator in the United States. He spent more than 5 years anchoring in ESPN before joining the UFC as a color commentator in 2011. He's also the host of the Anik & Florian Podcast, which has been airing since 2015. It covers MMA, sports, pop culture, expert fight analysis, and vital insights into the sport.
Jon Anik was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the U.S.A. on 3 July 1978, three minutes before his twin brother Jason Anik was born. He has two more siblings. Jon Anik is the oldest of four children, including one sister in the family.
Growing up in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Anik spent most of his childhood playing sports. Anik attended The Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts, and he was the editor-in-chief of the high school newspaper. He had always enjoyed public speaking and was moved when he was chosen as the graduation speaker by his classmates in 1997. Anik was also a member of the varsity tennis and basketball teams. He also served as the basketball team's captain in his final year.
Anik began his career as a sportswriter for the MetroWest Daily News in Boston. He also worked with autistic children at a Massachusetts collaborative, eventually rising to the position of vocational coordinator.
During his time as a sportswriter, Anik realized that he would suit better as a broadcast journalist. He then took a brief break to acquire training in broadcast at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, where he taught later. He then landed a job at Sporting News Radio's Boston affiliate, 1510 the Zone. In 18 months, Anik progressed from update announcer to afternoon drive host, co-hosting The Diehards with Ryen Russillo and Anthony Pepe.
In 2005, Anik was promoted to the station's program director. From 2005 to 2008, he was the co-host of The Mouthpiece Boxing Show.
Anik joined ESPN Radio as an anchor in February 2006 and conducted updates and filled in on 'Game Night.' In 2007, he joined ESPN Digital Media and began his career in television. The next year, he was chosen as the host of ESPN.com's MMA Live. ESPN2 picked up the series in 2010.
As the host of MMA Live, Anik conducted over 30 remote broadcasts at UFC events, including the landmark UFC 100, in July 2009. Through his exposure on MMA Live, Anik started getting opportunities to work on other mixed martial arts. In 2009, he worked as a play-by-play announcer for the debut season of the Bellator Fighting Championships. He then went on to call a few college footballs and boxing live events for ESPN. He also covered Vitali Klitschko vs. Shannon Briggs for the WBC heavyweight title fight in 2010.
After six years with ESPN, Anik was hired as a commentator by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2011. He worked as a studio desk host handling play-by-play duties for UFC Fight Night events on FOX and FS1. In 2017, Anik took over lead play-by-play duties replacing the longtime play-by-play man Mike Goldberg. This new contract was Anik's third deal with the UFC.
Anik felt grateful towards Dana White and Craig Borsari for the opportunity and promised to give his best. He said, "I'm thankful to Dana White and Craig Borsari and Zach Candito for having the confidence in me to assume this role and to replace a guy like Mike Goldberg," and added, "To be given this opportunity, it's not something that I take lightly, and I'm going to continue to prove myself going forward."
He had also hosted UFC Ultimate Insider and The Ultimate Fighter: Live on FX in the past.
After three years, Anil extended his contract with UFC. About his contract extension, he said to MMA journalist Ariel Helwani for The MMA Hour, "I've signed an extension with the UFC. Hopefully, they'll sign it and mail it back to me pretty soon. Anyone who knows me knows that this is the job I've wanted for a long time. The bottom line, Ariel, I'm not a lifelong martial artist, but that doesn't change that this is my passion, that this is my favorite sport, and that this is what I want to do with my life."
When the UFC went to ESPN and ESPN+ in 2019, Anik inked a new four-year deal with the organization to stay on as a commentator. It's a multi-year contract, with the UFC and ESPN aligning the entire domestic package, and Anik has always wanted to be a part of it from the start.
'Anik & Florian Podcast'
Anik is also the Anik & Florian Podcast co-host. The Podcast describes itself as "A Podcast duo to rival any in the MMA World." This weekly podcast was produced by Jon Anik, the lead play-by-play announcer for the UFC, and Kenny Florian, a former three-time UFC championship challenger. The Podcast debuted in April 2015 and has been broadcasting every Monday since then. The show discusses MMA, sports, pop culture, expert fight analysis, and key insights into the sport.
Anik is married to Chrissy Anik. The couple has two daughters Riley and Tatum, and a son Hunter.
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