Laura Sanko ‘extremely honored’ to be first feminine colour commentator in fashionable UFC historical past

LAS VEGAS – Laura Sanko is hours from making historical past.

At UFC Fight Night 218 on Saturday night time, Sanko will grow to be the primary feminine colour commentator within the fashionable UFC period to name an official UFC occasion. It’s a giant second for Sanko and for girls within the MMA business.

“It’s surreal, and it’s superior,” Sanko advised reporters on Friday. “I’m extremely honored to be right here, and I’m simply grateful that the UFC had the assumption in me to offer me this chance in an elevated position. Concurrently, I’m glad that they made me earn it as a result of as cool as it’s to interrupt the mould, or I assume make a brand new mould, the UFC may be very a lot a meritocracy.

“All the things right here is earned and nothing is given, no matter gender.”


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Since 2016, Sanko has been part of UFC broadcasts, initially working as a backstage reporter earlier than becoming a member of the commentary group on Dana White’s Contender Collection in 2017. Though grateful to be a commentator on DWCS, Sanko at all times had the objective of calling a UFC occasion, and tomorrow, she’ll notice that goal she set out to accomplish in 2022.

With one objective down, Sanko has different issues in targets in thoughts. Nevertheless, she desires to remain within the current and deal with tomorrow solely.

“I’m a really goal-oriented individual, however really proper now I’m targeted on what’s proper in entrance of me,” Sanko stated. “As a result of now that I would like into this new enviornment, I’ve loads of proving right here now too, and that’s all I’m fascinated about.

“In fact, I’ve objectives to proceed to raise my position, however that’s means, means down the road and I need to earn my stripes.”

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