It was recently announced that I would be one of the nightlong analysts for FS1’s Fight Night cards, and I am incredibly excited and honored for the chance to show what I can do.
The guys at Fox liked my audition and thought I did a good job during UFC 197, so they offered me an expanded role. It’s an opportunity to secure a future for myself and my family, to make sure I have a life after fighting, so needless to say, I am taking the job very seriously.
This will be the first time I am going to be doing color commentary right next to the Octagon. My job in that role is to explain what’s happening in front of me. If there are positions that the average viewer might not understand, I need to explain what needs to happen in order to advance offensively and defensively.
I’m excited, since this is something that I have always wanted to do, and with Joe Rogan taking a step back and not doing any of the FS1 shows, it gives me that opportunity, so I jumped on it.
To be clear, I’m not trying to be the new Joe Rogan. I don’t think any one man could do what he does. I think we’d have to do it by committee, as you are seeing now. Joe did--and still does--so much; it’s really not a job for just one person. That guy is a work horse! He was doing all those shows, plus running probably one of the biggest podcasts in the entire world, and comedy!
That being said, you can be sure that I will be doing my best to provide the best commentary that I can. A big thank you goes out to Fox for the opportunity, as well as all of the UFC fans who have continued to support me in my MMA career.