Laura Sanko Makes History in Commentating Debut at Contender Series

Laura Sanko
Laura Sanko and Jimmy Smith Credit: Dave Mandel/Invicta FC

Laura Sanko will make history as she makes her commentary debut for the UFC on the season premiere of Dana White’s Contender Series.

Laura Sanko will finally be getting her opportunity in the commentary booth as she is set to call the action for Dana White’s Contender Series.  Previously only the in-cage/backstage reporter, Sanko will be making history as the first woman to fill a commentary role for the UFC in any capacity in the Zuffa or Endeavor era. Kathy Long commentated at UFC 1 — but did not return for any subsequent events.

Sanko’s broadcast career has seen her go from being a reporter at Invicta events to being one of the most popular talents on the mic for the UFC.  Sanko has taken on multiple on-camera roles for the company with Contender Series, being an analyst during the UFC’s weigh-in show before pay-per-view events, and being the backstage reporter for the UFC’s Quick Hits on YouTube and Facebook.  She has also notably been a commentator for both Invicta and LFA, most recently working LFA 114 last week.

Aside from her broadcast work, Sanko carries her credentials as a former fighter who competed once as a professional and five times as an amateur.  “Fancy” won her professional debut for Invicta in 2013 and was scheduled for a second bout before withdrawing after finding out she was pregnant with her son.  Sanko went 4-1 as an amateur.

Sanko is one of a handful of women to be part of the UFC’s broadcast team in recent years with Megan Olivi, Karyn Bryant, Heidi Androl, and Angela Hill being her contemporaries in the company.