UFC broadcaster Laura Sanko will become the first female commentator to call a UFC pay-per-view at UFC 293 on Sunday.
Sanko – a former professional MMA fighter – has been working as a backstage reporter since 2016 but will now debut cageside for the event in Sydney.
Sanko joins lead commentator Jon Anik and UFC Hall of fame star Daniel Cormier in calling the action.
The 40-year-old called her first event earlier this year at Fight Night 281 in Las Vegas and upon hearing the news of her role this weekend, expressed her delight and gratitude in a social media post
“I’m honored to join the commentary team for UFC 293 alongside @jon_anik and @dc_mma,” Sanko wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning.
“Dream come true. Before I was an MMA analyst or competitor, I was a fan just like most of you reading this.
“Almost 20 years later, I’m here and excited to be a small part of connecting our incredible fanbase to the fighting art of these amazing athletes. See you in Sydney!”
There is no doubting the level of knowledge Sanko will bring to the role after a career inside and outside the cage.
Sanko kicked off her professional fighting career in 2013 with a second-round submission win against Cassie Rob.
She later put a hold on her fight career, citing family reasons before returning to the screen to conduct interviews.
Last year, Sanko hit back at those who claimed she only got her job because of her looks.
She said: “There is a whole contingent of people out there that think I got this job in some untoward and scandalous way. I can assure you that’s not how it happened.
“But it helps that the people who sit next to me – the Anthony Smiths of the world, the Rashad Evans’ of the world, the Michael Bispings, the Paul Felders, the Daniel Cormiers – that I think people can sense they have a certain amount of respect for me and therefore the fans should, as well.
“I really owe a lot to my male co-workers who are making a spot for me at the table.”