UFC Gains Champions Cormier, Cruz as Broadcasters
Current UFC Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) and Bantamweight (135 pounds) champions Daniel Cormier and Dominick Cruz seem to be looking beyond their careers inside the UFC’s Octagon toward careers next to it. Multiple outlets have reported that the still active fighters will be taking up roles as cageside analysts.
They have both previously served as in-studio analysts with Cormier co-hosting UFC Tonight. Cruz worked this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg event in Brazil with Cormier working UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson on October 1, in Portland.
Color commentary kingpin Joe Rogan had asked for a lighter UFC schedule to be able to pursue other interests earlier in the year.
This won’t be the first time for either champion behind the broadcast desk as Cormier had a front-row seat for the main event of UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux while Cruz took the role for Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone at UFC on Fox 19 in April.
Cormier and Cruz join Rogan and head play-by-play man Mike Goldberg as well as Jon Anik, and John Gooden (international broadcasts.) The also join former UFC fighters Dan Hardy (international broadcasts), Kenny Florian (also of UFC Tonight), and Brian Stann in the commentary role.
Cormier wrote on Facebook, “So honored to be joining the play by play team for @Ufc events. And lucky to be starting this journey with my man @dominickcruz. It’s unbelievable to know that the UFC trust us in such big roles. I guess all the studying and learning this game is paying off. Big thanks to @danawhite and all the executives at the UFC for the opportunity. Couldn’t have even dreamed this big!”