Jon Anik handles play-by-play duties for UFC FIGHT NIGHT events on FOX and FS1, and serves as a studio desk host for UFC WEIGH-IN SHOWS, UFC PREFIGHT SHOWS and UFC POSTFIGHT SHOWS on FOX and FS1. In addition, he’s served as the host of UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER on FS1 and for THE ULIMATE FIGHTER: LIVE on FX. He’s also co-host of the popular Anik & Florian Podcast, with retired fighter and FOX UFC analyst Kenny Florian.
Anik began his career in Boston as a sports writer for the MetroWest Daily News. He also worked with autistic children at CHARMS Collaborative, eventually rising to the post of vocational coordinator. He was responsible for job procurement for autistic teenagers and hopes to one day start a foundation to benefit autistic children.
During Anik’s time as a sportswriter, he felt he was more cut out to be a broadcast journalist. After a pit stop for broadcast training at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting (where he would later teach), Anik landed a job at Sporting News Radio’s Boston affiliate, 1510 the Zone. Anik went from update announcer to afternoon drive host in 18 months, co-hosting ‘The Diehards’ with Ryen Russillo and Anthony Pepe. In 2005, Anik was promoted to program director of the station. He continued his on-air work as co-host of ‘The Mouthpiece Boxing Show’ from 2005-2008.
In February of 2006, Anik was hired as a SportsCenter anchor for ESPN Radio, where he anchored updates and served as a fill-in host on ‘Game Night.’ In 2007, Anik was recruited by ESPN Digital Media and began cutting his teeth on the TV side. In 2008, he was named the host of ESPN.com’s ‘MMA Live.’ The show was picked up by ESPN2 in 2010.
As the host of ‘MMA Live.’ Anik anchored more than 30 remote broadcasts at UFC events, including the historic UFC 100 in July of 2009. His work and exposure on MMA Live led to other opportunities in mixed martial arts. Anik served as the play-by-play voice for the inaugural season of Bellator Fighting Championships in 2009. He went on to call a handful of live events for ESPN in college football and boxing. Anik worked the 2010 WBC heavyweight title fight between Vitali Klitschko and Shannon Briggs.
In 2011, after six years at ESPN, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hired Anik as a commentator.
Anik was born July 3, 1978 in Boston, MA, three minutes before his identical twin brother, Jason. Anik was raised in Wellesley, MA, where he spent the majority of his childhood playing sports. He is the oldest of four siblings.
Anik attended prep school at The Rivers School in Weston, MA, where he would serve as editor-in-chief of the high school newspaper. Anik always enjoyed public speaking and was especially touched to be voted on by his classmates as the graduation speaker in 1997. Anik was also a member of the varsity tennis and basketball teams, serving as captain of the basketball team during his senior season.