Karyn Bryant hosts FOX UFC programs including FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN, FS1 UFC PREFIGHT and FS1 UFC POSTFIGHT shows. She is also a regular on UFC TONIGHT, the weekly UFC news and information show on FS1. This February, she serves as a backstage reporter for FS1’s presentation of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
In 2012, Bryant began her stint with FOX Sports on the FUEL TV network as an anchor for UFC weigh-ins and pre- and postfight shows. When FOX Sports launched FS1 in 2013 and UFC programming became a network staple, Bryant made the move as well.
In 2006, Bryant began her sports broadcasting career when she joined the “Showtime Championship Boxing” announcing team of Steve Albert, Al Bernstein and Jim Gray. After establishing herself in combat sports coverage, she was invited by CBS to join its “Elite Xtreme Combat” announce team, debuting mixed martial arts for the first time on primetime network television on May 31, 2008.
Understanding that mixed martial arts was on the verge of exploding around the world, Bryant co-founded MMA H.E.A.T. in 2007, prior to her stint at CBS. Initially an online destination for interviews, event coverage and lifestyle stories surrounding the sport, MMA H.E.A.T.’s popularity grew very quickly. In 2010-11, Bryant produced and hosted 23 half-hour episodes of “MMA H.E.A.T.” for the MAVTV cable channel.
Bryant graduated from Brown University with a double major in political science and sociology. She began her professional broadcasting career as a 22-year-old VJ for MTV. Aided by a sharp personality and a profound passion for music, she was tapped by FX Cable Network to host the live daily music show “Sound FX.”
Using live television to hone her skills as a broadcaster, Bryant was chosen by TNT to host an interstitial series of entertainment vignettes called “Rough Cut.” The success of the vignettes prompted TNT to turn “Rough Cut” into a weekly television series hosted by Bryant. Moreover, this marked the beginning of her professional relationship with Turner Broadcasting, as she also hosted the wraparound series “Movies for Guys Who Like Movies” on TBS.
Impressed with her on-camera presence and encyclopedic knowledge of music, Lorne Michaels handpicked Bryant to host his daily game show for VH1, “Name That Video.”
Bryant also spent time hosting CNN’s “Talk Back Live,” and in 2004 was chosen to co-anchor CNN’s revamped “Showbiz Tonight.” “Showbiz” was the country’s only live, primetime, hour-long daily entertainment news show. When the series premiered in early 2005, she earned the distinction of being the only African-American woman anchoring in primetime on any cable news channel.
Growing up in the suburbs of Boston, she was a rabid Patriots and Red Sox fan. Bryant now lives in Los Angeles with her husband Wade and their daughter Aurora.