UFC’s Laura Sanko became the first female UFC commentator in modern history. She’s also well regarded in the community.
But MMA community has plenty of trolls and some remain assured that Sanko procured the job through unsavory business practices including bedding UFC president Dana White.
A while ago, Sanko had a hilarious take on some of the nastier comments she’s received detailing:
“This is from ‘Cyber Sex Jay One’… ‘Zero chance this dumb c*nt hasn’t sucked Dana’s d*ck…you can see how she smiles at him the way she wants it all the time…no way she’d have this job otherwise, probably f*cked all the fighters too.’ …That’s a big roster, who would have that much time? I know I don’t. That’s like 400… I guess you could cut the…maybe I f*cked the women too, I don’t know! 400 and some people, plus Dana… ain’t nobody got time for that.”
Sanko was initially nervous about moving to the big desk but Joe Rogan reassured her telling her:
“I had a really nice conversation with Joe last summer. To be honest, I wasn’t really sure if he knew who I was. It just so happened we got stuck behind the stage waiting for Conor (McGregor) to come out. It meant alot. I didn’t realise he knew what I was trying to do, to be the first female color commentator… He was incredibly gracious. He said, ‘Listen, there’s gonna be a lot of people who tell you who can’t do it. I didn’t have any fights, look at me. You’re killing it. I hope we get to call fights together someday’.”
Regardless of how some feel, she has the approval of Dana White as well.
“Laura is a beast,” White told reporters following Dana White’s Contender Series 62 at the UFC Apex. “She has worked so hard. I say this all the time, the key to being successful in life is knowing what you want do.
“Once you know who you are and you know exactly what it is you want to do, you get up everyday and you grind until you get it, and she is the perfect example of that. What she’s done in such a short amount of time is amazing. She’s so talented.”
“She’s a true professional. She knows she’s like the Ronda Rousey of commentating,” White said. “She knows she’s first, she knows she’s carrying the banner for women to break into this role, and she’s doing everything she can to make sure she’s always the best she can possibly be.”