On Sunday night, the Ultimate Fighting Championship promoted their third annual NFL playoffs weekend card, which aired live on Fox Sports 1 from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. In the last couple years, the show had become a staple of the UFC programming calendar, and probably its most prominent non-pay-per-view event thanks to heavy promotion during NFL games on Fox. This year’s card was more under the radar due to the lack of big names available, but it still provided some memorable moments. One had little to do with fighting, as Daniel Cormier, the color commentator who is also UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, forgot one of the first rules of broadcasting.
As the official decision for the final preliminary fight before the main card was about to be read by in-cage announcer Bruce Buffer, Cormier’s voice came over the live broadcast: “I’d be like ‘fuck that guy!'” That’s all the viewing audience heard, as there was no context. Regardless of what he was talking about, Cormier learned an important lesson: A dead mic may be a live mic, so please, watch your language. It’s actually something that arguably, he should have already learned: In 2014, a video of Cormier and rival Jon Jones going back and forth “off-air” during a media day went viral after someone pulled the clip down from an unencrypted satellite feed and uploaded it online.
Meanwhile, UFC Coordinating Producer Zach Candito indicated on Twitter that Cormier’s analyst role is growing. He will be part of a three man booth with long-time color commentator Joe Rogan and newly promoted lead play-by-play announcer Jon Anik.
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