In December 1997 announcer Mike Goldberg made his UFC debut in the "The Land of the Rising Sun." For almost 15 years, with only a handful of exceptions, he's been the sole play-by-play voice of the UFC.
The UFC's brand new broadcast deal with the Fox family has ramped up an already busy schedule and announcers Goldberg and color man Joe Rogan simply couldn't keep up with the demand. Tonight, the two men who have become synonymous with the UFC on television will give way to veteran ESPN broadcaster Jon Anik.
The 33-year-old Anik will host the brand new Ultimate Fighter and call the action on FX and Fuel. Partnered with fighter Kenny Florian, Anik will attempt to fill Goldberg's very large shoes.
Bleacher Report caught up with Anik on the eve of his first show to introduce you to the man who will walk you through the action for what should be years to come.