Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2561 with John McCarthy, Jon Anik, Patricio Freire

Stream or download Wednesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests John McCarthy, Jon Anik and Patricio Freire.

McCarthy co-hosted the entire show in-studio, sharing his experiences from officiating at last Saturday’s UFC 217 in New York. Anik, in transit between UFC 217 and UFC Fight Night 120, calls in to share insight into preparation that goes into fight week. Freire talked about his upcoming title defense against Daniel Weichel on Nov. 16 at Bellator 188 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

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Jon Anik, Kenny Florian partner with FOX Sports for enhanced 'Anik & Florian Podcast' experience

UFC commentator Jon Anik and multi-time title challenger Kenny Florian have partnered with FOX Sports to make their podcast bigger and better going forward.

Anik and Florian (14-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC), who fought for a UFC title three times before retiring in May 2012, are a duo who have called numerous UFC shows from cageside, worked together on the analyst desk for FOX Sports properties and are 128 episodes deep into a podcast together, will see their show distributed on a new platform starting today.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have this opportunity to partner the ‘Anik & Florian Podcast’ with FOX Sports,” Anik told MMAjunkie. “We have worked hard over the last two-and-a-half years to establish the show and carve out a place in the podcast space, and I think this partnership with FOX just allows us to take it to the next level.”

According to a FOX Sports exec, the podcast, which sees new episodes released each Monday, will be enhanced “slowly over the coming weeks, adding video and graphics.” Aspects that have grown the podcast’s popularity will stay in place, such as guest interviews and the “Ray Longo Minute” with noted MMA coach Ray Longo.

Although the “Anik & Florian Podcast” has been in existence for more than two years, Anik said now was the right time to strike a deal with a partner like FOX Sports.

“Certainly among our goals for the podcast was to align ourselves with a content and distribution partner, but the right one,” Anik said. “I think FOX was always the best and preferred destination for our show. Thankfully, the interest was there on both sides and I just can’t wait to get started. Much of the show will remain the same.”

The biggest change going forward, Anik said, will likely be an expansion into a video format. FOX Sports made a noted pivot to video content earlier this year, and it appears the “Anik & Florian Podcast” could be a part of that vision.

“I know FOX would like to add a video component in the near future, so that is something we’re all looking forward to,” Anik said. “I mean, you don’t grow and care for hair like Kenny Florian’s without trying to put it on camera whenever possible.”

Past episode of the “Anik & Florian Podcast” are available for download.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Announcers, analysts set for UFC 213 pay-per-view, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale on FS1

The UFC’s sixth annual International Fight Week festivities take place next week in Las Vegas.

Back-to-back fight cards sit atop the schedule, with The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale set to take place July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and UFC 213 slated to go down on July 8 from the same location.

The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass and features a lightweight main event between Michael Johnson (17-11 MMA, 9-7 UFC) and Justin Gaethje (17-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

MMAjunkie today confirmed with a FOX Sports official that Todd Grisham and Brian Stann will call the fights cageside, with Bruce Buffer serving as ring announcer.

Analysts for Thursday’s The Ultimate Fighter 25 weigh-in show on FS2, as well as the pre-fight and post-fight shows on FS1, will be former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (22-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and former multi-time UFC title challenger Kenny Florian (14-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC). Karyn Bryant serves as anchor for the programs.

The same group will serve as analysts for Friday’s UFC 213 weigh-in show on FS2, as well as the pre-fight and post-fight content on FS1.

Calling the action at UFC 213, which is headlined by a women’s bantamweight title rematch between Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, will be a three-man booth featuring Jon Anik, Joe Rogan and Stann.

Megan Olivi will serve as the backstage reporter for both International Fight Week events.

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale and UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Filed under: News, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie