The official broadcast team for this weekend’s stacked UFC 274 pay-per-view event in Phoenix, Arizona is slated – with a three-man commentary booth, consisting of play-by-play lead, Jon Anik, and color-commentating duo, Joe Rogan, and Daniel Cormier taking the reigns in the ‘Copper State’.
The event, which marks the UFC’s return to Arizona for the first time since June of last year when they touched down at the Gila River Arena in Glendale for a UFC 263 pay-per-view event – also features a championship doubleheader this time around.
In the night’s co-headliner, inaugural UFC and Invicta FC strawweight best, Carla Esparza looks to land a second career win over current division titleholder, Rose Namajunas – and repeat her feat of becoming a two-time strawweight champion.
The UFC 274 main event slot plays host to a mouth-watering stylistic battle between lightweight champion, the dominant, Charles Oliveira, and the thudding style of the #1 ranked contender, challenger, Justin Gaethje.
Another high-profile main card outing lands in Phoenix at UFC 274 to boot – with one-time title challenger, Michael Chandler making his fourth Octagon walk as he welcomes the return of former interim lightweight titleholder, fan-favorite contender, Tony Ferguson.
Joe Rogan returns to the booth at UFC 274 alongside staples, Jon Anik, and Daniel Cormier
Taking the lead in a three-man commentary booth is the aforenoted, Anik – who is reunited in the booth following UFC Vegas 53 last weekend by promotional stalwart, Rogan, and former two-weight promotional champion, Cormier, as per MMA Junkie.
The trio of Anik, Rogan, and Cormier has not been seen in capacity since the first pay-per-view event of this year back at UFC 270 in January where heavyweights, Francis Ngannou, and Ciryl Gane took main event honors.
Anik will also take ESPN desk duties during the night alongside UFC correspondent and roving reporter, Megan Olivi – with both light heavyweight contender, Anthony Smith, and UFC alum, Din Thomas joining the duo as desk analysts.
Along with her desk duties, Olivi will also handle both pre and post-fight interviews in a roving capacity, as well as providing real-time updates during the event’s broadcast. Returning to the Octagon, veteran announcer, Bruce Buffer, is back on the schedule to boot