UFC lightweight title contender Daniel Cormier has been named a permanent cohost of “UFC Tonight.” According to MMA Junkie, Daniel Cormier is taking over for former host Chael Sonnen, who was cut from the commentary position following a pair of failed drug tests.
“I love being a part of UFC on FOX family and extending my mixed martial arts career,” Cormier stated. “The TV analyst role is exciting, fun and actually improves my fighting skills, because I see the action so differently now. I look forward to working with the team each week on ‘UFC Tonight’ and vow to bring the light heavyweight title belt with me to the desk in January.”
Cormier has been a part of UFC Tonight almost immediatley after he transferred into the UFC from Strikeforce in 2013. He joins former UFC lightweight and featherweight contender Kenny Florian, Karyn Bryant and Ariel Halwani for the broadcast.
“I’m very excited that Daniel Cormier will be my partner on UFC Tonight,” Florian said. “Daniel is one of the few people who can bring high level analysis, world class fighting skill, experience, humor and personality to the table. Having a friend like Daniel on set makes the show a lot more fun and I look forward to many shows with him.”
If ever there was a hardest working man in MMA, Daniel Cormier fits the bill. He is training to compete for the light heavyweight championship against Jon Jones in UFC 182 and has also been named captain at San Jose’s American Kickboxing Academy. Daniel Cormier was the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion before transitioning to the UFC. He boasts a perfect 15-0 record with victories over Bigfoot Silva, Josh Barnett, Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and Dan Henderson heading into the title shot against Jon Jones.