UFC Tonight is taped every Wednesday over at the FOX Studios in Los Angeles for FOX Sports 1, and every Tuesday, the producers and talent have a conference call to go over plans for the show. Daniel and I give our feedback and information along with Ariel Helwani, Leeann Tweeden and Karyn Bryant.
Later that night, we obtain scripts. Often times, the scripts still change the following day due to my personal edits, producer edits and late-breaking news. Along with making occasional edits to the script, I review the format, become familiar with it, do some research and practice any reads I have for the show.
For the most part, UFC Tonight is filmed live and like all broadcasting duties, you have to be ready for any and all mistakes whether it is on your end or the technical side of things. It doesn’t happen that often but our friend Murphy (ahem Murphy’s Law) shows up from time to time. This emphasizes the importance of really knowing the show well prior to sitting out there at the desk in case something does go wrong.
When filming is wrapped, Daniel and I race to get wet towels to take the makeup off of our faces so we can be pretend tough guys again. We say our goodbyes and head home to get ready to do it again the following week.
After some shows, I’m off to the airport to travel for a UFC broadcast. I couldn’t be happier with my roles as commentator and host. Both roles are challenging. I learn a lot every single show and I am always motivated to improve at it. I’m so thankful for choosing my path as a UFC fighter and, now, my current roles on television.