Dream team: Joe Rogan, Jimmy Smith, Jon Anik get commentary lineup debut at UFC 223

Joe Rogan is partly responsible for Jimmy Smith’s addition to the UFC broadcast team, and now the friends will have an opportunity to work together for the first time.

Next month’s UFC 223 event will feature the commentary debut of a three-man booth featuring longtime UFC broadcaster Rogan, recent signee Smith and play-by-play staple Jon Anik.

Zach Candito, a coordinating producer of UFC broadcasts, revealed the news Monday night on social media (via Twitter):

Following his departure from Bellator after several years, Smith signed with the UFC in January. He’s called two shows thus far, and also has appeared as an analyst for FOX on the UFC’s pre- and post-fight shows.

The new trio also will continue Anik’s revolving door of partners in the booth. Since joining the company in October 2011, Anik has worked with 14 different commentary teams. UFC 223 will mark his 15th grouping.

UFC 223 takes place April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

The latest UFC 223 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov – for lightweight title
  • Champ Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk – for women’s strawweight title
  • Calvin Kattar vs. Renato Moicano
  • Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis
  • Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta


  • Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  • Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno
  • Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Joe Lauzon
  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Evan Dunham

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Alex Caceres vs. Artem Lobov
  • Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Bec Rawlings
  • Devin Clark vs. Michael Rodriguez
  • Kyle Bochniak vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov

For more on UFC 223, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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