A new face is joining the broadcast team for UFC Vegas 31 on Saturday night.
Mike Bon of MMA Junkies has reported that Michael Chandler – a former UFC lightweight title challenger – will make his debut as a desk analyst for the event. Helping establish Chandler in his new role will be veteran UFC anchor Karen Bryant and analyst Michael Chiesa from No. 5 ranked welterweight contender.
Chandler has already handled some pre-fight programming, with Bryant and Chiesa at the ESPN desk filming the latest editions of UFC Live as well as Fight Night pre-shows. These shows aired on Friday afternoon, but can still be watched on ESPN+ for those who missed them.
The rest of the broadcast team consists of some established talent known to make an appearance during these fight night shows. Cageside commentary will be led by John Anick, who will provide play-by-play throughout the night with former UFC champion Michael Bisping and recently retired lightweight staple Paul Felder. The Octagon announcer looks back inside the cage to introduce the fighter to Bruce Buffer. And there’s rowing reporter Heidi Androl, a longtime correspondent who will provide additional coverage such as combat interviews.
UFC Vegas 31 is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET with a six-fight preliminary card. A five-fight main card follows at 10 p.m. ET and tops out in an interesting lightweight matchup between Islam Makhachev and Thiago Moises. The entire card streams on ESPN+ and airs on ESPN live from UFC Apex in Las Vegas.