Seeing them together, you wouldn’t think Jon Anik and Wanderlei Silva have much in common.
Anik, who called Silva’s most recent victory over Brian Stann, recently talked with Fighters.com about “The Axe Murderer” and shared a little insight into their relationship.
There are few individuals in the world that I have as much respect for as I do for Brian Stann, and I got to ride in the van with Wanderlei to airport and we got to talk for a good hour. He is just the real article, man. That’s as genuine a guy as I have ever come across. He went out of his way to ask me about my daughter, and to compliment me on some of the broadcast stuff we have been doing, and here he is less than 24 hours away from a huge moment and he is deflecting focus and praise to me. He is a stud of a human being, and I was just happy he was able to have that moment and prolong one of the best careers this sport has ever seen.
Silva returned to Japan for the first time in several years earlier this month, engaging in an epic slugfest with Stann. He was awarded a second round TKO victory, and appears set to continue fighting.
Anik is the play-by-play man for FX and FUEL TV cards for the UFC. His style is different from Mike Goldberg’s, and I think that’s good for all the parties involved.