Monday October 20th, 2014

Light heavyweight Daniel Cormier has been named the permanent co-host of Fox Sports 1's UFC Tonight, the network announced on Monday.

Cormier, 35, has been a regular on the network for the past few years, filling in for Chael Sonnen on UFC Tonight after Sonnen was let go for failed drug tests during his fighting career. He will co-host the show with former UFC lightweight Kenny Florian.

Cormier, who is scheduled to fight light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on Jan. 3, said he has become a better fighter through his television work.

“I love being a part of UFC on FOX family and extending my mixed martial arts career,” Cormier said. “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."

Before joining the UFC in 2013, Cormier was a Strikeforce Grand Prix champion and a two-time Olympian wrestler. He has a 15-0 record in MMA, including a 4-0 mark in UFC matches.

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