LAS VEGAS – The UFC will try out a new broadcast pairing on Saturday for UFC 155 – though that wasn't the plan until this week.
An illness will keep regular pay-per-view play-by-play voice Mike Goldberg at home, and Jon Anik will join analyst Joe Rogan in the broadcast booth.
UFC officials on Friday confirmed the change to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
UFC 155 takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and features a main event heavyweight title fight between champion Junior Dos Santos and former champ and top contender Cain Velasquez.
Anik has been the UFC's "B team" play-by-play voice for the past year and calls the majority of the promotion's shows on FX and FUEL TV along with former contender and broadcast partner Kenny Florian. Goldberg and Rogan handle pay-per-view cards, FOX shows and other shows when circumstances dictate.
Anik, a former host of "MMA Live" on ESPN2 and ESPN.com, joined the UFC in a broadcast role in 2011. This past spring, he was the host of "The Ultimate Fighter Live" on FX. He also hosts "Ultimate Insider" on FUEL TV, which airs Tuesday nights following "UFC Tonight."
UFC 155 will be Anik's first pay-per-view opportunity with the UFC.