These days, Laura Sanko is usually the one asking the questions. On the latest episode of MMA Power Hour, she sits down with Colin Crandall for a rare interview to discuss her transition from fighting inside the cage to working for the UFC and ESPN outside of it.
Sanko was (1-0) for Invicta FC, her only fight took place back in 2013 she picked up a second-round submission victory via rear-naked choke over Cassie Robb at Invicta FC 4. Tune into this weeks episode and find out why she had to pull out of her second pro fight and has never returned.
Sanko never really saw fighting as a career option especially, given the fact that the UFC doesn’t have her weight class. That never diminished her love for the sport. At some point, Shannon Knapp owner of Invicta FC reached out to Sanko about taking over in cage post-fight interviews for the promotion. Despite her initial trepidation due to lack of experience behind a camera or with a microphone, Sanko accepted Knapp’s offer, and the rest is history.
Sanko began her mixed martial arts training in Kansas City, Missouri, at what became Glory MMA & Fitness. Glory is led by the head coaching, and fighting of James Krause. Krause signed a four-fight contract extension with the UFC back in February after taking a fight on less than one day notice at UFC 247. Krause came up on the short end of a disputed split decision, taking home Fight of the Night honors. Other notable fighters coming out of the Glory camp include Megan Anderson and Zak Cummings.
Sanko let Colin know about several other Glory fighters on the rise in the UFC, and they discuss the odds that the UFC adds a women’s atomweight division? If so, will we see her make a comeback?
To hear her answer, tune in to the May 20th episode of MMA Power Hour available on Eleven Sports US channel and Fite.tv.