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True Story: Jon Anik Had a Toughman Fight in College!

True Story: Jon Anik Had a Toughman Fight in College!

Last year, Caged Insider spoke to UFC commentator Jon Anik about a variety of topics.

Anik was gracious enough to not only break down that weekend’s upcoming UFC Fight Night event, but also offer some unique perspectives on the changing MMA landscape. (Check it — parts one & two.)

One thing he didn’t talk about was his own brief fight career. (Who knew?)

As it turns out, Anik took part in a Toughman competition during his fraternity days at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.

Leave it to MMA media luminary Steph Daniels to draw that story out of Anik in the second part of a recent interview, published at Bloody Elbow:

I knew how to box a little bit, but I did not want to be in this thing… I’m a senior in college and we’re getting ready for this rush event, and this 6’2 sophomore that might’ve weighed 110 pounds, and this dude, I think his name might have been Mike Frolich or some s—, he calls me out. He’s smoking a pack of Marlboro reds a day — and calls me out, ‘I think Anik is the weak link in the house.’ Now I’ve gotta accept the fight, so I got in some pretty good training for those couple weeks — and ended up winning a unanimous decision, 29-28 across the board.

Thank God, because I would never have lived that down!

Anik went on to offer his choice for MMA’s greatest fighter of all time; and described a dream fight or three (Jose Aldo vs. BJ Penn? Nice!) In part one, he gave his perspective on the new arrangement with Reebok as well. Check it out!

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