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How fight commentator unexpectedly met favourite superstar

A UFC commentator shared how he unexpectedly met his favourite sportsperson of all time.


Jon Anik commentates for the UFC, but also liked some other sports. One of these was basketball where his favourite athlete Shaquille O’Neal was making good spectacles.

Shaq who is remembered for winning three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers found Anik one certain time, according to Anik.

The story was told by Anik during an interview with MMA Junkie when he was asked whether he had been very surprised about meeting anyone.

‘I had one moment like that, and I will never forget it because he’s one of my all-time favorite athletes,’ recalled Anik.

‘So I wasn’t doing the standard pay-per-view open, but you may have noticed over the last two years or so, I’ll have certain situations during the broadcast where I do like, a standup on camera where I’m sort of close to the ground and I’ll memorize something, and then I’ll deliver it and throw to a feature.

‘So I’m getting ready in my standup position to do one of these, and I look down and there’s a big hand reaching to, like, give me a fist bump.’

The commentator was astonished at whom it was.

‘It’s Shaquille O’Neal,’ Anik said. ‘If that doesn’t fire you up to fist-bump that dude and then deliver to camera, right?

‘I’m not sure how I delivered, it was probably one of the greatest deliveries of my life, right?

‘It gave me a lot of confidence… Only one real instance where a celebrity was, you know, in sort of my frame of mind as I was just about to deliver something and that would be the great Shaquille O’Neal.’

Shaquille O’Neal is since retired, but is very famous in the basketball world.

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