Karyn Bryant is a veteran reporter and on-air personality, most notably known by mixed martial arts fans for her time hosting “UFC Tonight” on FOX Sports 1 and being a regular interviewer and member of the panel during pre-show and post-fight broadcasts on the network leading up to and recapping the biggest events that the Ultimate Fighting Championship puts on.
But long before Bryant was involved in the mixed martial arts world, she was successful thanks to her love of music and even politics.
Bryant, who was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts to a mother of Jamaican descent, graduated from Brown University with bachelor’s degrees in political science and sociology. She eventually went on to work as an MTV VJ, for VH1, TNT, TBS, and a number of heavy-hitters. She was also a co-anchor on CNN’s “Showbiz Tonight,” along with a brief stint on CNN’s “Talk Back Live.” It was after her time at CNN that Bryant became involved in the sports world.
The 49-year-old joined ESPN for the Worldwide Leader’s first live New Years Eve show, before joining the commenting team with Showtime Championship Boxing alongside Steve Albert, Al Bernstein, and Jim Gray.
From there, there was no turning back as Bryant fully emersed herself in the MMA world.
Bryant went on to launch MMAheat.com, where she remains a co-owner to this day, joined CBS’ announcer team for Elite Xtreme Combat and its primetime broadcasts, before ultimately joining forces with FOX Sports 1 and the UFC.