Glam UFC reporter shows off painful facial injuries after stepping into Octagon

UFC reporter Laura Sanko has shown off her painful facial injuries after stepping into the Octagon for a sparring session.

ESPN analyst Sanko is a former professional mixed martial arts fighter herself, having gone 1-0 in Invicta FC before retiring due to family reasons after her only bout in 2013. She joined ESPN's UFC coverage back in January but remains committed to using MMA to keep fit and regularly takes part in sparring sessions inside the cage.

However, a recent session has left Sanko with two black eyes and nasty bruising on her cheekbone, which she has shown off to her social media followers.

She posted a video to her 85,000 Twitter followers, in which she says: "You should see the other guy..he's fine." Sanko also captioned the clip: "Well sparring went well. Tyree I’m coming for you next time."

As a fighter, where she went 4-1 as an amateur, Sanko competed at atomweight and has previously claimed she would have excelled in the UFC if the promotion had an atomweight division. At present, the lightest women's weight class in the UFC is strawweight.

The 39-year-old also made her debut on the same card as former UFC fighter Paige VanZant, who is currently in training for a return to the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship this summer.

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Speaking to VolumeSports, via The Sun, Sanko explained: "Paige VanZant and I debuted on the same card, on the same night. And we both got wins, both got finishes.

“I know that if there had been an atomweight division in the UFC, I know I could’ve gone on to have a solid career in the UFC. There’s no doubt in my mind.

"There’s not much footage out there of me fighting, and I’m so much better than the footage that does exist. That’s the irritating part because my growth as a fighter really happened after I quit competing actively.

"There’s definitely a part of me that wants to get back to some form of competition just to, like, prove to people that I’m about that life."

Sanko's sole professional fight came against Cassie Robb in January 2013, which 'Fancy' won by submission after forcing her opponent to tap with a rear-naked choke.

That Invicta FC card was headlined by current UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza, who now has her fights analysed by Sanko, who made her ESPN debut at UFC Vegas 43 back in January.

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