Mike Straka is a tireless broadcast journalist who has covered everything from The Academy Awards to the Ultimate Fighting Championship – where he is an accomplished television and radio host amidst the world’s fastest growing sport – Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
Prior to making the full time leap in front of the camera, Straka created and was executive producer of The Strategy Room – a live streaming television news network on FOXNews.com and one of the most talked about live streams in all of cable news. At FOX, Straka also did movie reviews and NFL picks on the popular morning show FOX & Friends.
Mike began his on-camera career at FOX News Channel, serving as a features and sports anchor in the summer of 1998. His assignments included live red carpet coverage of The Oscars, Golden Globes and Grammy’s, 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, CMA’s, The Ultimate Fighting Championships, Super Bowls, Country Music Awards, movie premieres and more. Straka also contributed to FNC’s 9/11 coverage.
Mike began covering mixed martial arts on FOX Fight Game – a show he created and produced at FOX News Digital from 2001 to 2010 – where he was also vice president and executive producer in charge of video. He then hosted Fighting Words With Mike Straka on HDNet – the first one-on-one television interview program featuring the biggest names in mixed martial arts.
Mike is a frequent guest and expert panelist on such MMA programs as The MMA Hour With Ariel Helwani, The MMA Show With Mauro Ranallo, Scott Ferrall on Sirius XM’s Howard 101 and Heavy MMA’s Fight Day Live.
Straka is also a featured columnist for UFC.com and FIGHT! Magazine, and is the author of Triumph Books’ “Fighting Words: In-Depth Interviews With The Biggest Names In MMA.”
In 2012, Mike was co-host, resident journalist and producer of Spike TV’s flagship MMA program MMA Uncensored Live, and is the executive producer and host of Sirius XM Radio’s TapouT Radio. Concurrently, Straka serves as the UFC correspondent and host of The 1-on-1 Show on Fight Now TV!
Straka currently has several shows in development, including scripted and non-scripted programs in and out of MMA.
Mike’s first book “Grrr! Celebrities and Other Reasons We’re All In Trouble” was published by St. Martins Press in 2007.