UFC News: Veteran Commentator Mike Goldberg Making Final Broadcast at UFC 207; Possible Replacement Named
After 19 years of being part of the UFC's broadcast panel, play-by-play commentator Mike Goldberg is looking to be replaced.
Reports about the news first surfaced on Wednesday, where it was revealed that Goldberg will be doing his final commentary work this Friday, December 30th at UFC 207. It will also be the UFC's final fight card for the year.
But in an interview on FOX Sports later that day, UFC president Dana White himself confirmed the reports. However, he chose not to reveal any further specifics.
"That is true. When these kind of things happen I'd rather not talk about it. If Mike wants to talk about it, ask Mike," White said. We have guys right now from (Jon) Anik to several fighters who are involved but I've had a plan for a couple years now that I've been waiting for it to play out and it's now playing out."
As far as rumors about Goldberg's departure goes, White had been teasing about the possibility of a new broadcast partner for color commentator Joe Rogan since early December. He first noted about assembling a "dream team of commentating", but did not drop any hints about the person he has in mind.
However, in a mid-December episode of Chael Sonnen's "You're Welcome" podcast, the former middleweight and light heavyweight title contender dropped a big-named broadcaster. Sonnen, like in many of his revelations, uttered his statements in jest.
"Is Jim Rome going to join Joe Rogan? Is he going to take that offer? Did I just say something that is not public information? Let's move on," Sonnen said.
Apart from UFC broadcasts, Goldberg had been previously tapped to do commentary for the NFL. He made his football broadcasting debut in October 2014, but it turned into a one and done deal after committing major errors on-air.
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