UFC News: Long-Time Play-By-Play Commentator Mike Goldberg Retires; Replacement Named
Veteran play-by-play broadcaster Mike Goldberg made his final UFC appearance at UFC 207 last December 30, which was headlined by the title fight between Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey.
The news was confirmed by FOX Sports, stating that Goldberg was one of the long-time UFC figures to call it quits in 2016, along with former matchmaker Joe Silva. Other corporate employees, including Hall-of-Famers Chuck Liddell and Matt Hughes were also relieved from their posts.
The moves within the company came after the UFC was sold to WME-IMG last July, for a total of $4 billion. It was the monetary figure that was agreed upon by its new owners, and the Fertitta brothers Lorenzo and Frank, the two men who formerly ran the company under Zuffa LLC.
Goldberg began his broadcasting stint in the NHL, as the commentator for the Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, as well as ESPN 2 hockey. He joined the UFC broadcast team in 1997 for UFC Ultimate Japan, and was able to establish himself as a notable figure alongside color commentator and analyst Joe Rogan.
With Goldberg's departure came a potential replacement by another long-time name in sports. According to BloodyElbow.com, former ESPN and WWE broadcaster Todd Grisham will be taking on the play-by-play duties starting January 2017. However, he will be in studio doing his commentary work, and the man who will be replacing Goldberg alongside Rogan has yet to be named.
The 40-year-old Grisham began his broadcasting career with the WWE in 2004, where he worked alongside Josh Matthews and Jonathan Coachman for the television program "WWE Heat." He also hosted the WWE's exclusive web segments "Unlimited", and has worked main event matches on Monday Night RAW in May of 2006, alongside veteran commentator Jerry "The King" Lawler.
In May 2016, he joined the Glory Kickboxing broadcast team, where he first began as the post-fight interviewer backstage. He was then added as the play-by-play commentator for Glory 35 and 36 in November 5 and December 10, respectively.
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