UFC News: Retired Commentator Mike Goldberg Breaks Silence After UFC 207
After almost two decades in the UFC, long-time play-by-play commentator Mike Goldberg made his exit after UFC 207, last December 30.
The reports about Goldberg's departure first came about in early December, when UFC president Dana White announced his intent to create his "dream team of commentating". A week later, former UFC veteran Chael Sonnen revealed on his podcast that the UFC was looking to replace Goldberg with long-time ESPN personality Jim Rome.
The move to replace Goldberg, however, is believed to be rooted in the sale of the UFC in July, in which former head honchos Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta sold the company to renowned talent agency WME-IMG for $4 billion. Since the new UFC owners stepped in, a number of employees, including Hall-of-Famers Chuck Liddell and Matt Hughes were relieved from their respective posts.
With that said, rumors about Goldberg being fired, as opposed to him voluntarily making an exit also surfaced. A day after UFC 207, Goldberg's wife Kim and son Kole expressed their dissatisfaction on how the UFC failed to give him a proper tribute and send-off after 20 years of service to the company.
But for his part, Goldberg does not seem to hold any grudges towards the UFC, or its owners. In a lengthy post he prepared via his Twitter account, "Goldie" was merely appreciative for the love and support he had been receiving from fans around the world, who were congratulatory towards him for a notable career. He also revealed what his primary focus has been: to "bring passion, energy, and raw emotion to fans", and to "properly represent" each fighter, from newcomers to veterans.
"It has been overwhelming and so gratifying! Thank you!!" an excerpt from Goldberg's statement reads.
For the moment, no replacement has been named for Goldberg's position to work alongside color commentator and analyst Joe Rogan. However, former WWE broadcaster Todd Grisham has been tapped to work the in-studio play-by-play duties.
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