Mike Goldberg, who has been calling UFC fights since 1997, will be announcing his final fight for the promotion on Friday night.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the news at the UFC 207 media scrum on Wednesday:
White said: “When these kinds of things happen, I’d rather not talk about it. If Mike wants to talk about it, ask Mike.”
When asked if White knew who would replace Goldberg, he answered simply: “I do.”
No one could contend that Goldberg was eloquent or polished on the mic — the Ohio native is infamous for blunders and blithely repeating himself. He was an unwitting jester among hardcore UFC fans; a play-by-play commentator who was endearing and amusing despite his dopiness. New ownership probably is ousting Goldberg in favor of a more cunning announcer. It’s an understandable motive, though Golderberg’s charming simplicity and hype-inducing calls will be missed. He was a fixture with the UFC, but certainly a replaceable one.
The UFC have plenty of in-house to fill Goldberg’s void, including Jon Anik. Rumors are swirling that Dana White’s friend Jim Rome might also be granted the position. Expect an announcement on the UFC’s new full-time PPV commentator in the coming days.
In honor of Goldberg’s farewell to the UFC, here are some of MMAChatter’s favorite Goldberg-isms that we regretfully won’t be hearing again after UFC 207:
–“IT IS ALL OVER!”
–“He landed a head kick to the leg, Joe.”
–”WANDERLEI SILVA HAS JUST KNOCKED OUT WANDERLEI SILVA!” – UFC 132
— “He’s taking a book out of Chuck’s chapter!”
— “His precision is so precise.”
— “It takes a lot of energy to be a rock star.” – referring to Ronda Rousey shortly before she was knocked out in November 2015
— “Everything else is virtually iiiidentical!”
— “This is a case of the immovable force meeting the unstoppable object.” – UFC 82, Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson
It is all over for Mike Goldberg. The UFC will never be virtually identical without you ever again, Mike.