UFC president Dana White confirmed today in a media appearance to promote the UFC 207 pay per view that Mike Goldberg will be calling the Friday event as his final event for the promotion. Reports had previously circulated that the change was coming and Goldberg would be stepping down. UFC has not commented further, nor has Goldberg commented publicly on his upcoming departure.
There is no word as to who would be replacing Goldberg on the microphone. White had suggested that UFC would be juggling their commentary lineup, but made no indication as to any names he would be adding to that lineup. He did note in an interview with Sportsnet that long-time sidekick Joe Rogan would be staying with the promotion, calling him “the greatest ever to call fights.”
Goldberg, a 52-year old Ohio native, got his start in hockey but later joined UFC in 1997 to call the action for “UFC Japan: Ultimate Japan.” His voice has become a distinct part of the UFC throughout their promo packages, highlight reels, and commercials. He has not been without his critics, as fans have mocked his style and jumped on every mistake, such as repeatedly mispronouncing Mizuto Harota’s name at UFC on Fox 22.
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