Mike Goldberg Cuts Ties With the UFC

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Widely regarded as one of the most prominent commentators for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) a mixed martial art promotion company, Mike Goldberg has announced his retirement from color commentary. Having spent over 20 years involved with the UFC and being known as the “voice of the UFC,” Goldberg’s spent his last day at work providing commentary for UFC 207. UFC President Dana White confirmed Goldberg’s departure while refusing to provide any reasoning. This article will recap Goldberg’s time in the UFC while providing speculation behind the abrupt departure of the voice of the UFC.

Originally from North Olmsted, Ohio, Mike Goldberg has a very extensive broadcasting career. Although he was primarily known for his work in the UFC which he began in 1997, Goldberg worked for various respectable media organizations. After working in the broadcasting business for a long time, there are a lot of examples of Goldberg’s broadcasting career outside of the UFC. From a position as the studio host for college football broadcasts on FSN to a lot of posts with the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) and a role providing commentary for ESPN2 hockey, Goldberg has worked with a lot of different organizations across his career. The various amount of companies that Goldberg has provided his play by play services for is a testament to his success in the field and raises a lot of red flags behind his unexpected departure from the UFC.

 

Possible reasons for leaving:

Disclaimer: Before discussing any reasons behind Goldberg’s removal from the UFC, it is paramount to note that any alleged reason behind his removal is speculation until either Goldberg or the UFC make any further announcements. However, this does not mean that speculating is inherently wrong, as many signs point towards the truth regardless of whether it is 100% confirmed or not.

When looking at the reasons behind Goldberg’s removal, it is possible to derive some hints regarding his departure due to some behind the back changes in the UFC. One the main shifts in the organization before the removal was the appointment of a new commentator alongside Goldberg’s usual commentating partner, Joe Rogan. Finding a new person to sit with Rogan shows how the UFC and Dana White were looking for a replacement for Goldberg earlier than expected, meaning that the decision had been done much in advance of UFC 207.

Another symbol of the type of reasons behind Goldberg’s early termination is witness able in his last event. Commenting in UFC 207, Goldberg never had the chance to say his farewells anytime during the competition. This lack of opportunity in his final moments was mostly perceived as a sign of disrespect by many. Goldberg’s son Kole Goldberg took to Twitter and slammed the UFC for not providing any opportunity to give his father a proper goodbye. Whatever Goldberg chooses to do, he will go on as one of the greatest MMA analysys ever having called many of the biggest UFC events of all time.

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Can Dan Hendo Make History?

danoAt the ripe old age of 46, Dan Henderson has done a LOT for and in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Saturday October 8th, 2016, he attempts to do three things; win a UFC title at 46, (the oldest for any fighter besting Couture’s win at 43), repeat the blockbuster knockout of Michael Bisping, who is coming off wins over Anderson Silva and former champ Luke Rockhold, and retire, on top, gaining belts in the biggest three modern mma organizations, PRIDE, STRIKEFORCE, and the vaunted UFC.

If Dan wins, and that’s a BIG if, as he’s been on the downhill rapidly as of late since coming off TRT, he’ll retire the most decorated champion in MMA modern history, overtaking all others in having won the open Brazil Vale Tudo Tournament in his debut in 1997, defeating Brazilian Vale Tudo legend, Jose Landi-Jons, UFC 17’s four man tournament defeating Allan Goes and Carlos Newton in closely contested contests to earn his 2nd MMA tournament championship, the Rings: King of Kings belt in 1999, TWO Pride Belts, in different divisions, Strikeforces belt, and the UFC belt. Having wins over Wanderlei Silva in his Prime, Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce while being outweighed by over 30 pounds, and now entering his final bought, for UFC gold in enemy territory.

Look up. See that resume? That is the mark of a warrior, a man who’s sporting career has crossed three decades, and began when MMA was a tournament, with bare knuckles, and will end with it being a sport on par with soccer and baseball.

As a fan of MMA, I am not generally over-sentimental, however in the case of this fight, I can cheer both fighters on and hope that Dan “Hendo” Henderson goes out on top, with the title in his hands. It would be a fitting end to an amazing career.

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