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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.

Wanderlei not ducking Belfort; wants tune-up fight first

Wanderlei Silva is a name synonymous with fighting, MMA, Pride, the UFC, and an attitude towards all adversaries of “anyone, anytime, anywhere”. While Wanderlei has already proven his grit in Pride, and even in epic fights with Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin while in the UFC, as of late people have questioned the Axe Murderers “Pride” to jump back into the cage because he has been openly calling for a fight with Chris Leben in the face of Dana Whites request that he fight top contender Vitor Belfort.

The reasoning behind Silvas recent twitter campaign and silence regarding Belfort has come out and standing behind him and his call for a different fight is Raphael Cordeiro. Recently Cordeiro had this to say on the subject in Wanderlei’s defense:

“I think Wanderlei is coming off multiple injuries, but, at the same time, he has a desire to make this fight. There is a desire as an athlete and a fighter to make this rematch with Vitor,” said Cordeiro, who now trains Silva out of Huntington Beach, California. “I think, at this point, in my opinion as a friend and coach, he should have a fight with someone else before Vitor. When I say someone, I mean anyone who gets him back to being active.

“This fight with Vitor will become very important in his life, and he really wants it,” he added. “For Wanderlei to be 100 percent for the fight with Vitor, it’s important that he get another fight before it.”

“Vitor just fought for the belt, and, thinking about the rhythm of the fight, he’s ahead of Wanderlei in that regard,” Cordeiro said. “I’m not saying that he’s better than Wanderlei, but Wanderlei needs to pick up his pace [before they fight].”

“I think he has the desire to fight with Vitor,” Cordeiro said. “Vitor already defeated him, and he has this desire to have revenge. However, the body says he stopped fighting a year ago and needs additional time to regenerate. He returned to training, with a focus on fighting, only 15 days ago. He was weight training, but he returned to fight training only recently. We’re still afraid to push him 100 percent. The most important thing is that the UFC wants him to fight, regardless of the time he’s been out.”

Do you believe as Cordeiro does that participating in a fight of this level would give Belfort a strong edge if the rematch were made now; or should Wanderlei do as Shogun did recently and just fight whomever while coming off of multiple injuries and a yearlong layoff?

 

 

MMA HQ – Revisited

To all the “long-time MMA HQ crew”, I just wanted to say welcome to the new MMAHQ.net.

BV approached me about starting a new site after voicing some displeasure about what our original MMA HQ had turned into and how the new staff had been treating a lot of the long-time readers of the site.

I’ve followed MMA HQ from a distance since the sale, and have to admit I’ve been quite disappointed on the direction the site headed. When BV, approached me about starting a new site that would be run and managed by the users, I thought it was a great idea.

The success of the new MMAHQ.net will be solely in your hands. BV has taken the early reigns and will be driving most of the initial content on the site. I’m simply providing the technical side of things with server hosting and some of the other technical and software details. The same lack of time that prompted me to sell the original MMA HQ will most likely keep me from contributing a lot to the content side of things here on MMAHQ.net.

When I have the time, I probably pop up every now and then with some posts, but my contributions here will mostly be as a reader and commenter like most of you have been. That means that the what this new site turns into is truly up to you, the readers. If you want to make the site a solid site, then let either BV of myself know and we’ll gladly create an account for you to start posting news updates, articles, editorials, videos, etc… yourself.

Just wanted to pop in and say I hope we all can reclaim the site and community we once had.

– Dr J

Don’t Call it a Comeback!!!!

BOOOOOM!!!!  We’re back baby! 🙂

Welcome back to all our regulars! Bear with us for the look of the site, but we felt that what was really important was the actual MMA news and chat.  With a 1 week turnaround, it’s not unexpected for things to be rough around the edges.

This site belongs to ALL OF US.  This is as much your site as it is mine and Dr. J’s.  This is a fan site, BY the fans, FOR the fans.  Anything you want to see on the site, we will try and make it happen.  Anything you don’t like about the site, we can change it.  Let me know if you want to contribute articles, share videos, poll the readers or pretty much anything you want.

As it stands, we have zero revenue, but we will still have prizes for the playground even if I have to dig into my own pocket to make it happen.

I love this site, and after all these years, I don’t think I’m the only one.

Dansette