Recent reports have eluded to the fact that new UFC owners WME-IMG wanted to bring in a new commentary team in 2017. At first it appeared that both current commentators Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg would be replaced. Later, UFC President Dana White stated that Joe Rogan wasn’t going anywhere.
“Joe Rogan, in my opinion, is the greatest to ever do it,” White added. “The greatest ever to call fights. HBO is very cocky and arrogant in their [boxing] production — but they deserve to be; they do it well and everything else — but Joe Rogan is the greatest to ever call fights in a combat sport.”
So who would the new owners bring in?
“This has been my dream to assemble this dream team of commentating and I’ve wanted this guy for years and I’m working on it and it’s going to happen,” UFC President Dana White told Sportsnet in a recent interview.
The name still hasn’t been revealed, however there are reports that Friday’s UFC 207 pay-per-view headlined by the return of Ronda Rousey against women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will be Goldberg’s last UFC event.
Mike Goldberg’s record
Goldberg is best known as the lead play-by-play announcer (working alongside Joe Rogan), for the UFC since 1997. His voice is heard on most all pay per views and Fox Network telecasts. Two of his most famed lines were “Here We Go!” and “Just like that!”
Goldberg also served as studio host for college football telecasts on FSN, as well as ACC Sunday Night Hoops, he also appeared as a guest host on the Best Damn Sports Show Period.
In 2005, Goldberg was offered a contract to work for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), to be the head announcer on the WWEs flagship show RAW. He was also reportedly offered an extra six-figure amount to no-show at a UFC event prior to starting work for WWE. Ultimately, Goldberg refused the WWE contract and signed a new deal with the UFC.
He is the former TV play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild and ESPN2 Hockey, broadcasting over 900 NHL Games.
On October 12, 2014 Goldberg made his NFL play by play debut. It lasted exactly one game after his mistake filled, widely panned debut including repeatedly referring to Vikings coach Mike Zimmer as Don Zimmer. Afterwards he engaged Twitter fans with critical of his call with profane responses. He was removed from the next weeks broadcast and has never called another NFL game.
During his tenure with SportsChannel Chicago, he served as sideline reporter for the Chicago Bulls, including the Bulls 1991, 1992 and 1993 World Championships. as well as calling Big Ten, ACC and SEC College Football and Basketball Games
Goldberg also served as the Host of Shaquille O’Neal’s sports reality television show Shaq Vs..