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Dana White reveals UFC 207 will be Mike Goldberg’s final broadcast

UFC president Dana White revealed during a scrum today that veteran play-by-play broadcaster Mike Goldberg’s last call will be at Friday’s UFC 207 pay-per-view.

Goldberg, who along with colleague and longtime partner Joe Rogan  are generally considered to be the best MMA announce team in the business, will leave after joining the company in December 1997, four years before Dana White and the Ferttitas arrived as respective president and owners.

No replacement was announced, but White did mention in an interview with Sportsnet that he was working on it.

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Goldberg, 52, has not publicly commented on the departure.

Rogan, who last year resigned for an additional year, could also be another question mark for the company. The two have combined for some of MMA’s most memorable calls through calling thousands of fights together.

Goldberg was originally a hockey broadcaster who branched off into several other sports like basketball and football.

“Goldie” was mocked by some fans for his occasional flub on a fighter’s name or misread on a fighter exchange.  He made headlines in 2014 when he responded to fan insults after a failed NFL broadcasting tryout.

For a long time, Goldberg and Rogan were the primary announce team for the company, but in recent years the UFC has built other teams, like Jon Anik and Kenny Florian, Brian Stand, and John Gooden and Dan Hardy for the European market.

Goldberg and Rogan also called Toronto’s first UFC 129 show, along with subsequent shows UFC 140, UFC 152, UFC 165, and most recently, UFC 206.

“Goldie’s” departure makes the end of an era in UFC broadcasting.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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