By the time you read this, Mike Goldberg will already have called his last fight in the UFC. It only makes sense then to celebrate some of his best (and worst) quotes during his time as a UFC commentator.
Goldberg had been with the company since the dark period, when UFC events were not allowed on PPV. He has been with the UFC longer than any ownership group, longer than Dana White even. Whether you think he is a great commentator or not he has been a staple of UFC programming throughout the vast majority of its existence.
He might not have been the greatest play-by-play guy in the history of sports, but he always brought a lot of passion to his job. It wouldn’t be terribly surprising if Goldberg becomes the first broadcaster to go into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Here are the top 10 Mike Goldberg Quotes…
10. On Keith Jardine’s Nickname
“If Jardine’s last name were ‘Johnson’, the nickname ‘Dean of Mean’ would make no sense.”
– Mike Goldberg calling Keith Jardine vs. Kerry Schall (TUF2 Finale)
I disagree. The nickname wouldn’t sound as cool, but it would still accurately describe Keith Jardine. This was one of those times where you could tell Goldberg believed he had something really funny to say, only it didn’t quite turn out like he wanted.
The Dean of Mean nickname was fitting for Jardine, both because it described his appearance and awkward fighting style, and because it alliterated well with his last name.
It is these kinds of jokes that many MMA fans wished he would say to other people first to see if they find funny before going live on-air with them.