Former UFC play-by-play commentator Mike Goldberg will be sorely missed. After 20 years of working the UFC commentary desk, ‘Goldie’ was dropped in a controversial move by the new owners.
Although he’s not the only head to roll, Golberg’s firing was made so harsh by it’s nature. Not only was Goldberg canned, but without even a farewell, or any contact from the new owners. Having given so much, ‘Goldie’ was fired in this way, and it led to some very negative media.
Suddenly there was a spot to fill in the commentary position, and it still hasn’t happened. Hiring Todd Grisham as a semi-substitute, word is that Jim Rome is a lock for replacing Goldberg.
During a recent episode of Joe ROgan’s podcast, some rather interesting comments were leaked.
Rogan is Not Happy, Neither Are The Fighters
According to Rogan during this leaked video clip, new commentator Todd Grisham is ‘pissing fighters off,’ and “We’ve been complaining about him.”
Check out this clip filmed by UFC fighter Ian McCall, which was never meant to see air time:
Having recently stated he was not much longer for the UFC job, Joe Rogan has become even more uncensored lately. Given his close relationship to Goldberg, this should come as no surprise.
After reading Mike Goldberg’s statement regarding his release, it’s hard to imagine anyone who agrees with the way WME-IMG dealt with this situation.
New Owners Destroyed Goldberg’s UFC Family
“Around December 1, I got the news that my contract would not be renewed. So I was given about a month’s notice and I had a couple of shows left. I had Urijah Faber’s last show, which was awesome. The trip to Toronto, and of course UFC 207 was my last show.”
“I was one of a lot of people, a lot of good people from the ZUFFA era that got caught. So I feel for my co-workers, for my friends as much as I felt for myself. I watched everything around me be shattered. It took 15 years to build this wonderful family, and it felt like it took 15 minutes to destroy it. And it was a really tough time, and it’s still a tough time because there may be more to come. This is not uncommon with an ownership change.”