Mike Goldberg Leaving as UFC Commentator
2016 has been a year of changes for the UFC, which was sold by Zuffa to WME-IMG for a reported $4.2 billion in July. The latest change is a major one: longtime commentator Mike Goldberg will reportedly be leaving the company, possibly after UFC 207 on Friday.
ENTimports.com first reported the news, which was then confirmed by MMAFighting’s Luke Thomas on Twitter.
There has been no official statement from the UFC or from Goldberg concerning his future with the promotion.
Goldberg has been the play-by-play commentator for the UFC since 1997, back when the promotion was under its first ownership regime. He and Joe Rogan have been the longest tenured and most well-known commentary team for the majority of the UFC’s pay-per-view events.
Rumors of Goldberg’s departure began heating up in the past few months, including a slip-up by Eddie Bravo on Joe Rogan’s podcast that suggested Goldberg was on his way out.
It is unclear whether UFC 207, which features Ronda Rousey’s return to the UFC, will indeed be the last event that Goldberg will work. With the planned pay-per-view in January pushed back, there would be time for the UFC to announce a new lead play-by-play commentator before the next big event. The promotion has made no official statements as to who would replace Goldberg.
Dana White has confirmed that UFC 207 will be Mike Goldberg’s last event.