Scott Coker Reveals Why Mike Goldberg Is Gone From Bellator
Bellator President Scott Coker has revealed the reason for Mike Goldberg’s exit from the promotion.
Just before Bellator 255 took place this past Friday, April 2, Coker said that Goldberg is no longer a member of the Bellator broadcast team. He has been replaced by Mauro Ranallo, who was already with the promotion but was taking fewer dates due to other commitments. Now that Bellator is on Showtime, Ranallo is the lead play-by-play ace.
Speaking to reporters during the Bellator 255 post-fight press conference, Coker explained why Goldberg has been ousted (via MMAJunkie.com).
“Listen, Mike is – one, he’s a friend. He’s been a voice of MMA for such a long time, along with Mauro. I mean, Mauro, he’s been around (since during) PRIDE with Bas Rutten. This is way back (in) ’97, ’98, ’99.
“At one time, we had the two best on the planet. It was a production decision and they decided to move forward. That’s where we stand. But you know what? This is the kind of business that, you never know. If there’s boxing on one side and Mauro is doing it, who knows what will happen in the future? But that’s the way it rolled out.”
It’s possible that Goldberg ended up being the odd man out due to Ranallo already being a mainstay with Showtime through its boxing events. With Mauro already on board, perhaps Showtime felt there was no longer a need for Goldberg.
Goldberg signed with Bellator back in 2017 after the UFC decided not to renew his contract. The last Bellator event Goldberg was in the booth for was Bellator 254 back in November 2020.