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Mike Goldberg goes off on UFC over recent broadcasts

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He’s letting his feelings known now that he is gone.

After almost twenty years with the UFC, Mike Goldberg got his walking papers. The rumors of his departure from the world's largest MMA promotion began just days before the UFC 2017 pay-per-view event and then later confirmed by UFC President Dana White during a media scrum two days before the event.

White stated that he has someone in mind to replace Goldberg but that he would not be able to sign him until July, which is several months away.

Goldberg and Joe Rogan have been a staple of the UFC as their broadcasting team for years. They have covered all of the big fights that the UFC has to offer. While Goldberg has done a great job, he has made some mistakes while on the air.

However, with such a long tenure with the company and doing a good job one would have to think that he had job security for a long period of time. That would have been true if the old management at Zuffa had not sold for four billion dollars this past summer.

Since then, the UFC has made some big changes within its personnel, and Goldberg, who only covered PPV events as well as big FOX events is no longer with the company as his last event was UFC 207.

He didn’t get a send-off or a good luck in your future endeavors but that is just the broadcasting business.

Goldberg is best known for his 20 plus years of play-by-play work in the UFC as he had been a staple of the promotion for years. He also called 900 games in the NHL, both nationally and with the Minnesota Wild, Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings.

Since his departure from the UFC, Goldberg had kept quiet regarding his future in the sport but it’s not a big surprise that he signed with Bellator as it was an expected move.

Goldberg gave his take on the recent UFC broadcasts during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour:

“It’s different, and I’m a competitor, let’s just say that. I will do everything in my power to make sure that Bellator has the best TV broadcast in MMA. And that’s not being disrespectful to anybody. Jon Anik is my buddy. He never did anything to me and I never did anything to him.

“Those guy are my friends, but at the end of the day it’s competition. We’re all trying to get ratings and Bellator’s ratings are going up — we know what’s happening on the other side (UFC).”

“I just want to do what I do, so do I see things that make me go, ‘Wow, that was really interesting. That was really not as exciting as it could be.’

“It’s just moments,” he explained. “It’s not anybody’s fault and don’t get me wrong, people have been saying things about me for 100 years and I’ve made my mistakes. I’d like to remind people that my blooper real is maybe 15 or 20 minutes long. I was probably on the air for two million minutes though, so that’s pretty good, right? But I do watch it and I see the difference.”

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