Commentator Mike Goldberg Leaving UFC
The UFC will have yet another shakeup heading into 2017—after a run of almost two decades, Mike Goldberg will step down from his role as the UFC’s lead play-by-play commentator following UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey on December 30.
The move was announced today by UFC President Dana White during a 207 media event in Las Vegas. White said in the video below that he does know who Goldberg’s replacement is, but it has not been made public and won’t be until roughly next summer. Goldberg has been with the company since Ultimate Japan in December of 1997 but has experience in both the NHL and NHL outside of fighting.
Goldberg’s partner in color commentator Joe Rogan signed a one-year extension with the UFC over the summer, but has been and will continue to work a reduced schedule.
2016 has also been the last year in the organization for a number of others: The now retired former Vice President of Talent Relations (matchmaker) Joe Silva who was replaced Mick Maynard of Legacy Fighting Championships. VP of Public Relations, Athlete Marketing, and Development Dave Sholler left after the UFC debuted in New York City with UFC 205 in November to take a position with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers so he could be closer to his east coast-based family. Prior to these developments, “just under 15 percent” of the UFC workforce was also let go following the league’s sale to WME-IMG in July as a cost-cutting measure.