According to reports, UFC 207 on Friday night will be the final event of play-by-play commentator Mike Goldberg’s lengthy career with the promotion.
On Wednesday, MMA Fighting’s Luke Thomas confirmed a rumor that was floating around suggesting Goldberg’s final call will come when UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes defends her title against Ronda Rousey in the UFC 207 main event.
The report of Goldberg’s departure from the Ultimate Fighting Championship comes after weeks of rumors that the new WME-IMG owners were looking for a replacement. Some rumors have suggested Jim Rome could replace Goldberg alongside Joe Rogan.
Goldberg called his first UFC action at UFC Japan in December 1997, before being paired with Rogan at UFC 40 in November 2002.
The UFC has not commented on the reports.
In recent years, the UFC has worked with different commentating teams for overseas events and “smaller shows” on UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1. Joe Rogan also recently restructured his contract with the promotion to do fewer shows in 2017, so change is definitely coming to broadcasts.
It will take some time to get used to a major UFC event without the voice of Goldberg, but if the reports prove to be true, “it’s all over” after nearly 20 years.
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