Mike Goldberg

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Mike Goldberg (born November 24, 1964) is an American play-by-play commentator, mainly known for his work with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Born in North Olmsted, Ohio,[1] Goldberg is best known as the lead play-by-play announcer (working alongside Joe Rogan), for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the world's largest mixed martial arts organization, where he first began working in 1997.[2] His voice is heard on all Pay Per Views and Fox Network Telecasts.

Goldberg also served as studio host for college football telecasts on FSN, as well as ACC Sunday Night Hoops, he also appeared as a guest host on The Best Damn Sports Show Period.

In 2005, Goldberg was offered a contract to work for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), to be the head announcer on the WWEs flagship show RAW.[3] He was also reportedly offered an extra six-figure amount to no-show at a UFC event prior to starting work for WWE.[4] Ultimately, Goldberg refused the WWE contract and signed a new deal with the UFC.

He is the former TV play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild and ESPN2 Hockey, broadcasting over 900 NHL Games.

On October 12, 2014, Goldberg made his NFL play by play debut. It lasted exactly one game after his mistake filled, widely panned debut including repeatedly referring to Vikings coach Mike Zimmer as Don Zimmer. Afterwards he engaged Twitter fans with critical of his call with profane responses. He was removed from the next weeks broadcast and has never called another NFL game.[5]

During his tenure with SportsChannel Chicago, he served as sideline reporter for the Chicago Bulls, including the Bulls 1991, 1992 and 1993 World Championships. as well as calling Big Ten, ACC and SEC College Football and Basketball Games

Goldberg also served as the Host of Shaquille O'Neal's sports reality television show Shaq Vs.

A graduate of Miami University in 1986, his first job was at WWSB-40 in Sarasota, Florida, 1986–1989.

On December 28, 2016, UFC announced that Goldberg would be leaving the promotion following UFC 207.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Mike has a daughter and a son and is involved in a long term relationship.