I mer än 20 år var Mike Goldberg anställd som kommentator för UFC. Men när det väl var dags att lägga ifrån sig micken fick Goldberg inte ens ett värdigt avslut. Att lägga ifrån sig micken var dock något som kom en chock för Goldberg som inte fick förnyat kontrakt med UFC. Följande kunde höras från The MMA Hour igår.
It was a shock. I was speechless. I didn’t know what type of emotion to have, because I was just in a state of shock and disbelief. People love that warm, fuzzy blanket. That’s what you were describing a second ago, and Joe (Rogan) and I have been that warm, fuzzy blanket for a long time when it came to the UFC. Everybody gets new blankets and they get new furniture, but at the end of the day, when you cuddle up on a Sunday and you watch football, that blanket in the corner that’s got holes in it, and it’s kinda smelly but that’s your blanket, that’s the one you utilize.
Joe and I have been so blessed and fortunate to be — and I love the description, ‘the soundtrack’ — so blessed and fortunate to be the soundtrack of the UFC for so long, that it really was, I was in shock and disbelief for that reason.
Goldberg var inte den enda som fått lämna organisationen utan flera högt och lågt uppsatta har fått lämna i och med de nya ägarna. Men Goldberg har inga planer på att sitta och tycka synd om sig själv. Men det som tog 15 år att bygga upp raserades på 15 minuter, menade Goldberg.
I watched everything around me be shattered. It took 15 years to build this wonderful family, and it felt like it was taking 15 minutes to destroy it. And it just was a really tough time, and it may still be tough. There may be more to come throughout the UFC family. This is not uncommon in an ownership change with anything. It might just be corporate America, it might be on Wall Street. In this instance, it’s a sports property.
So what reason were they going to give me? And would that make me feel any better or any worse? No, not at all. So honestly, I just felt respect for the other members of the family that also were released, and I’m no better than any of those guys. So, it is what it is. Extremely disappointing, don’t get me wrong. But mostly disappointing because our family has really been torn, and that’s what I’ll miss the most.
Något som upprörde Goldberg var att Dana White inte ringt honom efter det att han fick gå. Vilket han fann något märkligt.
No conversations, no contact. Nothing, really. Nothing. Which was surprising. Disappointing, certainly. But nothing was said, and I’ve got to live with that. At the end of the day, what matters to me is my family, my children. But no, to answer your question directly, there was no conversation. Nothing at all.
Avslutningsvis sade Goldberg att det inte fanns ånger och att han avslutat på topp.
It has been the most humbling experience of my life, and it makes me know, deep in my heart, that regardless of anything else, that I did it right. And I will continue to do it right, wherever that next place might be.
Mike Goldberg arbetade för UFC i över 20 år, mestadels tillsammans med sin kommentatorskompanjon, Joe Rogan.