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Mike Goldberg Out of UFC 155, No Set Date for his Return

With 2012 mercifully coming to an end, you had to imagine that at least one more fighter would be taken off of the year’s final card due to the great injury curse. Sure enough, at the last possible second a key member of UFC 155 has been removed from the card, causing the organization to scramble to find an adequate replacement. Okay, he’s not a fighter - and he’s not even a casualty of the injury curse – but damn it, this year has been brutal for last-second withdrawals.

Veteran announcer Mike Goldberg will not be calling the fights tonight at UFC 155. Originally, his absence from tonight’s event was attributed to an illness, but it turns out that this isn’t quite the case. Via MMAJunkie:

UFC President Dana White on Friday confirmed the change to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) but could not offer specifics into the situation or when Goldberg is expected to return to his post.

“He’s taking time off and is not working this weekend,” White said. “I don’t know when he will be back.

White declined to offer any specifics on the reason for Goldberg’s leave.

Damn, that doesn’t exactly sound promising. Hopefully he’s not going through anything too serious, but from the looks of things, he won’t be back any time soon. While it’s possible that his sabbatical is a sign that he’s on his way out of the UFC, we’ll hold off on the tribute until more information becomes available. 

Stepping in on short notice to join Joe Rogan will be B-Team announcer Jon Anik. Anik, who usually calls the fights on FX and FUEL TV alongside Kenny Florian, will be making his UFC PPV debut. Assuming he doesn’t completely drop the ball tonight, the position is his for the foreseeable future.

So what do you taters think about this?  Is Goldberg taking time off to be with his family? Did the Arizona Cardinals offer Goldberg a gigantic contract (LOL)? If we really want to get crazy here, is the WWE paying him to no-show UFC pay-per-views like they have reportedly tried to in the past? And how do you think Jon Anik will work with Joe Rogan? Keep it civil, you guys.

@SethFalvo

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J-Dog- January 1, 2013 at 11:36 am
Impressed with Jon Anik the UFC fans are not. Unsure of a return date is Mike Goldberg... but strong with the force, he is.
theomastix- December 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm
I'd like to see how Kevin James would do as a fill-in. He's an avid and knowledgeable fan who brings star power and levity to the table.
Chuck_W- December 31, 2012 at 7:34 am
If Goldie is going to be replaced I say go with Gus Johnson...because sometimes these things happen in MMA, GENTLEMEN! we need Gus on UFC PPV
pooch- December 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm
As much as Goldy makes mistakes he is part of the Brand. He is always excited and conveys that to the audience. I love Mauro,and his vast knowledge of MMA and I think Randy Couture is very underrated as a play by play announcer. I sure hope Goldy is healthy and his family is safe.
Richard Fitzentite- December 30, 2012 at 10:01 am
I heard he broke his dick...
blairgolf- December 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm
Pretty stupid comment!!!! What with your fetish about Mike Golds dick anyways?????
Alan K- December 30, 2012 at 9:21 am
What about Todd Harris? He's pretty much a mini-Goldberg in his tempo and mannerisms.
Mir please break Brocks neck- December 29, 2012 at 11:08 pm
For the love of all things sacred......DONT BRING Jon Anik to the mic!!!! We want Goldie!!!! We want Goldie!!!!We want Goldie!!!! We want Goldie!!!! It sucked without him tonight. Why dont they remove Rogan and ADD Eddie Bravo (or definitely Frank Mir!!!). But Jon needs to report golf or checkers. Not MMA. KenFlo and Mir is My vote!!!
whatchawhozeit- December 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm
i do not think Jon Anik is even ok during the B-Team events. My vote is either for Bas Rutten or even Randy Couture. The best bet would probably be to let Rogan pick his own partner.
dranokills- December 29, 2012 at 8:04 pm
Goldie is just really training and will come back twice as good...he is redefining himself....... you will see a NEW Goldie when he returns.
his skull was cracked, and let me tell you how he feels right now.
Mr_Misanthropy- December 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm
@ Ceasey

I second The Voice if Goldie is indeed MIA.
mark2011- December 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm
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Hinarf- December 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm
He hasn't been able to keep up with Joe Rogan for a long time, it was heading this way for awhile.
CZ- December 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm
Bring in the voice. Him and Joe are friends, so theyll have a natural rapport he is passionate as shit, and could help give the ufc a more international feel. I think Mauro is under contract to Showtime anyway
Mr_Misanthropy- December 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Maybe Mauro but he's pretty hit or miss. Between him and Shamrock Strikeforce broadcasts had a tendency to sound like Tweedledim And Tweedledimmer. They had to bring Miletich in as a chaperone.
tsname- December 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm
Past commentators Frank Mir and Kenny Florian are pretty good. Mir is especially insightful and well spoken. I don't really care for Anik, Quadros, or Ranallo, though Rutten would be awesome.

There's always Tito Ortiz...
Gobbleston- December 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm
Boooo to Jon Anik. He's totally blah. I agree to bring in Mauro. Say what you will, he's very passionate and not afraid to state an opinion and defend it.
Mr_Misanthropy- December 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm
Hopefully he's alright. As much as I like to make fun of the goofy shit he says sometimes he's definitely a standard part of UFC broadcasts. He speaks simple, to the common man.
JPfighter-DAMMA- December 29, 2012 at 11:43 am
This is great news. I'm so tired of listening to Goldberg calls the fights, and saying to myself "what the fuck did he just say" a million times per event. I'd gladly welcome a replacement. Buh bye.
JUDOknowSHIT- December 29, 2012 at 11:40 am
BRING BACK BAS RUTTEN. this is all.
cman- December 29, 2012 at 11:03 am
FYI, i am pretty sure Qlay has committed the absolute sin here and should be lifetime banned.
cman- December 29, 2012 at 11:02 am
He has spent to much time with Rogan and has checked into Betty Ford with an extreme 2nd hand smoke high habit.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- December 29, 2012 at 10:43 am
He has a 12 inch reach advantage. Everything else is virtually identical
The Mad Montrealer- December 29, 2012 at 10:27 am
It's Quadros o'clock!!
Qlay- December 29, 2012 at 10:21 am
They should replace Goldberg with Mauro Ranallo. I don't care what you guys think of him, he's awesome!
Mood- December 29, 2012 at 10:12 am
Changing of the guard.
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