Long-time UFC commentator Mike Goldberg was unexpectedly absent from the UFC’s end-of-year show, and the exact reason why still remains shrouded in mystery.
According to Goldberg on his Twitter account it was actually an undisclosed ailment that kept him from the UFC 155 broadcast.
“THANK YOU for the WELL WISHES! UFC FANS are AS REAL as IT GETS! Bummed to miss the rematch but health first. Enjoy the fights..HERE WE GO!!!” Goldberg wrote prior to the fights.
From that message you could be forgiven for thinking that Goldberg would probably be back for the next show, but according to Dana White at the post-fight press conference that’s not necessarily the case.
“Goldie’s out for a while and I don’t know when he’ll be back,” White told reporters before quickly changing the subject.
It’s a bit of a strange situation all-round and you can’t help but wonder if there’s more to it than has been said so far.
Luckily the UFC has an able replacement in Jon Anik who took the reigns for UFC 155 and is well accustomed to calling the action at ‘UFC On Fuel TV’ and ‘UFC On FX’ events over the past year, but Goldie is part of the furniture in the UFC and personally I hope to see him back in the broadcast booth where he belongs sooner rather than later.