Mike Goldberg Fails at UFC 96

Vlcsnap-7040585_mediumFrom my new site Sack Mike Goldberg:

Go ahead, go ahead, go ahead. Good job by Yves Lavigne, he says go ahead.

Maybe it’s unfair to call out Goldie for something in the heat of the moment, but the UFC pays him to accurately describe the action in the Octagon.  With that in mind, Goldie fails on all accounts here.  Yes, it would have been perfect officiating for Lavigne to let the fight go.  The fact of the matter is that he stepped in and grabbed Matt Brown, saw Sell come to, and restarted the fight.  Mike should be cognizant enough to recognize this at this stage of his career.  I hate bringing him up all the time, but there’s no way Jim Lampley makes the same call in this situation.

Wow, you know what, take the stoppage, controversial or not.  Take it out for a second, Joe, and just talk about Matt Brown, WOW.

Just so much wrong with this statement.  For starters, the fight is characterized by a bizarre decision from the referee, yet Goldie’s first instinct is to whitewash the whole thing.  Let me repeat, Goldberg takes the major storyline from the fight and tosses it aside.  And for what?  Well, to offer some not-so-technical knob polishing of Matt Brown’s performance.  Don’t get me wrong, Brown looked superb.  But if you’re going to ignore the big talking point of the fight, you better offer a little more than caveman hyperbole.

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