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Fond Memories of Goldbergisms.

Mike Goldberg has been with the UFC since 1997. Roughly fifteen years. Joe Rogan defends Mike Goldberg by saying he's a good guy who is fun to be around. However, he's not always the most knowledgeable or professional commentator the UFC could have in the broadcast booth. He catches a ton of flack for his gaffes, and people call them "Goldbergisms". I used to be annoyed by Goldberg. I remember first being annoyed when he called Genki Sudo's beautiful lateral drop a Judo throw. The early Goldberg really had trouble distinguishing between martial arts. Recently, during Tito Ortiz's retirement fight, he said that Tito, "wants to go out on his sword". If I would have been taking a drink of anything at that time, it would have been coming out of my nose I was laughing so hard. Of course, it's supposed to be "go out on his shield". Mexican boxers are famous for this. Anyway, not many people notice Mike's better qualities. His voice isn't annoying and actually gets me kind of psyched. It's like hearing Bruce Buffer. Maybe it's just because my mind associates his voice with UFC. When K-Flo and Anik do the announcing for UFC events, it just doesn't feel the same. True, the same applies to Joe Rogan. Another truth is that Mike is becoming better and better at calling the stand-up/striking phase of MMA. He's way better than I am. He's very knowledgeable in this area. Joe Rogan does a way better job of covering the technical details of grappling. The whole point of writing this article was to argue that Mike Goldberg isn't such a bad guy or commentator. He's come a long way and his mistakes make him more human, and frankly more endearing, to me. He's more of an everyday guy than the "fight professor" of the Pride days. What I'd like to see in the comments section of this article is "Goldbergisms" and how Mike has become a better commentator. Also feel free to point out his weaknesses. We're stuck with him. I don't see Dana or the Ferttitas ever get rid of the guy.


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