As WME-IMG restructures the UFC and begins to replace several members of staff, Dana White hinted at the acquisition of a new broadcast commentator.
“This has been my dream to assemble this dream team of commentating and I’ve wanted this guy for years and I’m working on it and it’s going to happen,” White told Sportsnet in a recent interview.
Rumors began to circulate of a new commentating duo to replace Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan when news got out of WME-IMG’s plans to secure a new TV networking deal in 2018.
According to this tweet, Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer also said the new owners want to completely change the current style of announcing.
Note from Meltzer regarding TV negotiations. Networks want to remove “hype master” Rogan/Goldberg style of announcing, UFC willing to change— Fight_Ghost (@Fight_Ghost) November 29, 2016
White, though, hailed Rogan as the ‘greatest’ combat sports announcer in the world and certainly doesn’t have any plans to replace the longtime commentator and analyst, even though his contract is set to expire next year.
“Joe Rogan, in my opinion, is the greatest to ever do it,” White added. “The greatest ever to call fights. HBO is very cocky and arrogant in their [boxing] production -- but they deserve to be; they do it well and everything else -- but Joe Rogan is the greatest to ever call fights in a combat sport.”
Rogan’s friend and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor, Eddie Bravo, perhaps slipped up when he candidly asked “who’s taking Mike Goldberg’s spot” on the Fight Companion podcast last week.
As you can see, the question was followed by an awkward silence and Brendan Schaub immediately changed subject, perhaps suggesting there is some truth to Bravo’s question.
Rogan and Goldberg have been working with the UFC since 1997 and both men helped build the brand into the household name it is recognized as today.