UFC 207 was the last event to feature Mike Goldberg as commentator, as head promoter Dana White confirmed in December.
The veteran play-by-play announcer joined the organization in 1997 and has been the most recognized voice in mixed martial arts for the past twenty years.
Despite his long-term work with the UFC, Goldberg didn’t receive a tribute video or proper send-off, which sparked some anger from his wife and son.
my dad did so much for the UFC over the past 13 years and they can't even give him a proper goodbye. what a joke @ufc— kole (@kolegoldberg) December 31, 2016
20 years** what an embarrassment @ufc https://t.co/2eHoF4fV6l— kole (@kolegoldberg) December 31, 2016
Sad that someone gives 20 years to the UFC & they can't even mention him leaving tonight. So disappointing & disrespectful. @MFG16 @ufc— Kim Goldberg (@kimgoldberg16) December 31, 2016
Goldberg, though, seemed to have no animosity toward the promotion and bid an emotional farewell to the fans, fighters and media.
What an incredible ride! I’ll forever be grateful for being on this journey with all of you for the last 19 years! pic.twitter.com/reg3APxk9X— Mike Goldberg (@MFG16) January 7, 2017
“I wish I could respond to every single fan, fighter and member of the media who reached out and showed their support, gratitude and appreciation! It has been overwhelming and so gratifying! Thank you!!” Goldberg said in the introduction.
The 52-year-old has commentated alongside Joe Rogan for most of his career and the two became known as MMA’s ultimate broadcasting duo. Rogan, 49, has yet to comment on Goldberg’s departure.
The UFC didn’t give a reason for his exit.
Goldberg ended the statement with humor, mocking one of his famous lines:
“And just for the record,” he wrote, “I still believe that Anderson Silva’s Precision is Precise.”