This past Saturday, at UFC 155, UFC fans noticed a significant change to their broadcast as Jon Anik stepped in for Mike Goldberg to round out the commentary team with UFC PPV staple, Joe Rogan. Anik is usually heard covering the FX and Fuel TV cards but was given a bump up to the top when Goldberg was stricken with personal issues that sidelined him for the event.
Early reports around the MMA media circuit linked his absence to illness, yet nothing is confirmed yet.
Mike Goldberg has long been a household name for UFC fans since 1997 when he began commentating for an up and coming sport. Now he is among the most famous UFC personalities in the business.
As for his return to action, UFC president Dana White was his usual frank self and spoke truthfully on the likelihood of a return ( as reported by MMAWeekly):
“Goldie’s out for a while and I don’t know when he’ll be back”.
Anik will take over the commentating duties of Goldberg while he is out and will also continue heading up the free-TV broadcasts with Kenny Florian UFC on FX 7 come mid-January.
BJPENN.com hopes for nothing but the best for Mike Goldberg and wish him a safe and healthy return to his Octagon-side duties as soon as possible.
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