Mike Goldberg: Dana White didn’t talk to me about UFC release

Posted: 24/01/2017 in MMA, Sports
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Mike Goldberg was reminded the hard way that he’s in show business, not the friend business.

The longtime UFC color commentator called his last show for the promotion on Dec. 30 at UFC 207, ending a run with the organization dating back to 1997. Goldberg told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of “The MMA Hour” that he was “shocked” when he was released, and that UFC president Dana White didn’t speak to him about the matter.

“No conversations. No contact,” said Goldberg. “Nothing, really. Nothing. Which was surprising, disappointing certainly, but nothing was said and I’m gonna live with that and at the end of the day what matters to me is my family, my children.

“But no, to answer your question directly there was no conversation. Nothing at all.”

Alongside analyst Joe Rogan, Goldberg has been a mainstay on UFC broadcasts for the past 20 years. He told Helwani that he understood it was unlikely his services would be retained after the UFC changed ownership last August, but was still hurt by the lack of recognition from White.

“I’m a team guy and I love the UFC brand and I represented in the way that I was asked to for two decades, for about 15 years with Zuffa,” said Goldberg. “So yeah, when you carry the flag the way you’re asked to, it was somewhat of a bummer to say the least.”

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