Bellator in Talks with Former UFC Broadcaster Mike Goldberg

Although it was a shock to many when longtime UFC commentator Mike Goldberg was revealed as one of the casualties of the UFC’s new ownership, WME-IMG, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he could become the latest UFC free agent picked up by Bellator.

Bellator has a full commentary team intact – which includes Sean Grande, Jimmy Smith, and Chael Sonnen – but company president Scott Coker, during a media scrum in London on Thursday, indicated that Bellator has been in talks with Goldberg about a possible role with the promotion.

“He’s somebody that we’ve been talking to,” said Coker. “I’m not sure what’s going to happen there. We have a great play-by-play guy right now.”

He went on to note that, while Grande is the promotion’s play-by-play commentator, there are upcoming dates where Grande’s job with the NBA’s Boston Celtics conflict with Bellator events, perhaps leaving an opening for Goldberg to step through the door.

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“I know there’s a few dates that Sean can’t do because he also has commitments for basketball with the Celtics, so I think that Goldie might be a guy that could come in and take some of those dates,” Coker continued.

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“Wouldn’t it be great to see Goldie and Jimmy and Chael. That would be a nice little play-by-play and color commentary team, but like I said, Sean Grande is our guy.”

Goldberg began working for the UFC in 1997. On Dec. 28 at UFC 207, Goldberg did play-by-play for his final UFC event. The fight promotion opted to not to renew his contract.

Goldberg found out on Dec. 1 that he would no longer be an employee of the UFC. After receiving the news, the Ohio native fulfilled his duties as he always had, opting not to publicly talk about his situation until after his final event.

Admitting that he was shocked when it happened, Goldberg is now free to entertain offers, which includes his recent talks with Bellator.

Aside from his two decades with the UFC, Goldberg has also served as a play-by-play announcer for the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild. At one time during his UFC tenure, Goldberg had been doggedly pursued by the WWE, though he ultimately declined the professional wrestling organization’s overtures.

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Derek Brunson Not Startstruck by Anderson Silva; Maybe After the Fight (UFC 208 video)

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Derek Brunson knows he’s headed into the biggest fight of his career at UFC 208 on Saturday, but he refuses to be starstruck by Anderson Silva. There’ll be time for that after the fight.

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How Could Germaine de Randamie Not Be Excited? (UFC 208 Video)

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Germaine de Randamie, at Thursday’s UFC 208 Open Workout, talks about headlining her first UFC event, fighting Holly Holm for the featherweight title, and having once fought a man.

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Conor McGregor Adds Fuel to the Floyd Mayweather Fire

It may just be another day of training, but make no mistake about it, Conor McGregor takes his social media posts very seriously.

It’s rare that he’s simply posting a “Hi, how you doing, my friend” note. McGregor’s posts are generally strategic. So what does it mean that he posted a training video of him working out in full boxing gear? 

Is McGregor simply staying sharp on his feet, or is he making the necessary preparations for a potential superfight with retired boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather?

The fight with Mayweather is as close as its ever been. UFC president Dana White, who doesn’t believe that Mayweather is serious about ever taking the bout, has even made an offer of $25 million and a percentage of pay-per-view to each. 

So is McGregor getting his boxing chops up for Mayweather or simply keeping sharp for his return to the Octagon?

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Anderson Silva is Focused on the Fight, Not the Belt (UFC 208 Video)

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It’s easy to sit back and wonder what Anderson Silva still has to fight for, but “The Spider” has plenty of reasons that he’s returning to the Octagon opposite Derek Brunson at UFC 208 on Saturday.

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Holland is in the Building! (UFC 208 Video)

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On Episode 3 of UFC 208 Embedded, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva gets fitted for a mouthpiece. Featherweight title contenders Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie arrive in Brooklyn and acclimate to the city. Silva’s opponent Derek Brunson stays focused in a busy workout room, while Silva shares style and psychology tips with light heavyweight Glover Teixeira.

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Holly Holm Feeling a Whole Different Set of Nerves than Ronda Rousey Fight (UFC 208 Video)

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Holly Holm talks about how different her nervousness is for UFC 208 as opposed to her fight with Ronda Rousey, and how she takes inspiration from the Super Bowl. Holm faces Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight championship.

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Watch the UFC 208 Weigh-in Live on Friday at 6 PM ET

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Watch the UFC 208: Holm vs. de Randamie official weigh-in streaming live on Friday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT from Brooklyn, New York.

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