Early this year, Mike Goldberg broke his silence regarding a disappointing falling out with UFC. In an interview with MMA Hour, Goldberg said:
“I was speechless. I didn’t know what type of emotion to have, because I was just in a state of shock and disbelief. People love that warm, fuzzy blanket. That’s what you were describing a second ago, and (longtime broadcast partner) Joe (Rogan) and I have been that warm, fuzzy blanket for a long time when it came to the UFC. Everybody gets new blankets and they get new furniture, but at the end of the day, when you cuddle up on a Sunday and you watch football, that blanket in the corner that’s got holes in it, and it’s kinda smelly but that’s your blanket, that’s the one you utilize.”
Fast forward to June 2017 — and looks like Mike Goldberg is back in the broadcasting scene only this time he will be under the flagship of Bellator MMA. He will be joining Mauro Ranallo, former commentator for Pride, Strikeforce and WWE.
Bellator is known for recruiting fighters from UFC and Pride. Some of these talents are Fedor Emelianenko, Wanderlei Silva, Tito Ortiz, Chael Sonnen, Rory MacDonald and many more.
With these roster and Goldberg joining the Bellator camp are we expecting a nostalgic feel? Are we going back to pre-Reebok uniform (which we all hate) era? Are we expecting Jacob “Stitch” Duran to follow Goldberg?