Mike Goldberg is one of the Ultimate Fighting Championships’ most prominent personalities. Flanked by popular color commentator Joe Rogan, Goldberg provides the play-by-play announcing for televised UFC events. Both Goldberg and Rogan joined the UFC in 1997, when the fledgling organization was just beginning to gain traction in the world of mixed martial arts.
Before joining the UFC, Goldberg provided the play-by-play announcing for the Detroit Red Wings and the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League, and also called NHL games on ESPN-2. At various times, he has also filled in as the play-by-play announcer for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks and Phoenix Coyotes.
After the UFC’s popularity exploded in the early 2000s, when co-owners Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta took over the organization, Goldberg was approached by World Wrestling Entertainment. The WWE wanted him to come on board as the lead commentator for its RAW brand. Rumor holds that the WWE offered him a six-figure payout to abandon his commitment to a scheduled UFC event to take over announcing duties on RAW, but Goldberg refused the offer. Instead, he signed a new deal to stay with the UFC.
In addition to his work with the UFC, Goldberg occasionally hosts U.S. college football games on the FOX Sports Network. He typically hosts matches between teams in the NCAA’s Pacific 12 and Big 12 football conferences. Goldberg also fills announcer duties for the Lingerie Bowl women’s football league and provides commentary for FOX Sports’ coverage of the Red Bull Air Race World Series.
Goldberg has long suffered from chronic asthma, a condition which forced him to take some time off in 2005 after contracting a respiratory system infection while covering an event in Brazil. Behind the scenes, Goldberg is married to Japanese-Canadian Kim Goldberg. The couple has a son and a daughter, and make their home in Phoenix, Arizona.