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Mike Goldberg

UFC/Sports Announcer

                      

   

What is the best part about working with the UFC?

Every UFC event is like a game 7 in sports.  There is a title or a shot at a title every time we open the cage to the octagon.  I've worked with the UFC for so long, that the people I work with are like my family.  I also love the sport and the excitement.

 

Who were your heroes growing up?

I played hockey my entire life.  My hero was Bobby Clarke from the Philadelphia Flyers, he was the captain of the "Broadstreet Bullies".  We always wear the #16 for Bobby Clarke.  I was a big Pete Rose fan because of my dad being from Cincinnati.  I actually got my dad tickets for the game when he broke Ty Cobb's record.  He was a hero for what he did on the field, not so much for what went on off the field.  I was a huge fan of Bob Costas, I had the chance to meet him when I was just beginning.  Dick Emberg called the game in such an endearing and welcoming way.  He did the play by play for so many of the big games in NFL, NCAA, Wimbledon... 

 

What advice do you have for an aspiring sports broadcaster?

Attack your dream with passion.  To believe you can make it in a tough and competitive business.  To continue to try to improve.  To get internships and part-time jobs that will give you experience in the business.  Be it at a small radio station or the biggest network in the world, you need to have practical experience.  You have to go after your dream.  You have to be able to accept many "no's" before a "yes".  Don't sit on the sidelines.  It's never to early to start.  You have to have passion and enthusiasm for this to be successful.

 

What was your favorite subject in school?

Probably math.  This is ironic since English is how I make my living.  I liked getting into algebra and the highest level of math.  There were many ways to come up with the solution.  I also enjoyed music and band classes.  I was into performing.  I always enjoyed choir and music classes.  I took the love and passion of entertaining and paired this with my love for sports.  My two worlds came together. 

 

What is the dream fight that you would like to see?

Great question.  I've seen a lot of them.  Everybody talks about George St. Pierre vs. Anderson Silva as the dream match-up.  It would be an awesome match-up.  I don't know if that would be my ultimate match-up.  Wanderlei Silva vs. Chuck Lidell was a great fight that I got to call.  Another one will be during Super Bowl Weekend - Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort.  I covered Vitor Belfort for many years, since he was the 21 year old prodigy.  Anderson Silva is the most successful UFC fighter, having never lost in the octagon.  I believe if anybody has a chance to beat Anderson Silva, it is Vitor Belfort.  Anderson Silva is very talented, but Vitor is very explosive.  If Vitor can fight like he did against Wanderlei Silva, it might not last very long.  I wouldn't want to pick either one of them, because I wouldn't want either of them to be mad at me.