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“It Is All Over!” – Tribute to Mike Goldberg

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UFC 207 brought a dramatic end to 2016 for the UFC with Cody Garbrandt dethroning Dominick Cruz and the 48 second destruction of Ronda Rousey at the hands of reigning champion Amanda Nunes. It also signalled the end of another era for the promotion, with Mike Goldberg calling his last event as play-by-play commentator.

Goldberg’s voice has been synonymous with the UFC for so long that, for a large number of more recent MMA fans, he has been a constant in the fight day experience. His partnership with long-time commentary partner Joe Rogan is one that fans have become accustomed to, and the chemistry the two men have in the booth has certainly enriched the viewing experience for many.

One of the finer points of commentary is filling time in a broadcast which would otherwise become ‘dead space’. This is one area where the Goldberg/Rogan partnership excelled. During moments of fights that were not quite living up to expectations excitement-wise or were paused due to an accidental foul, the duo kept fans entertained with discussions on various topics – be it leg kicks (the slap vs the thud), rules that should be changed, the poor design of the human male anatomy for fights or even something completely unrelated to the fight in hand, just anything to keep the attention of the viewing audience. Who can forget, this is the duo that made a spilled bag of ice into one of the most memorable moments in recent years.

Sure, he has had his critics, but really, who in the public eye hasn’t? In a role as play-by-play commentator in a fast, dynamic sport, it would be impossible to get everything 100% right in everyone’s opinion all the time. In such a multinational sport with names from all four corners of the world, there are always going to be slip ups in pronunciation – it is unavoidable. In fact, those little slips and faux pas often times led to Rogan pulling Goldberg up on them, which he took in good spirits, leading to another chuckle or two for viewers.

A man of the catchphrase, Goldberg has plenty of memorable phrases that fans will be forever reading and hearing in his voice. From the tale of the tape being “virtually identical”, to the fight beginning with “and here we go!”, then ending with “it is all over!” There are many others, but those three are the ones that will be engrained in the minds of fans throughout the years.

One thing that can never be in debate, is the manner in which Goldberg conducted himself. Always professional, introducing subjects to allow his broadcast partner to elaborate on the more technical aspects. His unique, excitable style of commentary helped to bring an aura of drama and theatre to proceedings, and made him the voice of UFC commentary for numerous generations of MMA fans.

The lack of a tribute, or even so much as a thank you, on the UFC 207 broadcast to Goldberg from the promotion seemed strange and was unfortunate. The lack of Mike Goldberg in the commentary box looks as if it will be a miss that will only be realised by some when we get to 2017 and UFC 208 without him. It is no slight on Jon Anik, or whoever may ultimately step into his commentary boots, but Goldberg has been part of the furniture of the UFC for the best part of the last two decades, and he will certainly be missed. So thank you, Mike Goldberg, for everything and the best of luck in the future.

 

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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