According to the announcer, the reason for the late withdrawal from the UFC 155 gig was the lingering effects of an upper respiratory infection originally contracted at UFC 153 in Brazil combined with Goldberg's ongoing battle with asthma. Jon Anik took Goldberg's place alongside color commentator Joe Rogan.
"I ended up coming home from Brazil with a virus, an upper respiratory infection, I ended up being hospitalized a couple times for it, just because they were making sure they could get my lungs open," Goldberg said. "And just the complications of, I'm an asthmatic, I have been since high school, the complications with trying to get proper medications to get this virus out of my body, I'm not the first guy to come back from Brazil not feeling 100 percent, it just kind of spiraled."
While not feeling 100 percent, the veteran broadcaster, who has called everything in his career from pro hockey to football in addition to his signature role as UFC announced, still wanted to gut it out and get through the night.
"I've had throat infections, chest infections I've had a head cold, during the 800 NHL games I called, in the 200 or so UFCs or so I've done since 1997. So yeah, I'm a prideful guy, I consider myself a fighter as far as my broadcast spot, I want to be in my seat at cageside during UFC 155, but it broke my heart that I wasn't able to do so. I was kicking and screaming because I wanted to call the fights, I wanted to call the [Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez] rematch, I wanted to be there for a big show just like every big show I want to be there.