Mike Goldberg internet rumors are false

by Ariel Helwani |

Contrary to recent online reports, long-time UFC play-by-play man Mike Goldberg says a freak recent health scare was the only reason why he missed UFC 155.

Later in the week, rumors began to surface online that the 48-year-old Goldberg was battling drug addiction, however, when contacted by MMAFighting.com via text message on Friday, Goldberg denied those claims.

"I'm doing well," he said. "Those rumors out there are not true. I'm dealing with a complicated health issue but feeling better and hoping to be back to 100 percent by Jan. 26 (UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago). See you soon."

According to multiple sources close to Goldberg, who all asked to remain anonymous, the broadcaster suffered from a severe upper respiratory infection in October. The already-asthmatic Goldberg was then treated with large doses of medication to open the airway and treat the infection. Goldberg's doctor later confirmed that the medication taken to treat the infection in combination with his normal asthma medication caused severe side effects that affected his ability to work, which according to the same sources, was the reason he missed UFC 155.

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sux@bjj site profile image  

1/8/13 1:43 PM by sux@bjj

Seemed strange, Adderall was an odd choice for an addiction problem.

6ULDV8 site profile image  

1/8/13 1:39 PM by 6ULDV8


Stu Cazzo site profile image  

1/8/13 1:16 PM by Stu Cazzo

Are you Mike's daughter or something?

Mr Bungle site profile image  

1/7/13 10:35 PM by Mr Bungle

I get what you are saying, but Dana has stood by Goldie since day one. I just don't see him pushing him out of the booth. Thru out all these years, the countless threads and even more comments by posters who shit all over Goldie, begging for him to be fired, which has been happening for almost as long as Goldie has worked for UFC. If he didn't fire him back then, and thru all the bullshit that has been said about him, I don't see it happening now. I don't claim to know what's wrong with Goldie any more than the next guy. But I'm not willing to agree with fucking Terez Owens, which for those who don't know is basically the Perez Hilton of sports gossip. And Dana's response, the way he played coy, just didn't convince me that there is anything wrong with him addiction wise. In fact, I'm willing to be that the way it unfolded went like this:Someone over at Terez was watching a Joe Rogan podcast, probably hoping to get some sort of discount on the fleshlite, overheard Joe saying something about one of his friends being addicted to adderall. Now this isn't the first time Goldie had been accused of being addicted to something similar to Adderal. But after hearing about Joe's friend, being the gossip rag that they are, jumped all over the chance to easily speculate on who that friend is, and with Goldie missing the show for the first time, Terez put 2 and 2 together and made up the rumor, claiming sources. Nothing more than that, but with today's gullibility of the internet, people actually believed it. After asking Dana that question, and Dana probably tired of hearing more bullshit, yet not willing to divulge anything more than "I don't know when he'll be back, he's out for a while", people really had something to hold on to. That is if you believe anything and everything you read and hear. All of the sudden it goes from rumor, to "Oh Shit, did you hear about Goldie, he's a full blown addict and we've seen him snorting lines off of Joe's dick during commercial breaks and between fights." Aerial, being a reasonable and responsible journalist, with many tricks up his sleeve to dig the truth out of a mound of bullshit, found his own sources, giving up just enough info about these sources to still own his credibility, shuts down the rumor with the "truth" about an upper respiratory infection that was mistreated until it becomes a serious heart condition. I currently have a heart condition brought on by a doctor giving me the wrong medication, and from partially misdiagnosed.Not saying this is entirely accurate, but it's a little more believable than some of the theories about Goldie that most people believe.And, LOL at the tough guys on a internet message forum who think talking shit to someone they've never met means anything or that I should be worried and upset or feel bad that I got put in my place. Just...LOL.

Colboyo site profile image  

1/6/13 7:29 PM by Colboyo

Goldie is NOT addicted to Drugs, he is addicted to Rugs! Expensive persian rugs! And Pron.

fightharder site profile image  

1/6/13 2:35 PM by fightharder

I agree with you up to a point. Rumors should be substantiated with something. People take to much liberties and still call themselves ''journalists''.   Having said that Dana White did not help matter with his outing to the press. If he knew Goldie was only suffering from something related to his astma i still do not understand why he did not say anything publicly about it. Not only that but he said literally that he did not know when Goldie would be back at work. I can understand you do not want to share someones medical information before you give a them a chance to do it themselves but he could at least told people that he wished Goldie a speedy recovery and he would be back fast.   It might just be his illness or it might be something else. But i personally got the feeling that Dana is trying to push Anik into a more prominent role at the UFC . To the detriment of Goldie. And that is certainly something to ponder about.

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1/6/13 1:35 PM by GLaird87


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1/6/13 1:29 PM by FanToFighter

There's something you may not know about me Joe Rogan... I smoke rocks

The Last Emperor site profile image  

1/6/13 12:00 PM by The Last Emperor

You act like Goldie's friends wouldn't lie to Helwani to keep his secret safe. Chill the fuck out dude...you know just as much as everyone else.

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1/6/13 12:03 AM by StepOverCamelToeHold

Word on the street is he looked and sounded like shit for at least 3 gay events too.