UFC ringside announcer, Mike Goldberg, has a dream job ... just ask him and he will tell you so.
That's exactly what we did the other day, in fact.
"Goldie" has been all over the map when it comes to broadcasting. He was a sideline reporter during the Chicago Bulls dynasty, he was the voice of the Detroit Red Wings and the Minnesota Wild, and broke into the sports broadcasting world calling CFL games back in the day.
He's been around the block in the sporting world and when asked how he got his start with the UFC he'll tell you that "Jerry Garcia said it best; ‘It's been a long strange trip.'"
Although Goldberg is Octagon-side calling all of the UFC events and hosting Spike TV's "UFC Unleashed," he still feels like he hasn't worked a day. First and foremost he is a fan of MMA. He is extremely dedicated to his job and feels blessed and fortunate to be doing what he is doing.
Charles Ruocco of MMACanada.net recently caught up with Goldberg.Ã‚Â And when asked what the hardest part of his job was he replied:
"Challenging would be a better term, the most challenging part of my job is staying on top of all the news, doing my homework and keeping up with the growing sport of MMA. I feel the fans deserve this."
In this in depth interview find out why Goldie thanks Canadian fans for saving the UFC in its early days, what he does to stay educated and on the cutting edge of the sport, and what he has to say about his and Joe Rogan's relationship on air and off.
The audio interview is a long one, but if you have some time, it is definitely worth the listen. Click here.