Illness and injury isn't exclusive to fighters. It can spread to the broadcast booth right next to the cage and that's exactly what's happened in the case of longtime blow-by-blow man Mike Goldberg, who has been stricken with an illness that will keep him home in bed over the New Year's weekend.
That means he won't be calling the UFC 155: "Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2" event scheduled for Sat., Dec. 29, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to Josh Gross of ESPN.
Stepping in for him is the number two man on the UFC commentary totem pole, Jon Anik, a move many have called for -- including myself -- and are now going to get, although not under the circumstances originally hoped for.
Joe Rogan, as usual, will be doing color commentary alongside Anik.
The lights are about as bright as they can get for Anik, who is being tasked with calling the promotion's annual year-end event that features a heavyweight championship rematch pitting Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez in what could be the most exciting five-round battle in recent memory.
Hell, in history.
But if there's another 64 second finish, at least we know the call won't be the same old stock "IT IS ALL OVER" we're so used to hearing. And thank goodness for that.
Still, get well soon, Mr. Goldberg.
UPDATE: It turns out, Goldberg is not sick but rather taking time off. This according to John Morgan, who says UFC President Dana White revealed there is no certain timetable for Goldberg's return.