UFC Commentators: Love Em' or Love To Hate Em'?

Derek BolenderSenior Analyst IMay 20, 2008

One of the reasons the talks between the UFC and HBO were called off in late 2007 was because HBO wanted control over the production of events.  This included control over the broadcasts.  The UFC said no thanks and both parties went their separate ways.


It is evident that the UFC is loyal to their production team and announcers.  Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan are the commentators for the UFC and have been for many years.  They are two of the best in the business. 


Mike Goldberg has been the ringside announcer for the UFC since 1998.  Joe Rogan, on the other hand, has been the color commentator since 2002 and an interviewer since 1997.


Personally, I could do without Goldberg’s over-the-top enthusiasm from time to time.  I have no other complaints about him.  I think he does a fine job entertaining and calling the fights. 


Rogan is also great as a color commentator/analyst.  He provides great insight and knowledge into the world of the UFC and MMA in general.  I have a lot of respect for him.


What are your thoughts on Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan?


On a side note, both Goldberg and Rogan are notorious for their patented catch phrases during event broadcasts.  They tend to use the same catch phrases over and over again.  Some phrases are appropriate for the moment.  Some are funny.  Some are just plain stupid.  Fans either love the comments or love to poke fun at them.     



What are your favorite or least favorite catch phrases and why? 



Here is a list of some off the top of my head:


- “It is all over”


- “He’s no joke”


- “He’s just a bad dude”


- “War of attrition”


- “He’s got it, he’s got it deep, oh wait he lost it”


- “Looking to finish it here”


- “I’m so pumped for this fight”


- “He comes in at good angles”


- “Oh, he is in big trouble”


- “Definitive reach advantage”