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Mike Goldberg: I Take All The Criticism To Heart

Mixed martial arts has produced its fair share of memes. From photoshopped pictures of knocked out fighters (search The Underground for photoshop threads on Michael Bisping or Rashad Evans, if you haven’t already) to the multitude of quotes made by MMA personalities that are repeated ad nauseam or purposefully taken out of context, the potential for hilarity is abundant. One man has been responsible for more of these memes than most: UFC color commentator Mike Goldberg.

Though ever-passionate and continually learning about the sport, Goldberg is often chided for making inaccurate calls, repeatedly plugging UFC sponsors (that’s kind of his job) or making redundant statements (On Anderson Silva: “His precision is so, precise.”). During a recent appearance on the Sherdog Radio Network program “It’s Time!” with host Bruce Buffer (who also happens to be the UFC ring announcer, if you didn’t know), Goldberg spoke about being the target of such criticism and explained that, at the end of the day, he and partner Joe Rogan are as prone to making mistakes as anyone else.

“There’ve been things that people have said over the years — you know, I actually take everything to heart. I also realize the source of much of it but there’s certain things that somebody might have blogged this or that and I kind of went, ‘You know, I didn’t really realize I was doing that.’ I’ll go back and I’ll listen to the tape and I’ll go, ‘That was actually a good suggestion or great catch.’ I’d forgot about that Brazilian fighter who had won a title and stuff and I think people forget that, you know, we’re human beings.

“I mean, everybody wanted to get all over me when you look at the tape of Sean Sherk and Evan Dunham; it looks like Sherk tapped on the way down, it absolutely, one hundred percent, looks like he tapped and I say ‘It’s all over!’ prematurely one time in 2,000 fights and everybody wants to have a big hey day about it. But, yet, when I was very patient and watched very closely Herb Dean not stopping the fight with Rousimar Palhares (and Dan Miller), not saying ‘It’s all over!’ nobody wants to say anything.

“And, again, I’m not the kind of guy who lives by the edge of that sword — if you did we would have found a mountain to jump off of a long time ago, you’d have to keep all sharp objects away from us. It is what it is, but I greatly appreciate it but my point more so is a positive one, is that I appreciate the feedback and I appreciate when people catch things that can help me be better because, at the end of the day, we’re servants for the fans and we want to be able to keep the masses happy.”

Nobody’s saying that the UFC commentary team wouldn’t be improved by the presence of a Randy Couture or Kenny Florian, but maybe we cut Goldie some slack? At least his make up is always in order (we’re looking at you, Gus Johnson).