Mike Goldberg on Vitor Belfort: “When he’s on, he’s second to none.”

By Jason Perkins

Along with Joe Rogan, UFC announcer Mike Goldberg is the voice of the UFC, and many would argue, MMA at large. The colorful 46-year-old hyperbole prone broadcaster has seen his share of big fights over the years, but states that tonight’s match up between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort is something special.

Goldberg called his first UFC event at UFC 15.5: Ultimate Japan. The longtime NHL broadcaster was awed by the skills of a then 19-year-old fighting phenom named Vitor Belfort. Belfort was coming off the first loss of his career, an upset at the hands of an upstart wrestler by the name of Randy Couture. Belfort ended up submitting his opponent that night via first round armbar with an impressed Goldberg calling the action.

Nine years and 55 events later Goldberg was was on hand to call the debut of another phenomenal Brazilian striker, future middleweight champion and pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva. Silva dominated granite-chinned prospect Chris Leben, earning a lighting fast 49-second KO over the popular TUF alum and kicking off the first of his UFC record 12 consecutive victories.

Roughly five years later, Goldberg will get the opportunity to call both fighters in the same cage as they clash tomorrow night in what will be a battle of world class strikers.


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