By Ariel Helwani | MMAFighting.com
Goldberg didn’t call last weekend’s show in Las Vegas, marking the first time since he debuted with the promotion in 1997 that he missed a UFC assignment for a reason other than a schedule conflict. In his place last Saturday night, announcer Jon Anik called the show alongside color analyst Joe Rogan.
After the event, UFC president Dana White said he was unsure when the veteran broadcaster would return Octagon-side.
“Goldie’s out for a while,” White said, “and I don’t know when he’ll be back.”
Later in the week, rumors began to surface online that the 48-year-old Goldberg was battling drug addiction, however, when contacted by MMAFighting.com via text message on Friday, Goldberg denied those claims.
“Those rumors out there are not true. I’m dealing with a complicated health issue but feeling better and hoping to be back to 100 percent by Jan. 26 (UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago). See you soon.”