After the rumor mill speculated on the reasons behind Mike Goldberg’s absence from the UFC, as Terez Owens came out with a story on it, the UFC announcer came out with the official reason for his absence: upper respiratory infection.
MMA Fighting is reporting that Goldberg is battling a severe upper respiratory infection that’s complicated because of his asthma. Per Ariel Helwani and the website:
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.
“I’m doing well,” he said.
“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.”
Goldberg declined to discuss his health issue in detail.
However, according to multiple sources close to Goldberg, who all asked to remain anonymous, the broadcaster suffered from a severe upper respiratory infection in October. The already-asthmatic Goldberg was then treated with large doses of medication to open the airway and treat the infection. Goldberg’s doctor later confirmed that the medication taken to treat the infection in combination with his normal asthma medication caused severe side effects that affected his ability to work, which according to the same sources, was the reason he missed UFC 155.
Goldberg is currently being treated to get his health back on track and is approaching a full recovery.
We here at Inside Fights wish Goldberg a smooth and quick recovery and are glad to have some word from people close to him.