Bruce Buffer to miss major UFC event first time since 1996 due to Covid

18:42, 29 October 2021
Bruce Buffer to miss major UFC event first time since 1996 due to Covid Photo: Diego Ribas/Global Look Press

A different voice will introduce fighters at a numeric UFC pay-per-view event that is scheduled to take place in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, October 30.

The “Voice of the Octagon” Bruce Buffer will not attend the title fight event for the first time in more than 25 years of his presence at the UFC due to him contracting coronavirus, according to the head of the UFC Dana White. Buffer will be changed for Joe Martinez, who calls the fights at UFC events when the “Voice of the Octagon” is unable to present at it.

The news regarding the announcer replacement was first revealed by MMA Junkie.

“Buffer got COVID,” Dana White said at the pre-fight conference. “He didn’t want to make this trip. He’s home relaxing and recovering from COVID.”

The streak of Buffer’s pay-per-view attendances began in the previous century on September 20, 1996, when Mark Coleman finished both Julian Sanchez and Brian Jonhston within a single evening and won the tournament. Since that fight, Buffer has announced each UFC’s major tournament but the streak will end the following Saturday.

The main event at UFC 267 will be headlined with a title fight in light heavyweight division between Polish champion Jan Blachowicz and contender Glover Teixeira.